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Capsule reviews of recently reviewed films

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OPENING WEDNESDAY

HANCOCK (PG-13) See review.

KIT KITTREDGE: AN AMERICAN GIRL (G) Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin stars in this big-screen venture from the überpopular American Girl line of dolls and merchandise. The plot follows Kit and her friends as they investigate a mystery in Cincinnati circa the Great Depression, sort of like "The Little Rascals."

OPENIING FRIDAY

THE ANIMATION SHOW 4 (NR) See review.

GONZO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON (R) See review.

DULY NOTED

CINEMAMA!!! This film series shows films every Thursday night and includes popcorn, pillows and drinks. Free. 8 p.m. New Street Gallery, 2800 Washington St., Avondale Estates. cinemama.org.

CLASS OF NUKE 'EM HIGH (1986) (R) Warren and Chrissy, students at a high school next to a nuclear power plant, must defend themselves from their cannibalistic mutant love child in this classic gore fest. Tues., July 8. Plaza Theatre. www.plazaatlanta.com.

THE LION MOUNTAINS: A JOURNEY THROUGH SIERRA LEONE (2006) (NR) A documentary look at life in Sierra Leone and how the British Empire adversely affected the naturally rich nation. Free. 6 p.m. APEX Museum, 135 Auburn Ave. www.sankofaspirit.com.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) (R) The cult classic of cult classics, the musical horror spoof follows an all-American couple (Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick) to the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a drag queen/mad scientist from another galaxy. Midnight, Fridays at Plaza Theatre, and Saturdays at Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.

SUPER MEGA SUMMER CINE SCIENCE FICTION FEST (NR) Georgia State University's Cinefest presents a three-week festival of science fiction movies that run the gamut from genre classics to vintage cheese, with Forbidden Planet and the silent Metropolis qualifying as the former and Logan's Run and Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space fitting with the latter. Through July 3. Free-$5. Georgia State University, 66 Courtland St., Suite 240. www.myspace.com/cinefest.

CONTINUING

21 (PG-13) Based on the best-selling nonfiction book Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, by Ben Mezrich, 21 tells the story of ambitious students who become card experts. Starring Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne and Kate Bosworth.

88 MINUTES (R) Al Pacino stars as a forensic psychiatrist and college professor who has 88 minutes to solve his own murder before it happens.

BABY MAMA 2 stars (PG-13) "30 Rock" creator Tina Fey plays a variation of her small-screen alter ego as an unmarried successful executive who hires an uncouth surrogate (Amy Poehler) to have her child. Former "Saturday Night Live" co-anchors, Fey and Poehler make an appealing comedic duo, but the film never rises above the thudding level of a female "Odd Couple" dynamic of slob vs. snob, while writer/director Michael McCullers shows no understanding of real-world fertility issues. -- Curt Holman

BIGGER, STRONGER, FASTER* 3 stars (PG-13) America's obsession with the extreme comes under an entertaining and thought-provoking microscope manned by director Christopher Bell. Himself a man of size, Bell uses his two brothers' steroid use as a microcosm for a national problem -- though detractors might find his ultimate conclusions frustrating and ambiguous. -- David Lee Simmons

THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI (R) Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Radha Mitchell and Chow Yun-Fat star in this film about 1930s war-torn China.

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN 2 stars (PG) Thirteen hundred years after they ruled Narnia, the Pevensie siblings (Georgia Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley and Anna Popplewell) return to the magical realm to help rightful Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) overthrow a tyrant. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe featured a greater sense of wonder, better special effects and stronger supporting performances (Peter Dinklage proves the sole saving grace here). Caspian builds to some lavish sword-and-sorcery eye candy in its second half, but takes a long, joyless slog to get there. -- Holman

DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! 4 stars (G) In this CGI adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic, a kindly elephant (voiced by Jim Carrey) protects microscopic Whoville from hostile nay-sayers led by Carol Burnett's Sour Kangaroo. Horton cleverly doubles the narrative by making the Whoville mayor (Steve Carell) another lonely believer, and generally retains the heart of the book and slapstick worthy of old Bugs Bunny cartoons. It's as if the filmmakers knew exactly how big a desecration was Carrey's How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and did exactly the opposite. -- Holman

THE FALL 2 stars (R) The Fall takes place "Once upon a time" at a Los Angeles hospital around 1915, and follows the relationship of two injured patients. One-named director Tarsem presents so many exotic settings, bold compositions and hyper-realistic colors that the movie could provide a breathtaking series of glossy still photographs. The Fall confirms that the director has the eye of a genius but lacks the heart of a truly satisfying cinematic storyteller. -- Holman

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