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Film Clips

Capsule reviews of recently reviewed movies

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OPENING WEDNESDAY

BOTTLE SHOCK (PG-13) Bill Pullman and Alan Rickman star in this film, based on a true story, about a struggling California wine seller who changes the wine industry with a remarkable chardonnay.

PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (R) See review.

THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2 (PG-13) This sequel finds best friends Tibby, Carmen, Bridget and Lena reunited after a year away at college and struggling to keep in touch against the odds. Based on the series of novels by Ann Bradshare.

Opening Friday

AMERICAN TEEN (PG-13) See review.

HELL RIDE (R) Quentin Tarantino presents writer/director/actor Larry Bishop's spaghetti-Western-style action thriller about the Victors -- a group of vengeful bikers -- and their rival gang, the 666ers.

MAN ON WIRE (PG-13) See review.

TUYA'S MARRIAGE (NR) Tuya (Yu Nan), a Mongolian desert herder, is forced to legally divorce her loving, disabled husband and seek a wealthier man when a back injury makes her unable to support her family.

Duly Noted

BIG, LOUD & LIVE 5 The 2008 Drum Corps International's World Championship Quarterfinals come to the big screen in theaters around the country in this one-night special event. Thurs., Aug. 7. Prices and locations vary. www.fathomevents.com.

CINEMAMA!!! The film series shows films every Thursday night and includes popcorn, pillows and drinks. July's theme is documentaries. Free. 8 p.m. New Street Gallery, 2800 Washington St., Avondale Estates. cinemama.org.

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.

THE WILL TO SURVIVE: THE STORY OF THE GULLAH/GEECHEE NATION Screened as part of "Movies with a Mission," this documentary tells the story of the isolated Gullah/Geechee people. Thurs., Aug. 7. Free. 6 p.m. APEX Museum, 135 Auburn Ave. www.sankofaspirit.com.

Continuing

BRIDESHEAD REVISITED 3 stars Charles Ryder (Matthew Goode), an art student at Oxford, discovers old family manor house Brideshead to be a pope-worthy repository for classical artwork, and, in its own way, a stronghold for Catholicism. Julian Jarrold directs a smart and compelling version of Evelyn Waugh's 1945 novel, which tempered the author's trademark satirical cynicism with compassion. -- Curt Holman

CHRIS & DON: A LOVE STORY 3 stars Filmmakers Guido Santi and Tina Mascara profile the enduring relationship between British writer Christopher Isherwood and the much younger Don Bachardo, who went from being practically a boy toy when they met to a flourishing portrait artist. The story is told through archival interviews with and readings by the late Isherwood and interviews with the surviving Bachardy, as well as quaint animation taken from their illustrated love letters. --David Lee Simmons

CSNY: DÉJÀ VU 3 stars (R) Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's tour documentary, shot during the group's aptly named 2006 Freedom of Speech Tour, deftly blends the band's anti-war sentiment with a fond appreciation of the troops' sacrifices. The delicate balance undercuts the notion of protest as unpatriotic, and instead underscores the value of dissent. Unfortunately, the movie's a little light on the band's interpersonal dynamics, and instead settles for an early observation by David Crosby of Young as a "benevolent" dictator. We see too many group hugs, and not enough creative collaboration. -- Simmons

THE DARK KNIGHT 4 stars (PG-13) Director Christopher Nolan's follow-up to Batman Begins features such sharp conflicts, gritty locations and breathless action scenes that the flamboyant hero and villain costumes seem almost superfluous. The late Heath Ledger's creepy, charismatic turn as the anarchic Joker could have earned the actor a second career playing movie bad guys, while Aaron Eckhart's portrayal of district attorney Harvey Dent, the "white knight" of crime-ridden Gotham City, gives the film the dimensions of classic tragedy. As Bruce Wayne, Christian Bale doesn't seem to mind being upstaged. -- Holman

ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD 4 stars (G) Werner Herzog combs Antarctica's icebergs and underwater marvels in another existential meditation on the tensions between man and nature. The film underscores Herzog's enduring existential crisis -- that man's importance is infinitesimal when set against the backdrop of nature. It's not long before we realize that the "end of the world" referred to in the movie's title isn't just a geographical location, but man's fate as well. -- Simmons

GONZO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON 3 stars (R) Documentarian Alex Gibney applies the same scrutiny to the complicated issues that fueled his previous work, including the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side, and applies it to that most complicated of journalists, Hunter S. Thompson. Though there have been plenty of works on Mr. Gonzo over the years, this one feels the most comprehensive, with a range of interviews of family, friends and (perhaps best of all) his enemies. -- Simmons

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