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BANGKOK DANGEROUS (R) Nicolas Cage stars in this remake about a hitman in the Thai capital. Directed by brothers Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang.

EDGE OF HEAVEN (NR) See review.

IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS (NR) Alex Holdridge wrote and directed the romantic comedy about a New York transplant in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve looking for a connection to help him forget the previous year.

THE LITTLE RED TRUCK (PG) The Missoula Children's Theatre comes to a town, auditions local children and puts on a musical in six days in this multiple-award-winning documentary directed by Rob Whitehair.

Duly Noted

HEAVY METAL IN BAGHDAD Documentary from Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi about Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda and their career after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Wed., Sept. 3. RSVP required. 8 p.m. Center Stage. www.scion.com/route.

IRANIAN FILMS TODAY See review.

MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE (1985) (R) Stephen Frears' touching romance. Shown in honor of screenwriter/novelist Hanif Kureishi's visit to Emory Sept. 8 and 9. Wed., Sept. 3. Free. 8 p.m. White Hall, Room 205, Emory University. 404-727-6761. www.filmstudies.emory.edu.

OUR PRIDE -- THE SPIRITS OF BLACK JAPANESE IN GEORGIA This documentary about the experiences of individuals of both African-American and Japanese descent is being screened as part of the APEX Museum's Movies with a Mission series. Thurs., Sept. 4. Free. 6 p.m. APEX Museum, 135 Auburn Ave. 770-234-5890. 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.

Continuing

AMERICAN TEEN 2 stars (PG-13) Nanette Burstein (co-director of The Kid Stays in the Picture) flies solo on this manipulative but often-affecting portrait of a group of high school students in a small Indiana town. Burstein consciously plays with the same "types" that can be found in the 1985 John Hughes comedy-drama The Breakfast Club, but comes to the same conclusion: Teens transcend the labels we give them. That message might feel a lot more authentic if the movie didn't feel too artificially crafted and plotted, her subjects feeling like a "cast" from a reality TV show. -- David Lee Simmons

BABYLON A.D. (PG-13) French director Mathieu Kassovitz (Gothika) oversees this action-packed Vin Diesel vehicle about genetic manipulation. Based on the novel Babylon Babies by Maurice Dantec.

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

BOY A (R) Andrew Garfield stars as Jack, an ex-con just released from prison after serving a sentence for a murder he committed as a child.

BRIDESHEAD REVISITED 3 stars (PG-13) An Oxford University art student (Matthew Goode) becomes drawn into the circle of an unbelievably old and aristocratic English family, becoming an object of affection for two troubled siblings (Hayley Atwell and Sebastian Whishaw). The 11-part, 1981 miniseries with Jeremy Irons offered a definitive adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's popular novel, but director Julian Jarrold offers a smaller-scale but respectable version for the big screen. If most of the actors lack the charisma of their predecessors, Emma Thompson brings enormous wit and sensitivity to the role of imperious Lady Marchmain, making her both the embodiment of an institution as well as a flesh-and-blood mother. -- Curt Holman

COLLEGE (R) Drake Bell, Kevin Covias and Andrew Caldwell star as three high school students who visit a college campus for a weekend and destroy a fraternity.

CROSSING OVER (NR) Wayne Kramer wrote and directed this film about immigration issues and the process of becoming a legal citizen. Stars Harrison Ford and Sean Penn.

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

DISASTER MOVIE (PG-13) The makers of Date Movie and Meet the Spartans present this comedic send-up of disaster movies.

FROZEN RIVER 3 stars (R) In a small town near the U.S./Canadian border, a struggling mother ("Homicide's" Melissa Leo) becomes inadvertently involved in a people-smuggling operation when she encounters a lonely young woman (Misty Upham) of the Mohawk tribe. The Grand Jury Prize for Drama at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Frozen River provides a long overdue showcase for Leo, a wonderful character actress who utterly inhabit the role of a woman worn down by hardship. Writer/director Courtney Hunt offers a compelling, documentary-style portrayal of life on the reservation, illegal immigration and the hard choices that economic necessity sometimes demands. -- Holman

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