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Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Friday
HANNIBAL (R) In this highly anticipated follow up to Silence of the Lambs, our favorite cannibal (Anthony Hopkins) is back in action and stirring up the pot once again. This time around Julianne Moore takes on the coveted Jodie Foster role. Ten years have passed, but FBI agent Clarice is still haunted by her encounters with Hannibal. One of Hannibal's victims is now seeking revenge, and the only way to get to Hannibal is by using Clarice as bait.

HEAD OVER HEELS (PG-13) Freddie Prinze Jr., the Prinze never known as an artist, can't convince us he's an actor, let alone a killer, so we don't seriously suspect him for a moment when new girlfriend Monica Potter, a blonde Julia Roberts wannabe, thinks she sees him commit a murder. While the characters and situations would seem to lend themselves more to wit than lowest-common-denominator humor, this dumbing-down of the plots of Rear Window and Charade suggests those films might have been more successful if they'd included an exploding toilet scene. -- Steve Warren

SAVING SILVERMAN (PG-13) Steve Zahn and Jack Black, who were on the fast track to success, take a detour in this moronic comedy that may have seemed funny on paper. They try to keep their pal Jason Biggs from marrying controlling bitch Amanda Peet by doing the only logical thing: kidnapping her, faking her death and hooking him up with Amanda Detmer, the girl he loved in high school who is about to take her final vows as a nun. All this and Neil Diamond, too! It would have taken far better direction than Dennis Dugan (Big Daddy) provides to save Saving Silverman. -- SW

Duly Noted
AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME Jerry Springer puts his talk-show gig on hold to host a special screening of the campy spy comedy. Dress up as your favorite character and watch Austin travel back to the '60s to try to stop Dr. Evil and his pint-sized sidekick, Mini-me, from destroying the world. Benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Feb. 8 at 8 p.m., Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave.

THE AUTEUR THEORY Evan Oppenheimer's satire on independent film festivals centers on one peculiar student film festival, where a killer is taking out the directors of the terrible movies. A filmmaker (Alan Cox) decides to make a documentary about the killings but ends up falling for the main suspect (Natasha Lyonne). IMAGE Film and Video Center benefit screening, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m., Regal Cinemas Hollywood 24.

BANG BOOM BANG: A SURE THING Keek, a bankrobber, is living comfortably off the money he and Kalle stole in their last heist, while Kalle is finishing up his last two years in prison. When Kalle escapes from jail, Keek must scramble to make back the missing funds before Kalle gets to him. The film is in German with subtitles. Feb. 14 at 7 p.m., Goethe Institut Atlanta.

BIG MAMA CINEFEST FILM NIGHT Sponsored by IMAGE Film and Video Center, the screenings feature two films and 10 shorts by women filmmakers as part of Seen + Heard: The Atlanta Women's Arts Festival. Directed by Shelley Niro, Honey Moccasin is a comedy feature about Native-American investigator Honey Moccasin and the case of the drag queen clothing thief. Ellen Spiro's Roam Sweet Home is a documentary that examines the lives of aging roamers and loners who live on the road in trailers. The short films include: Ya-Nan Chou's "Split;" Suzie Silver's "A Spy: Hester Reeve Does the Doors;" Jeanne Vitale's "Schizophrenia Circa 1986;" T. Anjanette Levert's "Shake It Up, Shake It Down: AUC Students' Perspective on Freaknik;" CHING's "Faeries: Music in the Woods;" Shana Marie Woods' "Sangre y Veneno;" Allyson Mitchell's "Candy Kisses;" Melissa Levin's and Nina Levitt's "Baking with Butch;" Lela Lee's "Angry Little Asian Girl;" and "Hello Titty" by Anne Lise Breunneg, Jody Shipley and Beatrice Thomas. Feb. 9 with features at 7:30 p.m. and shorts at 10 p.m., PushPush Theater, 1123 Zonolite Road.

BRAINSEX: WHY WE FALL IN LOVE In his science documentary, German-American filmmaker and psychotherapist Ben Brumfield examines why we choose our mates. Brumfield will attend the screening to discuss the film, which contains nudity and evolutionary theory. Feb. 13 at 7 p.m., Goethe Institut Atlanta.

CHARLIE'S ANGELS (PG-13) On the theory that velocity is a substitute for quality, music video director McG zips through a series of sketches that were apparently more fun to shoot than they are to watch. Angels Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu find time between costume changes and dance numbers to solve the case of kidnapped techno-mogul Sam Rockwell. As their giggling constitutes a laugh track, I was reminded more of "The Carol Burnett Show" than the original "Charlie's Angels." Bill Murray is good as Bosley, the eunuch in their harem. Feb. 9-15 at 2, 6 and 10 p.m., GSU's cinéfest. -- SW

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