Movies & TV » Film Clips

Short subjectives

Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Friday
BULLY (R) Larry Clark directs another gritty pubescent drama, this time about a group of teenagers in Florida who exact revenge against the school bully.

O *** (R) An appropriately troubling Columbine-era spin on Othello, Tim Blake Nelson's adaptation places Shakespeare's tragic power struggle on the appropriately high-stakes battleground of the high school basketball court where a disgruntled brooder (Josh Hartnett) attempts to destroy the sterling rep of the team's star player (Mekhi Phifer).--FELICIA FEASTERDuly Noted
CHASING AMY (1997) (R) Ben Affleck stars as a comic book artist who falls in love with a lesbian (Joey Lauren Adams). Directed by Kevin Smith. Blackwell Star Cinema in Marietta, 9:40 p.m. daily through Aug. 30.

DOGMA (1999) (R) Kevin Smith directs this eclectic cast in a comic fantasy about a contemporary battle between outcast angels, Lucifer and God. Costars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Linda Fiorentino, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock, Salma Hayak, Jason Lee, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, George Carlin, Alanis Morissette, Janeane Garofalo and Bud Cort. Blackwell Star Cinema in Marietta, screens once daily through Aug. 30.

INVISIBLE KITCHEN Local indie film written and directed by Cedric T. Bradley tells the story of two chefs who struggle for creative freedom. Ultimately they learn sex sells food when they are asked to cater a dinner using the human body (a naked woman's) as the platter for their cuisine. Premiere screening at Villa Christina Aug. 31.

JAILHOUSE ROCK *** 1/2 In this lowbrow rags-to-riches story a perpetually sullen Vince Everett (Elvis Presley) transforms from a jailbird to a singing sensation in this entertaining celebration of the rebellious Presley spirit. Drive-Invasion at Starlight Six Drive-In, Sept. 1. -- FF

"PIZZA PAIN EPIPHANY" ThunderBubble Pictures presents this short by writer/director Kreg Thornley about a hen-pecked husband who tries to order a pizza but accidentally orders a dominatrix. Eyedrum Music & Art Gallery, Aug. 29 at 8:30 p.m.

RICHARD PRYOR: LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP! (1982) The film version of the stand-up comedian's live show. Dinner and Movie Series. Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. at MoorEpics: The Poetry Planet, 227 Mitchell St.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (R) The cult classic of cult classics, the 1975 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. It's all fun and games until Meatloaf gets killed. Dress as your favorite character and participate in this musical on acid. Fridays at midnight, Lefont Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave., and Saturday at midnight at Blackwell Star Cinema, 3378 Canton Road, Marietta.

A.I.: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE *** (PG-13) Steven Spielberg brings to light a long-developed Stanley Kubrick project about an android boy (Haley Joel Osment) who aspires to be human. Spielberg gives the first act a poetic precision evocative of the late filmmaker's cerebral style, but subsequent sections uncomfortably blend elements of Pinocchio and Blade Runner, losing some of its pristine storytelling control. -- CURT HOLMAN

AMERICAN PIE 2 **1/2 This follow-up to the 1999 hit reunites over a dozen characters. This sequel is more of a boys' night then a nostalgic sequal -- Tara Reid, Mena Suvari and Natasha Lyonne have little more than cameos here. Four friends -- hapless Jim (Jason Biggs), obnoxious Stifler (Seann William Scott), cute Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas), soft-spoken Oz (Chris Klein) and brainy Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) -- back together after a year in college, ready to enjoy a summer at the beach. --MATT BRUNSON

APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX *** 1/2 (R) Closer to Francis Ford Coppola's original intention for his film, this Apocalypse featuring 53 additional minutes and the inclusion of scenes that had previously been mere legend in film circles enhances the myth of this stunning Vietnam war film but does not necessarily make for a better film.--FF

BROTHER *** (R) BLURB: Japan's premier bad-ass Beat Takeshi wrote, directed and stars in this international co-production about a displaced yakuza soldier who starts up operations in the United States, bludgeoning, bashing, blading, or blowing the brains out of anyone who gets in his way. A little muddled, but a top-notch performance by Beat and over the top violence carry the day. Up-and-comer Omar Epps co-stars as one of the American yakuza. -- EDDY VON MUELLER

CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN **1/2 (R) This adaptation of Louis de Bernieres' novel finds Nicolas Cage affecting the worst Italian accent since Nick Nolte struggled his way through Lorenzo's Oil nine years ago. Still, his no more miscast than his co-stars, Penelope Cruz and Christian Bale, who play Greeks residing on the island of Cephallonia during World War II. Cage plays a music-loving officer whose company is stationed on Cephallonia as the war rages on around them. The initial antagonism between the Greeks and the Italians eventually subsides, all the more so when the Germans turn up and start killing everyone in sight. Director John Madden may have helmed Shakespeare In Love, but he's never able to jumpstart the romance between Cage and Cruz; his instincts work better in the second half, when the harsh realities of war are brought to the island residents' front doorstep. -- MATT BRUNSON

GHOST WORLD *** 1/2 (R) Terry Zwigoff follows his superb documentary on underground cartoonist R. Crumb with a sharp feature based on Daniel Clowes' comic book serial about hip best friends (Thora Birch and Scarlet Johansson) who drift apart after high school graduation. The film hilariously shows young people faced with the insipid mediocrity of consumer culture vs. the loneliness of personal authenticity, embodied by Steve Buscemi as a hapless record collector. The kind of film David Lynch or Woody Allen should be trying to make, Ghost World provides ideal performances from its leads while refusing to offer easy solutions to their dilemma. -- CH

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH **** (R) A fantastic, not-to-be-missed debut film from John Cameron Mitchell (adapting his off-Broadway play) who stars in this audacious rock musical as an East German transsexual nursing a broken heart as he plays abysmal rock gigs in restaurants and ice cream parlors across the country. --FF

JAY & SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK *** (R). Kevin Smith provides a light-hearted coda to his "New Jersey" trilogy of films with this low-brow, cameo-heavy road movie that boasts some hilarious spoofs on classic and current films. The foul-mouthed Laurel & Hardy team of Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) offers a few gay jokes too many, but if the film isn't as good as Pee Wee's Big Adventure, it's at least better than Beavis & Butt-Head Do America. -- CURT HOLMAN

MADE *** (R). Vince Vaughn and writer-director Jon Favreau reprise their winning comic teamwork from Swingers, here playing aspiring boxers in L.A. who take a mysterious job for the Mob in New York. Vaughn's cluelessness as a would-be "playa" leads to many inspired, cringe-inducing confrontations, and though there's an unnecessarily serious subplot with a little girl, otherwise Made makes the grade. -- CH

THE OTHERS *** (PG-13). Spooky events begin occurring at an isolated mansion in 1945. Are the three mysterious new servants trying to drive single mother Nicole Kidman mad, or is the house haunted? Chilean writer-director Alejandro AmenAbar heeds the lessons of The Sixth Sense, offering a moody, well-constructed supernatural thriller that can be contrived and ponderous at times, but builds to some imaginative scares and a clever twist that invites you to reassess the film at the end. -- CH

Add a comment