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Opening Friday
CLOCKSTOPPERS (PG) A teen and his girlfriend stumble across an invention that makes time seem to stand still and must stop a bad guy from exploiting it. This revisit of the ideas of The Girl, The Gold Watch and Everything is directed by "Star Trek's" Jonathan Frakes, who has some experience with temporal anomalies.

DEATH TO SMOOCHY (R) A kid's show host (Robin Williams) goes nutzoid when he's replaced by a guy (Edward Norton) in a rhino suit that resembles a certain purple dinosaur. "Barney" jokes may be a little dated, but Danny DeVito's comedy, co-starring Jon Stewart and Catherine Keener, promises to be as dark as The War of the Roses.

THE PANIC ROOM (R) Pop stylist and zeitgeist-surfer David Fincher goes gimpy in his latest dull, unimaginative pseudo-thriller about a recent divorcee (Jodie Foster) and her teenage daughter (Kristen Stewart) who wage a psychological battle with a trio of criminals (Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, Dwight Yoakam) who have invaded their Manhattan mansion looking for a $3 million treasure. --Felicia Feaster

THE ROOKIE (G) Inspired by a true story, this film depicts a high school baseball coach (Dennis Quaid) who agrees to try out for the Majors if his team makes it to the playoffs. The trailer is so "inspirational" and sun-drenched as to make Field of Dreams look like Resident Evil.

Duly Noted
AUDITION (R) A widower arranges a bogus film audition to meet a perspective bride, only to see his plans go grotesquely awry in this Japanese suspense film. Director Takashi Miike's economical approach to terror -- which includes piano wire and branding irons -- have given the low-budget film a cult following. GSU's cinefest, March 22-28.

EYEDRUM VIDEO AND FILM NIGHT (NR) Guest curator Doug Rednour offers an evening of the work by Atlanta horror filmmakers, including Blake Meyers ("How to Extract Cranial Fluid"), Will Sanders ("The Misadventures of the Calamity Brothers") and Matthew Munson ("Little Red Riding Hood"). March 27, 8 p.m. Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery, Suite 8, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Free.

FOR EVER MOZART (NR) A grizzled filmmaker's attempt to stage a play in Sarajevo becomes for Jean-Luc Godard a mediation on recent European history and his own cinematic past. New Wave Now, March 30, 8 p.m., Room 205, White Hall, Emory University.

THE GLEANERS AND I (NR) One of the most acclaimed documentaries of last year, Agnes Vardas' film considers modern life through the eyes of France's scavengers, trash-pickers and other collectors of society's cast-offs. New Wave Now, March 29, 8 p.m., Room 205, White Hall, Emory University. -- FF

LAST JOURNEY INTO SILENCE (NR) "These people are still in a concentration camp," says a visitor to an Israeli hostel filled with Holocaust survivors, mostly former residents of mental institutions. Shosh Shlam's 50-minute documentary focuses rather narrowly on three pairs of mental ill mothers and their daughters, but provides a haunting portrayal of neglect, survival guilt and the aftershocks of the Holocaust. March 31, 7 p.m., Goizueta Business School Auditorium, Emory University. Free.--Curt Holman

A LYNCHING IN MARION and THIRD MAN ALIVE (NR) Emory University's series on lynching in American history begins with two short documentaries that offer different perspectives on the attempted lynching of 16-year-old James Cameron in 1930. Presented with the five-minute experimental film "Between the World and Me" based on Richard Wright's poem of the same name. Eyewitness: Lynching and Racial Violence in America. March 28, 7 p.m., Auburn Ave. Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave. Free.

THE RULING CLASS (PG) Peter O'Toole gives his finest performance as an English nobleman who thinks he's Jesus, gets "cured" and comes to believe he's Jack the Ripper. Some static camerawork betrays the theatrical origins of this lengthy but ingenious satire on England's hidebound institutions. GSU's cinefest, Mar. 29- April 4.--CH

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 Marietta Star Cinema, 1355 Roswell Road, Marietta.

SAME OLD SONG (NR) Known as the grandfather of the French New Wave, Hiroshima, Mon Amour director Alain Resnais ventured into the musical genre in this sparkling 1997 romance set in Paris. New Wave Now, March 28, 8 p.m., Room 206, White Hall, Emory University.

"SENIOR YEAR" (NR) Local documentarian-gone-big time David Zeiger (The Band) produced this gripping veritye account of the lives of 15 diverse students at a California high school coping with a new range of pressures as they prepare to enter the real world, from suicidal parents to the death of a fellow classmate. Episodes 11 amd 12 will be screened. Presented by IMAGE Film & Video Center. March 30 at 7 p.m. Georgia-Pacific Auditorium, 133 Peachtree Road. $6.--FF

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