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Opening Friday
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING (PG) Veteran television director Joel Zwick (whose resume includes "Bosom Buddies" and "Joanie Loves Chachi") helms this comic story of a Greek-Canadian woman butting heads with family tradition by seeking to marry a non-Greek. Expect to hear "Opa!" a lot.

THE NEW GUY (PG-13) A bullied high-schooler (DJ Qualls) gets revenge on his peers after a wisecracking convict (Eddie Griffin) gives him pointers on being a bad ass. Also starring Eliza Dushku.

ULTIMATE X (PG) See extreme sports on the Mall of Georgia's extremely large IMAX screen in this documentary of ESPN's Summer X games, which includes skateboarders, BMX riders, motocrossers, and street lugers. Rated PG "for daredevil sports action and mild language." Mall of Georgia IMAX Theater, I-85 at Buford Drive, Buford.

UNFAITHFUL (R) Adrian Lyne of Fatal Attraction and 9 1/2 Weeks fame offers a steamy remake of Claude Chabrol's La Femme Infidele with Richard Gere and Diane Lane, who's getting some respectful buzz for her performance.

Duly Noted
ALL ABOUT EUROPE (2000) (NR) Nick Fraser and Ben Lewis consider the past, present and future of Europe in interviews with citizens of numerous countries, covering topics from World War II to the European Union. Celebration of Europe Day 2002. Goethe-Institut Atlanta, Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree St., May 9 at 4 p.m., $4 for non-members.

BRASSED OFF (1996) (R) Ewan "Obi-Wan Kenobi" McGregor trades his light saber for a trumpet in this English-underdog comedy-drama about a brass band trying to survive amid a wave of mining closures in Northern England. European Film Festival. May 11, 9 p.m., Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center. $5.

THE CARRIERS ARE WAITING (1999) (NR) Benoit Mariage offers a droll perspective on perfection and parenting in the tale of a father who yearns to turn his teenage son into a champion -- at turning doorknobs. European Film Festival. May 11, 9 p.m., Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center. $5.

GREEN DESERT (1999) (NR) Two teens escape the stifling life of their home village by passing time in the surrounding forest, until one of them develops leukemia. European Film Festival and part of Goethe-Institut Atlanta's Introducing ARTE: The European Cultural TV-Channel. May 10, 7 p.m., Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center. $5.

HAPPENSTANCE (2001) (Not Rated) Amelie's Audrey Tautou stars in Laurent Firode's comedy of how the twists of fate can alter the lives of complete strangers in France. European Film Festival. May 11, 7 p.m., Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center. $5.

LANDSCAPE IN THE MIST (1988) (Not Rated) Director Theo Angelopoulos blends Greek myth with road movie conventions in this odyssey of two children who run away from home to find their father. European Film Festival. May 11, 4:30 p.m., Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center. $5.

THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON (1971) (NR) This documentary considers the life and death of a 20-year-old chairman of the Chicago Black Panthers, fatally shot in a pre-dawn FBI raid. Eyewitness: Lynching and Racial Violence in America. May 9, 7 p.m., Auburn Avenue Research Library. Free.

NORTHERN SKIRTS (1999) (NR) Five young people from different ethnic and social backgrounds meet in Vienna and for a time deal with jobs, relationships, unwanted pregnancies and the war in the former Yugoslavia. Introducing ARTE: The European Cultural TV-Channel. Goethe-Institut Atlanta, Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree St., May 8 at 7 p.m., $4 for non-members.

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946) (NR) If you liked The Man Who Wasn't There, you'll love this film noir thriller with Lana Turner and John Garfield, based on James M. Cain's pitiless novel. May 13, 7:30 p.m., Commune Restaurant, 1198 Howell Mill Road. Free with dinner.

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. 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 the Marietta Star Cinema, 1355 Roswell Road, Marietta.

UNDER THE SUN (Not Rated) This Swedish film about a lonely, palooka farmer who takes out an ad for a lady companion and ends up with a mega-babe who whips his homestead into shape and cuts a swath to his heart is soft-core feel-good along the lines of Giuseppe Tornatore-meets-Playboy. Some may find it too sweet, others will cringe at director Colin Nutley's fractured storytelling and very obvious characterizations and incidents. Peachtree Film Society, May 12 at 6 p.m., Cinevision Screening Room. --Felicia FeasterContinuing
ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS (R) A tough bounty hunter (Ice Cube, who also co-wrote the film) and a wisecracking bail jumper (Mike Epps) join forces to fleece some diamond thieves in this action comedy named for the P. Diddy song. Featuring Anthony Michael Hall and Lil' Bow Wow.

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