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Opening Friday

ANYTHING BUT LOVE (PG-13) The songs are as old as the story in this effective homage to classic musicals that might have been just a vanity project for the writers -- director Robert Cary and star Isabel Rose. She plays a cabaret singer in danger of reliving her mother's life. When she chooses between domesticity with lawyer Cameron Bancroft and a career with piano player Andrew McCarthy, the outcome would make Mona Lisa smile. Isabel Rose will be in attendance Jan. 23 and provide a Q&A at the evening shows on Jan. 24. At Madstone Theaters Parkside. --Steve Warren


HIGH TIMES POTLUCK (NR) The doobie-themed magazine High Times presents this comedy about a mobster (Frank Adonis) who succumbs to refer madness. Co-starring Jason Mewes (of Jay and Silent Bob fame), Frank Gorshin and, inevitably, Tommy Chong. At Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

WIN A DATE WITH TAD HAMILTON! (PG-13) If you want to pretend the last 50 years never happened, you'll enjoy this retro comedy about a wise but not worldly gal (Kate Bosworth) from an idealized Middle America who finds herself torn between a city feller (Josh Duhamel) and the sweet homeboy (Topher Grace) who secretly loves her. Robert Luketic's tribute to naiveté is better than the average January release, but proves a disappointing follow-up to Legally Blonde. --SW

Duly Noted
THE ANIMATION SHOW (2003) (NR) Animator Don Hertzfeldt and "King of the Hill's" Mike Judge present this evening of animated shorts with a high ratio of gems to duds. Highlights include Tim Burton's delightful Vincent Price homage "Vincent," Mike Judge's minimalist doodle "Office Space" (inspiration for the film of the same name) and Hertzfeldt's Oscar-nominated "Rejected," one of the most brilliantly twisted artifacts of the 20th century. Jan. 23-29. Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.--Curt Holman

COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE (2001) (PG) This big-screen version of the anime series depicts a team of bounty hunters as they race the clock to stop a biochemical terrorist. Jan. 22. Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.

EYEDRUM OPEN SCREENING NIGHT (NR) The gallery applies the "open mic night" concept to this evening of work from fledgling filmmakers as well as "found" programming like weird home movies, period infomercials and other oddities. Jan. 28, 8 p.m. Eyedrum. 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $3. 404-522-0655.

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF (1986) (PG) A mischievous high schooler (Matthew Broderick) lives life to the fullest on the day he plays hooky. Writer-director John Hughes offers elaborate set pieces that fall short of big laughs, but the movie still has a loyal cult following. You'll be inspired to imitate Ben Stein's nasal "Bueller? Bueller?" at the roll call scene. Jan. 21, 7 p.m., Mick's Bennett St. 2110 Peachtree Road. Free with dinner. 404-355-7163. --CH

FILMMAKERS OF TOMORROW (NR) IMAGE Film & Video Center presents the short works from the 15-19 year-old students of the MEDIA Project. Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m., Atlanta Fulton Public Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square. Free. 404-352-4225.

THE INTOLERABLE BURDEN (NR) Constance Curry's documentary recounts the crisis in public education in the years following segregation. Jan. 22, 4:30 p.m., Joseph W. Jones Room, Woodruff Library, 540 Asbury Circle. Free. 404-727-7620.

MILLENNIUM ACTRESS (PG) Anime auteur Satoshi Kon revisits the themes of his cult hit Perfect Blue, including the tension between media celebrity and reality, with this story of a film crew interviewing a septuagenarian film actress and finding themselves reliving past experiences along with her. Jan. 22. Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565.

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 Meat Loaf gets killed. Dress as your favorite character and participate in this musical on acid. Midnight Fri. at Lefont Plaza Theatre and Sat. at Marietta Star Cinema.

WELLFAIR (NR) This monthly evening of movies, music and artwork includes work from such local filmmakers as Frank Lopez and Alex Orr. Jan. 27, 9 p.m. MJQ Concourse, 736 Ponce de Leon Place. Free. 404-520-1820.

WINGS OF GLASS (NR) Rebellious, sexy 18 year-old Nazli (Sara Sommerfeld) only wants to be a normal Swedish girl with a Swedish boyfriend, but her conservative Iranian father Abbas (Said Oveissi) plans for his irresponsible daughter to marry her macho, financially secure cousin. An unsympathetic lead and a tendency to throw too many issues into the mix make for a less than satisfying, often superficial approach to the problems faced by Sweden's growing Middle Eastern immigrant population. Films at the High: The New Faces of Swedish Cinema. Jan. 24, 8 p.m., Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. $5. 404-733-4570. --Felicia Feaster

ALONG CAME POLLY (PG-13) What might have been a funny movie relies on body emissions for nearly all its laughs. Ben Stiller pees, pukes and poops his way through the role of Reuben, a conservative insurance risk assessor whose wife, Lisa (Debra Messing), runs off with a scuba instructor on their honeymoon. Reuben hooks up with Polly (Jennifer Aniston), his total opposite, but then along comes Lisa again. Stiller is Stiller, Aniston is very good and Philip Seymour Hoffman steals the picture, but it's petty theft. --SW.

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