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Capsule reviews of films by CL critics

Opening Friday

DUST TO GLORY (PG) See review.

THE INTERPRETER (PG-13) See review.

KING'S RANSOM (PG-13) Plus-sized comedian Anthony Anderson stars in this comedy about an arrogant businessman who engineers his own kidnapping to keep his soon-to-be ex-wife from cashing in on their divorce. In the tradition of Ruthless People, things don't go according to plan.

KUNG FU HUSTLE (R) See review.

A LOT LIKE LOVE (PG-13) It's When Ashton Met Amanda in this serendipitous romantic comedy about two young hotties (Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet) who meet on an airplane, declare themselves incompatible, then keep running into each other over the next seven years. I wonder if those crazy kids will finally get together?

16 YEARS OF ALCOHOL (R) See review.


Duly Noted

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) (R) "Horrorshow" means "good" in the slang of Stanley Kubrick's fascinating futuristic satire of crime and punishment. Malcolm McDowell playfully portrays Alex, a disturbingly likable sociopath "cured" of his violent tendencies by treatments that may be worse than the disease. Replete with glorious classical music, sadistic behavior and Kubrick's trademark themes of dehumanization, A Clockwork Orange comes on real horrorshow. Fri.-Sat., April 22-23, midnight. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. - Curt Holman

LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE (2004) (NR) Antoine Fuqua's (Training Day) concert film captures the February 2003 celebration of the blues' 100th birthday at Radio City Music Hall. A host of luminaries, past and present, old school and new, mount the stage to honor the occasion, including the evening's host, Martin Scorsese (Clint Eastwood already had dibs on jazz), Ruth Brown, Mavis Staples, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Buddy Guy, India Arie, Macy Gray and John Fogerty. A smattering of memorable performances make up for the tepid ones without breaking any new ground in the uninspiring concert film genre. The sight of youth bowing and scraping in deference to wrinkled old age is something to behold in a youth-crazed culture. Recent Releases. Fri., April 22, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium, 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570. - Felicia Feaster

NOSFERATU (1979) (NR) Director Werner Herzog conjures a mordant atmosphere in this remake of F.W. Murnau's classic vampire film of the same name, with Klaus Kinski disappearing beneath eerie makeup as the vampire. Bruno Ganz plays hapless human Jonathan Harker in this haunting treatment of the Dracula mythos. The Many Faces of Bruno Ganz. Wed., April 27, 7 p.m. Goethe Institute Inter Nationes, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388. - CH

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 Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.

SHORT-LIVED! A SHORTS SLAM (NR) IMAGE Film & Video Center's freewheeling evening of short films takes inspiration from "The Gong Show," as a panel of judges, egged on by the audience, dictates whether films run to the end or get "gonged" in progress. IMAGE Film & Video Center. Fri., April 25, 7:30 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. $5 (free for IMAGE members). 404-352-4225.

A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT (R) A young Frenchwoman (Amelie's Audrey Tautou) launches an obsessive search for her lover (Gaspard Ulliel), officially declared lost in the no-man's-land of World War I. Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet applies his visionary intricacy to a sprawling account that alternates between quirky comedy and graphic war-time horrors. Jeunet's approach sacrifices some emotional depth for novelistic breadth, but by the end the film fills us with a sense of awe that encompasses the world at its most terrible and beautiful. On a double-bill with When the Cat's Away. April 22-28. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. - CH


ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED SHORTS (NR) Episodes from and about childhood shine in this collection of eight animated and live-action short films, all 2004 Oscar contenders. The computer-animated "Birthday Boy" and live-action "Little Terrorist" each effectively present a child's perspective on international conflicts, while live-action winner "Wasp's" portrayal of a loving but neglectful mother feels like one of Mike Leigh's working class dramas. But I've never seen anything like the brilliant animated winner "Ryan," a wildly imaginative - and at times disturbing - combination of homage, interview, autobiography and surreal imagery. - CH

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