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Opening Friday

· BALLET RUSSES - 3 Stars (NR) See review here .

· CURIOUS GEORGE (G) Hot on the heels of King Kong comes another tale of a primate who hits the big city, although the mischievous chimp of H.A. Rey's classic children's books probably won't be shot off the Empire State Building. Will Ferrell provides the voice of the Man with the Yellow Hat in this animated feature.

· FINAL DESTINATION 3 (R) Supernatural goings-on surround a deadly roller-coaster ride in the trilogy of hot young people living on borrowed time. But does the title mean that this is really the final destination? Apparently, the previous two destinations were not.

· FIREWALL (PG-13) See review here.

· IMAGINE ME AND YOU - 2 Stars. (R) See review here.

· THE PINK PANTHER (PG) See review here.

Duly Noted

· CAMPUS MOVIENITE (NR) This evening presents the best Georgia-made short films of the Campus MovieFest, the fifth annual competition of student filmmakers. Thu., Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. $12. ($6 for students). 678-613-7370.

· THE FOLIAGE (2004) (NR) In this understated romance, a young woman awakens to love against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution in 1974. Hong Kong Panorama. Sat., Feb. 11, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570.

· HWY 5 FILM FESTIVAL (NR) The first Hwy 5 Film Festival features 10 locally produced short films from such filmmakers as Tracy Martin, Chris Tsambis, Cara Price, Matt Ruggles and Taj Turner. Fri., Feb. 17, and Feb. 24, midnight. El Cine Mireles, 3378 Canton Road. $6.25.

· THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES (NR) This documentary draws a parallel between the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East and the burgeoning neo-conservative political movement in the United States. Thurs., Feb. 9 and Feb. 23, 7 p.m. The Arts Exchange, 750 Kalb St. Free. 404-624-4211.

· RENT - 3 Stars (PG-13) In Chris Columbus' adaptation of the Broadway musical, a group of twentysomething artists (played mostly by the now thirtysomething original cast) wrestle with AIDS, drug addiction and creative compromise in Manhattan. At best, numbers like "La Vie Boheme" capture the same intoxication of creative urban youth in the film Fame; at worst, the overwrought, operatic romance plays like a long-form Bon Jovi video. Unlike the Oscar-winning Chicago seldom finds the right scale to play on the big screen, but it hits enough high notes to justify renting a theater seat for a couple of hours. Thurs., Feb. 9. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. -- Curt Holman

· 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.

· SEARCHING FOR THE WRONG-EYED JESUS - 2 Stars (NR) Coming uncomfortably close to a Southern freak show, this half-documentary, half-narrative exploration of the South's stark moral divide between evil and good, sin and church visits Pentecostal churches, Louisiana prisons, gritty roadhouses and even Harry Crews in British director Andrew Douglas' faltering effort to get close to the "real" South. The raw authenticity of the places that tour guide and musician Jim White takes us sit badly next to contrived, artsy music video interludes where musicians like White, Johnny Dowd and the Handsome Family croon alt-country ballads to the region. Feb. 10-16. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. -- Felicia Feaster

· SHIP OF FOOLS (1965) (NR) The star-studded cast of Stanley Kramer's shipboard melodrama includes Vivien Leigh, José Ferrer and German actor Heinz Rühmann as a quiet Jewish passenger. The Rühmann Film Series. Wed., Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Atlanta, 1197 Peachtree St. $4. 404-892-2388.

· TRUDELL (NR) This award-winning documentary profiles John Trudell, Native American activist and artist. D.R.E.A.M. Series. Thurs., Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, 450 Auburn Ave. Free. 404-979-2863.


· ANNAPOLIS (PG-13) James Franco plays a young man "from the wrong side of the tracks" trying to succeed in the hyper-competitive Naval Academy. With Tyrese as his tough instructor, Annapolis looks like a WB Network version of An Officer and a Gentleman.

· BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE 2 (PG-13) Martin Lawrence reprises his role as an FBI agent with a penchant for dressing up like old ladies. This time "Big Momma" takes the job as a housekeeper/nanny to a suspected designer of deadly computer viruses.

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