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The Santa Clause III: The Escape Clause, The Affairs of Julie, others


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FLUSHED AWAY 3 stars (PG) See review.

THE SANTA CLAUSE III: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE (PG) Tim Allen once more dons the white beard and red felt as a regular guy who takes to his newfound career as Kris Kringle. In this outing, Santa invites his new in-laws (Ann-Margaret and Alan Arkin) to the North Pole at the same time as Jack Frost (Martin Short) attempts a hostile takeover. It sounds sort of like a cross between Meet the Fockers and "Mr. Cold Miser."

TIDELAND 1 star (R) See review.

Duly Noted

THE AFFAIRS OF JULIE (1955) A young writer recounts her unhappy romantic experiences and discovers personal and professional complications when a film company expresses interest in the work. $4. Wed., Nov. 8, 7 p.m. Goethe-Institut Atlanta, 1197 Peachtree Road. 404-892-2388.

ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES! (1978) (NR) Cinfest celebrates Halloween with this return engagement of the horror spoof about vegetables that eat human beings, rather than the other way around. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). Thurs., Nov. 2. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565.

THE HOLY GIRL (2004) (NR) In Argentina, a Catholic schoolgirl and her mother are both drawn to the same visiting doctor in this film that cracked many top-10 lists in 2005. $7. Sat., Nov. 4, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570.

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH 2 stars (PG) Former Vice President Al Gore lays out the scientific underpinnings of global warming to devastating effect. Essentially a filmed lecture interspersed with biographical material, Davis Guggenheim's documentary contains some narrative limitations but otherwise presents a profoundly disturbing portrait of an impending global catastrophe, delivered by Gore with unexpected humor and passion. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). Nov. 3-16. Cinefest, GSU University Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. -- Curt Holman

OUR BRAND IS CRISIS (2005) (NR) This political documentary with comedic implications follows James Carville's political consulting firm as it works to win Bolivia's former president a second term. The documentary explores the challenges and ironies of exporting American-style democracy. $7. Fri., Nov. 3, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4570.

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.

WHO IS BOZO TEXINO? (NR) Bill Daniel's experimental documentary focuses on the 100 year-old tradition of hobo and railworker graffiti. $5-$10. Thurs., Nov. 9, 8 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655.


AMERICAN HARDCORE 3 stars (R) Director Paul Rachman's documentary on the hardcore punk scene of the '80s, adapted from Steven Blush's book, probably misses as much as it captures of that chaotic place and time. Extensive interviews with members of Black Flag, the Minutemen, Minor Threat and a host of luminaries such as Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye and Mike Watt captures the countercultural energy of this aggressive musical form, even if Rachman has a hard time delving beneath the fanzine surface or offering a deeper examination of the scene. -- Felicia Feaster

CATCH A FIRE 3 stars (PG-13) In South Africa circa 1980, a black factory foreman (Glory Road's Derek Luke) finds himself framed by circumstantial evidence for an act of sabotage, motivating him to become an actual freedom fighter. Despite some heavy-handed narrative touches by director Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games), Catch a Fire looks past the superficial, apartheid-sure-was-bad themes of films such as Cry Freedom to find intriguing post-9/11 resonances. South Africa's War on Terror turns a flawed but decent man into an enemy of the state, troubling the conscience of a privileged white interrogator (Tim Robbins). -- Curt Holman

CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD (PG) Henry Czerny plays author Neale Donald Walsch in Stephen Simon's adaptation of Walsch's popular New Age books on spirituality.

DEATH OF A PRESIDENT 2 stars (Not Rated) British filmmaker Gabriel Range presents a simulated documentary retrospective that "looks back" at the 2007 assassination of George W. Bush. The deliberately inflammatory premise and creative, low-budget storytelling combine to make an undeniably compelling story. But Death of a President spends more time on minor points, such as establishing that anti-Bush activists have the right to protest, than carry its future history into thought-provoking areas. The Bush-bashing themes prove too modest to justify the tastelessness of the enterprise. -- Holman

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