Capsule blurbs of recently reviewed moviesOpening Friday
· CAPOTE 5 stars. (R) See review.
· COTE D'AZUR (NR) In this sun-drenched French sex comedy, romance blossoms at a family beach house with little regard for age or gender.
· DREAMER: INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY (G) Dakota Fanning, arguably Hollywood's most bankable new actor, plays a young girl whose faith turns a broken-down nag into a champion racehorse. There's probably an evil glue factory owner in the film somewhere.
· DOOM (R) In this action flick based on the notorious "first person shooter" video game of the same name, you get to watch The Rock blow away mutant aliens, rather than have the pleasure of doing it yourself.
· GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS 5 stars. (R) Elijah Wood sheds a little of his hobbitish image by playing an expelled Harvard student who falls in with British football hooligans, led by the charismatic Charlie Hunnam. At heart it's an old-fashioned social melodrama that slows down considerably whenever Matt's concerned family barges in. Director Lexi Alexander, a former female kickboxer, brings high-impact authority to the intense, cinema verite brawl scenes, and Hooligans' script relies on convincing reportage about the rituals, rivalries and music of hooliganism. -- Curt Holman
· KINGS AND QUEEN 4 stars. (NR) See review.
· NATIONAL LAMPOON'S BARELY LEGAL (R) Three horny high schoolers, despite their lack of sexual experience, start a home-grown porno company to raise money for a car. Will Horatio Sanz and Tom Arnold bother putting this on their resumes?
· NORTH COUNTRY 4 stars. (R) See review.
· REEL PARADISE (NR) Hoop Dreams director Steve James follows indie film champion and writer John Pierson as he encounters a steep cultural divide when he tries to run a cinema on Fiji.
· SEPARATE LIES (R) In the Bedroom's Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson star in this English marital drama about secrets and passions that erupt following a car accident. It's directed by Gosford Park's Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes.
· STAY 3 stars. (R) See review on page 56.
· BATMAN BEGINS 3 stars. (PG-13) Memento director Christopher Nolan and American Psycho actor Christian Bale prove a perfectly matched dynamic duo as they explore the psychological trauma that turned millionaire orphan Bruce Wayne into a masked vigilante. Nolan and Bale bring undeniably gritty intensity to the film's first half, but as it works to its conclusion, it's hard to overlook the silliness of the villains' Evil Scheme or the miscasting of too-cute Katie Holmes as a tough D.A. It's still the best Batman movie ever made, and the only one in which the Caped Crusader, instead of his villains, is the star. Oct. 21-Nov. 3, Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft. -- Holman
· DUCK SEASON (2004) (NR) This low-budget comedy follows the exploits of Flama and Moko, two teens whose plans to eat junk food and play video games find unexpected interruptions. Latin American Film Festival. Sat., Oct. 22, 8 p.m., Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.
· FIRECRACKER (NR) Steve Balderson's quirky drama stars Mike Patton and Karen Black, each in dual roles, as well as a supporting cast of real-life carnival "freaks" including The Enigma, Lobster Girl and George the Giant. Thurs., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. 931 Monroe Drive. 404-872-5796.
· FRIEDRICH SCHILLER: TRIUMPH OF A GENIUS (1940) (NR) This biopic focuses on the youthful setbacks and, yes, triumphs of renowned German playwright Friedrich Schiller (Horst Caspar). Wed., Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Goethe Institut, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388.
· HOTEL RWANDA 4 stars. (PG-13) Don Cheadle superbly portrays a middle-class Rwandan hotel manager who rescues hundreds of Tutsis during the country's 1994 genocide. Irish filmmaker Terry George uses suspense film techniques to seize our attention for the film's angry themes, holding the nations of the West directly responsible for their inaction during the massacres. Hotel Rwanda combines a compelling narrative with moral clarity better than any political film of the past year. Oct. 20, Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcft. -- Holman
· PROUD 2 stars. (PG) In his last film, the late Ossie Davis stars as an old man who schools his college-age grandson about his days as a sailor in the segregated American armed forces during World War II. Though the period details are somewhat shoddy and the acting and drama are strained and dramatically overripe, the film (financed by Tommy Hilfiger and produced by his daughter) has a worthwhile message about the moral dilemma faced by black soldiers fighting for the American dream when racism keeps them from achieving it back home. The sneak preview screening is presented by the fourth annual Spaghetti Junction Urban Film Festival. Mon., Oct. 24, 7 p.m. Rich Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center. Free. www.sjuff.com. -- Felicia Feaster