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Film Clips: This weekend's movie openings and more April 09 2010

If Tina Fey and Steve Carell had a baby, do you think he/she would be funny?

OPENING FRIDAY

AFTER.LIFE (R ) A woman wakes up from a bad car accident to find she's somewhere between life and death. The funeral director seems more than happy to help her to the other side—whether she wants to go or not. Stars Christina Ricci, Liam Neeson and Justin Long.

CITY ISLAND (PG-13) A prison guard, played by Andy Garcia, lives a perfectly normal suburban life—or so he thought. But his world is turned upside down when an unforeseen chain of events unravels everything he thought he knew about everyone he knows.

DATE NIGHT (PG-13) It’s like Thursday nights on NBC go to the movies when the stars of “The Office” (Steve Carell) and “30 Rock” (Tina Fey) play a married couple whose night on the town takes a turn for slapstick hilarity when they’re mistaken for deadbeats in hock to criminals.

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA (NR) Subtitled Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, this Oscar-nominated documentary chronicles the famed military analyst and whistle-blower who made public the details of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. ''


THE RUNAWAYS 3 stars (R ) An abusive record producer (Michael Shannon) builds an all-girl, pre-punk rock band around underage singer Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) and hard-charging guitarist Joan Jett (Twilight’s Kristen Stewart) in this fairly conventional rock biopic. Despite the vivid sense of period detail and some bracing tunes like “Cherry Bomb,” The Runaways emphasizes Currie’s victimization at nearly every turn and avoids enjoying the band’s music as feminist empowerment. Fanning comes across as young and vulnerable, and Stewart as rather passive, suggesting that different casting might have lead to a more fun film. — Holman

WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE: A FILM ABOUT THE DOORS 2 stars (R ) Writer/director Tom DiCillo has fashioned an unremarkable documentary about one of America's most remarkable rock bands, the Doors. When You're Strange's visual odyssey details the life and times of the group. — Chad Radford

DULY NOTED

DUNIA: KISS ME NOT ON THE EYES (NR) Lebanese director Jocelyn Saab directs this story of a young Egyptian woman’s search for identity and sensuality through the guidance of her teacher, a public intellectual. April 10, 8 p.m. Free-$7. Rich Theatre, High Museum, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.high.org.

ROSEMARY’S BABY 5 stars (1968) European director Roman Polanski became the toast of America with this psychological thriller about a young woman (Mia Farrow) who suspects she’s carrying a demonic baby. This may be the least splattery horror film presented as part of the Splatter Cinema series. April 13, 9:30 p.m. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave., $8-$12. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.

THE SECRET OF NIMH (1982) (NR) Former Disney animator Don Bluth inaugurated an animation studio with this children’s book adaptation about an intrepid mouse-mother who discovers a band of rodents made superintelligent thanks to genetic experimentation. Midnight, April 9 and 3 p.m., April 10. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave., $8-$12. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.

FORCES OF NATURE Earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, oh my! Three incredibly furious natural disasters are at your disposal. The good news: there is a screen separating the two of you. Through May 27. $8-$13. Show times vary. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6400. www.fernbankmuseum.org.

ARABIA For those of you whose only knowledge of Arabia comes from Aladdin or various news outlets, this movie is for you. Unfortunately, there’s not a magic carpet ride, but it’s a journey from the ancient Arabian world to modern day. Highlights include viewing shipwrecks at the bottom of the see and seeing the Islamic yearly pilgrimage to Mecca. Through July 29. $8-$13. Show times vary. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6400. www.fernbankmuseum.org.

RIDE AROUND THE WORLD Many people think that the cowboy was born in America. Truthfully, the connection between man and horse has been around for over 1,500 years. This movie follows this rich culture from gauchos to vaqueros. Through June 25. $8-$13. Martinis & IMAX exclusively. Fri., 8 p.m., 10 p.m. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6400. www.fernbankmuseum.org.

RECENTLY REVIEWED

VINCERE 4 stars (R ) At a time when words like “socialist” and “Nazi” are used as interchangeable political epithets, director Marco Bellocchio presents a compelling refreshing course on the rise of Mussolini (Filippo Timi) from a rockstar among young revolutionaries to Italy’s fascist director. Beautician Ida Dalser (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) gravitates to Mussolini’s charisma, bears him a son and then suffers enormously when the war-mongering agitator abandons her and denies their relationship. Vincere maintains a stirring, operatic tone with larger-than-life performances and wall-to-wall music (particularly when Dasler is institutionalized), but Mezzogiorno keeps the passionate performance from reducing to histrionics. — Holman

CLASH OF THE TITANS 2 stars (PG-13 ) While humans challenge the Greek pantheon and conniving Hades (Ralph Fiennes) plots to overthrow Zeus (Liam Neeson), reluctant demigod Perseus (Avatar’s Sam Worthington) must retrieve the head of Medusa to stop the gigantic Kraken before it eats Princess Andromeda and/or destroys the city. — Holman

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO 3 stars (R ) An anti social, dragoon-tatted hacker (Noomi Rapace) teams with a disgraced journalist (Michael Nyqvist) to reopen a 40 year-old missing persons case that remote islands, wealthy industrialists and former Nazis. This adaptation of the internationally bestselling thriller features the workmanlike plot and slick direction worthy of a TV spy series, but Rapace’s avenging feminist character elevates it above the second rate. Neverthless, Roman Polanski’s recent ‘The Ghost Writer’ has about half the twists and twice the suspense. — Holman

(Photo Myles Aronowitz)''