KITCHEN STORIES (NR) See review.
THE LADYKILLERS (R) See review.
NEVER DIE ALONE (R) David Arquette plays a reporter who traces the life of murdered crime lord King David (rapper DMX) in this crime drama directed by Ernest Dickerson.
SCOOBY DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED (PG) The first live-action feature of the ghostbusting Great Dane earned enough Scooby Snacks to justify this sequel, which features more monsters and such guest stars as Peter Boyle, Alicia Silverstone and Tim Blake Nelson.
THE SON (NR) See review.
BUBBA HO-TEP (R) Bruce Campbell of the Evil Dead trilogy plays an elderly Elvis -- or perhaps just a mentally scrambled impersonator -- who defends his seedy nursing home from a soul-sucking Egyptian mummy. The Phantasm director aspires to cheesy B-movie status and succeeds by that rather modest benchmark. Despite its dirty jokes and bargain-basement production values, the film works in some weighty points about mortality, and Campbell's a hoot whenever he defends himself against supernatural enemies with Elvis' patented karate moves. March 25. Cinefest, GSU Student Center, Suite 211, 66 Courtland St. $5 ($3 until 5 p.m.). 404-651-3565. --Curt Holman
DISTANT (2002) (NR) Winner of the Grand Jury prize at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's bittersweet drama depicts a photographer, his ex-wife and a country cousin who comes to Istanbul looking for work. Films at the High, Discovering Turkish Cinema. March 27, 8 p.m., Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. $5. 404-733-4570. www.high.org.
FRANKENSTEIN (1910) (NR) In 1910 Thomas Edison brought Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to the movie screen for the first time. Eyedrum presents the film with a musical performance of songs based on the book. March 27, 8 p.m. Eyedrum. 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $3. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.
GAN (NR) The Consulate General of Japan and Emory University's Film Studies Department celebrate the 150th anniversary of Commodore Perry's voyage to Japan with a festival of films about the country in the 19th century. The final installment depicts a woman forced to become a money-lender's mistress while pining for a young medical student. March 25, 7:30 p.m. 205 White Hall, Emory University. Free. 404-727-6761.
A MIGHTY WIND (PG-13) Three soulful '60s folk acts gather for a reunion concert in New York City, with the attendant tensions and personal traumas in Christopher Guest's (Best in Show) latest mockumentary. The film is a study in very low-key comedy that offers a pitch-perfect rendition of folky social protest anthems, behavioral tics and dress codes, but which may be a little too under-the-cultural-radar for a large audience. March 31, 7 p.m., Mick's Bennett St. 2110 Peachtree Road. Free with dinner. 404-355-7163.--Felicia Feaster
MOE'S KNOWS FILMS (NR) Moe's Southwest Grill on Ponce presents an evening of short, locally produced independent films, plus music from Overwhelmed. March 30 at 8:30 p.m (films begin at 9:30 p.m.). Moe's Southwest Grill, 863 Ponce de Leon. $5. 404-243-7892.
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 Marietta Star Cinema.
SISSI, SCHICKSALSJAHRE EINER KAISERIN (1957) (NR) Young Austrian empress Sissi (Romy Schneider) must face both political unrest in the nation and emotional conflicts with her family in the last of three sentimental German hits from the 1950s. Romy Schneider in Sissi. March 31. 7 p.m. Goethe Institut Inter Nationes, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388.
WELLFAIR (NR) This monthly evening of movies, music and artwork includes such short films from Matt Hutchinson as "Ghost Runner on First" and "The Making of This Very Film." Jan. 27, 9 p.m. MJQ Concourse, 736 Ponce de Leon Place. Free. 404-520-1820. www.wellfair.net.
AGENT CODY BANKS: DESTINATION LONDON (PG) With Anthony Anderson playing Hutch to Frankie Muniz' Starsky, there's a little more comedy and a little less violence in the second adventure of the CIA's youngest spy (Muniz in the title role). The new "Banks girl," bland pop star Hannah Spearritt of S Club 7, makes you appreciate Hilary Duff in the last film, but this slickly-produced, family-friendly entertainment moves lickity-split from first frame to last.--Steve Warren
BARBERSHOP 2: BACK IN BUSINESS (PG-13) Business as Usual is more like it. It may be slicker than the original by a hair but the series hasn't lost its funky charm. Ice Cube fights gentrification-minded developers and Cedric the Entertainer rants hilariously about celebrities instead of beloved historical figures. Our familiarity with the characters makes as enjoyable as an old sitcom, and the presence of Queen Latifah, setting up her Beautyshop spinoff, makes this a "very special episode."--SW
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