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CRUMB Screened as part of Agnes Scott College's Book Unbound exhibit, the documentary chronicles the life and works of legendary underground comic artist, Robert Crumb. The movie offers a glimpse into the warped, creative mind of the counterculture hero through interviews with his dysfunctional family and friends. Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., McCain Library, 141 E. College Ave., Decatur.

EIGHT FILMS BY RELAH ECKSTEIN Los Angeles art filmmaker Relah Eckstein explores hunger, lust and other more ambiguous states of body and mind in eight of her decidedly quirky short films screening at the Fountainhead Lounge. With a stock cast of characters (including former Go-Gos drummer Gina Schock) and her unique blend of New Wave-meets-thrift-store-meets-Alice-in-Wonderland aesthetics, Eckstein's films are little jewels of inspired, let's-put-on-a-show silliness. Feb. 10 from 7-8 p.m., Fountainhead Lounge, 485 Flat Shoals Ave. -- Felicia Feaster

GIMME SHELTER (PG) In the late 1960s, documentary icons the Maysles brothers set out to film the definitive bad boy band, the Rolling Stones, on their 1969 American tour. The directors captured not only the carnal energy of Mick Jagger performing "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Satisfaction," but the symbolic, violent end to the 1960s with the Altamont free concert. At Altamont the Stones made the disastrous mistake of hiring the Hell's Angels to police the event, a decision that led to brutal, violent clashes between the Angels and the crowd and one murder. A not-to-be-missed document of the dying light of Sixties idealism and a must-see for any fan of the Rolling Stones. Feb. 9-15 at 12, 4 and 8 p.m., GSU's cinéfest. -- FF

HAKAI Based on Shimazaki Toson's work, director Kinoshita Keisuke's film examines the Tokugawa class system and its impact on the burakumin, a class of untouchables. While the system was abolished in 1867, discrimination continued years after the Meiji Restoration. Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m., 206 White Hall, Emory.

JUDGE IN FEAR An unpopular judge is on trial for the murder of a prostitute, and attorney Jean Ables must defend him against the charges. A witness places the judge at the scene of the crime, but the judge is unwilling to give Jean information that could help his case. Director Josef Rodl's 1996 film is in German with subtitles. German Criminal Films, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., Goethe Institut Atlanta.

LES ETOILES SECRETS MULTIMEDIA FESTIVAL The multimedia extravaganza features the works of innovative filmmakers, animators, musicians and photographers. Screenings include an experimental film by Frank Lopez and films by Kevin Patrick of PopFilms. The festival also features photography by Lytton Martin and live music. Feb. 13 at 8 p.m., Fountainhead Lounge.

NOSFERATU Based on Bram Stoker's Dracula, this 1922 silent film classic features an eerily convincing performance by actor Max Schrek. German director F.W. Murnau's version of the novel is the first and most revered adaptation. Feb. 9-10 at midnight, GSU's cinéfest.

THE RED SHOES Ballet impresario Boris Lermontov demands that his protegés devote their lives to their careers. Torn by her mentor's high expectations, a talented ballerina must choose between him and the man she loves. Films at the High, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m., Rich Auditorium.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (R) The cult classic of cult classics, the 1975 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 Meatloaf gets killed. Dress as your favorite character and participate in this musical on acid. Fridays at midnight, Lefont Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave.

SHARING THE STORIES FILM FESTIVAL In honor of Black History Month, the two-day film festival features eight African-American films. The screenings include A Lesson Before Dying, Boycott, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Disappearing Acts, Miss Evers' Boys, Don King: Only in America, Dancing in September and Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault. Feb. 10-11 at Rich Auditorium.

TARGETS Peter Bogdanovich's first film takes on the charged issue of gun control in the wake of Austin sniper Charles Whitman's 1966 murder spree. A film cultist's dream, the parallel storylines concern a washed-up horror actor played by Boris Karloff, who is retiring from the business because he's afraid that his thrillers can no longer measure up to the real-life brutality of the modern world. Across town a Whitman-esque all-American boy confirms Karloff's theory by stockpiling guns and ammo before venturing out on a killing spree. A flawed, often clunky production (Bogdanovich as Karloff's director is especially weak), Targets nevertheless boasts a wonderful, wounded performance from Karloff and some truly creepy moments. Feb. 2-8 at 2, 6 and 10 p.m., GSU's cinéfest. -- FF

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