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KIKU TO ISAMU Following the U.S. occupation of Japan at the end of WWII, numerous children were born to American fathers and Japanese mothers, and these children were treated like second-class citizens. Director Tadashi Imai's 1959 film is about two such children who are raised by their grandmother after their black father returns to America and their mother disappears. Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m., 206 White Hall, Emory.

LIVE NUDE GIRLS UNITE! ***1/2 In this endearing, surly, personal documentary about the efforts of San Francisco sex workers at the Lusty Lady peep show to unionize, filmmaker and dancer Julie Query takes viewers on a guided tour through the feisty ranks of the naked dancing racket. Query parallels the struggle of a fight-the-power group of dancers to better their working conditions with her own struggle to "come out" to her feminist mother about her secret life as a dancer. Slapdash and a little silly at times, Query's film nevertheless manages to endow its dancers and their struggle with dignity and good humor. Feb. 16-22 at 12, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:30, 9 and 10:30 p.m., GSU's cinéfest. -- FF

'THE... MISSING BASIC' Evolution Revolution Films will screen the new short film, which is premiering in Atlanta. In the short, Gus is a man trying to find inspiration in his life while also trying to get in touch with the essence of being. Feb. 17 at 10 p.m., Cinevision.

THE POLICEWOMAN After graduating from police academy, Anne is assigned to a precinct in a small German town. Anne's passion for her job soon becomes a problem, not only for her, but for her married partner and those she's supposed to help. Andreas Dresen's 2000 film is in German with subtitles. Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., Goethe Institut Atlanta.

POLLOCK (R) In his directorial debut, Ed Harris stars as Jackson Pollock, the legendary modern artist. From feelings of self-doubt in his art to a troubled marriage, the film examines the life and works of the radical artist. The movie's cast also includes Val Kilmer, Jeffrey Tambor and John Heard. Feb. 15 at 2 p.m., Tara Cinema.

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.

SHOWER In Beijing, an elderly father and his mentally challenged son run a communal bathhouse. The oldest son is tricked into returning home, where he must decide between his new yuppie lifestyle and the family business. Chinese director Zhang Yang's 1999 film is in Mandarin with subtitles. Films at the High, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m., Rich Auditorium.

SWING TIME Starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, the 1936 dance flick is about Lucky, a dancer who's unlucky in love. He teams up with dance instructor Penny, and the pair hit it off on the dance floor. The only problem is they're both too distracted by other loves to really notice each other. Films at the High, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m., Rich Auditorium.

UNSHACKLED (PG-13) The locally produced true-life feature follows Harold Morris (Burgess Jenkins), a racist serving two life sentences in the Georgia State Penitentiary. When the prison is integrated, Harold is forced to share a cell with a black man (James Black). The two are recruited to enlist inmates for the jail's basketball team, and Harold must rethink his views. Feb. 20 at the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St.

WE KNEW THEM WHEN: THE BEST OF THE ATLANTA FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL In celebration of the upcoming festival in June, monthly retrospective screenings of works by influential filmmakers will be featured. The first series of screenings includes Spike Lee's "Joe's Bed Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads," his suspenseful student short film about murder and other goings-on in a Brooklyn neighborhood. "Amblin'" by Steven Spielberg is his student short about two young hitchhikers and their journey to California. Oscar-winning documentarian Jessica Yu's "Better Late" centers on middle-aged man thrown back into the dating game. Feb 22 at 7:30 p.m., Regal Cinemas Hollywood 24.

ANTITRUST (PG-13) ** 1/2 Though not as memorable as Arlington Road, the last paranoid thriller in which Tim Robbins played a villain, Antitrust is a good popcorn movie that's aimed at a younger audience and should do the job for them. Robbins is a Bill Gates-like computer mogul, Ryan Phillippe the hotshot garage geek who goes to work for him but discovers his dark secrets and has to bring down his empire. It's like a chess game, only more visual. The geek-speak dialogue sounds credible without being intimidating. -- SW

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