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(PG-13) See review on p. 99.

Opening Friday

MONDO VINO PG-13) See review on p. 101.OLDBOY (R) See review on p. 100.THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET (NR) A retired woman (Central Station's Fernando Montenegro) snoops on her neighbors until she thinks she sees an ex-cop commit murder. This Brazilian film emphasizes themes of love and loneliness more than suspense.

Duly Noted

FAITH AND FILM FESTIVAL (NR) Atlanta's Art Within hosts a festival of more than 50 short films - including "Most," a Best Live Action Short Film Oscar nominee from 2003 - that focus on matters of faith and religion. May 13-22. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. $10 for single tickets.

FROM THE OTHER SIDE (2002) (NR) This Film Love event presents European director Chantal Akerman's acclaimed drama about life on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. May 26, 8 p.m. Eyedrum, Suite 8, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. $5 (Free for IMAGE members). 404-522-0655.

THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966) (NR) Sergio Leone's epic is bigger than ever, with the addition of new footage culled from European sources and dubbed into English (more than 30 years later) by Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach. Restored scenes - including an interlude at a Civil War field hospital, another gunfight, and the fabled "grotto" scene - add depth, and the big-screen Technicolor cinematography reveals details (such as gold-leaf patterns in the hotel wallpaper) that not even the enhanced DVD version could reproduce. Mondo Movie Night. May 22. Starlight Six Drive-In. 2000 Moreland Ave. $6. 404-627-5786. - Gregory Nicoll

INDIAN SHORTS (NR) This program of short films from and about India includes "A Love Supreme," a dialogue-free depiction of a mother making somosas; "Hole," a young woman's treatise on love; and the comedy "American Made," starring Kal Penn of Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle. Film Festival of India: Bollywood and Beyond. May 20, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570.

THE LEFT-HANDED WOMAN (1978) (NR) In this domestic film noir, a woman inexplicably demands a separation from her husband (Bruno Ganz). Recent Films from Germany. May 25, 7 p.m. Goethe Institute Inter Nationes, 1197 Peachtree St., Colony Square. $4. 404-892-2388.

LULU AND THE GIRLS OF AMERICUS, GEORGIA 1963 (NR) This documentary profiles some of the surviving women who fought to desegregate a small Georgia town in 1963. May 19, 7:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, 450 Auburn Ave. Free. 404-352-4225.

THE PATH (2004) (Not rated) Winner of the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film at India's National Film Awards, this thoughtful drama depicts a failed revolutionary turned middle-class teacher who faces a crisis of faith on a journey to his ancestral village. Film Festival of India: Bollywood and Beyond. May 20, 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium. 1280 Peachtree St. $5. 404-733-4570.

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 Peachtree Cinema & Games, Norcross.

SPROCKETS: 2004 ATHFEST MUSIC VIDEO SHOWCASE (NR) The newly formed Athens Film Foundation presents this showcase of music videos from such Athens musicians as Elf Power, Jucifer, Kyle Dawkins and Empire State. May 23, 7:30 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. $5 (Free to IMAGE members). 404-352-4225.


THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (R) As a creep show, this slicked-up hokum (based on Jay Anson's novel) about a haunted house is painfully inadequate, preferring to traffic in quick shots of blood-dripping ghouls than establishing any real sense of dread. I've seen episodes of "Sesame Street" that were more frightening than this generic junk. - Matt Brunson

BEAUTY SHOP (PG-13) Barbershop it ain't, though it recycles almost every plot point from that Ice Cube comedy. But Beauty Shop has its own frothy appeal held together by the warm, charismatic presence of Queen Latifah as a hair entrepreneur who quits a chic salon to open her own beauty shop in the ­hood. The scenes where her diverse staff gleefully riff, vamp and insult over the hot rollers offer something to hold onto amidst an uninspiring plot involving Latifah's efforts to hold onto the salon when the Man comes calling. It's all lighter-than-air, but it's hard not to be momentarily charmed by all the assembled intergenerational girl power and fizzy energy. - Felicia Feaster

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