Reseeing Iran: Twenty-First Annual Iranian Film Festival The festival features a wide selection of Iranian cinema, including a tribute to the late director Abbas Kiarostami. At National Gallery of Art. Through Feb. 26.
“A United Kingdom” The story of the forbidden love of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, during the apartheid. 1DC Shorts WINS! A selection of films from previous D.C. Shorts Film Festivals that have received Academy Award nominations and other accolades. At Miracle Theater. “Fifty Shades Darker” Part two of the erotic thriller about lovers Christian and Anastasia. With Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. “Floyd Norman, an Animated Life” The documentary recounts the life of the first African American animator to work with the Walt Disney Studios in the early 1960s. At Anacostia Community Museum. “John Wick: Chapter Two” Keanu Reeves stars in the actionthriller sequel with Ian McShane, John Leguizamo and Common. “Miles Ahead” The exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis, with director Don Cheadle in the title role. At Publick Playhouse. “The Lego Batman Movie” Chris McKay’s Lego animation adventure voiced by Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes.
“Bal Ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia” An account by Jewish Polish scholar Jacques Faitlovitch about a sect of secret Jews in Ethiopia. At the Jewish Museum of Maryland. “Flesh and the Devil” A love story about the romantic chemistry between silent film stars Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. Music by Andrew Earle Simpson. At Atlas Performing Arts Center. “Village of Peace” The documentary looks at a small community of African-Hebrew Israelites that migrated to Israel from Chicago during the civil rights movement. At the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.
“Moulin Rouge” Set in Paris, the 1952 film follows Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Jose Ferrer) as he navigates the city’s bohemian subculture in a burlesque palace. At Phillips Collection.
“A Cure for Wellness” An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from a mysterious wellness center in the Swiss Alps. 1“Daughters of the Dust” The 25th-anniversary restoration of director Julie Dash’s landmark film brings a story of a multigenerational family that descended from West African slaves. At AFI Silver. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Tim Burton’s 1993 animation voiced by Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon and Catherine O’Hara. At Library of Congress. “Fist Fight” Ice Cube and Charlie Day star as high school teachers who solve their differences in a throwdown after school. “The Great Wall” Zhang Yimou presents Matt Damon in a story about the iconic Chinese landmark. With Jing Tian, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau. 1“XX” An all-female-helmed horror anthology featuring stories by Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Karyn Kusama, Roxanne Benjamin, Jovanka Vuckovic and Sofia Carrillo.
“F for Fake” Orson Welles’s last major film, from the 1970s, takes a subversive look at forgery, fakery and illusion. At American Art Museum.
“Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children” Dr. Maurice Hilleman led a vaccine revolution but was forced to retire in 1985 when people began to abandon vaccine research. At BlackRock Center for the Arts.
1Mother Tongue Film Festival Documentaries and narrative films that celebrate the importance of the languages of indigenous communities. At National Museum of the American Indian. Through Feb. 25.
“AngryA free screeningBirds” of the animation basedcraft activities.on the videoAt Stacy game. C. With Sherwood 1“Batman: Center. Mask of the Phantasm”Scored by composer Shirley Walker, the Conroy, 1993 Dana Batman Delany film and stars Mark Kevin Hamill. At Library of Congress. “Bitter Harvest” A pair of young lovers are caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin’s genocidal policies in the 1930s Ukraine. 1“Get Out” A young black man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate and finds himself ensnared into a sinister family plot. Directed by Jordan Peele. 1“Land of Mine” Writer and director Martin Zandvliet examines the days following the surrender of Nazi Germany in May 1945, when German POWs were held in Denmark. “Rock Dog” A Tibetan mastiff leader (J.K. Simmons) forbids his pack from listening to music. His son Bodi (Luke Wilson) defies his father and seeks to become a rock-and-roll star. “Tulip Fever” A married woman (Alicia Vikander) begins a love affair with an artist (Dane DeHaan) in 17th-century Amsterdam. The duo plot to sell tulip bulbs on the market and run away together.
“Anacostia Delta: Home of the Great ‘Unknown’ Guitarists” A music documentary about D.C. guitarist Danny Gatton. At Amp by Strathmore.
“Before I Fall” Samantha Kingston wakes up trapped and reliving the same day over and over. With Zoey Deutch and Jennifer Beals. “Logan” Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Boyd Holbrook star in this action film by James Mangold. “Table 19” Ex-maid of honor Eloise (Anna Kendrick) is relieved of her duties after being dumped by the best man by text. She finds herself seated in the back of the ballroom with a group of strangers. 1“The Shack” Based on the best-selling novel, the film follows Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) as he journeys to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness with an enigmatic trio of strangers. With Octavia Spencer.
1All About Almodovar A selection of the acclaimed Spanish filmmaker’s work, including “Dark Habits,” “Matador” and his new film, “Julieta.” At AFI Silver. Through April 26.
1New African Film Festival A showcase of African filmmaking from all corners of the continent. At AFI Silver. Through March 19.
“Celia the Queen” Joe Cardona’s documentary about the Cuban songtress and “queen of salsa,” Celia Cruz. At Anacostia Community Museum. “Kong: Skull Island” A reimagining of the King Kong origin story set in an uncharted island in the Pacific. Marseille Trilogy A new restoration of the French writer and filmmaker’s films: “Marius” (1931), “Fanny” (1932) and “Cesar” (1936). “My Scientology Movie” Louis Theroux’s collaboration with director John Dower and producer Simon Chinn explores the history and mystery behind the Church of Scientology. 1“T2 Trainspotting” Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns home and old friends Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) all line up to welcome him. 1“The Last Word” Shirley MacLaine is Harriet Lauler, an uptight businesswoman who’s hired a young local writer, Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried), to write her life’s story. 1“The Sense of an Ending” Reclusive Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent) leads a quiet life until long-buried secrets rear their ugly head, and he must face the truth about his first love (Charlotte Rampling). “The Wall” A psychological thriller that follows two soldiers pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, starring Aaron TaylorJohnson and WWE star John Cena.
“Beautiful Losers” Filmmakers Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard document the lives of young artists and designers. At American Art Museum.
1Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital An environmentally friendly series of global films. Highlights include “The Colorado” and “Naledi — A Baby Elephant’s Tale.” Through March 26.
1“Beauty and the Beast” A live-action retelling of the Disney favorite with Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. 1Kelley Bell The graphic design and visual artist presents a full-dome projection at the planetarium. At David M. Brown Planetarium. Through March 19.
17th Annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival Contemporary Jewish films that explore culture and global identity. At Angelika Film Center. Through April 2. 1“Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty” A feature-length documentary about the American composer of “Adagio for Strings.” At Phillips Collection. “Taking Root” The documentary tells the story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose desire to plant trees grew into a movement. At Anacostia Community Museum.
“13 Minutes” A bomb explodes behind the Fuhrer’s lectern during Hitler’s anniversary speech, killing eight people. Georg Elser (Christian Friedel) is arrested on the Swiss border for having a map of the assault site. “CHiPs” Pro motorbiker Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) and undercover agent Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Michael Pena) clash as they work together for the California Highway Patrol. “Life” A six-member crew of the International Space Station discovers the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. With Jake Gyllenhaal. “Power Rangers” Five teens take on an alien that threatens their small town of Angel Grove. Featuring Becky G, Bill Hader and Bryan Cranston. “Song To Song” Two couples — songwriters (Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling) and a music mogul (Michael Fassbender) and a waitress (Natalie Portman) — chase success and love to the backdrop of rock-and-roll.
1“Gertrude Bell: Letters from Baghdad” Historical footage that explores the life of the British spy, explorer and writer. Tilda Swinton reads from Bell’s letters and diaries. At National Gallery of Art.
“Real Boy” The coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager and musician working to gain the support of his mother for his transition. At BlackRock Center for the Arts. “Watashi Daisuki (I Adore Myself)” The film follows artist Yayoi Kusama as she works on “Love Forever,” a series of 50 large drawings. At Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
“Boss Baby” Seven-year-old Tim narrates the arrival of his family’s new baby in this animated comedy voiced by Alec Baldwin and Steve Buscemi. “Cézanne and I” A look at the decade-long friendship between post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Emile Zola. 1“Ghost in the Shell” A special ops human-cyborg hybrid leads an elite task force against their enemy. Directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Scarlett Johansson. “The Zookeeper’s Wife” The real-life story of a working wife, mother and World War II hero (Jessica Chastain) who saved lives in what became the Warsaw Ghetto.
1D.C. Web Fest A selection of films that celebrate the new media landscape with web series and other online visual forms. At U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center. 1“Singin’ in the Rain” The 65th-anniversary screening of the classical comedy-musical starring the late Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly. At AFI Silver.
“Going In Style” Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin star as lifelong buddies who embark on a bid to knock off a bank that did away with their pension funds. “Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock” A look at the life and work of photographer Mick Rock, who worked with legendary artists David Bowie and Lou Reed. “Smurfs: The Lost Village” Smurfette and her best friends set off on a race through the Forbidden Forest before evil wizard Gargamel arrives. “Wonder” The story of August Pullman, a boy born with facial differences, who struggles to find acceptance with his new fifth-grade classmates.
“States of Grace” After seven weeks in a coma and a dozen surgeries, pioneering AIDS specialist Grace Dammann awakens with cognitive abilities intact. At BlackRock Center for the Arts.
“Gifted” Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising his young niece, who’s also a math prodigy, Mary, in Florida. Frank’s mother threatens to separate them when she soon learns of Mary’s great talent.
“Norman:and Tragic The Fall Moderateof a New York Rise Fixer” Richard Gere stars as a would-be operator with financial schemes. He reaches out to a lonely Israeli politician (Lior Ashkenazi), who later becomes prime minister. “Spark” Teenage monkey Spark and his friends, a fighting fox and a techsavvy pig, take on evil overlord General Zhong. 1“The Fate of the Furious” The action-thriller sequel of “The Fast and the Furious” franchise with Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Michelle Rodriguez. “Tommy’s Honour” The story of the relationship between old Tom Morris (Peter Mullan) and young Tommy Morris (Jack Lowden), the father-son team credited for introducing the modern game of golf. “Westworld” The 1973 Michael Crichton film that inspired HBO’s hugely popular sci-fi series with Yul Brynner as a relentless robot. At AFI Silver.
1Filmfest DC One of the largest and longest-
running local film festivals that feature global cinema. At Landmark’s E Street Cinema. Through April 30.
“Born in China” A wildlife documentary by Lu Chuan about endangered animals in China. 1“Free Fire” Ben Wheatley presents a comedythriller about an arms deal that goes wrong. With Oscar winner Brie Larson and Armie Hammer. “Unforgettable” Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson star in this thriller by Denise Di Novi about a newly divorced mother seeking revenge on her ex-husband.
1“The Circle” Based on the bestseller by Dave Eggers, the film stars Emma Watson as a young woman rising through the ranks of the world’s largest tech and social-media company. “The Lost City of Z” British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) journeys into the Amazon in this film based on the non-fiction bestseller by David Grann. “The Promise” A historical romantic drama set at the beginning of the Armenian genocide. With Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and Charlotte Le Bon.
“Gentrification (k)NOT” Filmed in Baltimore, the documentary focuses on the Latino experience in America in urban communities. At Anacostia Community Museum.
“Polka Dot Star: The Amazing World of Yayoi Kusama” The BBC documentary chronicles the life and experiences of the aritst that led to a large-scale 2012 retrospective. At Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
“Burden” This documentary takes a look at artist Chris Burden’s personal life through interviews and clips of his ’70s performances.
1“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” The Guardians must fight to stay together as they discover the mystery behind Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) family history. With Zoe Saldana. “The Commune” Professional couple Erik and Anna and their daughter Freja set up a huge villa commune in the upmarket district of Copenhagen.
“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” From Guy Ritchie comes the fantasy-action adventure about Excalibur and Arthur’s journey to the throne, starring Charlie Hunnam. 1“Snatched” Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn team up for this comedy about a single woman in her 30s who convinces her mother to accompany her on a trip to Ecuador. “The Wedding Plan” A romantic comedy about a young woman who has one month to find a groom for her ready-made wedding.
1“Paris Can Wait” Diane Lane stars as Anne, a longmarried woman who goes on a long car trip from Cannes to Paris with her husband’s business associate (Arnaud Viard).
1Washington Jewish Film Festival An international exhibition of Jewish cinema. At D.C. Jewish Community Center. Through May 28.
1“Alien: Covenant” Ridley Scott’s sci-fi thriller about the crew of the ship Covenant that uncovers a dangerous world on the other side of the galaxy. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” Based on the popular children’s book series, the film follows Greg and his family’s road trip to visit Meemaw for her 90th birthday party. “Everything, Everything” Eighteen-year-old Maddy is confined to her home due to a severe illness. Olly, the boy next door, won’t let that stop him from striking up a romance.
“Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment” Robert Drew’s film recounts the University of Alabama crisis in which the governor refused admittance to two black students. At Smithsonian American Art Museum.
“Baywatch” Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) and a new recruit (Zac Efron) uncover a local criminal plot. 1“Mother” Darren Aronofsky’s drama with Ed Harris, Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Pfeiffer about a couple’s relationship put to the test when they receive unannounced visitors at their home. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” Johnny Depp returns as the swashbuckling Jack Sparrow, who encounters deadly ghost sailors, led by Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem).
“Captain Underpants” Rob Letterman’s animation voiced by Ed Helms, Kevin Hart and Nick Kroll, based on Dav Pilkey’s kid’s books about two rambunctious fourth-graders. “Lady Macbeth” Set in rural 1865 England, Katherine (Florence Pugh) embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate. 1“Wonder Woman” Diana (Gal Gadot), warrior princess of the Amazons, leaves her island paradise when an American pilot (Chris Pine) crashes on their shores and asks for help to fight a war.
Emma Watson plays Belle and Kevin Kline is her father in Disney’s live-action remake of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” in March. Watson joins fierce femmes Gal Gadot, Octavia Spencer, Scarlett Johansson and Annie Clark (the singer St. Vincent), all with big film projects debuting.
Jessica Chastain stars as Antonina Zabinska in next month’s “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” Directed by Niki Caro (“Whale Rider”), the movie tells the true story of Zabinska and her husband, who risked their lives to secretly shelter hundreds of displaced Jews in the Warsaw Zoo during World War II.
In “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” the next twinkle in the Marvel Comics movie universe, Chris Pratt plays the roguish Peter Quill, who’s on a journey to discover his origins.