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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.

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