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[MOVIE] Mickey Rourke's career seemed down for the count until he got the role of Randy "The Ram" Robinson. The retired professional wrestler makes his way through the independent circuit, trying to get back in the game for one final showdown with his former rival. Directed by the virtuosic Darren Aronofsky ("Requiem for a Dream") and co-starring Marisa Tomei.

Opens Thursday. Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. 301-652-7273. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. 202-452-7672. Both $7.50-$10.


[CONCERT] This New York-based group describes itself as "Eastern-European folk-punk." In other words, this isn't your grandmother's klezmer band. Like Gogol Bordello, Golem is part of a movement that reinvigorates age-old melodies and genres with an undeniable rock undercurrent. Violins, accordions and horns replace Stratocasters, and the lyrics are sung mostly in Yiddish. The percussive melodies can move a crowd. Think of it as a rock-and-roll bar mitzvah party.

Friday at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. FREE




[MOVIE] Who doesn't want to see Brad Pitt age backward? (Remember "Legends of the Fall"?) In this movie, he plays a man who is born in his 80s and gets younger as time goes on. Cate Blanchett is the love interest who moves through time on a different axis. What happens when they intersect? Magical passion of parabolic proportions, probably.

Opens Thursday.


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