When a newsman (Peter Finch) loses his mind on television and says he’ll commit suicide during the next broadcast, his network cuts away, then quietly sets up mental health services for him that are covered by his excellent health insurance. Ha ha ha that’s not what happens in 1976’s “Network” at all. Instead, they keep him on TV because they know the ratings will go through the roof. Of course this is pure fiction, as the media would never do anything so crass just to get more viewers. It’s likely this classic will make you as mad as hell and unable to take it anymore.
AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Fri.-Sun. & Wed., various times, $10-$13.
These kids today, with their Imax and green screens and Atmos sound. Take them back to a time when the movies were silent and the local church organist played the score live (no, really, this happened a lot). This weekend you can see a screening of the 1924 version of “Peter Pan,” the first movie adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s play. The film, thought to be lost, was found and, in 1995, given a full restoration courtesy of Disney. Local composer Andrew Simpson, an expert in composing music for silent film, will play his score live on the piano.
Old Greenbelt Theatre, 129 Centerway, Greenbelt, Md.; Sat., 11 a.m., $5-$7.