Film Capsules

Capsule reviews by Desson Thomson unless noted. A star ({sstar}) denotes a movie recommended by our critics.


THE BEST OF YOUTH (Unrated) -- See review on Page 47.

BROTHERS (R) -- See review on Page 47.

CINDERELLA MAN (PG-13) -- See review on Page 47.

LORDS OF DOGTOWN (PG-13) -- See review on Page 49.

THE MAN WHO COPIED (R) -- See capsule review on Page 48.

ROCK SCHOOL (R) -- See capsule review on Page 48.


First Runs & Revivals

{sstar} BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE (PG, 100 minutes) -- In Wayne Wang's family-friendly charmer, a feisty preteen called Opal (AnnaSophia Robb) gets a new friend in her life when she adopts the fuzzball pooch Winn-Dixie, named after the store she finds him in. The dog, a Picardy shepherd, wins over Opal's preacher father (Jeff Daniels) and, eventually, the whole sleepy town of Naomi, Fla. There are sweet supporting performances from Eva Marie Saint, Cicely Tyson and musician Dave Matthews as an eccentric pet store clerk. But the sweetest one of all is Robb. As Opal, she's a puckery scamp without a false note in her performance. She even out-charms the Picardy. Contains mild obscenity and the theme of alcoholism. University Mall Theatres.

{sstar} BORN INTO BROTHELS (Unrated, 85 minutes) -- British photographer Zana Briski comes to Sonagachi, Calcutta's red light district, and teaches photography to the children of prostitutes. As these boys and girls, who range in age from 10 to 14, learn how to frame pictures, load film and accept Briski's critiques, they also start to see their world differently. And Briski never loses her soft-spoken determination, whether she's teaching the children or trying to steer them through India's unwieldy bureaucracy to get them an education and to a photographic exhibition abroad. The movie, which Briski directed with Ross Kauffman, is really about changing the perspectives of eight children in a hopeless world, and Briski's moral involvement in her subjects' lives. Contains obscenity and footage of a sex trade district. Cineplex Odeon Dupont Circle.

{sstar} CRASH (R, 100 minutes) -- The aftermath of Rodney King and 9/11 seems to sear the nostrils of every Los Angeleno in Paul Haggis's white-knuckle hatefest among characters of almost every ideological, cultural or religious stripe. Asians, Latinos, whites, blacks, rich and poor, Muslim and Christian all clash in this multi-character story that features Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Ryan Phillippe, Jennifer Esposito and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. If "Crash" only showed the dark side of humanity, it would barely be worth the viewing. But the movie is also about the best in people. As soon as we think we have some characters' number they turn around and do something quite astonishing. We're all so hopelessly human, and writer-director Haggis, who wrote the screenplay for "Million Dollar Baby," gives this truism a deeply lyrical dimension. Contains sexual scenes, obscenity and violence. Area theaters.

{sstar} ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM (Unrated, 120 minutes) -- Based on Fortune reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind's "The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron," Alex Gibney's blow-by-blow documentary retelling of what was, at the time, the largest corporate bankruptcy in history is by turns harrowing and hilarious. And nauseating, too. When you're not aghast in horror at the allegations of misdeeds by Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling and Andy Fastow, three of Enron's highest executives, or laughing at the sheer chutzpah of what they've been accused of, you might be sickened by the reminders that this wasn't a victimless crime, but that thousands of employees and investors in the company lost far more than their shirts. Contains obscenity, a non-graphic reenactment of a suicide and strip club footage. Landmark's Bethesda Row, Alexandria Old Town Theater and Landmark's E Street Cinema.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

{sstar} FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY (R, 124 minutes) -- Comprising three edge-of-your-seat sagas, this brilliant adaptation of Miller's cult graphic novel series is co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez. (Quentin Tarantino guest-directs one scene.) Miller and Rodriguez have achieved the near-impossible: reproducing the pictorial reality of those comic book stories onto the screen with digital enhancement, darkly perfected sets and masterful makeup. The performers look part cartoon and part human and thoroughly convincing. But all the visual fandango in the world means nothing without effective performers. Everyone is terrific here, including tough guys Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Clive Owen and Benicio Del Toro. And those are just the guys. The women are equally formidable, including Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy and Rosario Dawson as an Uzi-packing hooker. Contains obscenity, violence, nudity and sexual scenes. Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse.

{sstar} HITCH (PG-13, 114 minutes) -- Will Smith is his usual peppy self as Alex "Hitch" Hitchens, an undercover love consultant in New York who takes on a new client: the fire-hydrant- shaped Albert (Kevin James), an accountant who is desperate to get romantic with his glamorous celebrity client Allegra Cole (Amber Valletta). Hitch's secret life and his heart are threatened by Sara Melas (Eva Mendes), a gossip writer on the trail of this secret love doctor and quite taken with Hitch. Smith and Mendes are funny and engaging, but it's James who steals the movie. Watch him on the dance floor and you'll see what I mean. He's bullishly elegant and very funny. Contains some obscenity and sexual situations. Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse and University Mall Theatres.

{sstar} THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (PG, 110 minutes) -- It was a wonderful television miniseries, radio series and a five-book "trilogy," all created by Douglas Adams. Now comes this respectably amusing movie, which has Martin Freeman of the BBC series "The Office" as Arthur Dent. The hapless earthling, with an alien pal Ford Prefect (Mos Def), embarks on a massively epic and wonderfully improbable trip that includes visits to other spaceships and planets. The companions meet a bevy of oddballs, including the two-headed president of the galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox (Sam Rockwell); the eternally depressed robot Marvin (voiced by a hilariously misanthropic Alan Rickman); an extremely bizarre quasi-spiritual leader named Humma Kavula (John Malkovich); and a sort of planet construction engineer known as Slartibartfast (Bill Nighy). Given the fact that a quintessentially British show-book-franchise has been peopled with Brits and Americans and spearheaded by a Hollywood studio, this is more than a pleasant surprise. Contains some sophisticated thematic elements and minor strong language. Area theaters.

HOUSE OF WAX (R, 105 minutes) -- In this modern update of the 1953 Vincent Price horror film, a group of friends, including Paige (Paris Hilton), Blake (Robert Ri'chard), Carly (Elisha Cuthbert), Wade (Jared Padalecki) and Nick (Chad Michael Murray), drive south to watch a college football game. Like most horror movie characters, they do their best to place themselves in the jaws of danger. In this case, that's a wax museum in a sleepy town where you can check in but you can't check out, at least not without a nice wax finish to your skin. There's an escalation of twisted killings, as the owner of that wax house emerges. And look for little sadistic touches here and there, especially one involving heavy-duty scissors and a human finger. Yeooow. Contains graphic violence and sexual situations. Majestic Cinema, Muvico Egyptian Theatres and AMC Hoffman Center.

THE INTERPRETER (PG-13, 135 minutes) -- Sydney Pollack's thriller rides for a long time on a compelling premise: the possibility of an assassination in the United Nations' General Assembly. U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) gets wind of a plan to kill an African leader. But when she contacts the U.S. Secret Service, Silvia is surprised to find herself the target of suspicion by agent Tobin Keller (Sean Penn), the man in charge of investigating her report. As a straight-ahead thriller, the movie is enjoyable and stirring much of the time. But Kidman's character is schematically conceived: a native of (fictional) Matobo and a sophisticate with radical connections to (and formulaically traumatic memories of) Matobo's revolutionary days. And Penn's Tobin, who also carries around his own formulaic mental baggage, makes an interesting but not emotionally involving foil. Contains violence, some sexual content and brief obscenity. Area theaters.

KICKING & SCREAMING (PG, 87 minutes) -- Never one to let weak material stand in the way of getting laughs, Will Ferrell manages to come up with a few great comic bits playing the inept coach of a youth soccer team. Ultimately, though, his anarchic genius is wasted in a kiddie comedy in which everybody learns something in the end -- about teamwork, about how having fun is more important than winning and about the kind of movie not to put someone with Ferrell's slyly subversive humor in. Contains crude humor and language. Area theaters.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (PG-13, 138 minutes) -- Ridley Scott's epic, about the battle of wills between Balian of Ibelin (Orlando Bloom), a 12th-century French crusader charged with protecting Jerusalem from Muslim leader Saladin (Ghassan Massoud), is a powerful visual experience. But at the same time, it's just another digitalized, live-action cartoon that suggests "Lord of the Rings IV: Legolas Defends Jerusalem." Scott and screenwriter William Monahan have assembled a thoughtful (if flawed) antiwar scenario about the religious divisions that pit one great people against another. But the movie's reduced to a backdrop for a boy toy with good hair and excellent backlighting. The real star is Massoud as Saladin, an Islamic hero of deep integrity. To introduce an archetype like this to western audiences may have been worth this whole flawed movie. Contains graphic battle violence. Area theaters.

{sstar} KUNG FU HUSTLE (R, 95 minutes) -- Stephen Chow's martial arts comedy snaps and crackles like nuclear popcorn on a scorching griddle. Filmmaker Chow, who made the hyper-cartoonish comedy "Shaolin Soccer," has out-brillianted himself. He plays Sing, an impoverished opportunist who manages to antagonize a small slummers' community and the Axe Gang oppressing them. The whole thing's a glorious excuse for amazing computer-generated imagery and jaw-dropping visual effects. Characters defy gravity in the manner of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." They withstand amazing physical punishment, as if they're the fleshy residents of a Hong Kong-style Warner Bros. cartoon. And their protracted, balletic fights are great as kung fu spectacle and for their comic genius. Contains stylized violence and some obscenity. In Cantonese with subtitles. AMC Courthouse.

{sstar} LADIES IN LAVENDER (PG-13, 104 minutes) -- Maggie Smith and Judi Dench give outstanding performances as lonely sisters who nurse an injured young man (Daniel Bruhl) back to health after he washes up on the shore of their Cornish village in this restrained British melodrama about love and letting go. Directed with a sure hand by actor Charles Dance, who clearly knows that the best way to play a scene is often to underplay it, the film never strays into mawkishness, even as it makes palpable the sisters' pain at the memories of love the stranger's presence dredges up, and the dignity with which they must ultimately accept what they cannot have. Contains brief crude language. In English, German, Polish and French with some subtitles. Area theaters.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

{sstar} LAYER CAKE (R, 104 minutes) -- Smooth businessman X (Daniel Craig) from London thinks he's got the perfect scheme. A rental agent by day and a cocaine and ecstasy manufacturer by night, he believes he can make the illegal drug trade work for him and not the other way around. But he's underestimated the will and orneriness of the gangsters around him, Debuting director, Matthew Vaughn, who produced such Guy Ritchie movies as "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," has made a coolly detached, classic gangster saga about the clashing of rival empires, where the only thing worse than the killer before you is the killer waiting behind him. There's no escape in this world, only moments of personal courage, grace and luck. Ultimately, X realizes, luck is the most precious element of all. As X, Craig is a compelling presence, a brilliant, slick opportunist who is rapidly learning that drug dealing, murder, treachery and blackmail are simply occupational hazards in this world. The principal sin is yuppie arrogance. And he's going to be a very lucky man indeed to get out of this thing alive. Contains graphic violence, obscenity and sexual scenes. Area theaters.

THE LONGEST YARD (PG-13, 114 minutes) -- This remake of the 1974 comedy-drama about a high-stakes football game between vicious prison guards and a ragtag team of out-matched inmates benefits most from the smart-alecky wit of Chris Rock and the smirking slacker humor of Adam Sandler as genial convicts, even a it adds little to the original film. Still, the playing out of its predictable formula -- is there anyone alive who doubts the outcome of the game? -- is not without its rote pleasures. It's like setting up dominoes and watching them fall. There are no surprises, but a certain satisfaction to sticking it to the man -- again. Contains violence, sexual and drug humor and obscenity. Area theaters.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

{sstar} LOOK AT ME (PG 13, 110 minutes) -- This French seriocomedy from Agnes Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri (once married to each other, they're a sort of Gallic Nichols and May team) is a movie of biting social observation. Lolita Cassard (Marilou Berry), the slightly chubby daughter of Etienne (Jean-Pierre Bacri), a successful, self-absorbed writer, has a desperate need for Etienne's approval. Her resentment and heartbreak over this permeates the trenchant film like a mournful song. The characters exude moral three-dimensionality; they're not built to behave or please us. And because of this rampant freedom, we watch with a sort of bemused anxiety, not sure what the next moment will bring. But this uncertainty attunes us to the small, passing graces. As the movie's official bad guy, Bacri is something of a rascally pleasure. Contains some obscenity and a sexual reference. In French with subtitles. Landmark's Bethesda Row.

MADAGASCAR (PG, 86 minutes) -- The latest offering from DreamWorks Animation SKG, a tale of citified zoo animals who escape to the wilds of Madagascar from the Central Park Zoo, is high in antic energy but low in charm. Voiced with mostly perfunctory delivery by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett Smith, the quartet of, respectively, Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo experience a rude awakening when Alex's carnivorous nature puts their friendships at stake. But the story, which attempts to laugh its way out the fact that some animals eat each other, never really resolves its central conflict, which arises from the inescapable fact that it's a dog-eat-dog world. Contains cartoon violence, some humor centered on excretory functions, a bit of mild vulgar language and thematic material related to the fact that animals eat one another. Area theaters.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

{sstar} MAD HOT BALLROOM (PG, 95 minutes) -- Marilyn Agrelo's at times stirring documentary follows groups of young participants in American Ballroom Theater's "Dancing Classrooms" program as they prepare for a climactic dance-off with student ballroom dancers from New York City public schools. It's a lot like "Spellbound," the spelling bee documentary, in that it has as much to say about the contestants -- their lives and aspirations -- as it does about the contest. In the end, it isn't only about the dancing (though there's plenty of that, and it's pretty darn good) as it is about living and growing up. Contains some mild references to sex and violence. Area theaters.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

MELINDA AND MELINDA (PG-13, 99 minutes) -- Two playwrights, Sy (Wallace Shawn) and Max (Larry Pine), discuss the differences between tragedy and humor. We get to see them tell the same story in both genres, starring Radha Mitchell as Melinda. In the tragic version, she's an old friend and unexpected guest who comes into the lives of out-of-work, alcoholic actor Lee (Jonny Lee Miller) and Laurel (Chloe Sevigny). In Sy's funny version, Mitchell is a suicidal neighbor befriended by also-unemployed actor Hobie (Will Ferrell) and his filmmaker wife, Susan (Amanda Peet). There are similarities in both versions, which makes trying to keep track of everything rather demanding, as we switch from the funny Melinda to the tragic one. The other difficulty is that Mitchell's performances aren't distinctive enough to help you. But Ferrell makes a charming goofball. Contains adult material, sexual situations, and substance use. Avalon and Cineplex Odeon Dupont Circle.

{sstar} MILLION DOLLAR BABY (PG-13, 137 minutes) -- You can almost smell the ringside sweat and old leather punching bags in Clint Eastwood's tribute to the "sweet science" of boxing, and the old-time movies and fiction devoted to it. Based on two short stories in "Rope Burns," by F.X. Toole (the pseudonym of former cut-man Jerry Boyd), it's a gut-stirring tall tale about a boxer (one buff Hilary Swank), her crusty trainer (Eastwood) and the wily old boxing gym proprietor (Morgan Freeman) who narrates the story. As Maggie, Swank is a package of dynamite, a determined soul with too much to prove and too little time to do it in. And Eastwood is so good in this movie, it almost feels like cheating. Contains some brutal boxing violence, emotional intensity and obscenity. Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse and University Mall Theatres.

{sstar} MILLIONS (PG, 98 minutes) -- In Danny Boyle's delightful modern fairy tale, two young English brothers discover a bag of money. Anthony, the 9-year-old (Lewis Owen McGibbon) wants to spend it. But 7-year-old Damien (Alexander Nathan Etel), who happens to experience regular visions of saints, insists on giving it to the poor. Witty, sweet and charming but never sappy, the movie joins the heady company of such extraordinary child-centered movies as "The 400 Blows," "My Life as a Dog" and "Au Revoir Les Enfants" ("Goodbye, Children"). In all these films, reality is seen from a young perspective, but there is no condescension in the exercise. A magical movie. Contains mature themes, some peril and sensuality but ultimately nothing too objectionable. Landmark's Bethesda Row.

MONSTER-IN-LAW (PG-13, 101 minutes) -- It doesn't seem right that Jane Fonda, playing the titular harridan, Viola Fields, allows her character, a woman bent on sabotaging the impending nuptials of her doctor son (Michael Vartan) to an impoverished artist (Jennifer Lopez), to be consistently upstaged by her own wisecracking personal assistant (Wanda Sykes). Shouldn't the character of Viola be a scenery-chewing comic shrew? She's not. Just a tiresome and unpleasant woman who could take some tips on how to diss the competition from her smart-mouthed secretary. Contains some obscenity, sexual humor and comic violence. Area theaters.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

{sstar} OFF THE MAP (PG-13, 111 minutes) -- Campbell Scott's uplifting, witty movie, based on a Joan Ackermann play, doesn't just glow because of New Mexico's achingly gorgeous sunsets. There's a collective scintillation about its rich, distinctive characters, narrative serendipity and ineffable magic. It's about a family (including Joan Allen, Sam Elliott and newcomer Valentina De Angelis) that lives in the desert without a telephone, plumbing or money. And yet they lack for nothing. They are living, it seems, on life itself. Their world is threatened when an IRS agent (Jim True-Frost) comes to collect back taxes. De Angelis is a mischievous charm. Allen is her own subtle force. And it's a sensual treat to watch the rugged Elliott at work. Contains nudity, obscenity and one impromptu wrestling match. Avalon and Cineplex Odeon Dupont Circle.

THE PACIFIER (PG, 94 minutes) -- Vin Diesel gets domestic as a Navy SEAL who must protect a fatherless family from ninja forces bent on finding a special disk in the home. This means -- cue canned laughter here -- Vin dealing with baby vomit, screaming kids and petulant teenagers. Diesel, whose acting wouldn't merit a nonspeaking, walk-on role in a dinner theater production, is supposed to be a muscular fish out of water. But unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger, Vin is not endearing for his woodenness. He's all splinters. Contains slapstick violence and Vin Diesel. University Mall Theatres.

{sstar} ROBOTS (PG, 91 minutes) -- A young robot named Rodney (voice of Crawford Wilson and, later, Ewan McGregor) grows up to be a resourceful inventor with aspirations to put together new robots out of old parts. But in this ever-modernizing world, reconditioned robots -- known as outmodes -- are rapidly obsolete. Rodney's dream puts him at odds with the dastardly industrialist Phineas T. Ratchet (Greg Kinnear), who plans to turn everyone into a revamped, expensive model. "Robots," directed by Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha, moves along at an entertaining, if increasingly familiar clip. It isn't superior to such computer-animated hits as "Shrek" and "The Incredibles," but it's still visually inventive; and Robin Williams is amusing as a quippy robot named Fender. Contains slightly risque sexual humor and bathroom gags. University Mall Theatres.

SAHARA (PG-13, 124 minutes) -- Master explorer Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) is determined to unearth an ironclad battleship from the Civil War era that somehow wound up near Africa's Niger river. With his quippy sidekick, Al Giordino (Steve Zahn), and a sultry Spanish doctor (Penelope Cruz), he goes after it, with the army of a corrupt military leader and Tuareg tribesmen on his trail. The movie, based on a novel from the Dirk Pitt series by Clive Cussler, "Sahara" is pretty much an excuse for McConaughey (one of several executive producers) to flex his gym-toned assets and play tough on boats, trains and camels. But despite a plethora of high-action chases, gun battles, boat battles and the various exotic locales, the movie's a lame Indiana Jones episode. Contains action violence. University Mall Theatres.

STAR WARS: EPISODE III -- REVENGE OF THE SITH (PG-13, 140 minutes) -- In this final installment of the "Star Wars" mega-ology, we learn about the circumstances that led to the creation of Darth Vader. But this most potentially compelling episode of all is marred by the disappointingly ordinary Hayden Christiansen, whose evolution from Anakin Skywalker to the baddest, heavy-breathing villain in sci-fi popular culture, amounts to a sort of tizzy fit. It seems he just can't get invited to the inner circle of Jedi knights, run by Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) and all, so he joins forces with Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), who doubles as the hissable Sith Vicious, uh, Darth Sidious. There are some enjoyable spectacles involving lightsaber battles between Obi-Wan and Anakin. But the whole subplot between Anakin and his wife, Padme, (Natalie Portman) is dramatically flat; and the story shows us nothing that we didn't expect. Contains sci-fi violence. Area theaters.

{sstar} 3-IRON (R, 9O minutes) -- From Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk comes a fairy-tale love story, but likely one you've never heard before: Boy (Jae Hee) meets Girl (Lee Seung-yeon) after breaking into Girl's house. Boy beats up Girl's abusive husband by whacking him with golf balls. Boy and Girl run off together, get into trouble with law. Boy is sent to jail; Girl back to husband. So where does the fairy tale come in? That would be in the film's touches of magical realism, which suggest that the separated lovers discover a way to be together even while being physically apart. It's a haunting, poetic meditation that gives new meaning to the term "dream date." Contains violence, nudity, brief sensuality and obscenity. In Korean with subtitles. Landmark's Bethesda Row.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

{sstar} TURTLES CAN FLY (Unrated, 95 minutes) -- Iranian Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi's third narrative feature is his most accomplished yet, and that's saying something. Unutterably, profoundly moving, this cinema verite tale from the director of "A Time for Drunken Horses" and "Marooned in Iraq" is set in a small Kurdish village in the days leading up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, where a 13-year-old hustler nicknamed Satellite (Soran Ebrahim) befriends a sorrowful orphan girl (Avaz Latif) who has been traveling with her armless brother (Hiresh Feysal Rahman), the victim of a land mine, and a blind toddler. The revelation of what has made the girl so sad -- and what she does with that sadness -- ultimately affects not only Satellite in ways he's never known, but also us. Contains some disturbing and violent imagery. In Kurdish with subtitles. Landmark's Bethesda Row.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

UNLEASHED (R, 103 minutes) -- Martial arts star Jet Li plays Danny, a kind of human pit bull belonging to Bob Hoskins's vicious loan shark in a drama that, despite some spectacularly intense fight sequences, has more conversation than action. Li, who finally took some acting lessons for this film, plays a man who seems, by turns, a short-fused lethal weapon and a vulnerable child. Interestingly, though, it isn't Li's character who saves people here, but who is saved by people, in this case a blind, old piano turner (Morgan Freeman) and his stepdaughter (Kerry Condon), who take him Danny and reshape him into a thoughtful human being. Contains strong violent content, language, some sexuality and nudity. Area theaters.

-- Richard Harrington

{sstar} WALK ON WATER (Unrated, 94 minutes) -- The black-and-white moral world of an assassin (Lior Ashkenazi) working for Israel's Mossad intelligence agency starts to look mighty gray when his assignment to track down and terminate a fugitive Nazi leads him to befriend the old man's grandchildren, a pretty young German woman living on a kibbutz (Caroline Peters) and her gay brother (Knut Berger). Eytan Fox's film is rich with ideas about what ethical living means, making connections between homophobia, Nazism and the desire for -- and spiritual costs of -- revenge. It's a beautiful, complex film about friendship, letting go of the past and embracing forgiveness. Contains obscenity, some violence (both actual and theoretical), nudity and discussion of sexuality. Landmark's Bethesda Row.

-- Michael O'Sullivan


AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM/DOWNTOWN -- At the Lockheed Martin Imax Theater: "Fighter Pilot," daily at 11:25, 2, 4 and 6. "Space Station (3D)," daily at 10:25, 12:25, 3 and 5. "To Fly!" daily at 1:25. At the Albert Einstein Planetarium: "Infinity Express," daily at 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30 and 5.

"The Stars Tonight," daily at noon. Seventh and Independence

SW. 202-357-1686.

AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM/DULLES -- "Fighter Pilot," daily at 11:30, 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30. "Straight Up: Helicopters in Action," daily at 2:30. "Magic of Flight," daily at 12:30 and 4:30. 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. 202-357-2700.

AMERICAN CITY DINER -- "When Harry Met Sally," Friday at 8. "The Stepford Wives," Saturday at 8. "Chicago," Sunday at 8. "Cape Fear," Monday at 8. "The Rainmaker," Tuesday at 8. "The Bad Seed," Wednesday at 8. "One Hour Photo," Thursday at 8. 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-244-1949.

BOWIE BAYSOX DRIVE-IN MOVIES -- "Beauty and the Beast" and "Atlantis: the Lost Empire," Friday at 7. "The Tigger Movie" and "Teacher's Pet," Saturday at 7. 4101 NE Crain Hwy., Bowie. 301-464-4865 or 301-464-4806.

EMBASSY OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC -- "Kytice (Wild Flowers)," Wednesday at 7. 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. 202-274-9105 or 202-274-9100 Ext. 3413.

FREER -- "Mr. and Mrs. 55," Sunday at 2. Free, but tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000.

HIRSHHORN -- "Fiction Artists," Thursday at 8. Free. Ring Auditorium, Seventh and Independence SW. 202-633-4674.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS -- "Tender Mercies," Friday at 7. "Who Was That Lady?" Tuesday at 7. "Hearts and Minds," Wednesday at 7. "Gay Purr-ee" plus Warner Bros. cartoons, Thursday at 7. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5677.

MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER -- Imax Theater: "Titanica" and "Hubble: Galaxies Across Space & Time," Friday at 12:10, 3:10 and 7:15; Saturday-Sunday at 12:10, 2:10 and 6:15; Monday-Thursday at 12:10 and 3:10. "Bugs! (3D)," Friday at 2:10, 4:10 and 6:15; Saturday at 11, 1:10, 3:10, 5:15 and 7:15; Sunday at 11, 1:10, 3:10 and 5:15; Monday-Thursday at 2:10 and 4:10. "Antarctica," Friday at 5:15; Saturday-Sunday at 4:10. Davis Planetarium: "Rockets & Robots," Friday and Tuesday-Thursday at 1 and 4; Saturday-Sunday at 2 and 4. "The Sky: Live!" Friday, Sunday and Tuesday-Thursday at 3; Saturday at 3 and 5. "Live From the Sun," Saturday at noon. "The Sky Above Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," Saturday-Sunday at 1. 601 Light St., Baltimore. 410-685-5225.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES -- "Preserving the Charters of Freedom," daily at 10:30, 11, 11:30, noon, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30 and 4. Free. William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. 202-501-5000.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART -- "Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre," Friday, Sunday and Tuesday at 11:30. "Ajantrik (The Mechanical Man)," Saturday at 3. "Louisiana Story," Sunday at 4. "Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time," Wednesday-Thursday at 2. Free. East Building, Fourth and Constitution NW. 202-737-4215.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY -- "Childstar," Friday at 7.Carmichael Auditorium, 14th and Constitution NW. 202-252-0012.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY -- Johnson Imax Theater: "Into the Deep (3D)," Friday-Saturday at 10:20, 12:10, 2, 3:50, 5:40 and 7:30; Sunday-Thursday at 10:20, 12:10, 2 and 3:50. "T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous (3D)," Friday-Saturday at 11:10, 1, 2:50, 4:40 and 6:30; Sunday-Thursday at 11:10, 1, 2:50 and 4:40. 10th and Constitution NW. 202-633-7400.

NATIONAL THEATRE -- "Field of Dreams," Monday at 6:30. Free. Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-3372.

PSYCHOTRONIC FILM SOCIETY -- "Rasputin: The Mad Monk," Tuesday at 8. Dr. Dremo's Taphouse, 2001 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. 202-736-1732 or 202-707-2540.

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