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{sstar} THE ARISTOCRATS (Unrated, 87 minutes) -- The joke whose punch line lends this documentary its title isn't especially funny. Filthy, yes, but not a laugh riot, except in the way its structure lends itself to extended riffs of jazz-like improvisation on the part of the 100 or so comedians who line up to tell it. What makes us laugh is the joke's sheer excess. Far more fascinating, however, than its many tellings and retellings, is the footage of comics like Bob Saget and Sarah Silverman talking about the joke. Sometimes analyzing why something's funny is enough to kill it, but it's what makes "The Aristocrats" most interesting. Contains numerous foul-mouthed interpretations of a single filthy joke. AFI Silver Theatre, Regal Fairfax and Cineplex Odeon Dupont Circle.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

{sstar} BATMAN BEGINS (PG-13, 140 minutes) -- Director Christopher Nolan and his co-writer David S. Goyer have taken the bubble gum out of those previous "Batman" movies and returned to the dark spirit of comic book creator Bob Kane's work. This prequel is slow-moving in many respects, but it's more narratively entrancing than the Michael Keaton-type flicks. And Christian Bale makes a credible Bruce Wayne. It's fun to watch how this Wayne creates Batman from scratch. Contains intense action violence and some disturbing images. Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse and University Mall Theatres.

-- Desson Thomson

{sstar} BROKEN FLOWERS (R, 106 minutes) -- Bill Murray is a charm as Don Johnston, who learns from a mysterious letter that one of his liaisons, 20 years earlier, produced a son. So he takes a road trip to look up some old flames. Murray's enigmatic expressions suggest a hangdog Mona Lisa, who's as much a mystery as his quest. What's going on in there? His deadpan is the lure. Contains nudity, sexual situations, obscenity and some violence. Area theaters. Landmark's Bethesda Row and Landmark's E Street Cinema.

-- D.T.

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (PG, 115 minutes) -- People enamored with Gene Wilder's manic, sweet performance in the 1971 "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" may be disappointed in Johnny Depp's oddball eccentricity as this Wonka. Depp's version is an unsettling amalgam of Michael Jackson, Edward Scissorhands and Lisa Kudrow's Phoebe from the TV show "Friends." Director Tim Burton takes us on a ride of over-the-top proportions, entertaining us while tacitly scolding our mass consumptiveness. Freddie Highmore is a charmer as Charlie, a poor kid who wins a ticket to tour Wonka's factory. Contains offbeat humor and situations, and some mild obscenity. University Mall Theatres.

-- D.T.

{sstar} THE CONSTANT GARDENER (R, 123 minutes) -- Vivid performances drive Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles's fine adaptation of the John Le Carre novel. Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes), a mild-mannered junior diplomat in Kenya, is shattered when his wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), is violently murdered on a "research trip" far up country. He learns quickly enough that Tessa, a social gadfly type, had acquired a "reputation" in the tight world of British diplomacy. Fiennes hasn't looked so good in years. Weisz is especially good. What is evoked best is Africa, that maddening panorama of beauty, nobility, poverty and corruption. Contains sexuality, gore and violence. Area theaters.

-- Stephen Hunter

{sstar} COTE D'AZUR (Unrated, 90 minutes) -- This summer vacation farce about a family of sexually unfulfilled goof balls is sexually brazen yet also rather sweet. As far as Marc (Gilbert Melki) and Beatrix (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) are concerned, their rather effeminate teenage son Charly (Romain Torres) must be gay. On a family trip to the beach, he has invited his openly homosexual pal Martin (Edouard Collin) but insisted they take separate bedrooms. To Beatrix, this means they are hiding something. This romper doesn't shy away from sexual frankness or Mediterranean laissez faire. Contains nudity, profanity and sexual themes. In French with English subtitles. Landmark's E Street Cinema.

-- D.T.

CRY WOLF (PG-13, 90 minutes) -- In this debut feature from Jeff Wadlow, Owen (Julian Morris), a new student at tony Westlake Prep, falls in with redhead Dodger (Lindy Booth) and a clique of cerebral pranksters. When Owen and Dodger transmit a schoolwide e-mail claiming a ski-masked marauder called Wolf is killing students across the country, it proves (apparently) prescient. "Cry Wolf" is more taken with the user-friendly technology of the Internet than suspense. There's nothing here to instant-message home about. Contains violence, profanity, a brief drug reference and sexual situations. Area theaters.

-- D.T.

{sstar} ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS (Unrated, 87 minutes) -- The first feature film by Louis Malle is a film noir, neatly plotted, briskly executed and crunching in its cleverness. Maurice Ronet is in love with his boss's wife (luminous Jeanne Moreau, then 29). He works out a bold scheme to murder the older man and make it look like a suicide. It works perfectly; then it goes so wrong it's almost funny. The 1958 film is much less a study of violence than of the mysterious workings of fate. Contains psychologically intense material and scenes of gun violence. Cinema Arts Theatre.

-- S.H.

{sstar} EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED (PG-13, 100 Minutes) -- A better book or movie? In the case of Liev Schreiber's directorial debut, the answer is both: The film more than faithfully honors the trippy appeal of Jonathan Safran Foer's tale of a New Yorker's journey to Ukraine to "collect" objects or information about the shtetl where his grandfather lived before the Holocaust. As Foer's fictional rendering of himself, Elijah Wood is mostly flat. But just as the book was saved by the malapropped English narration of the faux-Foer's Odessan guide, the movie is more than illuminated by Eugene Hutz's comically endearing portrayal of Alexander Perchov -- a nightclubbin' mack daddy wannabe. In its strict adherence to literary brilliance, "Everything Is Illuminated" is too precious by a stone's throw. Contains disturbing and violent images and profanity. Area theaters.

-- Hank Stuever

THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE (PG-13, 115 minutes) -- Despite the cast's pedigree, this movie is satisfying neither as a murder mystery nor as a vomit-soaked frightfest. A Roman Catholic exorcist (Tom Wilkinson) is charged with negligent homicide in the death of a possessed college student (Jennifer Carpenter). The film, based on a true story, pits a church-going district attorney (Campbell Scott) against the accused priest's nonbelieving defense lawyer (Laura Linney). Although the film seems to come down on the side of the argument that believes in demons, it's never especially persuasive. . Contains sequences of intense disturbing imagery. Area theaters.

-- M.O.

FLIGHTPLAN (PG-13, 88 minutes) -- In "Flightplan," Jodie Foster -- playing a desperate mother, who may or may not be mentally unhinged -- tries to lead her fellow jumbo-jet passengers in a search for her missing daughter. Striking just the right balance between claustrophobia and terrifying emptiness, German director Robert Schwentke ratchets up the tension with good taste and quiet, unfussy skill. But it all falls apart with the Big Reveal. Contains violence and intense themes. Area theaters.

-- Ann Hornaday

{sstar}THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN (R, 111 minutes) -- Filthy, funny and sweet in equal measure, the feature directorial debut of "Freaks and Geeks" writer-producer Judd Apatow (who co-wrote the script with star Steve Carell) is a Rob Schneider movie with the soul of a chick flick. While it's true that the comedy -- revolving around the efforts of three friends (Paul Rudd, Romany Malco and Seth Rogen) to get their geeky nice-guy co-worker (Carell) deflowered -- has a lot of smutty humor, it's also pretty smart. In the end, the organ it's really all about exercising is not the one you think, but the human heart. Contains raunchy sex humor, drug use, obscenity, partial nudity and glimpses of a porn film. Area theaters.

-- M.O.

FOUR BROTHERS (R, 108 minutes) -- Director John Singleton's Detroit-based Western-without- cowboy-hats pits four thuggish adopted brothers (Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Garrett Hedlund and Andre Benjamin of OutKast) against the gangsters who had their saintly mother killed. It's a diverting enough thriller but one that ultimately doesn't expect -- or even want -- its audience to participate in it, except as a passenger. Contains obscenity, sexual content and violence. AMC Hoffman Center.

-- M.O.

G (R, 96 minutes) -- This contrived exercise in vanity and product placement is being billed as a modern-day, hip-hop version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby." Summer G (potentially wonderful Richard T. Jones) is a hip-hop producer who has amassed a fortune and moved into a seaside mansion. True to Fitzgerald's story, G has moved there to win the affection of a social climber named Sky Hightower (Chenoa Maxwell), wife of snobby scion Chip (Blair Underwood). The plot is a shambles, the acting is atrocious and there is too much concern with getting Heineken and Ralph Lauren labels in the shot. Contains language, sexuality and brief violence. Area theaters.

-- A.H.

THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED (PG, 120 minutes) -- The story was so strong, you wonder, why did the director, actor Bill Paxton, kill it to death with so many overwrought stratagems? Did we have to ride every putt into the hole courtesy of computer imagery in his re-creation of the 1913 U.S. Open in which young Francis Ouimet beat two stalwart British pros, Harry Vardon and Ted Ray? Paxton can't let the superb performances (by Shia LaBeouf as Ouimet and Stephen Dillane as Vardon) carry the story. Everything is teased, tricked and forced. Contains some brief cursing. Area theaters.

-- S.H.

{sstar} A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (R, 95 minutes) -- Like a Trojan horse, David Cronenberg's film has a hidden and powerful purpose. Seemingly a mainstream shoot-'em-up flick, in which the soft-spoken Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) defends his family against a horde of hoodlums, the movie's really about our Pavlovian conditioning to violence. Life seems permanently asleep in a Midwestern hamlet until two men barge into Stall's diner one night. When Tom tells them it's closing time, he finds himself staring at a drawn gun. Tom emerges the victor, but then the questions begin. Ultimately, though, Cronenberg's drama isn't about western-style heroism; it's about why we're cheering when Tom plugs them dead. Contains extreme violence, sex scenes, nudity and profanity. Area theaters.

-- D.T.

INTO THE BLUE (PG-13, 110 minutes) -- This waterlogged thriller's chief purpose seems to be allowing viewers to ogle some of Hollywood's tannest, buffest young things. Paul Walker and Jessica Alba play two earnest, honest and hot treasure hunters living in the Bahamas who discover a downed plane stuffed with cocaine; Scott Caan and Ashley Scott play two sleazy, avaricious and hot friends who set a risky scheme in motion. It's a cross between a bad episode of "Miami Vice" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" -- the creaky Disneyland ride, not the cool Johnny Depp movie. Contains intense violence, drug material, sexual content and profanity. Area theaters.

-- A.H.

{sstar} JUNEBUG (R, 112 minutes) -- When George (Alessandro Nivola), a Southern transplant to Chicago, brings Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz), his Japanese-born, British-accented new bride, back to his family's North Carolina home for a visit, you'd expect something of a culture clash. The story turns gradually from the hilarious to the profoundly moving. At the center of first-time director Phil Morrison's wonderful little fish-out-of-water tale is not Madeleine, but her pregnant sister-in-law, Ashley (Amy Adams), whose humor and simple wisdom are the family's -- and the film's -- heart and soul. Contains obscenity and sexual content. Landmark's Bethesda Row, P & G Greenbelt and Landmark's E Street Cinema.

-- M.O.

JUST LIKE HEAVEN (PG-13, 101 minutes) -- When David Abbott (Mark Ruffalo) moves into a fantastic San Francisco apartment and is immediately told to move out by its former tenant -- Elizabeth Martinson (Reese Witherspoon), who three months earlier was hit head-on by a truck -- their banter crackles with tart, unforced verve. In a bummer of a bait-and-switch, though, the whimsical romance undergoes a fatal shift in tone. Contains some sexual content. Area theaters.

-- A.H.

{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 Bruehl) 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, the film never strays into mawkishness. Contains brief crude language. In English, German, Polish and French with some subtitles. Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse.

-- M.O.

LORD OF WAR (R, 122 minutes) -- Weaponry is the stock and trade of Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage), a Ukrainian emigre who is bored and directionless in New York's Little Odessa and realizes that the world operates on bullets almost as much as food. He sets himself up as an arms dealer and rises quickly to the top ranks of the international rogue circuit. Despite its jauntily satirical air, "Lord of War" is never better than dour and smug. Contains strong violence, scenes of drug use, profanity and sexuality. Area theaters.

-- D.T.

MADAGASCAR (PG, 86 minutes) -- This tale of citified zoo animals who escape to 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 one another, never really resolves its central conflict. 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. University Mall Theatres.

-- M.O.

{sstar} MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION: WALKING ON THE MOON 3D (Unrated, 41 minutes) -- The next best thing to going to the moon? Rocketing up there on the Imax screen sporting 3-D eyewear. Narrated by Tom Hanks, this gee-wonderful, virtual visit to the arid orb uses ingenious technical sleight of hand to fake it beautifully. Contains nothing objectionable. National Air and Space Museum.

-- D.T.

{sstar} MARCH OF THE PENGUINS (G, 80 minutes) -- In this charmfest of a movie, narrator Morgan Freeman tells us about the habits and tremendous resilience of the emperor penguins, whose procreation quest takes them on an incredible journey on the frozen continent. The film is full of wonderful moments and spectacles, including thousands of penguins huddled en masse, nursing their eggs. Contains penguin slapstick. Area theaters.

-- D.T.

MIRRORMASK (Unrated, 101 minutes) -- Helena (Stephanie Leonidas) is a reluctant supporting act for her circus-performing parents and dreams of living in "the real world." When her mother (Gina McKee) takes ill, Helena finds herself lost in an alternative dream world full of strange beings. The storyline is a monotonous spin-cycling of elements from "The Wizard of Oz," "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and other fairy tales in which an innocent girl faces up to an evil queen. Doppelganger dramas, too, are thrown in for bad measure. Contains mildly scary thematic elements. Landmark's E Street Cinema.

-- D.T.

{sstar} MR. & MRS. SMITH (PG-13, 112 minutes) -- The premise is admittedly slight: Husband-and-wife hit men (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) are hired to kill each other as bullets and romantic sparks fly. Nevertheless, Pitt and Jolie's monumental charisma, coupled with director Doug Liman's stylishly jaundiced staging, makes this allegory of modern love and marriage a summer diversion that's fast-paced, fun and sexy. Contains obscenity, violence and sexual content. Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse.

-- M.O.

{sstar} MURDERBALL (R, 86 minutes) -- This isn't just the best smash-mouth rugby documentary featuring muscular dudes in wheelchairs ever made. It's also a powerful movie by any standard. Actually, the sport, played on basketball courts, is "quad rugby." Four players per team, most of whom suffered injuries to the spine or neck, roll around in "Road Warrior"-style chariots and throw a ball around. "Murderball" isn't just about sports. It's an emotional visit with some determined young men (and one middle-aged guy in major denial) who refuse to accept limitations. Contains sexual content and frank discussion, sports violence and obscenity. Cineplex Odeon Dupont Circle.

-- D.T.

{sstar} OCCUPATION: DREAMLAND (Unrated, 78 minutes) -- This documentary by Ian Olds and Garrett Scott feels like a $5 billion production of "Waiting for Godot," starring the 82nd Airborne. The pair were embedded for six weeks in the winter of 2004 with the fabled paratroop division in Fallujah. They learned anew that war sucks, not merely because it's dangerous but because it's endless, boring, banal. The boys hardly saw any action -- that happened after the Marines relieved the Airborne, and the fighting got hot and heavy and the casualties rose. What the filmmakers recorded was the pure existential sameness of the day-by-day stuff soldiers endure. Contains extreme profanity common to military life. Tuesday at Cinema Arts Theatre.

-- S.H.

PROOF (PG-13, 100 minutes) -- Where can movies go that theater can't? Close up, and that's where director John Madden parks his camera as Gwyneth Paltrow fights madness and grief in this adaptation of David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Catherine (Paltrow) is the daughter of a legendary math professor who lost his mind (Anthony Hopkins). Now he's dead, and Catherine is a mess: Does she have his gifts? Is she getting his disease? Is there proof? The story, adapted by Auburn and Rebecca Miller, retains the clever twists and entertaining, logic-driven dialogue of the original. Yet by ruthlessly zooming in on Catherine's morbid obsessions, Madden makes Auburn's probing but lively stage material darker, more cloistered and less fun. Contains drug references, profanity and some sexual content. Area theaters.

-- Nelson Pressley

{sstar} RED EYE (PG-13, 85 minutes) -- Filmmaker Wes Craven's airplane-set thriller -- about a traveler (Rachel McAdams) held hostage by a smooth-talking criminal (Cillian Murphy) -- is taut and supple entertainment, especially when it has nowhere to go but inside the characters' heads. Although it doesn't exactly fall apart in the film's final reel, when the action leaves the plane's cabin for the larger world, it does lose some of the pressure-cooker intensity of the film's first hour. Contains obscenity and violence. AMC Tysons Corner and University Mall Theatres.

-- M.O.

ROLL BOUNCE (PG-13, 107 minutes) -- If you were a junior-higher back in the day, the '70s and early '80s, then your idea of a hot Saturday night was hanging out at the local roller rink, and director Malcolm Lee captures that time, with the insult-a-thons, the preening and posturing of polyester-clad lotharios and the angst of young love. And for the most part, he got the cast right, with rapper Bow Wow as X, a young Chicago teenager with a jones for skating, and the sturdy Chi McBride as his widowed father. What Lee doesn't pull off is the story: The film can't get its rhythms right, fluctuating wildly between comedy and pathos. Contains profanity and crude humor. Area theaters.

-- Teresa Wiltz

{sstar} SERENITY (PG-13, 119 minutes) -- When Joss Whedon's imaginative sci-fi series, "Firefly," was canceled, fans went into deep mourning. But thanks to their enthusiastic, Universal ponied up $40 million for "Serenity," a movie version that brings back Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his lovable, outer-space mercenaries. In the retelling, writer-director Whedon has boiled off a lot of the complexity and introduced a new character, the ruthless Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor), an agent for the evil Alliance, the Big-Brotherish federal government. The result is a sort of amphetamine-fueled reprise. It's entertaining, especially because of Mal's colorful followers and Whedon's snappy, witty and often poignant pen. Contains sci-fi violence, sexual situations and profanity. Area theaters.

-- D.T.

SKY HIGH (PG, 99 minutes) -- "Sky High" is a slight but sure-footed, live-action comic fantasy from Disney. Director Mike Mitchell deftly blends two genres -- the high school romance and the comic book adaptation -- and manages to spoof yet salute both. Will Stronghold (Michael Angarano), son of Captain Stronghold (Kurt Russell) and Josie Jetstream (Kelly Preston), knows his parents expect him to follow in their world-saving path. Will arrives at Sky High, a school for superheroes' kids, without powers, but that begins to change. The younger actors all avoid ham-acting, and their more seasoned colleagues have fun with the witty material. Contains action violence and some mild language. P&G Old Greenbelt and University Mall Theatres.

-- Jane Horwitz

{sstar} THUMBSUCKER (R, 96 minutes) -- This dysfunctional family song has such a lovely tone, it's easy to forget that we've heard it many times before. Justin Cobb (Lou Taylor Pucci) has yet to kiss a girl, stand up for an idea or just plain live. And he can't keep that thumb out of his mouth. His mother, Audrey (Tilda Swinton) is sympathetic to Justin, but his father (Vincent D'Onofrio) is becoming increasingly upset about the "problem." One intervention later and Justin's popping prescription medication for ADHD and whiz-kidding his way through debate competitions. He becomes so competitive that he spirals again. In director and co-writer Mike Mill's guiding hand, "Thumbsucker" is a gently stirring symphony about emotional transition filled with softly nuanced performances. Contains drug and alcohol use and sexuality involving teens and profanity. Area theaters.

-- D.T.

TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE (PG, 76 MINUTES) -- The Corpse Bride is indeed dead. Sure, she's cute, but she has a wayward eye that pops out at inopportune moments, thanks to the talking maggot renting space in its socket. Not exactly marriage material, as Victor, voiced by Johnny Depp, discovers when he's dragged from the Land of the Living by the Corpse Bride (voiced by Helena Bonham Carter). Will true love -- with a living lass (voiced by Emily Watson) -- prevail over the Corpse Bride's ferocious determination? The movie is breathtaking viewing, shot in sumptuous shades of blacks, whites and grays, using not computerized means but older-school stop-motion animation. The film is tongue-in-cheek and wry, with kitschy musical numbers. Contains scary images. Area theaters.

-- T.W.

TRANSPORTER 2 (PG-13, 88 minutes) -- In this lollipop for adolescent, unsocialized males, the lean, crisp Jason Statham reprises his role as Frank Martin, ex-Special Forces, now a specialized "driver." The Transporter is tasked with delivering the son of an anti-drug czar (Matthew Modine) to and from school in Miami. The boy is kidnapped, and Frank decides to get him back, even if the Miami police think he's the kidnapper. The fights are all fun. Contains some profanity, partial nudity, sexual content and vigorous yet bloodless action sequences. Majestic Cinema and AMC Potomac Mills.

-- S.H.

AN UNFINISHED LIFE (PG-13, 100 minutes) -- Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez are in the open country of gorgeous. A gentle meander of a story about the bad blood between a single mother and her estranged father-in-law, its characters are weighted down by grudges, sorrow and ennui. The authenticity is undone by the stars, who are reprising roles we've seen them play before. Contains some violence, including domestic abuse and profanity. Cineplex Odeon Dupont Circle.

-- D.T.

{sstar} WEDDING CRASHERS (R, 119 minutes) -- Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) and John (Owen Wilson) are scoundrels who crash weddings so they can score with women in this often-funny caper. But when they attend a big-time Washington wedding party for the daughter of Secretary of the Treasury William Cleary (Christopher Walken), things change. John falls a little too sincerely for Claire (Rachel McAdams), one of the secretary's daughters. And Jeremy gets in a little over his head with another Cleary daughter, Gloria (Isla Fisher), who soon declares her undying, bunny-boilingly permanent love for Jeremy. The film is often dirty, yes. But it's also manic and inspired. Contains nudity, sexual scenes, obscenity and slapstick violence. Area theaters.

-- D.T.

WILD SAFARI 3D (Unrated, 45 minutes) -- Untrue to its name, this Imax tour of some of the most beautiful parks and game preserves in South Africa is pretty tame, harmless but surprisingly thrill-free. Contains a very brief shot of animals doing what comes natural and brief carcass eating. National Museum of Natural History.

-- A.H.

Repertory

AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM/ Downtown -- At the Lockheed Martin Imax Theater: "Fighter Pilot," daily at 11:25, 1:25 and 4. "Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon (3D)," daily at 10:25, 12:25, 3 and 5. "To Fly!," daily at 2:25. At the Albert Einstein Planetarium: "Infinity Express," Friday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday at 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30 and 5; Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4 and 4:30. "The Stars Tonight," Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday at 5. Seventh and Independence SW. 202-357-1686.

AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM/DULLES -- "Fighter Pilot," daily at 11, 1 and 4. "Space Station," daily at noon, 3 and 5. "To Fly!," daily at 2. 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly. 202-357-2700.

ALDEN THEATRE -- "At Home in Austria," Wednesday at 8 p.m. McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. 202-432-7328.

AMERICAN CITY DINER -- "Rear Window," Friday at 8. "The Caine Mutiny," Saturday at 8. "An Officer and a Gentleman," Sunday at 8. "Gaslight," Monday at 8. "The Seven Year Itch," Tuesday at 8. "Blazing Saddles," Wednesday at 8. "Vertigo," Thursday at 8. 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-244-1949.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL FILM Festival -- "State of Fear," Friday at 7. "West Bank Story," Saturday at 1. "Little Peace of Mine," Saturday at 1:30. "War Games," Saturday at 3. "Mardi Gras: Made in China," Saturday at 5. "Innocent Voices," Saturday at 7. National Geographic Society's Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART -- "Night and the City," Friday at 8. BMA Auditorium, 10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore. 410-396-7100.

BOWIE BAYSOX DRIVE-IN MOVIES -- Classic Cartoon Night and "Titanic," Friday at 7. "House on Haunted Hill," "Trilogy of Terror" and "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed," Saturday at 7. 4101 NE Crain Hwy., Bowie. 301-464-4865 or 301-464-4806.

CINEMA FRANCAIS A MOUNT Vernon -- "Monsieur Ibrahim," Sunday at 4:30. Free. George Washington University's Mount Vernon Campus, Eckles Library Auditorium, 2100 Foxhall Rd. NW. 202-242-6673.

FREER -- "Save the Green Planet," Friday at 7. Free, but tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000.

ITALIA FILM FESTIVAL -- Tuesday: "Divorce -- Italian Style," at 12:30; "Honolulu Baby," at 3; "Jonah Who Lived in the Whale," at 5; "Forever Blues," at 7; "The Fever," at 9; "Facing Windows," at 11 p.m.. Wednesday: "A Special Day," at 1. "If By Chance," at 3. "Now and Forever," at 5. "The Soul Keeper," at 7. "The Sleeping Wife," 9. "But Forever in My Mind," at 11 p.m. Thursday: "Bell' Antonio," at 12:30. "One Man Up," at 2:30. "One Last Kiss," at 5. "The Days of Abandonment," at 7. "Brooklyn Lobster," at 9. "Eden," at 11 p.m. Free. Loews Cineplex, 3111 K St. NW. 202-237-2080.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS -- "Mirror of Tree, Mirror of Field: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Toru Takemitsu," Friday at 7. "Conquest. Mother of Love," "Behavior Modification -- Teaching Language to Psychotic Children" and "Obedience," Tuesday at 7. "Where the Sidewalk Ends," Thursday at 7. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5677.

MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER -- Imax Theater: "Bugs! (3D)," Friday and Tuesday-Thursday at 12:10; Saturday-Sunday at 11 and 4:30. "Fighter Pilot" and "Hubble," Friday and Tuesday-Thursday at 3:20; Saturday-Sunday at noon, 2:10 and 5:30; Monday, noon and 2:10. "Cirque du Soleil," Friday and Tuesday-Thursday at 2:10 and 4:30; Saturday at 1:10, 3:20 and 6:40; Sunday and Monday at 1:10 and 3:20. Davis Planetarium: "Entertaining Einstein," Saturday-Sunday at 2 and 4; Monday at 4; Tuesday-Thursday at 1 and 4. "Live From the Sun," Saturday at noon. "The Sky: Live!" Saturday at 3 and 5; Sunday at noon and 3; Monday at noon, 3 and 5; Tuesday-Thursday at 3. "The Sky Above Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," Saturday-Sunday at 1; Monday at 1. 601 Light St., Baltimore. 410-685-5225.

MICA AND MARYLAND FILM Festival -- "Personal Velocity," Monday at 7:30. Maryland Institute College of Art's Falvey Hall, 1301 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore. 410-752-8083.

MID-ATLANTIC FILM FESTIVAL -- Independent short films, Sunday at 5. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703-255-1566.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART -- "Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall," Saturday at 1. "Stolen Children," Saturday at 4. "The Little American," Sunday at 4:30. Free. East Building, Fourth and Constitution NW. 202-737-4215.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN History -- Short films from D.C. Asian Pacific American Film Festival, Sunday at 1. "Mothertongue, Fatherland," Sunday at 3. 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 and 6:40; Sunday-Thursday at 10:20, 12:10, 2 and 3:50. "Wild Safari: A South African Adventure (3D)," Friday-Saturday at 11:10, 1, 2:50, 4:40, 5:40 and 7:30; Sunday-Thursday at 11:10, 1, 2:50 and 4:40. 10th and Constitution NW. 202-633-7400.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN the Arts -- "Danzon," Tuesday at 7. 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370.

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

SHEPHERDSTOWN FILM SOCIETY -- "100% Arabica," Friday at 7. Free. Shepherd University's Reynolds Hall, King Street, Shepherdstown, W.Va. 304-876-1837.

SOLAS NUA FILM FESTIVAL -- "Skeleton Woman," "Limbo," "Man" and "Draiocht," Sunday at 2. "From Darkness," "Bye, Bye Inkhead" and "Song for a Raggy Boy," Sunday at 6. "In Loving Memory" and "Snakes and Ladders," Monday at 2. "What Miro Saw," "Olive" and "This Is the Sea," Monday at 7. "Celtic Maidens," "The Case of Majella McGinty" and "Amongst Wolves," Tuesday at 2. "Treasure," "The Odd Sock" and "Hush-A-Bye-Baby," Tuesday at 7. "Clare sa Speir," "An Bonnan Bui" and "An Deichnuir Dearmadta," Wednesday at 2. "Bodyblow" and "Disco Pigs," Wednesday at 7. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. 202-595-1760.

TOWSON UNIVERSITY -- "The Elephant Man," Monday at 7:30. Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium, 8000 York Rd., Towson. 410-704-2787.