IF IT WALKS and talks like a “Sexy Beast,” it’s from the same writer. The British import “44-Inch Chest,” opening on Friday, stars Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Tom Wilkinson, Stephen Dillane and John Hurt, so you can guess there’s kitchen-sink atmosphere, crimejinks and lots and lots of cursing.

» E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW; opens Fri., 202-452-7672. (Metro Center)

Iranian Film Fest
This year’s Iranian Film Festival just opened, and its slate of offerings is a stellar one. Friday and Sunday’s gem is the new film by acclaimed auteur Abbas Kiarostami, “Shirin.” This meditative movie slides between performance and reaction, the real and fictional.

» Freer Gallery, Jefferson Drive & 12th Street NW; through Feb. 21, free tickets distributed one hour before screening; 202-633-1000. (Smithsonian)

‘Tokyo Godfathers’
There are anime good times ahead at the Japan Information & Culture Center on Wednesday. Satoshi Kon’s family-friendly adventure “Tokyo Godfathers” follows a crew of misfits whose lives are complicated by magical treasure, villainy and their own memories.

» Japan Information & Culture Center, 1155 21st St. NW; Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m., free; 202-238-6949.

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