SURE, YOU COULD slush down to the multiplex and pay a fortune to see what critics seem to agree is another lackluster contemporary romantic comedy called “When in Rome.” Or you could get thee to AFI Silver, which for a few magical weeks a year is transformed into the most romantic place in the area, and see “Roman Holiday.” The 1953 swooner starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn had wit, charm, Vespas and royalty. Skip the flowers and take your honey to this; she will almost certainly be “very happy.” (The movie will fill in the rest of that little inside joke.)
» AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Fri. & Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.; “Screen Valentines: Great Movie Romances” runs through March 10; 301-495-6700. (Silver Spring)
Sins of the Fathers
Director Michael Haneke always has something up his sleeve to unsettle, disturb or trouble audiences. Sometimes he even entertains them, but according to interviews, that’s strictly accidental. Still, his films never fail to fascinate, and his latest, “White Ribbon,” has already got heads scratching. Set in early 19th-century Germany, the interconnected tales of abuse and powerlessness in a Protestant city expand in horror and scope, hinting at something between a ritual and a conspiracy.
» E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW; opens Fri.; 202-452-7672. (Metro Center)
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