WE WOULD LIKE to write seriously about a new documentary by Thomas Balmes, but … we keep looking at stills from the film “Babies” and misting over, unable to make any sound but “Awww” and a sort of high-pitched squeal. For example, take a gander at adorable wee Ponijao, above, one of the four babies tracked from birth to first steps (baby steps — awww) in the movie — isn’t she the cutest thing? Couldn’t you just die? Look at that smile! We can only assume that Mongolian Bayarjargal, Japanese Mari and American girl Hattie are exactly cute and … excuse us; we need a tissue.

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

Quick Cuts
Two days of scripting, casting, location-hunting, shooting and editing turns into high — and sometimes low — art in the hands of some of the talented filmmakers who participate in the annual 48-Hour Film Project. Starting with a genre, a prop and a line of dialogue, budding directors make real movies for real enthusiastic audiences. The entries from the Washington area of this year’s project screen at AFI Silver Friday through Sunday. Come back for the “Best Of” series on May 27 and a 10th-anniversary “Best Of” blowout on May 28.

» AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Fri.-Sun. May 7-9, 301-495-6700. (Silver Spring)