Never mind ultraviolent codger “Harry Brown” — there is no substitute for watching Michael Caine play a resourcefully cruel tough guy in a top-rate thriller. Fortunately, Mike Hodges’ 1971 crime drama “Get Carter” is at AFI Silver as part of “Michael Caine: A Class Act.” Sure, Caine starred in sentimental charmers (“Last Orders,” June 30 & July 1), brainy comedies (“Hannah and Her Sisters,” June 12-13, 17); “Educating Rita,” June 13, 15 and 17) and cinematic landmarks (“Alfie,” Fri.-Sun.), but “Get Carter” is the fulcrum of his career as a conflicted criminal.
» AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; through July 1; 301-495-6700. (Silver Spring)

How Much for the Hat?
When you think of painstakingly restored films, you’re usually thinking of masterpieces. “Gone With the Pope” is not one of those. Writer-director-star Duke Mitchell died before the exploitation flick, begun in 1975, was finished, but Grindhouse Releasing’s Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski dug up the extant footage of the drama — about a scheme to kidnap the pope and force Catholics around the world to pay his ransom — in 1995. It took Murawski 15 years to complete “Gone With the Pope,” and the film’s midnight screenings this weekend will mark its D.C. premiere.
» E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW; Fri. & Sat., midnight; 202-452-7672. (Metro Center)

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