Studio Ghibli series
Landmark Theatres’ annual Studio Ghibli series is back! On weekends through April 16, you can see the Japanese animated film studio’s big hits like “Spirited Away” “The Wind Rises” and “My Neighbor Totoro,” along with lesser-known films including “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” and “Only Yesterday.” With two exceptions (“Totoro” and “Kiki’s Delivery Service”), the movies will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles. The films are running on different schedules at Landmark’s E Street, Bethesda Row and West End cinemas, so check their websites to plan your animation gorgefest.
Say hello to Al Pacino’s little friend (ew, not that little friend) with a late-night screening of Brian De Palma’s 1983 gangster epic “Scarface.” It’s one of those films that’s entered the cultural lexicon to the point where people who haven’t seen it feel like they have, but there is more to it than machine guns and absolutely obscene amounts of cocaine. It’s really about the American dream, and how it can be achieved with machine guns and absolutely obscene amounts of cocaine.
Angelika Film Center at Mosaic, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax; Fri. & Sat., 11:45 p.m., $8.
Bethesda Film Fest
The Bethesda Film Fest is back for a fifth year with five documentary shorts, all made by local filmmakers. This year’s subjects are pretty wide-ranging, to say the least: One film is about a 97-year-old WWII veteran who visits a comrade in arms he hasn’t seen since the end of the war; another is about a doctor who helps the state of Georgia execute inmates; another is about collard greens. All five films will be presented at three different screenings.
Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda; Fri., 7 p.m., Sat., 6 & 8 p.m., $10.