“Wet Hot American Summer”
The Alamo Drafthouse knows how to throw a party, so celebrate the almost-end of summer with its “Wet Hot American Summer” shindig. For this screening of the insanely well-cast 2001 cult comedy (with Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler and Michael Ian Black) about a group of camp counselors, props like gum and flutes will be handed out, and there’s no way those will get annoying. At the bar, you can pick up a s’mores martini, and there’s no way those will go down so easy you’ll be hammered by the time the opening credits roll.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 20575 Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn, Va.; Fri., 7:20 p.m., $14.
Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in “Predator,” the eternal story of soldiers who, while on a rescue mission, get killed one by one by a terrifying monster from outer space. It seems it’s a situation that wasn’t addressed in bootcamp, a lapse in judgment that we’re sure was immediately addressed and never resulted in any sequels like “Predator 2” or “Predators” or the upcoming “The Predator.” Anyway, see the sci-fi scarefest as it was meant to be seen: on the big screen, and late enough that getting home will be terrifying.
Angelika Film Center, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax; Fri. & Sat., 11:45 p.m., $8.
DC Black Film Festival
The DC Black Film Festival, celebrating emerging and established black filmmakers from around the country, arrives at the Miracle Theatre this weekend. In addition to panel discussions and workshops, the films are presented in three blocks with the following themes: “The Future,” “The Struggle & The Triumph” and, of particular interest to locals, “The District & The Law,” focusing on films about or filmmakers from D.C., followed by films about law enforcement and justice.
Miracle Theatre, 535 Eighth St. SE; Thu.-Sat., various times, $15-$20 per event or film block (VIP passes: $75).