It would be wrong to recommend that you sneak out of work in the middle of the afternoon to go see a movie. Which is why it’s good that Capital Classics, a new film series at the West End Cinema, has evening shows as well. This Wednesday series offers a chance to relive some of Hollywood’s all-time greatest films — or to see them for the first time. The next one is “The Maltese Falcon,” and upcoming screenings include “Citizen Kane,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and (for all you “Feud” fans) “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”
Landmark West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW; Wednesdays through Nov. 1, 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30 p.m., $10-$12.50.
“5777: A Year in Review”
For Rosh Hashana, the Washington Jewish Film Festival is celebrating the Jewish new year by looking back at 5777 — the year coming to a close on the Hebrew calendar — and remembering Jewish artists and filmmakers who died during the year. The series “5777: A Year in Review” includes two films that feature Leonard Cohen’s music (the documentary “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man” and Robert Altman’s “McCabe & Mrs. Miller”); Carrie Fisher gets a nod with “Postcards From the Edge,” which she wrote; and movies featuring Martin Landau and Debbie Reynolds (not a Jewish mom, but she played one on TV) are also on the slate.
Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW; through Sun., various times, $12 per film.
AFI Latin American Film Festival
To have run for 28 years, the AFI Latin American Film Festival must be doing something right. The celebration of Latin American films (as well as some from Spain and Portugal) includes festival darlings like the Colombian film “The Dragon Defense,” which debuted at Cannes, and “Woodpeckers,” a Dominican movie that premiered at Sundance, plus the U.S. premiere of the Portuguese Colonial drama “Joaquim.” It may be — and probably will be — your only chance to see some of these films on the big screen, so take it.
AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Thu. through Oct. 4, various times, $15 per film, $200 for all-access pass.