What’s the big deal about 70 mm film? Well, the relatively old-school, large-frame format provides an image that’s bigger and crisper than normal. The catch is that not many local theaters have the screen size or the equipment to project films in 70 mm. Guess who does — the AFI Silver, and it’s showing Paul Thomas Anderson’s new flick “Phantom Thread” in 70 mm for a limited time. The movie was actually shot in the more traditional 35 mm and then blown up, so it’ll be really interesting to see what it looks like. “Phantom Thread” is a messed-up love story about a fashion designer (Daniel Day-Lewis, who previously worked with Anderson on “There Will Be Blood”) and his muse (Vicky Krieps) in 1950s London. The costumes are gorgeous, so you might as well see them at their biggest and brightest.
AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Thu. through Jan. 18, $18.
West End Cinema’s Capital Classics series is the perfect excuse to play hooky on a Wednesday. Or, if you INSIST, finish up work and catch the 7:30 p.m. show. Next up is Hitchcock’s “Suspicion,” about a woman (Joan Fontaine) who suspects her husband (Cary Grant) is planning to murder her. Which, OK, that is bad, but it’s Cary Grant so maybe we should let a few things slide. Upcoming films include sci-fi classic “Forbidden Planet” and “All the President’s Men,” about how investigative reporters exposed criminal behavior in the White House and people actually believed them because they were telling the truth and that was enough.
Landmark Theatres West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW; Wednesdays through Feb. 21, 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., $10-$12.50.
“Blade Runner: The Final Cut”
It’s safe to assume that if you saw “Blade Runner 2049” last year, you have also seen the original 1982 classic that was a flop at the box office but has maintained a (rightful) place in the hearts and minds of sci-fi lovers everywhere. The 2007 “Final Cut” edition of the film, for which director Ridley Scott restored scenes and improved some special effects, is coming back to the big screen at the Angelika Film Center for a night. Go out, bring some friends, and then argue about whether “2049” is even better than its predecessor (it is).
Angelika Film Center, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax; Mon., 7 p.m., $10.