Rowdy “Fifty Shades Freed”
If you’re looking to get your Valentine’s Day celebration started early AND have it involve a little kink, you could go to any old screening of “Fifty Shades Freed,” out Friday. Or you could go all-in at one of Alamo Drafthouse’s “rowdy screenings,” where audiences are allowed to talk sexy back to the screen. Think of being allowed to WOOOOOO at Christian’s butt or yell to Ana that she is so boring she makes flour seem spicy. Unfortunately, it’s BYOWCH, as the theater will not be providing whips, chains or handcuffs.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 20575 Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn, Va.; Fri. & Sat., 8:20 p.m., Sun. & Wed., 7:40 p.m., $12-$14.
DC Independent Film Festival
Make Valentine’s Day last all weekend, but without a ton of schmoopy stuff. While some of the movies on this year’s lineup for the DC Independent Film Festival have a touch of romance, the event is really a celebration of the works of independent filmmakers worldwide. You can see shorts (including the Oscar-nominated “Negative Space”), animation, documentaries and international films. In fact, you could use the festival as a litmus test for your relationship — agree on enough movie selections and you may have met your match.
Various locations and times; Wed. through Feb. 19, free-$15 per screening ($60-$170 for festival passes); dciff-indie.org.
“From Here to Eternity”
There is more to “From Here to Eternity” than Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr making out on the beach. For example, there is the little-known deleted scene where Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr attempt to get the sand out of their various crevices. The 1953 movie as a whole is a sweeping, very old-school romance — the kind that reminds you why the old school is often a pretty good school. Cuddle up for this Valentine’s Day screening with some popcorn and Sour Patch Kids, which are scientifically proven to be aphrodisiacs.
Angelika Film Center, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax; Wed., 7 p.m., $10.