“Big Fish & Begonia”
“Big Fish & Begonia” is like nothing you’ve seen before. First, the plot: Chun, an immortal being who takes the shape of a red dolphin, swims too close to shore, gets caught in a net and is freed by a fisherman who dies in the process. His bravery inspires her, so she tries to figure out a way to spare his life, which somehow involves him becoming a fish. With its sweeping, swirling visuals, this Chinese animated film isn’t bound by any real logic, so it’s best to watch it as though riding a wave and just flow with the story. In the end, “Big Fish & Begonia” is about the search for unselfishness in a world full of creatures that too often look out only for themselves. You can catch it now at the Regal Cinemas in Rockville and Fairfax (or at Landmark’s E Street Cinema starting April 19), with both subtitled and dubbed screenings offered.
“The Fifth Element”
Yes, yes, Gary Oldman was very good in “Darkest Hour,” which is why they gave him an Oscar last month. He definitely didn’t get it as some sort of Lifetime Achievement Sorry You Haven’t Won One Yet consolation prize. Anyway, if you want to see Oldman be absolutely batpoop insane — and be really, really good at it — you need to see (or re-see) “The Fifth Element.” Luc Besson’s 1997 sci-fi adventure stars Milla Jovovich as a woman (kind of) who doesn’t need Bruce Willis’ help to save the universe, though he does come in handy at times.
Angelika Film Center, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax; Mon., 7 p.m., $20.
“The Greatest Showman”
If you’d like to see a movie from last year that has one really great song (that would be “This Is Me”) and also has other songs, you could do worse than “The Greatest Showman.” Hugh Jackman stars as P.T. Barnum in the musical biopic that conveniently leaves out the animal (and human) cruelty that was a big part of the circus founder’s life. But if you treat it as fiction, it’s a lot of fun — if only to remind yourself that, while the actor’s Wolverine can slice and dice with the best of them, Jackman is also a hell of a tap dancer.
The Miracle Theater, 535 Eighth St. SE; Fri., 9:30 p.m., $8, Sun., 5:45 p.m., $8.