“McKellen: Playing the Part”
Everyone knows (or should know) that Ian McKellen’s career did not start with Magneto. Or Gandalf. Or even “Gods and Monsters,” which you should totally see because it’s really good. Besides just being a good actor, Sir Ian is considered one of the greatest performers of Shakespeare in modern times — if not of all time — and his real life is just as theatrical. Built upon a 14-hour interview, the documentary “McKellen: Playing the Part” chronicles his upbringing, his work on stage and screen, and his role as an activist for the LGBT community.
Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW; Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; Tue., 7 p.m., $15. Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE; June 23, 5 p.m., $20.
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”
The stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s 2003 mystery novel follows Christopher, a 15-year-old boy with autism, as he tries to figure out who killed his neighbor’s dog. A performance of the play, filmed live at the National Theatre in London, is screening at the Angelika. The play a dizzying, moving experience that uses lights, sound and movement in innovative ways to help the audience experience some of what happens in Christopher’s mind. Be sure to stay past the bows — you’ll find the stage equivalent of a Marvel post-credits scene.
Angelika Film Center, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax; Thu., 7 p.m., June 20, 2 p.m., $20.
It might be a little cliche to tell you to get your dad tickets to one of the manliest films in history for Father’s Day, but it’s still better than another tie. The 1969 original “True Grit” stars John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn, a U.S. marshal hired by a teenage girl to hunt down the man who killed her father. Unfortunately for him, she tags along, so now he has to put up with harsh terrain, bad guys AND a teenager. At Alamo’s screening, the theater will also be offering whiskey-based cocktails, so maybe get Dad an Uber as well.
Alamo Drafthouse One Loudon, 20575 Easthampton Plaza, Ashburn, Va.; Sun., 3 p.m., $10.