“Leave No Trace”
Director Debra Granik has given us many gifts. Two of them are the lovely and painful “Winter’s Bone,” and through it Jennifer Lawrence, whose breakout performance in the 2010 movie is pretty killer. Granik’s “Leave No Trace,” which opens locally Friday, is similar to “Winter’s Bone” in that it features another newcomer (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie) playing a girl forced to grow up too fast. Tom, her character, is a teenager who’s been living with her father (Ben Foster) in forests on the edge of Portland, Ore. When they’re caught and entered into the social services system, Tom begins to wonder if her father chose their unconventional life to raise her in the best way he knows how, or if he chose it just for himself.
You saw that “Carpool Karaoke” with James Corden and Paul McCartney, right? It was so sweet; you should go to YouTube now and watch it. THEN you should see “Yellow Submarine” to remind yourself just how weird The Beatles could be. Even the synopsis — creatures called the Blue Meanies invade the underwater paradise of Pepperland to drain it of color — is totally bonkers. The film is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and now you can catch the 4K digital restoration, which is sure to capture the innovative, incredibly colorful (and weird) animation.
Angelika Film Center, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax; Mon., 7:30 p.m., $14.50.
“Reel Fun” and “Tall Tales”
The National Gallery of Art’s summer film program kicks off this weekend with “Reel Fun,” 14 short films from around the world, all from the New York International Children’s Film Festival. The second installment is “Tall Tales,” where every movie tells a story that just can’t be true. Each show runs about an hour, so there’s plenty of time to take the youngsters to giggle at the pictures of naked people elsewhere in the museum.
National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW; “Reel Fun”: Sat., 10:30 a.m., Sun., 11:30 a.m.; “Tall Tales”: Aug. 11, 10:30 a.m., Aug. 12, 11:30 a.m., free.