“The Miseducation of Cameron Post”
Chloe Grace Moretz stars in “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” as a teenager who, after getting caught making out with another girl, is sent to a gay conversion camp. Because those TOTALLY work (they do not work). The “therapy” consists mainly of prayer, karaoke and makeup. Luckily, Cameron finds a group of friends who also know who they are and that they won’t change, so she’s not alone in thinking that telling someone they’re an ungodly aberration isn’t the best way to convince teenagers you care about them. This took the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic film at this year’s Sundance.
Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW; Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; opens Fri., $9.50-$12.50
From Vault to Screen: UCLA Festival of Preservation
Here’s the thing about 35 mm film: It dies quickly. This festival exists to make sure films shot in the format live, if not forever, then at least a bit longer. It kicks off Saturday with 1932’s “Trouble in Paradise,” about con artists who snuggle up to an heiress. In the weeks ahead: 1971 doc “The Murder of Fred Hampton” and 1985 groundbreaker “Desert Hearts.” And, thanks to the restorers, all films will be shown as they should be — in 35 mm.
National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW;
AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; Sat. through Sept. 3, free-$13 per film.
“Cowboy Bebop: The Movie”
The movie spawned by the wildly popular 1998 anime series “Cowboy Bebop” is back on the big screen. In the 2001 Japanese film, space bounty hunter Spike Spiegel and his Bebop companions battle a terrorist who’s threatening to unleash a deadly virus that will kill everyone on Mars. The movie arrived three years after the series, but some fans insist it’s best watched between the 22nd and 23rd episodes of the show. Nerds worry about this stuff.
Various locations; Wed. (subtitled) & Aug. 16 (dubbed), 7 p.m., various prices, go to funimationfilms.com for details and participating theaters.