“Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood”
Scotty Bowers was the Grindr of the Golden Age. For decades, the Marine Corps vet ran a dating service out of a Hollywood Boulevard gas station, hooking up glamorous stars who knew that revealing their true sexual identity would be, to put it mildly, a poor career choice. (He also handled straight stars who needed to keep up their wholesome public images but wanted to be not so wholesome in their real lives.) In 2012, Bowers released the memoir “Full Service,” in which he spilled the beans on EVERYONE, including Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Lana Turner. The new documentary “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” takes a look at the man who enabled celebrities to pump a whole lot more than gas.
Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW; opens Fri., $10-$12.50.
DC Black Film Festival
Feature films, documentaries and shorts are all on the slate for the DC Black Film Festival. Dedicated to highlighting works by and about people of African descent, the festival also makes an effort to spotlight emerging talent. The films are organized into topical blocks, including “Love & Heartbreak” and “The Rise of the Black Super Hero.” Many of the screenings are followed by Q&As with filmmakers, subjects and industry experts.
The Miracle Theatre, 535 Eighth St. SE; Thu.-Sat., various times, $15-$20 per film block/event, $125 for all-access pass.
“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”
Please, ladies and gentlemen, try to refrain from shouting “KHHHHAAAAANNNNNNN” along with Captain Kirk. This 1982 film follows the crew of the Starship Enterprise as they try to stop uber-alien Khan (who made his first appearance in the original-series episode “Space Seed”) from doing something science-fictiony that is also bad. Come for the nostalgia, stay for Ricardo Montalban’s immense pecs.
Angelika Film Center, 2911 District Ave., Fairfax; Mon., 7 p.m., $10.