“Support the Girls”
In the comedy “Support the Girls,” Regina Hall (“Girls Trip”) plays the manager of Double Whammies, which she insists is a “mainstream restaurant” like Chili’s, which it is — if all of the servers at Chili’s wore midriff-bearing outfits and push-up bras. She cares for the waitresses who work for her, which she shows both by giving life advice and tossing out anyone who gets a little handsy with them. The film tracks her through one workday and, if nothing else, is a reminder that being a restaurant manager is kind of sucky.
Landmark West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW; opens Fri., $10-$12.50.
“Crime + Punishment”
Winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, “Crime + Punishment” is about 12 black and Latino NYPD officers who in 2015 filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that the department had quotas requiring officers to arrest a certain number of people; those arrested were overwhelmingly minorities. While the film will be available on Hulu starting Friday, you can see it on the big screen, thanks to a theatrical release that puts it in consideration for the Academy Awards.
The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW, opens Fri., $9.25-$12.50.
Before we had movies based on Disney rides, we had movies based on board games. Well, at least ONE movie. Madeline “Flames on the Side of My Face” Kahn is the most excellent part of this most excellent ’80s comedy, being screened as part of a free outdoor film series in downtown Silver Spring, but Tim Curry and Christopher Lloyd are pretty good, too. Director Jonathan Lynn filmed multiple endings to the murder mystery, so even if you’ve seen “Clue” before, you might still be surprised when you find out whodunit.
The Blairs Shopping Center, 1330 East-West Highway, Silver Spring; Fri., 8 p.m., free.