Spring Arts Guide 2012

Spring Arts Guide: Must-See Film

to April 13
“Bigger Than Life: The Films of Nicholas Ray”
The most nostalgic of the AFI Silver’s spring repertory series covers a wide range of Nicholas Ray films, which famously pit individual interest against institutional pressures. Come for Rebel Without A Cause, stay for The Savage Innocents, and don’t forget to take a look at one of the other 18 Ray-affiliated films in the series. AFI Silver Theatre, $11.

Feb. 11 to April 5
“Thing to Come: The City Imagined on Film”
A collection of touchstone sci-fi flicks—Metropolis, Logan’s Run, Gattaca, and seven others—this series explores how urban life inspired futuristic ambition. Naturally, the program is co-organized by the National Building Museum. AFI Silver Theatre, $11.

March 24
Grande Hotel
Lotte Stoops’ delicate documentary centers on a former five-star hotel in Mozambique—a gaudy symbol of Portuguese colonialism—that is now squatter’s slum. National Gallery of Art, free.

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