CHARLIE CHAPLIN SHORTS Two classics: “A Day’s Pleasure” and the indelible “The Kid.” At the Charles Theatre March 10 at noon and March 12 at 7 p.m.
HOW TASTY WAS MY LITTLE FRENCHMAN Nelson Pereira dos Santos’ cult-y black comedy centers on a Frenchman (Arduéno Colassanti) in 16th-century colonial Brazil who finds himself the captive of an Indian tribe, then a guest, then the entrée. At 2640 Space March 7 at 7 p.m.
JOHN CARTER Pixar director/story guru Andrew Stanton goes live-action in this adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ epic Frazetta-painting pulp about the title 19th-century earthling (Taylor Kitsch) battling aliens on Mars. Opens March 9.
“PROTECT THE FOOD SUPPLY” As usual, the Double Vision screening series pairs a fiction feature and a documentary, in this case 1973 sci-fi beater Soylent Green and the 2009 kids-feel-their-way-along-the-food-supply-chain account What’s on Your Plate? At the Bohemian Coffee House March 13 at 7 p.m.
RETURN Writer/director Liza Johnson flips the script on the veteran-coming-home-from-the-Middle East drama, with Freaks and Geeks’ Linda Cardellini starring as the soldier in question. The presence of Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon and Mad Men’s John Slattery bodes well. Presented by the Maryland Film Festival. At MICA’s Brown Center March 9 at 7 p.m.
SANKRANTHI This 2006 drama from Sri Lanka screens as part of the ongoing Bridges to the World film festival. At Towson University’s Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium March 9 at 7 p.m.
SILENT HOUSE Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) stars in this atmospheric horror creeper about a young woman isolated in a lonely house. Opens March 9.
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER The film that launched a thousand light-up Lucite dance floors, not to mention millions of white poly-blend suits and kabillions of cheesy finger-pointing dance moves. It also, of course, launched John Travolta, who’s great as Brooklyn boy Tony Manero, dance-floor ruler by night, directionless, not-that-bright paint-store clerk by day. The Bee Gees-centric soundtrack is one of the greatest and most successful in cinema history, but this is a good movie even without the tunes. One night only. At the Charles Theatre March 8 at 9 p.m.
A THOUSAND WORDS The latest Eddie Murphy comedy. Opens March 9.
TOURNÉES FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY FRENCH CINEMA Johns Hopkins University’s third annual festival/screening series devoted to contemporary French film concludes this week with Xavier Beauvois’ Of Gods and Men. At Gilman Hall Room 50 on Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Campus at 7:30 P.M.