After breaking through with an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting in 1996, director Danny Boyle would release a couple of clunkers, The Beach and A Life Less Ordinary, before resurrecting his career and the world’s love of the undead with 2002’s 28 Days Later. He followed his first bona fide hit with Millions, a charming family film largely unnoticed by American audiences since its tender/mature subject matter did not involve CGI hedgehogs. While the film’s conceit is familiar—child stumbles upon valuables that don’t belong to him, bad guys come to collect—Millions employs nontraditional elements of surrealism and Christian charity without alienating or getting preachy. Though its good intentions might have stifled its blockbuster potential, Millions shows Boyle testing the waters of unabashed sentimentalism, a winning trick that would pay off in copious Oscars just a few years later. THE FILM SHOWS MAY 9th and 10th AT THE AFI SILVER THEATRE AND CULTURAL CENTER, 8633 COLESVILLE ROAD, SILVER SPRING. $6–$10. (301) 495-6720.