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If the tag “made-for-television” sets off your uncontrollable fears of hokey scripts and low-production values, the National Institutes of Health’s “Science in the Cinema” film series has the cure for you. Both Chris Gerolmo’s 1995 thriller Citizen X—starring Stephen Rea as a forensic investigator tracking down a serial killer—and Mike Nichols’ 2001 adaptation of Margaret Edson’s play, Wit, earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Also featured are Adrian Shergold’s Dirty Filthy Love, which follows the tolls that obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette’s syndrome take on the life of a successful architect, and My Sister’s Keeper, Ron Lagomarsino’s adaptation of Margaret Moorman’s novel about mental illness; each screening is followed by a Q&A session led by a guest speaker with expertise in the film’s subject area. Citizen X shows at 7 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Free. (301) 495-6700. (Matthew Borlik)