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SUNDAY

Given all the elaborate excuses people come up with to get out of jury duty, parking tickets, and video-store late fees, you’ve got to imagine that Death has heard some real humdingers. “This is ridiculous—if you had told me you were coming, I would have done more with my life than play video games!” “Shouldn’t you be spending your time in Iraq instead of harassing a helpless old retiree? I demand to speak to your manager.” “Give me another decade and I’ll teach you how to turn the Danse Macabre into a tango.” So it comes as no surprise that the Grim Reaper would be more than happy to take a break from his busy schedule to play a little chess with a disgruntled 14th-century knight on his way home from a decade’s worth of war, as he does in Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 allegorical drama, The Seventh Seal. It’s no Battleship with Bill and Ted, but it has to be more fun than a poker night with the other three horsemen. The film screens at 10 a.m. at Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. $14. (301) 365-3679. (Matthew Borlik)