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Released only five years ago, Erik Skjoldbjærg’s post-noir psychological thriller Insomnia—an accomplished, self-contained Norwegian film about a sleepless cop on the trail of a crafty killer—seems an unlikely candidate for a remake. And it’s slightly unsettling that cred-laden American director Christopher Nolan would follow up his 2000 sleeper hit Memento by basically reshooting the work of one of his indie contemporaries. Then again, money-tossing Hollywood execs worry little about an auteur’s artistic integrity when they have a well-written story bursting with profit potential for a mainstream audience. Warner Bros.’s play-it-safe remake starring Al Pacino may fail to offer anything new, but with any luck it will stir some well-deserved interest in the original—or at least get a few dusty copies off the shelf at Blockbuster. Don’t settle for a watered-down version of Insomnia when you can see the real thing at midnight at Visions Cinema Bistro Lounge, 1927 Florida Ave. NW. $5. (202) 667-0090. (Matthew Borlik)