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“Warner Bros. Festival of Classics”
Second chances are few and far between in life, yet for the next seven days the Uptown Theater will grant serious film buffs a rare shot at sweet redemption. As part of Warner Bros. Studios’ 75th anniversary, more than 30 of the coolest, nastiest, and funniest flicks of their time—the classics you neglected to see on the big screen and have regretted ever since—will be shown at D.C.’s premier moviehouse. The “Warner Bros. Festival of Classics” is broken down into decades, 1930 to 1990, and many of the selections, no matter what the year, are gonna be damn near impossible to pass up. If you can’t take the sight of a near-Imax-size Linda Blair spewin’ equal parts satanic invective and pea soup in The Exorcist, then perhaps the overtly flatulent campfire scene from Blazing Saddles will be your preferred pick. Richard Donner’s Superman, Ridley Scott’s director’s cut of Blade Runner, and Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, and The Shining will all be significantly enhanced by the theater’s tremendous screen. And who can resist witnessing Steve McQueen in a first-of-its-kind car chase in Bullitt or Warren Beatty with both guns blazin’ in Bonnie and Clyde (pictured)? Make sure to enjoy at least some of these gems (plus 23 other films, including The Color Purple, Casablanca, Unforgiven, Goodfellas, The Maltese Falcon, and Rebel Without a Cause) before the Uptown gives way to Godzilla’s mindless summer reign. See Showtimes for schedule at the Cineplex Odeon Uptown, 3426 Connecticut Ave. NW. $7.50 per film, $15 per day, and $60 per seven-day festival pass. (202) 333-3456. (Sean Daly)