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What’s Playing on Pittsburgh Screens: March 14-22 

Sci-fi films at Row House, The Wizard of Oz on the Giant Screen, and Documentary Salon

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LEGEND OF THE MOUNTAIN. In King Hu’s 1979 drama, a scholar, tasked with copying a sutra, meets a mysterious old lady and her daughter in the mountains. He marries the daughter, but then learns she may be an evil ghost. In Mandarin, with subtitles. 6 p.m. Sun., March 18. Regent Square. filmmakers.pfpca.org

THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN. In Chia-Liang Liu’s 1978 kung-fu movie, a man seeks revenge on the Manchus after learning martial-arts skills. The film screens as part of a week-long tribute to the Shaw Brothers studio. 2:30 and 7:20 p.m. Wed., March 14. Row House Cinema. www.rowhousecinema.com

LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF CHINA. Chia-Liang Liu directs this 1982 martial-arts film, in which a kung-fu group sets out to find a former member, and discover that their old-school tactics (fists and magic) are a match for new weapons, such as guns. The film screens as part of a week-long tribute to the Shaw Brothers studio. 5 p.m. Wed., March 14; and 2:30 p.m. Thu., March 15. Row House Cinema. www.rowhousecinema.com

THE DEER HUNTER. Three buddies from Clairton — Robert DeNiro, John Savage and Christopher Walken — go to Vietnam, have a hellish time, and return home to find that life after battle is no easier. Michael Cimino’s award-winning 1978 film was the first major release to address the Vietnam War, especially its devastating social impact on whole communities. Nearly four decades later, the disjointed Vietnam “horror” scenes look contrived — dropped in and cranked up to provide contrast to the film’s longer, and more ultimately devastating, episodes stateside. Here, the film holds up well, as Cimino presents the film’s bookends of rituals — the wedding, where the exuberant, soon-to-be soldiers careen, and the awkward funeral with its utter lack of resolution. 7:30 p.m. Wed., March 14. AMC Loews Waterfront. $5 (Al Hoff)

COME DRINK WITH ME. King Hu’s influential 1966 martial-arts film laid the groundwork for the decades of kung-fu films to come. Here, a young woman works with a kung-fu master to retrieve her brother who has been kidnapped. The film screens as part of a week-long tribute to the Shaw Brothers studio. 9:45 p.m. Wed., March 14; and 7:30 p.m. Thu., March 15. Row House Cinema. www.rowhousecinema.com

FIVE DEADLY VENOMS. A dying kung-fu teacher has his last student track down five former students, each of whom has mastered a unique form of fighting, respectively known as the centipede, snake, scorpion, lizard and toad. Cheh Chang directs this 1978 martial-arts film. The film screens as part of a week-long tribute to the Shaw Brothers studio. 5 and 9:35 p.m. Thu., March 15. Row House Cinema. www.rowhousecinema.com

PLANET OF THE APES. Franklin J. Schaffner’s time-bending 1968 cautionary tale about the future of Earth features smart apes, savage humans, Chuck Heston in dishabille, and one of the best surprise endings in film. (OK, so you already know it, but isn’t awesome to watch every time?) 12:15 and 9:30 p.m. Fri., March 16; 3:30 p.m. Sat., March 17; 6 p.m. Sun., March 18; 7:10 p.m. Mon., March 19; 2:30 p.m. Tue., March 20; 9:15 p.m. Wed., March 21; and 5 p.m. Thu., March 22. Row House Cinema, Lawrenceville. www.rowhousecinema.com

SPACEBALLS. In Mel Brooks’ 1987 spoof of Star Wars, Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and Barf the Mawg (a furry John Candy) set their intergalactic RV to hyperspeed in order to save the Druish Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) and her robot, Dot Matrix (voice of Joan Rivers), from the evil clutches of Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis). Brooks is on board as both President Skroob and Yogurt, a wizard wise in the ways of the Schwartz. May the puns be with you. 2:45 p.m. Fri., March 16; 9:30 p.m. Sat., March 17; 8:20 p.m. Sun., March 18; 5 p.m. Mon., March 19; 7 p.m. Tue., March 20; 2:45 p.m. Wed., March 21; and 9:30 p.m. Thu., March 22. Row House Cinema, Lawrenceville. www.rowhousecinema.com

THE WIZARD OF OZ. If your viewings of Victor Fleming’s 1939 musical film have been via TV only, you owe it to yourself (and any kiddies) to see this beloved family classic on the big, big screen. Join Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her little dog, too, on their unforgettable Technicolor journey to the Land of Oz — a wondrous place that, ultimately, isn’t quite as wonderful as Kansas. 4 and 7 p.m. nightly, March 16-18. Rangos Giant Cinema, Carnegie Science Center, North Side. $9.95. www.carnegiesciencecenter.org

ATTACK THE BLOCK. Jodie Whittaker and John Boyega heads up a crew of teenagers in London who defend their street from an alien invasion, in Joe Cornish’s 2011 film. 5 p.m. Fri., March 16; 11:35 p.m. Sat., March 17; Noon and 4 p.m. Sun., March 18; 9:30 p.m. Mon., March 19; 5 p.m. Tue., March 20; 7:15 p.m. Wed., March 21; and 3 p.m. Thu., March 22. Row House Cinema, Lawrenceville. www.rowhousecinema.com

TRON. In this cult film from 1982, Jeff Bridges is a computer programmer who literally goes into the network of his machine and finds himself part of a real-life video game battling his evil boss. On its release, Steven Lisberger’s film — while a real thrill for those who could visualize DOS, and packed with then-state-of-the-art computer graphics — failed to find an audience. Today’s post-Matrix generation should find Tron a charmingly retro, yet weirdly prescient, cyber-hoot. 7 p.m. Fri., March 16; 1:15 p.m. Sat., March 17; 1:50 p.m. Sun., March 18; 2:45 p.m. Mon., March 19; 9:30 p.m. Tue., March 20; 5 p.m. Wed., March 21; and 7:20 p.m. Thu., March 22. Row House Cinema, Lawrenceville. www.rowhousecinema.com

DOCUMENTARY SALON: REMEMBER WHEN. At this monthly screening event, the short films of Sara Zia Ebrahimi and Lindsey Martin will be presented. Remember When is a collection of five shorts that question the false innocence associated with girlhood. The works combine animation and live action to depict true stories of girls impacted by the power structures of foreign policy, mass incarceration, divorce, and heteronormativity. The screening will be followed by a discussion. 7 p.m. (6:30 reception), Fri., March 16. Melwood Screening Room, Oakland. pghdocsalon.blogspot.com

THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORLD. Sekiya Dorsett’s 2016 documentary chronicles the salon-style tour of a group of black lesbian poets and writers, as they seek to build community among queer women of color. The film screens as part of the monthly Just Films series, which highlights recent films that deal with gender and offer intersectional perspectives. Screening will be followed by a discussion. 6:30 p.m. Wed., March 21. Eddy Theater, Chatham University campus, Shadyside. Free. www.justfilmspgh.org


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