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What’s Playing on Pittsburgh Screens: March 21-28 

It’s “girl power” with Spice World and The Craft, plus some Tom Cruise classics and the last chance for Legend of the Mountain

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. The film screens as part of Sci-Fi week. 2:45 p.m. Wed., March 21; and 9:30 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. The film screens as part of Sci-Fi week. 5 p.m. Wed., March 21; and 7:20 p.m. Thu., March 22. Row House Cinema, Lawrenceville. www.rowhousecinema.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

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. The film screens as part of Sci-Fi week. 7:15 p.m. Wed., March 21; and 3 p.m. Thu., March 22. Row House Cinema, Lawrenceville. 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?) The film screens as part of Sci-Fi week. 9:15 p.m. Wed., March 21; and 5 p.m. Thu., March 22. Row House Cinema, Lawrenceville. www.rowhousecinema.com

TOP GUN. Can Tom Cruise, the macho-sensitive, supersonic Navy pilot, still take your breath away? Find out whether Tony Scott’s 1986 action-romance still flies high. The film screens as part of a series of earlier Tom Cruise films. 12:15 and 5 p.m. Fri., March 23; 7 p.m. Sat., March 24; 3:40 p.m. Sun., March 25; 4 p.m. Mon., March 26; 2:30 p.m. Tue., March 27;

7 p.m. Wed., March 28; and 9:30 p.m. Thu., March 29. Row House Cinema, Lawrenceville. www.rowhousecinema.com

RISKY BUSINESS. Paul Brickman directs this 1983 comedy about a teen (Tom Cruise, in Ray-Bans) who throws a big party when his parents are away. The film screens as part of a series of earlier Tom Cruise films. 2:45 p.m. Fri., March 23; 11 a.m. and 9:30 pm. Sat., March 24; 1:45 p.m. Mon., March 26; 7 p.m. Tue., March 27; 9:30 p.m. Wed., March 28; and 5 p.m. Thu., March 29. Row House Cinema, Lawrenceville. www.rowhousecinema.com

Spice World
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SPICE WORLD. Pick your favorite — Sporty, Posh, Baby, Ginger or Scary — and make tracks for the Cool Britannia of the 1990s. Zigga zigga ha! Bob Spiers directs this 1997 musical comedy featuring the Spice Girls. The film screens in a “Girl Power” double-feature with The Craft. 6 p.m. daily, March 23-29. Regent Square. $8 ($10 for double-feature). www.cinema.pfpca.org

REVOLT/RESTRAINT: HOW WE REFRAIN. The monthly LUNA Park Experimental Film & Media series continues with this two-day program of films, readings and discussions. On March 23 renowned filmmaker Deborah Stratman screens and discusses her experimental documentary, The Illinois Parables, on original 16mm. The 2016 hour-long film features vignettes, or “parables,” about violence, resistance and technologies, among other topics. The Sat., March 24, program features New York City-based emerging women artists, including Lex Brown, Brook Hsu, Tamara Santibanez and guest curator, Audra Wist. The whole thing wraps up with a panel discussion relating these works to Chantal Akerman’s influential 1975 film, Jeanne Dielman. 7 p.m.nightly, March 23-24. Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland. $7. www.cinema.pfpca.org

LEGEND. Tom Cruise stars in Ridley Scott’s 1985 fantasy adventure about a young man who must stop a demon from destroying unicorns, sunlight and the woman he loves. The film screens as part of a series of earlier Tom Cruise films. 7:20 p.m. Fri., March 23; 1:45 p.m. Sat., March 24; 8:10 p.m. Sun., March 25; 9:45 p.m. Mon., March 26; 5 p.m. Tue., March 27; 1:45 p.m. Wed., March 28; and 7:15 p.m. Thu., March 29. Row House Cinema, Lawrenceville. www.rowhousecinema.com

THE CRAFT. Witchcraft in high school! Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell and Fairuza Balk star in Andrew Fleming’s 1996 horror melodrama. The film screens in a “Girl Power” double-feature with Spice World. 8 p.m. daily, March 23-29. Regent Square. $8 ($10 for double-feature). www.cinema.pfpca.org

Eyes Wide Shut
  • Eyes Wide Shut

EYES WIDE SHUT. A New York City couple (Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman) finds their relationship tested by a series of sexual encounters, in Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 drama. The film screens as part of a series of earlier Tom Cruise films. 9:20 p.m. Fri., March 23; 3:45 p.m. Sat., March 24; 12:30 p.m. Sun., March 25; 6:30 p.m. Mon., March 26; 9:15 p.m. Tue., March 27; 3:45 p.m. Wed., March 28; and 1:30 p.m. Thu., March 29. Row House Cinema, Lawrenceville. www.rowhousecinema.com

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS. Vincente Minnelli directs this Technicolor musical, starring Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien. The enduring film features the title song, as well as “The Trolley Song” and the holiday favorite, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” 

This breakfast-and-movie, formerly held at the Hollywood Theater, is now on a pop-up venue schedule. Breakfast is provided by Food by Lyndsey Catering, and includes eggs, fruit parfaits, johnnycake casserole, and tea, coffee and juice; alcoholic beverages are available at the bar. 

Tickets must be purchased online by Thu., March 22, at The FOHT’s Facebook page.  Doors at 10:15 a.m., breakfast 10:30 a.m. and screening 11 a.m. Parkway Theater, 644 Broadway Ave., McKees Rocks. Breakfast and movie: $13-15; movie only $2

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME. Errol Morris’ 1991 documentary profiles the renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. 6 p.m. Sun., March 25. Row House Cinema, Lawrenceville. www.rowhousecinema.com

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 25. Regent Square. filmmakers.pfpca.org

THE HERO. In Zézé Gamboa’s 2004 drama, a 20-year veteran of the Angola’s three-decade-long civil war tries to adjust to life in the city. The film won Best Foreign Feature at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. In Portuguese, with subtitles. 7 p.m. Mon., March 26. Alphabet City, 40 W. North Ave., North Side. Free. www.alphabetcity.org


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