Presidential nominee Barack Obama may have a plan, and a timetable, to get us out of Iraq. Meanwhile, through Sept. 24 in the U District, this series of 10 repertory titles promises to immerse us in conflictor at least the countries that participated in World War II, with the additional incentive of Lee Marvin fighting on every front. The first three Wednesdays feature the Axis powers (Germany, Italy, and Japan), and the next three salute the Allies (Britain, France, and Russia . . . which sorta swung both ways, but lets ignore that, shall we?). Confusing? Sure, but upcoming flicks like The Dirty Dozen, Pickpocket, Ikiru, and I Am Cuba are always worth watching on the big screen. Deutschland is the focus tonight with two classic silent movies: 1920s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (screened twice) and 1924s The Last Laugh (at 8 p.m.). The first is a highly influential German Expressionist nightmare, the second a marvel of visual storytelling in which Emil Jannings delivers a magnificent performance as a man who defines his self-worth by his job (and hotel doormans uniform), then loses them all. (NR) Metro, 4500 Ninth Ave. N.E., 781-5755, www.landmarktheatres.com. $7$10. 6:30, 8, and 9:40 p.m.
Wed., July 30, 6:30, 8 & 9:40 p.m., 2008