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Screenings: The D.C. punk scene explodes to life in ‘Salad Days’

The music that came out of the Washington, D.C. punk scene of the 1980s is as forceful and bold today as ever before. Bands like Bad Brains, Fugazi and Minor Threat still influence, and they still sound fresh. So the documentary “Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, D.C. (1980-90)” sounds like essential viewing.

Directed by Scott Crawford and Jim Saah, “Salad Days” is a widely acclaimed film about what made that scene so unique. It screens at 7 p.m. April 30 at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. Visit hallwalls.org for more info.

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The latest Buffalo Film Seminars series is nearing its end, but its next-to-last screening is a treat. Sylvain Chomet’s animated gem “The Triplets of Belleville” was a surprise worldwide hit in 2003, with a soundtrack that will linger in your head for days. It screens at 7 p.m. April 28 in the Dipson Amherst Theatre. Visit dipsontheatres.com or csac.buffalo.edu/bfs.html.

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The sinking of the Lusitania is the subject of author Erik Larson’s (“The Devil in the White City,” “In the Garden of Beasts”) latest non-fiction success, “Dead Wake: The last Crossing of the Lusitania.” The 1915 incident is also the subject of this month’s Roycroft Film Society screening. The documentary “Sinking the Lusitania: Terror at Sea” screens at 4 p.m. May 3 in Parkdale Elementary School (141 Girard Ave., East Aurora). Visit roycroftcampuscorporation.com.

Amherst’s Screening Room presents a film noir double feature at 7:30 p.m. May 1, with “Borderline” followed by “The Naked Kiss.” Then, “dinner and a movie” night returns on May 2 with a movie you may have heard of, “The Godfather.” Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., with the movie following at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner and a movie tickets must be purchased in advance; visit screeningroomboutiquecinemas.com.

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The North Park Theatre continues to feature the finest films from Japan’s Studio Ghibli, with Hayao Miyazaki’s wonderful “Princess Mononoke” set for 11:30 a.m. May 2 and 3. Posters and Japanese candy and soft drinks will be available, and the following weekend sees a screening of the intriguing documentary on Studio Ghibli, “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness,” at 11:30 a.m. May 9 and 10. Visit northparktheatre.org for details.

Lastly, the Burchfield Penney Art Center screens Robert Reich’s documentary “Inequality for All” at 7 p.m. April 30. See burchfieldpenney.org.

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