Altered States, Primer and WALL-E (with live robots) at The Belcourt 

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Again testing how many movies a theater can squeeze onto two screens, The Belcourt has some 11 different movies playing between Thursday and Monday. Many of these belong to the ongoing "Science on Screen" series, including the high school intersession presentation of Andrew Niccol's Gattaca (Thursday), the popular Higgs boson doc Particle Fever (held over for another week), Ken Russell's cinematic acid trip Altered States (midnight Friday and Saturday), Pixar's WALL-E with a live robot demonstration by Vanderbilt's Robotics and Autonymous Systems Lab (10 a.m. Saturday), and perhaps coolest of all, Shane Carruth's time-travel headscrambler Primer, preceded by Chris Marker's legendary short "La Jetée" and followed by a talk on particle physics by Robert Scherrer, chair of Vanderbilt's Department of Physics and Astronomy (Monday). Also this week: Scene film critic Jason Shawhan introducing Alain Guiraudie's erotic suspense film Stranger by the Lake, to which no one under 18 will be admitted (9:30 p.m. Friday); Nashville Ballet artistic director Paul Vasterling introducing Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq, a portrait of the great Balanchine ballerina struck down in her youth by polio (3:10 p.m. Saturday); and the ongoing Philip Seymour Hoffman tribute featuring Paul Thomas Anderson's epic Magnolia (7 p.m. Sunday). See belcourt.org for more information.

• Erudite or Dauntless — which will Divergent the movie be? See Bilge Ebiri's review online at nashvillescene.com for complete Candor. The movie opens Friday, along with the religious-debate drama God's Not Dead starring Kevin Sorbo. This weekend at the Cult Fiction Underground, 2915 Gallatin Road: Charles Bronson vs. Lee Marvin in Death Hunt (Friday) and Terry Zwigoff's Crumb (Saturday).

Email arts@nashvillescene.com.

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