The 35th annual Science Fiction Marathon returns to Case Western University's Strosacker Auditorium (2125 Adelbert Rd., 216.368.2463, films.cwru.edu) this weekend. It kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday, January 15, with a screening of last year's critically maligned Terminator Salvation. In addition to contemporary fare like last year's Moon, Duncan Jones' tribute to old-school sci-fi classics that starred Sam Rockwell as a moon man who discovers he's really a clone, and District 9, the thinking man's alien film also released last year, the schedule includes campy favorites like 1962's First Spaceship on Venus and 1961's The Phantom Planet. There will also be a few "surprise" screenings. Tickets are $25 and go on sale at 6 p.m. Friday in the Strosacker lobby. No one under 18 will be admitted without parental supervision.
The Warrensville branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library (22035 Clarkwood Pkwy., 216.464.5280, cuyahogalibrary.org) has put together the Reel Lives film series to complement Choosing to Participate, a Western Reserve Historical Society exhibit about community and citizenship on display through February 26. The series starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, with Far From Home, a movie about a high-school student who has been bused to school since she was in kindergarten. It continues with February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four (February 10), a documentary about the lunch counter sit-ins of 1960, and Nollywood Lady (March 10), a profile of Nigerian-born activist filmmaker Peace Anyiam-Fibresima. The screenings are free.
The Cleveland International Film Festival staff has compiled a list of film-related questions that artistic director Bill Guentzler will ask attendees at Quiz Show, a CIFF film program held at 7 p.m. Friday, January 15, at the Virginia Marti College of Art and Design (11724 Detroit Ave., 216.221.8584, vmcad.edu). Tickets are $50. Whoever gets the most correct answers will win a CIFF membership, tickets and other prizes. Sign up at clevelandfilm.org.
John Boorman's 1981 film Excalibur is one of many versions of the Knights of the Roundtable tale. It's arguably one of the best retellings of Sir Thomas Malory's work. The film, which stars Nicol Williamson, Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren, Gabriel Byrne and Patrick Stewart, shows at 6 p.m. Saturday, January 16, at Lakewood Public Library's Main Auditorium (15425 Detroit Ave., 216.226.8275, lkwdpl.org). Free.