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(Nov. 24-27) CARLOS THE JACKAL If you find yourself yearning for something epic to fill up your free time over the holiday weekend, you can spend 319 minutes with Carlos at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring. The DOCUMDRAMA darling of this year's Cannes Film Festival definitively portrays notorious international terrorist Carlos the Jackal while illustrating the evolution of modern terrorism. Carlos screens today through Saturday.

(Nov. 24-Jan. 23) CHARGED PORTRAITS And for more stunning portraiture there's Commissure at Baltimore's Contemporary Museum through late January. Ben Gest focuses on everyday people getting lost in their thoughts while doing everyday things. The photographer uses skewed perspectives and super sized prints to hone in on his subjects' emotions.

(Nov. 24-Dec. 11) THRIFTY ART And for a skewed perspective on clothing, there's Derick Melander's latest creation at the University of Maryland's Stamp Gallery in College Park through Dec. 11. The sculptor has artfully stacked over 1,500 pounds of second hand threads as a physical record of all the people who have passed through them.

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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

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Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Wet Appetites For Its Virtual Reality Headset

The virtual reality company Oculus is close to releasing a headset for games, movies and other entertainment. The company premiered an animated short called Henry that will come with the headsets.

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