Whether you see it as a never-ending pedestrian traffic jam, a place to buy knock-off bags and cheap grub, or simply a spectacle to behold, Chinatown is more than meets the eye. Running at Anthology Film Archives from January 24 to 26 in celebration of the Chinese New Year, “We Landed/ I Was Born/ Passing By: New York’s Chinatown On Screen” is a five-part screening series inspired by the work of 1960s poet Frances Chung. Through documentaries, archival footage, home videos, literary readings, photography, and performance, you’ll learn about a Chinatown full of culture, struggle, and community.

Catch these, a “Hip Hopera,” and other films about meditation, meat, and mean girls we’re Reel Psyched about this week.

Eat: A 60th Anniversary Feast + Filmmaker Elaine Tin Nyo in person and Mark Lewis via Skype.
Three short films about meat and our relationship to it. First is Three Cheers For the Whale, about the history of our coexistence with the big marine mammal and its slaughter by the fishing industry. Second is Hamburger Diaries where an artist films a friend eating a hamburger and talking about the taste. And last is The Natural History of the Chicken, in which the filmmaker reveals the chicken to be much more than the leg we see on our dinner plates.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave., Lower East Side; 7 p.m.; $10

Mean Girls

Regina George and her clique “The Plastics” make our list again, this time as part of Huckleberry’s “Back to School” series. Why it’s in January and not September, we’ll never know, but any excuse to see Mean Girls again is an excuse we’re going to use. Lindsay Lohan, pre-plastic, hangs with The Plastics.
Huckleberry Bar, 588 Grand St, Williamsburg; 9 p.m.; Free

Meditation, Creativity, Peace FREE SCREENING!

This documentary follows David Lynch on a 16-country tour of Europe, the Middle East and Latin America where he discusses the importance of transcendental meditation and how it can change the world.  Through this tour, and interviews with Lynch, viewers have a chance to get some rare insight into his creative process.
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., West Village; 11 a.m.; Free

Carmen: A Hip Hopera

Based on Georges Bizet’s classic opera of the same name, this made for TV movie stars Beyoncé Knowles, Mos Def, Wyclef Jean, Da Brat, Lil’ Bow Wow and other late ‘90s/early 2000s hip hop/r&b stars. Does the plot matter? No, it has Beyoncé and calls itself a “hip hopera,” that’s all that counts.
Videology, 308 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 8:30 p.m.; Free

Top Gun

Highway to the danger zone! Tom Cruise is Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, and Val Kilmer as “Iceman.” Is it 1986? Maybe for one more night! Some of the greatest aerial and action scenes in a movie to date.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg; Midnight; $11

Visitors + Q&A with filmmakers Godfrey Reggio & Jon Kane

Presented by Steven Soderbergh, written, produced and directed by Godfrey Reggio, with support from Philip Glass and editor, producer and associate director Jon Kane, Visitors explores the human relationship with technology, especially when heightened by emotional moments. Using only 74 shots, and projected in black and white, the film offers a unique and poignant look into they way we live. Win tickets here.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 E Houston St, Lower East Side; $13.50; q&a screenings at 7 p.m.

Night of the Living Dead

George Romero’s classic zombie film transformed the undead genre into a nightmarish game of cat and mouse that sometimes doesn’t have the Tom and Jerry ending we’re accustomed to. The film set the new standard for filmmakers and influenced countless zombie follow-ups. A small group of survivors take up shelter in a farmhouse where they fight for their lives while flesh-eating zombies swarm the house in search of a meal.
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave., West Village; Midnight; $13.50

Videograms of a Revolution

Compiled from over 125 hours of found footage, amateur videos, official television coverage and footage from the occupied Bucharest TV station, this documentary covers the period of events leading up to the uprising and overthrowing of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989.
Spectacle Theater, 124 S Fourth St, Williamsburg; 7:30 p.m.; $5

Bonnie’s Kids

B-movie neo-noir sleaze you just can’t stop watching. Ellie and Myra Thomas run away from their child molester stepfather to move in with their uncle Ben and live a more wild life. And a wild life they live when Ellie decides to steal a half a million dollars her uncle sends her on an errand to pick up and Ben sends his cronies after her. Spectacle warns: “Bonnie’s Kids and their friends don’t play nice: scenes of violence, attempted sexual assault, incest, deviant behavior and general mean-spiritedness abound.”
Spectacle Theater, 124 S Fourth St, Williamsburg; 7:30 p.m.; $5