Movies ''Awakenings'' is a bright, warm and completely...


January 12, 1991|By Lou Cedrone | Lou Cedrone,By the Evening Sun Staff

Movies ''Awakenings'' is a bright, warm and completely satisfying version of an incident that took place in 1969 at a hospital in the Bronx, where Dr. Oliver Sacks, newly assigned to the hospital, brought a number of post-encephalitic patients back to consciousness. Robin Williams, right, plays the doctor, and Robert De Niro is a patient he helps. Penny Marshall directed, and the lead performances are stupendous. Language. Rating: PG-13. ****

Fancy folks at the race track, ladies gabbing at a rooftop pool and street people warming their hands against laundromat dryers provide subjects for the late artist Aaron Sopher, one of Baltimore's most perceptive chroniclers. A selection of his pen-and-ink and watercolor drawings, many from the Cone Collection, is displayed at the Baltimore Museum of Art through Feb. 24 in conjunction with a book about his work by Peter Hastings Falk.


Steve Mckerrow

How do you kill a vampire? You don't -- at least not when ratings are in the offing. Many viewers likely will be unable to resist a look, if only out of nostalgia, at the new "Dark Shadows" premiering as a miniseries on NBC tomorrow (at 9 p.m., Channel 2). Based on the cult favorite daytime serial, which ran on ABC from 1965 to 1971, the new version has Ben Cross, above, carrying on Jonathan Frid's role of the genteel but blood-driven Barnabas Collins.

The Vagabond Players are celebrating their 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee season with repeats of past productions. Currently, the company is presenting Patrick Hamilton's psychological thriller, "Angel Street," on which the classic movie "Gaslight" was based. The play is set in 1880 London, and the story focuses on a woman married to a sadistic husband. 8:30 p.m. 806 S. Broadway. Tickets: $8. 563-9135.


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"The Freshman'' is an imaginatively drawn farce that works, almost from the start. Matthew Broderick is the college freshman asked to do a favor for a don-like figure played by Marlon Brando, who is parodying the Mafia chieftain he played in ''The Godfather'' back in 1972. The movie has a twist or two, and you've got to make a few allowances from the beginning, but if you do, the reward is yours. Language. Rating: PG. ***

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