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.
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.