If you want your children to be the first on the block to see ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze,'' tell the kids to save their money ($5) and get to the Yorkridge Cinemas on Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m.
Proceeds from the showing will go to The Children's House at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The kids will not only get to see the film, they will also be presented with a ''bag of goodies,'' whatever that means.
If you want more information on the screening, call The Grant-A-Wish Foundation at 242-1549. ''The Secret of the Ooze'' will officially open on March 22.
The ''hereafter'' cycle continues. When Patrick Swayze made it through the pearly gates to the box office in ''Ghost,'' movie producers began to look for similar themes.
Two coming films deal with the hereafter. One is Albert Brooks' ''Defending Your Life,'' though it should be mentioned in fairness to Brooks (who wrote, directed and stars in the film), that he was working on his movie long before ''Ghost'' appeared.
In ''Defending Your Life,'' Brooks plays a man who dies in an automobile accident and makes it to Judgment City where he must prove, in court, that he lived a life of assertion.
Another film dealing with a similar theme is ''Switch,'' in which a womanizer is murdered by three of the women he used. When he reaches the Gates of Judgment, he is told he must return to Earth as a woman to find another woman who truly likes him -- as a woman. Jimmy Smits and Ellen Barkin star. Blake Edwards is writing and directing.
Both films are scheduled for release this spring.
If you want to see the movie version of ''Grand Hotel,'' the 1932 classic will be shown on Channel 22 on March 15 at 10:30 p.m. Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Wallace Beery, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone and Jean Hersholt are in the cast.
While the war persuaded movie makers to revise their plans and do most of their filming in this country, escalating prices are forcing them out of New York and Los Angeles. According to the trade publications, movie makers are looking beyond New York because the costs of filming there have zoomed. The same publications say that the situation in Los Angeles is the same, that the sound stages at the studios are almost out of sight.
So what does that mean for Baltimore?
Well, according the Film Commission, ''There is a lot of talk going on, but nothing is firmed.''