Instant parenthood The morality of "One Good Cop" may be questionable, but the film is entertaining nonetheless. The movie, a combination of action, drama and comedy, stars Michael Keaton as a New York cop who finds himself caring for the three daughters of a fallen buddy. The situation poses problems all around, some comic, some not. Anthony La Paglia is the cop who dies in the line of duty, leaving three motherless daughters behind. Rene Russo is the surviving cop's wife who finds herself playing mother and liking it. Language, violence. Rating: R. **
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall rings with massed voices this weekend. The St. Matthew Passion by Bach will be given the full treatment by the Choral Arts Society at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $10 to $30. Call 783-8000. Tomorrow at 7 p.m., the Morgan State University Choir, tenor Kevin Short, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra members, the Annapolis Brass and Baltimore School for the Arts singers perform the annual Morgan benefit concert. Tickets are $12 to $30, available between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. today at the Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan campus.
And they're off!
For some weeks now, ABC, whose resident sports host Jim McKay is also a Maryland resident horse breeder, has been highlighting thoroughbred prep races. But today starts the Triple Crown countdown with the running of the Kentucky Derby (which to Baltimoreans is really the last Preakness prep) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Live coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. (Channel 13), with the usual announcing crew of Mr. McKay, Al Michaels, Charlsie Cantey, Dave Johnson and Jack Whitaker. The race should shed some light on the field for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico May 18.
"Rocky V" was trounced by the critics, possibly because Sylvester Stallone stars. To some, he can do no right. Actually, he does very well in this one, the fifth in the "Rocky" series that began in 1976. Here Rocky wants to retire from the ring, but a greedy promoter hopes to force him to return. Stallone did the script, one of the better in the series. Violence, language. Rating: PG-13.
A Japanese classic
The intriguing Japanese classic "Rashomon" is being staged by the Vagabond Players in Fells Point. Adapted by Fay and Michael Kanin from the 1950 Japanese film classic, the puzzling satire offers three widely conflicting versions of a rape and murder that happened a thousand years ago. The performances, directed by John Bruce Johnson, are uneven, but there are fascinating moments. Catherine Hyde stars with Louis B. Murray, Edwyn Williams and Doris Crane Margulis. 8:30 p.m. 806 S. Broadway. Tickets: $8. Call 563-9135.