Be `Moonstruck' in Little Italy

Screenings: The romantic comedy starring Cher and Nicolas Cage is among three free movies around town this weekend


July 30, 1999|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

On screens this weekend:

The Open-Air Italian Film Festival continues tonight with a screening of "Moonstruck" (1987), the classic contemporary romantic comedy starring Cher and Nicolas Cage as a passionately mismatched couple. The movie will begin at 9 p.m. on the parking lot wall at High and Stiles streets. Bring a chair for maximum enjoyment, and get into the mood with a dinner beforehand at a Little Italy restaurant. Free admission.

Also tonight, "In the King of Prussia," Emile De Antonio's video about the Plowshares movement, will be shown at the American Friends Service Committee. The video, about the 1980 disarmament effort at military contractor General Electric, stars real-life participants Dan and Phil Berrigan and Anne Montgomery as themselves and Martin Sheen as Judge Salas.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the program starts at 7: 30 p.m. The AFSC office is located at 4806 York Road. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

The annual Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival continues its family film nights tonight with a screening of "Rush Hour" (PG-13), starring Jackie Chan. On Monday the film of choice will be "The Muppets Take Manhattan." The movies will begin promptly at dusk on the lawn at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront (Lake Kittamaqundi), off Little Patuxent Parkway. Admission is free.

Bring your imaginations

The Imaginative Cinema Society (ICS) will hold its first meeting Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Perry Hall Presbyterian Church, 8848 Belair Road. Members are asked to bring in movies, and those present will vote on which to watch. After the viewing, the members will discuss and critique the movie. Annual dues are $20 per person, $30 per couple. ICS founder Dave Willard says "our emphasis is on providing a congenial atmosphere for those who enjoy watching fantasy, science-fiction, mystery and horror genre movies."

Serious series

Jean-Luc Godard's New Wave masterpiece "Breathless" (1960) will be shown Monday as part of the West European Cinema series currently under way at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The film begins at 6: 30 p.m. in Lecture Hall IV on the UMBC campus. Admission is free, and the screening is open to the public.

"When Cultures Collide," the summer film series sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Office of Cultural Affairs, will feature Woody Allen's 1983 film "Zelig" Wednesday at 7 p.m. Kim Bernstein, the author of a pending project about blacklisted director Herbert Biberman, will discuss the movie. "Zelig" will be shown in the Mountcastle Auditorium of the Preclinical Teaching Building, 725 N. Wolfe St. Admission is free.

A very scary convention

The Midnight Marquee Press will hold Monster Rally '99, a film convention dedicated to classic horror and science-fiction films, Aug. 6-8.

Guests include stop-motion effects wizard Ray Harryhausen, Bela Lugosi Jr., Ron Chaney and Sara Karloff. Panels include "Lugosi's Monogram Nine: Trash or Treasure?", "Atmospheric Horror vs. Gore" and "The Greatest Horror Heroines/Villainesses of All Time." Christopher Lee, the most famous Dracula after Lugosi, will sign copies of his book "Tall, Dark and Gruesome."

The convention will also include a dealers' room where posters, videos, stills and toys will be sold, as well as guest talks, previews and a costume contest.

Admission each day is $20 (children under 12 get in free). Monster Rally '99 will be held at the Crystal City Hyatt in Arlington, Va. For more information, call 410-665-1198.

Pub Date: 7/30/99

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