Senator will get `Potter'


November 02, 2001|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Barry Levinson's Bandits is coming to the Senator, where it belongs.

Starting today, the new comedy directed by the Baltimore native starts a one-week run at the city's showcase theater. Owner Tom Kiefaber unsuccessfully tried to get Bandits when it opened, but kept pressing. A comedy about bank robbers (Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton) that's garnered Levinson his best reviews in years.

But as excited as Kiefaber is about Bandits, that's nothing compared to the elation he's feeling about what will follow. On Nov. 16, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone opens at the theater. For a while, it seemed that Harry and his friends would bypass the Senator, but Kiefaber's persistence in seeking what is projected as the fall's biggest hit finally paid off.

"We got it by pointing out over and over to the distributor that this is one of the finest theaters in the country to play this film," Kiefaber says. "Getting a film like this is a key part of our struggle to be recognized in an industry that is so megaplex-oriented."

Weekend features

MicroCineFest 2001 continues at the G-Spot, 2980 Falls Road.

A highlight for today might be Cow Monkey (6 p.m.), which chronicles the search for Big Foot. Those tracking the monster include twin brothers who believe it killed their dog, and a woman who wants to teach it sign language.

Tomorrow's program includes Alvin Ecarma's blood-soaked action comedy, Lethal Force, at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. Sunday, there's a not-to-be-missed double feature starring the legendarily untalented and not particularly good-looking matinee-idol wannabe, Arch Hall Jr.

The Sadist stars Hall Jr. as a nasty serial killer who's stalking three teachers on their way to a baseball game. In Wild Guitar , directed by the same guy who gave us The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies, Hall Jr. plays Bud Eagle, a guitar-playing country boy trying to make his way onto Hollywood's fast track.

Tickets for MicroCineFest screenings cost $3. For full schedule, see

Steve Martin at it again

Director David Atkins' Novocaine stars Steve Martin as a dentist who finds himself in a rabbit's-hole world of sex, drugs and murder after falling for an alluring new patient played by Helena Bonham Carter. The film is this weekend's Cinema Sundays feature, and I'm the host for the screening, which begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St.. Admission is $15; five-film mini-memberships cost $65.

Call: 410-727-3464 or

Casting call

Pat Moran, Baltimore's favorite casting agent, is looking for extras for the HBO series The Wire, scheduled to begin here in Baltimore Nov. 11. The cop drama was written by Emmy-winner David Simon and will be directed by Clark Johnson (both alums of Homicide: Life On the Street).If you're interested -- and Moran especially is looking for African-Americans aged 16 to 25 -- send a photograph with name, age and phone number, to Pat Moran & Associates, Attn: The Wire, 350 Boston St., Suite 425, Baltimore 21224. No phone calls.

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