Local Screenings

September 30, 2005

JEWISH FILMS // To tide us over until the next Baltimore Jewish Film Festival (scheduled to open April 1), the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore is holding CineFest, three films over the next five weeks, all centering on Jewish themes.The mini-festival begins Thursday with Le Grand Role, a comedy from French director Steve Suissa, in which a young actor and his friends compete for the lead role in a Yiddish version of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Peter Coyote plays the director they have to impress. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Tickets are $8. Information: 410- 542-4900, ext. 239, or jcc.org.

BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN // For most directors, making a classic like 1931's Frankensteinwould have been enough.But not for James Whale, who four years later directed the even better, more atmospheric and inventive The Bride of Frankenstein, which is being screened this weekend at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. Boris Karloff returns as the monster, as does Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein.New cast members include Elsa Lanchester,who plays both the titular character and, in the movie's opening scenes, Frankenstein author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Showtimes are noon tomorrow, 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m.Thursday, and tickets are $5. Information: 410- 727-3456 or thecharles.com.

THE WICKEDS // A decaying good time is guaranteed for all at Wednesday's screening of The Wickeds, from director John Poague, with Baltimore's own Joe O'Ferrell as director of photography. The screening will be presented at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. Probably not for the squeamish, The Wickeds tells the tale of seven teenagers who spend Halloween at an allegedly haunted movie set. When a pair of grave robbers shows up, pursued by an army of the undead, the fun begins. The cast even includes porn superstar Ron Jeremy! What's not to love? Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $8, $5 for alliance members. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.

FILM FESTIVAL // Debuting in Washington next week, the Amnesty International Film Festival spotlights seven films whose images and themes reflect its emphasis on human rights. The three-day festival kicks off at 8 p.m.Thursday at the co-sponsoring National Geographic Society's Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. N.W., with Darwin's Nightmare. The documentary looks at Africa's Lake Victoria and two species that did it no favors: the Nile Perch, a nonnative fish that, once introduced to the lake, ate everything that used to live in it, and the foreign capitalists who put the fish in the lake. Tickets are $8, $6 for children under 12. Call 202-857-7700 or visit nationalgeographic.com/nglive.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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