Local Screenings

October 07, 2005

LONDON AFTER DARK // To accompany its exhibit, Monet's London: Artists' Reflections on the Thames, the Baltimore Museum of Art is offering a series of films set in and celebrating the darker side of the British capital. First up is Jules Dassin's 1950 film noir masterpiece, Night and the City, at 8 tonight in the BMA auditorium, 10 Art Museum Drive. Richard Widmark plays two-bit hustler Harry Fabian, who, after a lifetime of failed schemes and dashed dreams, thinks he has found his meal ticket in legendary wrestler Gregorius the Great (Stanislaus Zbyszko). Gregorius desperately wants to establish wrestling as a legit sport and, fatally, thinks Fabian can help him do that. As you might guess, things get ugly, fast. Future films include Michael Powell's Peeping Tom(Oct. 14), Joseph Losey's The Servant (Oct. 21) and Alfred Hitchock's Frenzy (Oct. 28). Admission is $7 per film, $20 for all four; BMA members get in free. Information: 410-396-6001 or art bma.org.

ZOMBIE STOMP // What happens when a bunch of zombies get over their thrill of having risen from the dead, and try to pick up where their former lives left off? Find out Wednesday night at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., with the world premiere of Livelihood, from 37.5 productions, winners of the 2004 CAmm Slam,and Better Hollywood Productions.Talk about must-sees - we hear the film includes scenes of unrequited zombie love and overbearing zombie mothers-in-law. Also playing is Rental, a short film centering on a cannibalistic video-store clerk.Yummy! The pre-premiere party starts at 7:30 p.m., with live music by Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad, lite fare and a cash bar. Tickets are $8. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.

PRIME // Writer-director Ben Younger's Prime, with Uma Thurman as a driven professional being wooed by the son (Ryan Greenberg) of her psychoanalyst (Meryl Streep), is this weekend's Cinema Sundays offering at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Showtime is 10:30 a.m. Sunday; admission is $15, and includes coffee and bagels beforehand (doors open at 9:45). Information: 410- 727-FILM or cinemasundays.com.

ASIAN-AMERICAN FILMS // The 2005 DC Asian-American Film Festival continues this weekend at theaters throughout the Washington area. Tonight's program, at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, includes Grace Lee's The Grace Lee Project, in which the writer-director contrasts the Asian-American stereotype with the real-life experiences of dozens of women who share her name (7 p.m.). Also showing is a series of short films presented under the banner, "In Urban Time: Shorts in the City" (9:05 p.m.). Tickets are $9.25. Information and a full schedule: apafilm.org/2005/. The festival continues through Oct. 16.


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