Local Screenings

December 09, 2005

POTTER, LARGER THAN LIFE -- Harry Potter fans will be able to hone their snitch-seeking skills when Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire plays on the five-story-high screen at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater, National Air and Space Museum, Sixth and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington. The film follows the wizard trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione through Defense Against the Dark Arts classes, Potions lessons with Snape and, worst of all, their first dance at the Yule Ball. This limited holiday run starts Dec. 16 and plays through Jan. 2 and is shown at 5:30 p.m. daily. There is no showing on Christmas Day but there are two additional screenings at 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Admission is $10. Information: 877-932-IMAX or www.nasm.si.edu/visit/imax.

FALLING AT THE TOP FLOOR -- Falling, the sophomore effort from New York filmmaker Clayton Allis, tells the story of Carl Lazarus (Sean Souza), who attempts suicide by throwing himself off a bridge but is rescued by Paul, a car thief who was busy plying his trade on the bridge's lower deck but stopped long enough to save a stranger's life. When Paul disappears, Carl decides it's his duty to take his savior's place as a husband and father. But Paul turns out to have been a darker character than Carl realized, and taking his place leads Carl down a path that would have been best left untrod. Shot digitally, assembled and embellished primarily on Allis' home computer, Falling was shot within a 10-block radius of its writer-director's home, with family and friends serving as the production crew. The movie has won several awards, including Best Feature at the DNA Film Festival in New York and Best of New York at the Queens International Festival, as well as the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature at California's Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival. The film will be shown at 8 nightly through Sunday at the Top Floor, 5440 Harford Road. $4. Information: 443-691-7040 or thetopfloor.org.

WOMAN IN THE DUNES -- Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara's Woman in the Dunes (Suna no onna), a moving parable of one man's search for meaning and one woman's acceptance of her lot, will be the subject of this weekend's Filmtalk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. The 1964 film, nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, is the story of Niki, a man lured to the bottom of a sand pit, where, unable to escape, he bonds with a woman (Kyoko Kishida) whose livelihood depends on her digging the pit deeper; only by doing so will the nearby villagers continue to send her food. Eventually, he's forced to decide which exerts the greater emotional pull, his affection for the woman or his desire to escape. Showtime is 10 a.m. tomorrow in the library's Wheeler Auditorium, with discussion to follow. Free. Information: 410-396-5487 or www.pratt.lib.md.us.

CINEMATIC GIFTS -- Midnight Marquee/FANEX, a local group of film (especially horror film) fanatics, will be sponsoring a dealers' room tomorrow at the Sheraton Baltimore North, 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. Dealers selling in the room will include Satellite Media, which specializes in old TV and radio programs; Cryptflix, focusing on hard-to-find DVDs; Redfield Arts, selling DVDs of its own productions, including a chilling adaptation Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; and Midnight Marquee itself, whose books include Spawn of Skull Island, detailing the history of the original, 1933 version of King Kong. The dealers' room will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: www.midmar.com.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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