local screenings

March 03, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

OSCAR NIGHT BALTIMORE -- Baltimoreans looking to watch Sunday night's Oscar ceremony in style should check out Oscar Night Baltimore, a motion picture academy-sanctioned event designed to raise money for charity and bring a little bit of Tinseltown glamour to cities throughout the United States. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the American Visionary Arts Museum's Jim Rouse Visionary Center, 800 Key Highway. The evening will feature live big-screen projection of the festivities, fine food and drink and a silent auction. Tickets are $150, with proceeds going to Baltimore's AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS). Call 410-576-5070, ext. 99.

OSCAR NIGHT WASHINGTON --Oscar lovers in the D.C. area can take advantage of Oscar Night Washington, beginning at 7 p.m. at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. The Oscar ceremony will be shown in high definition on the theater's main screen. Actor Fred Willard (Best in Show) will be in attendance, along with many members of Congress. Tickets are $75 in advance, $85 at the door. Information: firststar.org or call 202-293-3703, ext. 101.

CINEMA SUNDAYS --The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, actor Tommy Lee Jones' big-screen directing debut, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays feature. The film, which owes an obvious debt to Sam Peckinpah's Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, stars Jones as a Texas ranch hand whose best friend is murdered. It's up to Jones to see that his friend's wish, to be buried in his Mexican homeland, is realized. Showtime at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St., is 10:30 a.m., preceded by 45 minutes of free coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinemasundays.com.

FILMS AT HOPKINS --Director Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, starring Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Stiller in the saga of a family for whom dysfunctional is too kind a word, will be tonight's entry in the Friday night film series on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University. Showtime is 8 p.m. in Mudd Hall auditorium. Admission is $5, free to Hopkins students, faculty and staff. Future films in the series include Garden State (March 10), Annie Hall (March 17) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (March 31). Call 410-516-5048.

OZUFEST --The Charles Theatre's relentless pursuit of all things Ozu continues tomorrow with Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu's 1957 film Tokyo Twilight (Tokyo boshoku), the story of troubled sisters living with their father and dealing with the unexpected return of their mother. Showtime is noon tomorrow at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., with encore showings set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other days. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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