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April 21, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL -- The 18th annual Baltimore Jewish Film Festival concludes with a pair of screenings of Erin Riklis' The Syrian Bride, starring Clara Khoury as a woman living in an Israeli-occupied Druze village who's about to marry her Syrian cousin. The complication is that once she's in Syria, she will be prohibited from re-entering her Israeli-occupied village and reuniting with her family. Show times are 9:15 p.m. tomorrow and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills. Tickets are $8. Information: baltimorejff.com or 410-542-4900, ext. 218.

HOPKINS FILM FEST -- Speaking of festivals, the ninth annual Johns Hopkins Film Festival begins Thursday on the university's Homewood campus. The festivities kick off with a 35 mm print of Roman Polanski's 1966 thriller Cul de Sac, starring Donald Pleasence and Francoise Dorleac as the oddball residents of a castle on a small island off the northeast coast of Britain. Lionel Stander and Jack McGowran are escaped criminals who find their way to the castle and encounter far more than they bargained for. The festival runs through the weekend, concluding with an April 30 screening of 1978's The Hills Have Eyes, presented by director and Hopkins alum Wes Craven. Show time for both films is 8 p.m. Tickets are free for Hopkins students, faculty and staff; others pay $5 per film, $10 for a day pass or $20 for an all-festival pass. For a look at films playing between the opening and closing nights, as well as ticket availability and other information, visit hopkinsfilmfest.com.

CINEMA SUNDAYS -- Kinky Boots, a comedy about a failing British shoe factory that is revived when its owner begins making boots for the transvestite and drag-queen market, will be this weekend's Cinema Sundays at The Charles offering. Show time Sunday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., is 10:35 a.m., preceded by 45 minutes of free coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinemasundays.com.

FILM AND CAKE -- The Creative Alliance's sixth annual College Film/Video Bake-Off, featuring films submitted by students from Baltimore-area colleges and confections from Charm City Cakes, is set for tonight at the old Patterson Theatre, 3134 Eastern Ave. The doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8. Tickets are $7, $5 for students and Creative Alliance members. Information: 410-276- 1651 or creativealliance.org.

DIABOLIQUE AT THE CHARLES -- Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1955 suspense classic Diabolique, starring Simone Signoret and Vera Clouzot as unlikely conspirators who murder a man, only to have his body disappear, will be shown tomorrow as the latest entry in the Saturday revival series at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Perhaps we should also mention that the murder victim is Signoret's lover and Clouzot's husband? Show time is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 at other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.chris.

kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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