local screenings

April 28, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

HOPKINS FILM FEST -- All sorts of intriguing possibilities are being offered at this weekend's ninth annual Johns Hopkins Film Festival. Among the best would include the Baltimore premiere of Asia Argento's The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (10 tonight, Shriver Hall), an adaptation of JT LeRoy's autobiographical novel about growing up in a world dominated by his mother's drug addiction (Argento plays the mother). LeRoy would turn out to be an alias for 40-year-old JoAnna Albert. Tomorrow, Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer's Plagues and Pleasures of the Salton Sea, a documentary on a one-time lakefront California desert resort that has turned into an ecologocal nightmare, will be shown at 9 p.m., also in Shriver Hall. Metzler will be on hand to lead a post-film discussion. Also on Saturday, the infamous Stop Snitchin' DVD, distributed on the streets of Baltimore by drug dealers looking to stop people from talking to the police, will be screened at 7 p.m. in Shaffer Room 3, along with the police department's response DVD, Keep Talkin'. The festival wraps up Sunday with Hopkins alum Wes Craven and his 1977 film The Hills Have Eyes at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall. Tickets are free for Hopkins students, faculty and staff; others pay $5 a film, $10 for a day pass or $20 for an all-festival pass. For a full schedule, as well as ticket availability and other information, visit hopkinsfilmfest.com.

TREASURE HUNT -- Beginning this weekend, kids 14 and under can participate in a treasure hunt put together by the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Walt Disney Studios, which is using it to promote this summer's release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Maps, complete with questionnaires about the sites visited, can be downloaded from the partnership's Web site, godowntownbaltimore.com, or obtained at the Baltimore Visitor's Center at the Inner Harbor (where a ship from the film is visiting, as part of the Volvo Ocean Race). Maps are also available at the Maryland Science Center and the Maryland Historical Society. Completed questionnaires can be submitted for prizes. The contest runs through May 7.

IVAN THE TERRIBLE -- The great Russian director Sergei Eisenstein's penultimate film, 1945's Ivan the Terrible Part I, is next week's scheduled offering on the Wednesday night film series at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 37th Street and Roland Avenue. The film relates the story of the first Russian ruler to assume the title of czar, Ivan IV Vasilyevich (1530-1584), otherwise known as Ivan Grozny, anglicized to Ivan the Terrible. Eisenstein's final film, Ivan the Terrible Part II (not released until 1958, 10 years after Eisenstein's death, because of Stalin's disapproval), will be shown May 10. Showtime for both movies is 7 p.m. in the Parish Center. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Information: 410-366-4488.

CINEMA SUNDAYS -- Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, starring Joan Plowright as an elderly woman in a London retirement home who befriends -- and inspires -- a young writer (Rupert Friend), is the scheduled Cinema Sundays feature. Showtime is 10:35 a.m. at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 45 minutes of free coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinemasundays.com.

FRENCH TAKEOVER AT THE CHARLES -- Mon Oncle, Jacque Tati's comedy in which the infamous Monsieur Hulot has trouble with the technological world inhabited by his sister and her family, is the latest French film scheduled for the Charles Theatre's Saturday Revival series. Showtime is noon tomorrow at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., with encore screenings at 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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