Local Screenings

Church film series to end Wednesday

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The Wednesday night film series at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, West 37th Street and Roland Avenue, wraps next week with the 1936 version of Show Boat, adapted from the groundbreaking Broadway play. Based on a novel by Edna Ferber, the movie stars Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Charles Winninger and Paul Robeson as some of the crew and performers on a showboat sailing the Mississippi over a number of years and through a number of traumatic personal stories. This will be the last show in the Wednesday night film series, as its host, the Rev. George Restrepo, S.J., will be leaving St. Thomas Aquinas next week. He hopes to revive the series in a new location next year. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday in the church's parish center. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Information: 410-366-4488.

Horror and fantasy expo

Fanex 19, the annual opportunity for Baltimore's fantasy, horror and sci-fi movie fans to congregate and watch all sorts of cool stuff, will be held this weekend at the Embassy Suites Hunt Valley, 213 International Circle. Activities are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. today and 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow. Tonight's offerings include a 7 p.m. panel discussion of longtime horror-film writer-director-producer Dan Curtis, while tomorrow's discussion topics include "Invisibility: Too Funny for Horror" (11 a.m.), "Writing the Horror Screenplay" (4 p.m.) and "Through a Glass, Darkly: Mirrors in Horror Films" (5 p.m.). Movies will be shown continuously throughout Fanex, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow. Admission is $5 a day. Information: 410-665-1198 or www. midmar.com.

FOR THE RECORD - A calendar in yesterday's Movies Today section listed the incorrect version of the film Show Boat. The 1951 version, starring Ava Gardner, Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel, will be screened Wednesday night at St. Thomas Aquinas Church.
The Sun regrets the error.

Movie under the stars

Don Bluth and Gary Goldman's 1994 A Troll in Central Park, the animated tale of a flower-growing troll who just can't get the hang of acting mean, will be shown outdoors Wednesday at Mount Vernon Place. Showtime is dusk, and admission is free. Information: mvcd.org/100.cfm.

Bengies' 50th celebration

Bengies Drive-In Theatre's 50th anniversary celebration continues tomorrow with "Herr's Night," which will include a visit from the Herr's mascot, Chipper, who promises to be laden with free snacks. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m., with the evening's films starting at 8 p.m. with Monster House, followed by Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Little Man. Ticket prices are $5-$8 per person, with children younger than 5 admitted free. Information: 410-687-5627, 410-391-1956 or www.bengies.com.

Black documentaries

The Black Docs film series, hosted by Landmark's E Street Cinema in Washington, concludes Thursday with The Pact, a documentary about three black men, doctors who, in the words of producer Bill Duke, "have achieved success not because of their ability to rap or play ball, but because of hard work and their pursuit of education." Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the theater, 555 11th St. N.W. Tickets prices are $7-$9.75. Information: urbanfilmseries.com.

Little Italy film fest

Kelly Makin's 1999 Mickey Blue Eyes, with Hugh Grant as an auctioneer who wants to marry the daughter (Jeanne Tripplehorn) of a Mafia kingpin (James Caan), is tonight's entry in the annual Little Italy Open-Air Film Festival. Festivities at the corner of High and Stiles streets begin at 7 p.m., with the movie set to show at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Big crowds are expected, so arrive early and take a lawn chair. Information: littleitaly-baltimore.com.


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