Showing of outdoor movies winds down

August 25, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter

Big Night, a drama starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub as squabbling brothers resorting to desperate publicity stunts to keep their Italian restaurant afloat, is tonight's final offering in the 2006 Little Italy Open Air Film festival. Festivities at the corner of High and Stiles streets, including live music, begin at 7 p.m., with the movie starting at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Big crowds are expected, so arrive early and take a lawn chair. Information: lit tleitaly-baltimore.com.

Wicker Park is a 2004 romantic thriller starring Josh Hartnett as a man who believes a woman he encounters in a Chicago cafe is his long-lost love (and since she's played by Diane Kruger, he could be excused for wishful thinking). It will be Wednesday's final offering in this summer's outdoor film series at Mount Vernon Place. Movies begin at dusk, and admission is free. Information: mvcd.org/100.cfm.

Family film at UB

Also ending this week is the University of Baltimore's Summer Family Film Series, which wraps at 10 a.m. tomorrow with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in 1989's Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, the story of two doofuses who use a time machine to research their high-school history project. Showtime is 10 a.m. in the UB Student Center's Performing Arts Theater, Maryland and Mount Royal avenues. Admission is free. Information: 410-837-5420 or ubalt.edu.

Samurai Charles

The Charles Theatre's samurai film series continues tomorrow with Masaki Kobayashi's Samurai Rebellion (Joi-uchi: Hairyo tsuma shimatsu), in which an aging 18th-century samurai must defend his family's honor after an unreasonable request from his clan lord. The 1967 film stars the great Toshiro Mifune. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

The films of David Lynch

The American Film Institute's salute to director David Lynch, whose off-center vision has produced some of the most memorable films of the past two decades (not to mention one of the most fascinating TV shows, ABC's Twin Peaks), continues this weekend with what may be his most accessible film. The Straight Story (1999) stars Richard Farns- worth as Alvin Straight, an aged Iowa farmer who, hearing that his estranged brother is sick, settles onto the only form of transportation that's handy - his John Deere riding lawnmower, with its top speed of some 5 mph - and sets out on the 370-mile journey to Wisconsin. Farnsworth is remarkable as the determined Straight, who sees nothing remarkable or praiseworthy in what he's doing; it's simply what a brother does. The performance earned him an Oscar nomination and won him an Independent Spirit Award. Showtimes are 4:40 p.m. today, 12:30 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring, with additional screenings Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The Lynch film series ends next week with Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring in 2001's hallucinatory Mulholland Dr., a look at the seamy underside of the Hollywood dream factory that defies easy description, much less categorization. Showings of Mulholland Dr. begin Friday at 9:10 p.m. Ticket information and additional showtimes: 301-495-6700 or afi.com.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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