Rock and rolling at the Hippodrome

Local Screenings

September 08, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter

Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz, which captures on film the final live performance of the legendary rock group known simply as The Band, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. It kicks off a seven-film retrospective of rock and roll films running through Saturday at the theater, which for years reigned as Baltimore's premiere movie palace. The remaining films in the series are 2006's Beastie Boys: Awesome, I F****in' Shot That! (7:30 p.m. Wednesday), 1988's U2: Rattle and Hum (7:30 p.m. Thursday), 2000's Phish: Bittersweet Motel (9:30 p.m. Thursday), 1982's Pink Floyd: The Wall (8 p.m. Friday), 1984's This Is Spinal Tap (10 p.m. Friday), and the director's cut of 1970's Woodstock (7:30 p.m. Saturday).

Tickets for the series, sponsored by the Maryland Film Festival, are $8 per film, $12 for two films. They're available at the theater box office in advance or at the door. Information: mdfilmfest.com or 410-752-8083.

Cinema Sundays

The 37th series of Cinema Sundays at The Charles begins tomorrow with writer-director Ryan Fleck's Half Nelson, starring Ryan Gosling (whose performance already is generating Oscar buzz) as an inspirational city teacher whose drug use threatens everything he's struggled to achieve, not to mention all those students he's tried to help. Showtime is 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 30 minutes of no-additional-charge coffee and bagels. Local film critic and cinema raconteur Mike Giuliano will serve as host. Tickets are $15. Membership packages, including tickets to 10 films during the current season, are available for $110; minimemberships, including tickets for five films, are $65. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinemasundays.com.

Samurai Charles

The Charles Theatre's 12-week samurai film series concludes tomorrow with director Kihachi Okamoto's 1966 The Sword of Doom, the story of a samurai whose constant killing has led him to the brink of madness. The film's cast includes two superstars of Japanese cinema, Tatsuya Nakadai and Toshiro Mifune. Showtime is noon tomorrow at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., followed by encore showings at 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Following The Sword of Doom, the Charles' revival series goes on hiatus until November. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

`The Boys of Baraka'

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's heartbreakingly insightful 2004 documentary about a group of disadvantaged Baltimore boys sent to a boarding school in Africa will be shown at 10 p.m. Tuesday on Maryland Public Television, Channels 22 and 67.

Spiritual films

One: The Movie, a film designed to promote a spirit of "interconnectedness" between peoples of all ages, races and creeds, will have its Baltimore-area premiere at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Your Prescription for Health Learning Center, 10210 S. Dolfield Road in Owings Mills. Appearing in the film are Deepak Chopra, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Robert Thurman and others. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance. The showing is sponsored by Baltimore Inspirational Films, a group that will be showing a series of similar movies over the coming months. Information: 410-581-9022.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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