Streep laments treatment of quality movies

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January 19, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun movie critic

Our guest gripist today is cinematic grand dame Meryl Streep. Upon winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy on Monday, she thanked all those who saw her movie, The Devil Wears Prada, and noted how grateful she was that the movie was given a wide release. She then took up the call of movie lovers throughout the land who complain that the good movies - the ones that always get discussed at awards time - hardly play anywhere.

"If you can't see Little Children," said Streep, managing to look both imperious and concerned, "or Pan's Labyrinth, or The Queen, or all these great movies that I've just seen - Volver, Notes On a Scandal, Sherrybaby - then you have to go down to your theater manager and ask him why."

To which I can only add, Bravo! Nothing against the Charles and the Rotunda, which play all those wonderful movies you can't see anywhere else. But they need to play at other theaters as well. The Queen (which will almost certainly win Helen Mirren an Oscar) is showing only at the Charles. And it's ridiculous that, of those movies Streep mentioned, neither Little Children nor Sherrybaby is scheduled yet to play in Baltimore at all, except for a single showing of Sherrybaby Sunday - at the Charles.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun..com

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