Creature features at the Pratt Library

Local Screenings

Local Screenings

February 23, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter

Monsters will be taking over Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library tomorrow, thanks to a pair of Japanese B-movie horror classics. Evil Brain From Outer Space (1958) details the sinister alien Balazar's plans to take over the Earth by first unleashing a bunch of mutated monsters on us, then throwing in the threat of nuclear destruction as his trump card.

Attack of the Monsters (1969) offers everyone's favorite giant turtle, Gamera, as the savior of two young boys who are about to have their brains eaten by a pair of sexy female aliens. Shudder. Showtime at the central library, 400 Cathedral St., is 1:30 p.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium. Admission is free. Information: 410-396-5430 or www.ep fl.net/events/films.html#1755.

A day full of Oscar nominees

AMC Theatres is giving Oscar lovers an opportunity to see all five best picture nominees in one sitting tomorrow. The daylong affair begins at 11 a.m. at the AMC Owings Mills 17, 10100 Mill Run Circle, with Babel, followed by The Queen (1:45 p.m.), The Departed (3:45 p.m.), Letters From Iwo Jima (7 p.m.) and Little Miss Sunshine (9:45 p.m.). Tickets are $30 and include a souvenir lanyard, plus a large popcorn and large soda (with free refills on both). Information: amctheatres.com.

`Pomegranates' at the BMA

Russian writer-director Sergei Paradjanov's The Color of Pomegranates, a lush chronicle -without dialogue or camera movement - of the life and artistry of medieval Armenian poet Sayat Nova, will be screened Monday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. The 1968 film was banned by Soviet authorities, who feared its nationalistic underpinnings. Showtime is 9 p.m., and admission is free. Information: 443-573-1832 or artbma.org.

Bergman fest goes on

Wild Strawberries (1957), starring legendary Swedish director Victor Sjostrom as an aged professor wishing he'd lived his life with a little more passion, is this weekend's entry in the continuing Ingmar Bergman revival series at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Showtimes are noon tomorrow, 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

Midnight Rambles

The Creative Alliance's Midnight Rambles, a monthlong look at the African-American experience in cinema, continues Wednesday with a lecture on blackface, an early-20th century form of popular entertainment in which white performers appeared before audiences with their faces covered in black makeup, by author John Strausbaugh (Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture). Strausbaugh's talk will be accompanied by clips from films, including The Birth of a Nation (1915), The Jazz Singer (1927), Eddie Cantor's Roman Scandals (1933) and Spike Lee's Bamboozled (2000). The free lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. at the old Patterson Theatre, 3134 Eastern Ave. Information: 410-276-1651 or creative alliance.org.

New releases at the library

The U.S. vs. John Lennon, documentary filmmakers David Leaf and John Scheinfeld's tracing of the U.S. government's efforts to undermine Lennon's anti-war efforts and keep him from becoming a U.S. citizen, will be shown Thursday at the Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The library will be screening newly released DVDs on each of the first three Thursdays in March, continuing with The Heart of the Game (March 8) and Wordplay (March 15). Showtime Thursday is 7 p.m., and admission is free. Information: 410-313-7700.

Cinema Sundays

Anthony Minghella's Breaking and Entering, starring Jude Law as a London architect whose encounter with a petty thief - and, more important, his encounter with a petty thief's mother (Juliette Binoche) - changes the way he thinks about himself and his world, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays at the Charles offering. Showtime is 10:30 a.m. Sunday, preceded by 45 minutes of no-additional-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-FILM or cinemasundays.com.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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