Cinephiles to look at exploitation films

Local Screenings

June 29, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun Reporter

Once a month, the cinephiles of the Imaginative Cinema Society gather to talk about films and movies they want to watch that night. Tomorrow, they'll celebrate "The World of Exploitation Films," those naughty movies, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s, that feature all sorts of wicked people doing all sorts of wicked things (think of filmmakers like Russ Meyer, famous for the 1965 classic, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!). With that in mind, this month's meeting is for mature audiences only. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. at Perry Hall Presbyterian Church, 8848 Belair Road. Information: icsfilm.net.

Film Baltimore

"Film Baltimore," showcasing movies made in and about Charm City, continues this weekend with Howard Deutch's The Replacements (2000). Gene Hackman, who stars as the reluctant coach of the NFL's Washington Sentinels, must scramble to put a respectable team together after a players' strike forces him to hire replacement players for the season's final four games. Among the replacements he hires is former Ohio State player Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves). Much of the film, including game footage, was filmed in and around M&T Bank Stadium. Shelley Pinkham, who plays a cheerleader in the film, will serve as host. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday in the University of Baltimore's Performing Arts Theater, in the Student Center at 21 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $5. Information: www.ubalt.edu.

Federal flicks

"Flicks From the Hill," a series of movies screened outdoors at the American Visionary Art Museum (which makes them visible from Federal Hill) continues Thursday with Ron Howard's Apollo 13 (1995), starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton as the three astronauts steering their crippled spaceship back to Earth. Showtime is 9 p.m., and, as a bonus, admission to the museum, at 800 Key Highway, is free (beginning at 5 p.m.) on movie nights. Information: 410-244-1900 or avam.org.

First Thursday

Samuel Fuller's White Dog (1982), starring Paul Winfield as a trainer fighting to reform a dog trained to attack and kill people with black skin, is this month's feature in the Baltimore Museum of Art's First Thursday film series. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday in the Meyerhoff Auditorium on the second floor of the BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive. Admission is free. Information: artbma.org or 443-573-1700.

Film noir revival

Henry Hathaway's Kiss of Death (1947), with Richard Widmark (in his first film) as a psychopath who's definitely not a fan of old ladies, is this weekend's entry in the Charles Theatre's summer-long film noir revival series. Victor Mature co-stars as the desperate thief who squeals on Widmark's character as a way to stay out of jail. Bad move! Showtime is noon tomorrow at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: thecharles.com or 410-727- FILM.

See Sicko

A benefit screening of Michael Moore's Sicko, with proceeds going to Baltimore's People's Community Health Centers, is set for 7 tonight at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. Tickets are $25. Information: 410-727-FILM.

AIDS benefit

Tickets remain on sale for the July 18 Baltimore premiere of Hairspray, the movie version of the hit Broadway musical based on John Waters' 1988 film about integration and other weighty matters playing out on the dance floors of early-1960s Baltimore. The premiere is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St.; a reception will follow at the Tremont Grand, 225 N. Charles St. Among those set to attend are Waters, film stars Nikki Blonsky, Amanda Bynes, Zac Efron, James Marsden and Elijah Kelly, director Adam Shankman and producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. Tickets are $150, with proceeds benefiting AIDS Action Baltimore and the Downtown Partnership Foundation. Information: 410-837-2440 or aidsactionbaltimore.org.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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