Flock of Hitchcock films at Charles

Local screenings

December 28, 2007|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter

A 25-film retrospective of the films of the great Alfred Hitchcock kicks off this weekend at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. First up is 1935's The 39 Steps, starring Robert Donat as a Canadian visitor to London who gets caught up in an international spy ring (after the woman he had tried to help is found murdered in his apartment). With Madeleine Carroll (as his unwilling partner), Peggy Ashcroft and John Laurie. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encore screenings set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-3456 or thecharles.com.

Morphing into Rock

The Baltimore Museum of Art's First Thursday film series continues next week with a free showing of John Frankenheimer's Seconds (1966), starring John Randolph as a successful, middle-class banker who, with the help of a mysterious "corporation," is reconfigured into a high-living, carefree bachelor (Rock Hudson). The movie starts at 8 p.m. in the Meyerhoff Auditorium on the second floor of the BMA, at 10 Art Museum Drive. Information: 443-573-1700 or artbma.org/calendar/films.html.

Fantasy buffs, unite

The Enoch Pratt Free Library's Cherry Hill branch is celebrating what would have been J.R.R. Tolkien's 116th birthday Thursday with a Fantasy Fan Round Table, providing opportunities to discuss your favorite fantasy novels, films, TV shows, video games, etc. And if Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy should figure prominently in those discussions, all the better! The gathering is set for 5 p.m. at the library, 606 Cherry Hill Road. Information: 410-396-1168 or prattlibrary.org/calendar.

Monty Python salute

Amputee knights, unburdened sparrows and killer rabbits abound in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a 1975 take on the legend of King Arthur and the Round Table that may be the most dementedly silly 91 minutes ever committed to celluloid - and we mean that in only a good way. The film, which introduced a brand new use for coconuts (not to mention herrings), kicks off "Monty Python at the Movies," a four-film salute to the British comedy troupe that runs today through Jan. 7 at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Showtimes for Grail are 9:30 p.m. today and Sunday, 9:45 p.m. tomorrow, 9:15 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Other films in the series are Life of Brian (tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday), The Meaning of Life (Jan. 4, 6 and 7) and And Now for Something Completely Different (Jan. 5, 6). Ticket information and a complete schedule: 301-495-6720 or afi.com.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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