Coen brothers' films in spotlight

May 30, 2008|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter

A film series spotlighting the work of Joel and Ethan Coen, whose No Country for Old Men dominated February's Academy Awards, will unspool Wednesdays through June in the Mountcastle Auditorium of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Pre-Clinical Teaching Building, 725 N. Wolfe St. The series kicks off Wednesday with No Country for Old Men, starring Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson and Kelly Macdonald in the sordid tale of a drug deal gone harrowingly bad. The free showing is set for 7:15 p.m. The series is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Office of Cultural Affairs. Information: jhoca.org or 410-955-3363.

Those darling birdies

The Charles Theatre's six-month Alfred Hitchcock retrospective enters its final weeks this weekend with 1963's The Birds, starring Tippi Hedren (at the time, Hitch's up-and-coming blond-of-the-moment) as a visitor to a Northern California seaside village whose arrival seems to augur some sinister turn in the local bird population. Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy and Veronica Cartwright also star. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-3456 or thechar les.com.

Issues of race and class

Hal Ashby's The Landlord (1970), with Beau Bridges playing the title role to a range of characters in a low-income, predominantly black Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood, 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 of the BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive, and admission is free. Information: 410-573-1700 or artbma.org.

French drama

French director Claude Lelouch's Roman de Gare, the story of a writer scoping out characters for his next novel, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays offering. Showtime is 10:35 a.m. Sunday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 50 minutes of no-additional charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-3456 or cinemasundays.com.

Movie with a message

Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors, in which Allen, Martin Landau and others play characters forced to address various moral dilemmas, will be shown tonight as part of the Film and Social Consciousness Video Series, sponsored by the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee and Physicians for Social Responsibility. The free screening is set for 7:30 p.m. at the American Friends Service Committee, 4806 York Road. Information: 410-366-1637.

Nod to Jimmy Stewart

The American Film Institute's centennial salute to Jimmy Stewart (1908-1997) continues this weekend at Silver Spring's AFI Silver Theatre with two films, one his funniest, the other among his darkest. In 1950's Harvey (5 p.m. today, 1 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday), Stewart plays the pleasantly and perennially inebriated Elwood P. Dowd, whose best friend is a 6-foot-tall rabbit. Not taking this well at all is his easily flustered sister (Josephine Hull), who decides Elwood's eccentricities must be dealt with. In 1950's Winchester '73 (1 p.m. tomorrow, 5:25 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Tuesday), Stewart plays a gunfighter stubbornly insistent on getting back the rifle he won in a shooting contest after it's stolen by a sore loser. The Silver is at 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Information: 301-495-6720 or afi.com/silver.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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