Say goodnight to suspense

Six-month Alfred Hitchcock retrospective wraps up at the Charles

June 20, 2008|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN REPORTER

Baltimore's reigning best film series, the Charles Theatre's six-month Alfred Hitchcock retrospective, wraps this weekend with 1955's To Catch a Thief, starring Cary Grant as John Robie, a reformed cat burglar who's being framed for a bunch of high-society jewel thefts in Monaco. Grace Kelly, in the film that introduced her to the tiny kingdom that would soon call her queen, is the stunning socialite who can't help but fall for his charms, even if she's not sure he can be trusted. Showtime is noon tomorrow at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., 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

Opera at the Charles

La Rondine, Giacomo Puccini's bittersweet ode to the vagaries of love (and attempt to write his own version of a Viennese operetta), will be presented on the big screen at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., Wednesday, the latest in a series of operas filmed at Milan, Italy's famous La Scala opera house. Showtimes are 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., with introductions beginning a half-hour earlier. A final screening is set for 7 p.m. June 29, with the introduction beginning at 6:30. Tickets are $21. Information: or 410-727-3456.

'Rebel' on the Hill

Rebel Without a Cause, the film that turned James Dean into a Hollywood star and the poster child for misunderstood teens everywhere, will be shown Thursday as part of the American Visionary Art Museum's Flicks From the Hill outdoor film series. Showtime is 9 p.m., and the movie may be watched from Federal Hill. Admission is free, as is admission to the museum, at 800 Key Highway, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on movie nights. Information: 410-244-1900 or

Coen brothers films

Joel and Ethan Coen's 2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a comedy starring George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson as escaped convicts trying to get home (think Homer's Odyssey set in the Deep South during the Depression), is Wednesday's final entry in the Coen brothers film series sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Office of Cultural Affairs. The free screening is set for 7:15 p.m. in the Mountcastle Auditorium of the Preclinical Teaching Building, 725 N. Wolfe St. Information: 410-955-3363 or

'Simpsons' goes to JHU

A series of free films, shown outdoors on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University, kicks off just after sunset tonight with last year's The Simpsons Movie, as Homer, Marge and others incur the wrath of all of Springfield for fouling the town's water supply. Pre-film entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. in front of Gilman Hall on the campus, 3400 N. Charles St. The series continues Fridays through July 25, except for July 4. Information:

A 'Fair' outdoor flick

Looking for yet another free outdoor movie? The Dundalk Renaissance Corporation's Main Street Movies Series continues tomorrow with Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison and an irrepressibly clever score from Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe in 1965's Oscar-winning My Fair Lady, the story of a flower girl gone classy. The movie screens at dusk at the Patapsco Masonic Lodge, 2 Trading Place in Dundalk, next to Heritage Park and behind the old Strand Theatre. Information: 410-282-0261.

Cinema Sundays film

Steve Conrad's The Promotion, a comedy with Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly as grocery store managers both desperate for the same better job, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays feature. The cast also includes Jenna Fischer, Gil Bellows and Fred Armisen. 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. Admission is $15. Information: 410-727-3456 or

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