Bond, James Bond at the Charles

August 22, 2008|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter

The Charles Theatre's three-film James Bond retrospective ends this weekend with 1963's From Russia With Love, in which the evil S.P.E.C.T.R.E. seeks revenge on Bond (the great Sean Connery) for killing their star agent, Dr. No. With Daniela Bianchi as the beautiful Russian defector and Lotte Lenya as a former KGB agent with a lethal pair of shoes. 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 thecharles.com.

Winners from the Pratt vault

Treasures From the Vault, a series of rarely seen gems culled from the Enoch Pratt's exhaustive movie collection, will feature three award-winning short films from the old Baltimore International Film Festival tomorrow at the Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. The films are 1973's About That Time, the chronicle of a young filmmaker's search for his life's meaning; 1983's Refrigerator, a saga of man against machine; and 1973's The Wild Goose, the story of a restless soul trying to escape the confines of his nursing home. Showtime is 3 p.m., and admission is free. Information: 410-396-1580.

Mad about the Muppets

The American Film Institute's Muppets, Music & Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy film series ends this weekend with a pair of shorts programs and a Muppet film noir. A program of television commercials and experimental shorts (including Henson's Oscar-nominated eight-minute short from 1965, Time Piece) screens at 1 p.m. tomorrow. On Sunday, The Art of Puppetry and Storytelling, a compilation of behind-the-scenes shorts and other pieces, will be shown at 1 p.m. And the series concludes Sunday with a 6:30 p.m. showing of 1989's Dog City, a Muppet film noir. All screenings take place at the AFI's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Information and tickets: afi.com or 301-495-6720.

Last of the outdoor film series

Even as summer slips away, several of the Baltimore area's outdoor film series continue. In Little Italy tonight, at the corner of High and Stiles streets, Ron Howard's Cinderella Man, starring Russell Crowe as Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock, will be shown at 9 p.m. Also tonight, National Treasure: Book of Secrets will be shown at dusk (about 8:30 p.m.) at the Lakefront in Columbia. On Wednesday, the Center Plaza Film Series, at Charles and Fayette streets, concludes with a 9 p.m. screening of Antwone Fisher, with Derek Luke as a Naval recruit with a painful past. Also Wednesday, Zoolander, starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as rival high-fashion models, screens at 8:45 p.m. on the Broadway pier in Fells Point.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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