Deal Yourself In To A Free Showing Of '21'

Local Screenings

Film About Counting Cards In Vegas Stars Kevin Spacey

July 17, 2009|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,

If you've had enough of all that late-night poker playing on NBC, how about watching what Hollywood can do with a standard 52-card deck? 21, starring Kevin Spacey as a university professor who recruits six MIT students to count cards for him in Las Vegas, gets a free screening Saturday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. The 2008 film, directed by Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde), also stars Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne and Jim Sturgess. Showtime is 2 p.m. in the library's Wheeler Auditorium. And if you like the movie, here's a bonus: Author Ben Mezrich, on whose work the film is based, will be at the Pratt at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to talk about his new book on the founding of Facebook, The Accidental Billionaires. Information on both events: or 410-396-5430.

'Rashomon' : With the auction of the Senator Theatre scheduled Wednesday morning, owner Tom Kiefaber continues to celebrate his family's 70-year run as custodians with some great revivals. Beginning today, a beautifully restored print of Akira Kurosawa's 1950 Rashomon, a rumination on the nature and elusiveness of truth in which a rape and murder in feudal Japan is recounted from four widely different points of view, is scheduled to play the historic theater. More information, including showtimes: or 410-435-8338.

Outdoor screenings : Baltimore's love affair with outdoor movie screenings continues over the coming week, with offerings scattered throughout the city and environs. Among the offerings: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan engage in some transcontinental romancing in Nora Ephron's 1993 Sleepless in Seattle (9 tonight at the corner of High and Stiles streets in Little Italy); Heath Ledger torments Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan's 2008 The Dark Knight (sunset tonight, in front of Gilman Hall on the campus of the Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St.); Oscar winner Gregory Peck as the heroic Atticus Finch in Robert Mulligan's 1962 To Kill a Mockingbird (8 tonight, Clifton Park band shell off St. Lo Drive); William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis and a handful of Baltimore locations (including Video Americain on Cold Spring Lane) in Lawrence Kasdan's 1988 The Accidental Tourist (8:30 p.m. Saturday in the courtyard of the Village of Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Road); SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in Michael McCullers' 2008 Baby Mama (8:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Broadway pier in Fells Point); and Woody Allen's futuristic 1973 Sleeper, a movie that, among other things, is testimony to the resilience of the venerable VW Beetle (9 p.m. Thursday outside the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, and visible from Federal Hill).

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