Swiftpicks 10 Things Not To Miss From A & E Editor Tim Swift

July 26, 2009|By Tim Swift

FILM

'Half-Blood Prince' in IMAX:

Harry Potter may be head boy at the box office, but he couldn't quite get Transformers out of those IMAX theaters. But this week the robots move out, and the Hogwarts crew moves in. Like last year's The Dark Knight, the opening sequence was actually shot with IMAX in mind. Opens Wednesday at local theaters, including the Science Center.

CONCERT

Neko Case :

This alt-country singer is riding high. She's always been a favorite of critics, but now she's seeing real commercial success. Released in March, her latest, Midnight Cyclone, has been a breakout hit for the indie artist who's known for her moody lyrics and twangy sound. Show starts 8 p.m. Tuesdayat Rams Head Live.

Web: ramsheadlive.com

DVD

'Green Lantern: First Flight':

Although special effects have come a long way, Green Lantern may still have to wait for a live-action film. But in the meantime, there's always animation, and this one is a cut above the average Saturday-morning fare. Described as an intergalactic buddy-cop movie, Lantern boasts a darker tone and great cast. In stores Tuesday.

TV

'More to Love':

It's been a dubbed a dating show for "real people." It's also been called The Fatchelor. Fox's newest cringe-worthy reality offering has plus-size singles looking for love. And whether or not you believe the feel-good spin, it looks like great train-wreck TV - for one episode at least. Airs 9 p.m. Tuesday on WBFF, Channel 45.

ART

'The Beauty of Now':

by Freelon Asante:

This is one of your last weeks to catch an eclectic new show at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. A former instructor at Morgan and Towson, Asante uses tissue paper and photographs in ingenious ways. Ends Aug. 16.

Web: africanamericanculture.org

DVD

'Battlestar Galactica::

The Complete Series':

Finally, no more cliffhangers. This gritty update of the sci-fi classic has ended its TV run. Yet now we can hunker down on the sofa with all four seasons and actually figure out who's an evil robot and who's not. It's loaded with more than 80 hours of shows and tons of extras, so it's going to take a while. In stores Tuesday.

TV

'Design Star' :

Sometimes the best part of shows like Project Runway is when things go horribly wrong. Well, that's pretty much standard for this interior design competition. Last week, poor Marylander Tashica (below) actually duct taped curtains to the ceiling. Kinda makes you feel better about your decor, doesn't it? Airs 10 p.m. Sunday on HGTV.

CONCERT

Green Day :

Billie Joe and company have been getting rave reviews, making their tour one of the best of the summer. (Maybe it's because he ditched the faux British accent.) But seriously, expect a long show packed with hits and new material from 21st Century Breakdown. Starts 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at D.C.'s Verizon Center.

Web: ticketmaster.com

COMEDY

Cedric the Entertainer:

One of the original Kings of Comedy, Cedric the Entertainer brings his wide-ranging stand-up act to Baltimore this week. Although he's become a movie star, acting in films like Barbershop and Madagascar, The Entertainer is most at home behind the mike on stage. Performs 8 p.m. Friday at the Lyric.

Web: ticketmaster.com

FILM

Humpday:

The concept of the "bromance" is being played for laughs a lot these days. But few films are willing to take it far as this one. Humpday follows two ultra-competitive straight guys who vow to have sex on film after a drunken dare. Think of it as a higher-brow (and funnier) version of Zac and Miri Make a Porno. In theaters Friday.

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