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The Megaplex Perplex: Herzog's 'Cave' exits Cinemark Egyptian; 'Buck' hangs in at Charles

Megaplex owners always promise that when they erect multi-screen cinemas, one or two auditoriums will go to "art" or independent films. So when a theater like the Cinemark Egyptian 24 at Arundel Mills Mall shows a movie like Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," it should be an occasion for applause.

But it's not -- not when it's the first film of its kind to open at the Cinemark Egyptian 24 in ages, and not when that's the one cinema in this part of the state to play the movie.

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Only movie companies consider the Cinemark Egyptian 24 a Baltimore-area theater; many Baltimoreans consider the Arundel Mills Mall a stop they make on the way to Washington, D.C. And Baltimore's cineastes are used to seeking out films of this type and quality at the Charles.

"Cave of Forgotten Dreams" left Cinemark before most moviegoers knew that it was playing there. For two weeks I've been getting emails from Baltimore movie-lovers asking "When is Herzog's movie going to open here?" I think if it reopened at the Charles -- or the Rotunda or Landmark's Harbor East, which are equipped for 3-D -- it could still find an audience here.

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The same company that released "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" opened Cindy Meehl's "Buck" at the Charles a week later. According to the Charles' Kathleen Cusack, " 'Buck' is doing great! It's really hanging on for such a little movie."

This portrait of the man who inspired Robert Redford's characterization of The Horse Whisperer is small in scale, but it's huge in spirit. It turns out to be as much about the proper way to raise children as it is about training horses with feeling and understanding.

It's also just a beautiful movie: a tribute to the American landscape as well as to the sort of American individualist who forges his own path and opens up new roads for others. In its own way, it's a great Western. "Buck" will start sharing one of the Charles' theaters with another movie this weekend; catch it on the big screen while you can.

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