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AFRICAN CATS

Samuel L. motherfucking Jackson narrates this Disney-produced documentary about a pair of big cat families: one lion, one cheetah.

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Opens April 22

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"LITTLE CASTLES: A FORMSTONE PHENOMENON"

UMBC presents this fascinating little doc about the synthetic home covering invented in Baltimore in 1937.

Screens for free at UMBC's Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture April 20 at noon.

A PLACE IN THE CITY

Director Jenny Morgan’s documentary explores Abahlali baseMjondolo, the grassroots movement of shack dwellers among settlers living in improvised shelters in and around Durban, South Africa, who campaign for equal rights.

Screens for free April 20 at Towson University's Lecture Hall 238 at 6:30

p.m

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PINK PANTHER FILM SERIES

The Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Pennsylvania Avenue branch continues screening the classic Blake Edwards-directed comedies starring Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau. Lesley-Ann Down stars as one of many international assassins after Clouseau in 1976’s

The Pink Panther Strikes Again

, which screens April 21 at 2

p.m

. Sue Lloyd stars as a gender-bending criminal operative in 1978’s genuinely nutty

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Revenge of the Pink Panther

, which screens April 23 at 2

p.m

. And because Sellers had already passed away by 1982’s

Trail of the Pink Panther

, which screens April 25 at 2

p.m

., the film was stitched together out of pre-existing footage.

STUDENT DOCS FILM FESTIVAL

Presented with Stevenson University’s “Docs in Progress,” regional student documentary projects compete for prizes from a jury and audience.

At the Creative Alliance at the Patterson April 21 at 7:30

p.m

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TYLER PERRY'S MADEA'S BIG HAPPY FAMILY

Tyler Perry writes, directs, stars in, and makes money in this latest installment in the ongoing family misadventures of a gun-toting drag queen who teaches everybody to love Jesus more.

Opens April 22

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WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

I Am Legend/Constantine

director Francis Lawrence helms this Richard LaGravenese-adapted (he also handled the screenplays for

The Horse Whisperer

and

The Bridges of Madison County

) big-screen treatment of Sara Gruen’s novel about a love triangle in a 1930s circus starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz. No, really: This exists.

Opens April 22.

WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT

Gunky’s Basement, the film series curated by Dan Deacon and Jimmy Joe Roche, returns this week with one of the 1980s’ more inexplicable cult hits. Robert Zemeckis’ 1988 comedy combines kinda/sorta hard-boiled noir conventions with cartoons’ hyperbole, taking place in a 1940s world where toons live alongside real people and a grudge-carrying gumshoe (Bob Hoskins) is hired to see if the titular rabbit’s wife is cheating on him. A clever marriage of high-tech craftsmanship with instant nostalgia.

At the Charles Theater April 21 at 9

p.m

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