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Bridesmaids, The Celebration, Hairspray, Lightstruck 2011, Living Downstream, Potiche, Priest, Student Media Arts Fesstival, The Wicker Man

BRIDESMAIDS

Kristen Wiig co-wrote (along with the Groundlings' Annie Mumolo) and stars in this all-gal take on the bunch-of-guys-go-to-Vegas bawdy comedy thing. Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married, and it's up to her BFF single lady Annie (Wiig) to throw the bachelorette party for the bridal party: Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), Becca (Ellie Kemper), Helen (Rose Byrne), and Megan (Melissa McCarthy).

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's reviewer sincerely enjoyed this movie, but a studio review embargo prevents us from saying anything about it in print, online, on radio or television, or via Twitter or Facebook until it opens May 13. No, really.

THE CELEBRATION

If it's dysfunctional-family fun you're after, no one piles it on like those happy-go-lucky Danes. (Just ask Hamlet.) Director Thomas Vinterberg's Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize winner follows the unhappy sons and daughter of a robust Danish patriarch who have made the pilgrimage home for Dad's 60th birthday celebration-a mammoth, back-slapping affair, held in the family's palatial hotel, highlighted by gales of singing, mounds of venison, and rivers of wine. Eldest son Christian (Ulrich Thomson, gorgeously blond and brooding) and his siblings-loutish brother Michael (Thomas Bo Larsen) and high-strung sister (Paprika Steen)-arrive at the party still reeling from the recent suicide of Christian's twin sister, who drowned herself in a hotel tub. The cast gives thoughtful performances and Vinterberg's co-written script and the intimate, hand-held camera work unearth family secrets in such a manner that the mere act of a character tapping a glass to announce a toast becomes a throat-catching plot twist. (Heather Joslyn)

At the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Wheeler Auditorium May 14 at 10:30

a.m

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HAIRPSRAY

John Waters emerges from the shocking underground of his past bearing a film that anyone can stomach. The story focuses on the hoo-hahs and tee-hees of a local TV dance party that is the spice of life for much of teenage Baltimore in the early 1960s. All of the characters are exaggerated for the sake of glorifying the cheesy hype of the times, and their antics make one worry for the sanity of all involved. For Waters, Baltimore's guru of grossness, this is a tame outing. (Van Smith)

At the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Southeast Anchor Branch May 14 at noon.

LIGHTSTRUCK 2011

UMBC film, video, and animation artists present short films.

At the Creative Alliance at the Patterson May 12 at 7:30

p.m

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LIVING DOWNSTREAM

Chanda Chevannes' 2010 documentary follows one year in the life of biologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber and her efforts to shed light on the environmental factors of cancer.

At the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Southeast Anchor Branch May 12 at 6

p.m

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POTICHE

Catherine Deneuve stars as the titular "trophy" wife in Francois Ozon's comedy about a woman successfully taking control of a troubled 1977 French umbrella factory.

Opens May 13 at the Charles Theater.

PRIEST

Legion

director and ex-visual F/X guru Scott Charles Stewart helms this adaptation of a Korean comic about the titular man of God (Paul Bettany) who kills vampires in some kind of futuristic Western setting. Co-stars dependable contemporary B-movie greats Karl Urban, Cam Gigandet, Stephen Moyer, Brad Dourif, and (swoon) Mädchen Amick. Please don't suck too much.

Opens May 13.

STUDENT MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL

Students from Towson University's Department of Electronic Media and Film present their documentary, narrative, experimental, music video, corporate, and audio documentary works.

At Towson University's Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium and at the Media Center May 14 at 7

p.m

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THE WICKER MAN

A classic for a reason: Prim copper Sgt. Howie (Edward Woodward) travels to the remote Scottish island Summerisle in search of a missing girl. There, he meets Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee, never better), discovers the local townsfolk practice a rather different belief system, and, much to his horror, begins to suspect he's not searching for a missing girl at all. With Diane Cilento as a local teacher, Ingrid Pitt as the librarian, and Britt Ekland undulating to "Willow's Song," some things in their natural state have the most vivid colors indeed.

At the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Wheeler Auditorium May 14 at 2

p.m

.

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