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It's March Madness time, and that means an excuse for our favorite Baltimore movies and TV shows to duke it out. Yes, some are more iconic than others (props if you've seen "Family Rules"), but it wouldn't be March Madness if the underdog didn't have a fighting chance. The criteria: movies, TV shows and miniseries that take place in or were filmed in Charm City. We'll update the bracket with every tournament round, so come back to vote. Just remember, "You come at the king, you best not miss."

The Boogie Region

Maryland filmmakers/Maryland-based films: Filmmakers who have lived or studied near Baltimore, with films that take place in the area

(1) Diner vs. (16) Call Girl of Cthulhu

Old friends come together at Baltimore's Hilltop Diner in city native/director Barry Levinson's first of four "Baltimore Films." 2014's horror film "Call Girl of Cthulhu" was directed by Towson alumnus Chris LaMartina, who's based in Baltimore.

(8) Hamilton vs. (9) I Used to be Darker

"Hamilton," local filmmaker Matthew Porterfield's first directorial feature, centers around two young parents in Northeast Baltimore. Porterfield explores a family drama set in Baltimore in his third independent drama, 2013's "I Used to be Darker."

(5) ... And Justice For All vs. (12) LUV

"... And Justice For All," a courtroom drama starring Al Pacino, was filmed in Baltimore and co-written by Levinson. Another native, Sheldon Candis, helmed Baltimore-shot "LUV," starring Common. "LUV," or Learning Uncle Vincent, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance festival.

(4) Liberty Heights vs. (13) President's Day

In "Liberty Heights," the last of Levinson's "Baltimore Films," the Kurtzman family lives in Forest Park and confronts issues of anti-Semitism and race. A crazed murderer takes on Abraham Lincoln's persona in LaMartina's 2010 comedy-horror.

(6) The Blair Witch Project vs. (11) The Bay

Don't go hiking in the Black Hills; the three characters who get lost in Frederick County woods in "The Blair Witch Project" taught us better. An Eastern Shore town erupts in chaos amid toxic water in the Chesapeake Bay in Levinson's 2012 horror film "The Bay."

(3) Avalon vs. (14) Grave Mistakes

The world is changing around a Polish-Jewish immigrant family in Levinson's "Avalon," from 1990. A grave robber and antiques dealer ground LaMartina's "Grave Mistakes."

(7) Putty Hill vs. (10) Saved!

Pop stars face off: Sky Ferreira stars in Porterfield's 2010 venture "Putty Hill," filmed in Baltimore, and Mandy Moore plays Christian Jewel Hilary Faye in 2004's "Saved!" The independent dramedy, which also features Jena Malone and Macaulay Culkin, is set at a Christian high school near Baltimore, and was directed by Germany-cum-Baltimore native and UMBC graduate Brian Dannelly.

(2) Tin Men vs. (15) Witch's Brew

Danny DeVito and Richard Dreyfuss sell aluminum siding door-to-door in Baltimore in Levinson's "Tin Men." Microbrewers' good intentions go awry when a witch curses their beer in LaMartina's 2011 outing.


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