MOVIESA magical month"Enchanted April" is a dream...



A magical month

"Enchanted April" is a dream of a movie about four British women who share a magical month in an Italian castle together in 1921 and find that it repairs their spirits and their lives.

Going to the movie is itself a bit of a vacation, as the picture has a wonderfully wistful quality, lighter than air, witty yet not without bite, airy and expansive.

Mike Newell, who has previously made his mark in darker works, shows an amazingly deft touch, and the performances, particularly Joan Plowright's, are wonderful. *** 1/2 . Unrated.

@ "American Me" is not for the squeamish, but it's very powerful. James Edward Olmos directed this savage tale about the legacy of hate being passed through the generations, and he stars as a young Mexican-American who spends most of his life in prison yet nevertheless manages to create the Mexican Mafia and control L.A.'s heroin trade. It's an American tragedy: all that brains, talent and drive diverted to the most destructive of purposes. ***. R.

Stephen Hunter


Al Sanders is host to a celebration of the Afro-American

Local TV joins the celebration marking 100 years of community service for the Baltimore Afro-American when Al Sanders is host to "Headlines and History: The Afro Turns 100" at 7 tonight on WJZ (Channel 13). The special will include a look at highlights of the newspaper's history and profiles of some of its reporters and editors.

David Zurawik


"The Miracle Worker"

William Gibson's "The Miracle Worker" has become somewhat of a war horse over the years, and Olney Theatre's production is not without flaws, but it still has the power to move an audience. Much of this is due to MaryBeth Wise's layered portrayal of Annie Sullivan, the teacher who learns, through her work with Helen Keller, that the key to learning isn't language, but love. Weekend performances are today at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18-$23. Call (301) 924-3400.

Judy Rousuck

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