MOVIES AT THE HIPPODROME -- The cinema makes a rare return to one of old Baltimore's premier moviehouses this weekend, as the Maryland Film Festival brings a series of classics to the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. Tonight's feature is Spike Lee's Malcolm X, starring Denzel Washington as the late civil rights crusader. The series continues tomorrow with a collection of classic animated Looney Tunes from the Warner Bros. Studios, starring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, et al., then ends Sunday with Richard Brooks' 1967 adaptation of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. Showtimes are 7:30 tonight, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Admission is $7 per film. Call 410-752-7444 or visit france-merrickpac.com or 410-752-7444.

FILMS ON WOMEN AND SOCIETY -- A Towson University film series, recognizing both Black History and Women's History months, opens Tuesday with director Ousmane Sembene's 2004 drama Moolaade, the story of a woman trying to protect four young girls from being forced to undergo ritual circumcision. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. in Linthicum Hall room 200 on the Towson campus, 8000 York Road. Towson professor Patricia Romero is host for the free screening. Future offerings include Four Women of Egypt (Feb. 28), Mad Love (March 7) and The Nasty Girl (March 14). Call 410-704- 2906 or visit www.new.towson.edu.

RACE FILMS AT THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE -- The Creative Alliance's "Midnight Rambles," a series of so-called "race films" from the 1920s to 1940s, movies made expressly for black audiences, concludes Wednesday with Reet Petite and Gone, a 1947 film starring famed bandleader Louis Jordan as a wealthy musician's son swindled out of his inheritance by a conniving lawyer. Showtime at the Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., is 8 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Information: creativealliance.org or 410-276-1651.

MUSIC FROM THE INSIDE OUT -- Musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra talk about how music has shaped their lives in Daniel Anker's Music From the Inside Out, showing at 7:30 tonight at Annapolis' Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St. The documentary features about two-thirds of the orchestra's 105 members and includes interviews, performance footage and film shot detailing their personal stories. Admission: $12, $6 for students, seniors and Maryland Hall members. Information: 410-263-5544 or www.marylandhall.org.

VIEWS OF JUSTICE FILM SERIES -- Shakespeare Behind Bars, a documentary look at a Kentucky prison's production of Shakespeare's The Tempest, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. The film is the latest offering in the Alliance's Views of Justice film series, and will be followed by a discussion featuring Howard Zeiderman of St. John's College, Margaret Winter of the American Civil Liberties Union's National Prison project and James Kinstle of the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival; journalist Sean Yoes will moderate. Tickets are $8, $5 for Alliance members. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.

OZUFEST -- The Charles Theatre's exhaustive retrospective of the works of revered Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu continues tomorrow with perhaps his most famous film, 1953's Tokyo Story (Tokyo monogatari), the tale of an elderly couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their children and are hardly treated with the warmth or respect they deserve. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encore showings set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $6 tomorrow, $8 Tuesday and Thursday. Information: thecharles.com or 410-727-FILM.


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