CHARTER SCHOOLS FILM -- Public Schools of Choice: The Charter Schools of Maryland, a documentary look at the city's charter schools, will have its premiere Thursday at the Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. The premiere is part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Midtown Academy. Directed by MICA adjunct faculty member Allen Moore, the film includes interviews with pupils, parents, faculty and staff from the Southwest Baltimore Charter School, Patterson Park Charter School and the Kipp Ujima Academy, as well as the Midtown Academy. Tickets are free, but registration is required. Information: 410-225-3257, ext. 102.

IMAX 3D -- Promising what should prove the next-best-thing to being there, the Maryland Science Center today opens Deep Sea 3D on its five-story IMAX screen. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, the film allows viewers to swim along with a group of sea turtles, glide alongside a Humboldt squid, watch a confrontation between a mantis shrimp and a Pacific octopus (a "fierce battle," according to the science center's news release) and experience all sorts of deep-sea adventures, in all their three-dimensional glory. The science center is at 601 Light St., at the Inner Harbor. Showtimes and ticket information: 410-685-5225 or marylandsciencecen ter.org.

ALTMAN RETROSPECTIVE -- A retrospective of the films of Robert Altman, who was awarded an honorary Oscar in February and whose Prairie Home Companion already looks like one of the summer's best films, opens tomorrow at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. The series, which runs through July 6, opens at 9:25 tonight with 1992's The Player, a scathing parody of Hollywood studios and the way they do business starring Tim Robbins, Peter Gallagher, Vincent D'Onofrio, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward and (as is always the case in an Altman film, where ensemble playing is the thing) a host of others. Other films in the series include Gosford Park; M*A*S*H; Buffalo Bill and the Indians; California Split; The Long Goodbye; Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean; McCabe & Mrs. Miller; Short Cuts; Vincent & Theo; Nashville; A Wedding; and 3 Women. Ticket information and showtimes: 301-495-6720 or afi.com.

THE FRENCH AT THE CHARLES -- The recent French domination of the Charles Theatre's Saturday revival series continues tomorrow with Robert Bresson's 1951 Diary of a Country Priest, starring Claude Laydu as a new priest enduring a hostile reception in the small village that is his new assignment. Showtime at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., is noon tomorrow, with encore showings set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun. com

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