Film festival kicks off with horror features

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Grindhouse, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's salute to the grade-Z movies shown primarily in on-their-last-legs moviehouses during the 1970s, kicks off a fall film festival at the Maryland Institute College of Art, co-sponsored by it and the Maryland Film Festival. Except for Monday's opening, the festival will run on Tuesdays, Sept. 11 through Nov. 13 (no movie Oct. 16). Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in Falvey Hall at MICA's Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $10 a film; season pass $25; free for Friends of the Festival and MICA students, faculty and staff. Information and tickets: or 410-752-8083.

Yo, Rocky

The 2007 Little Italy Outdoor Film Festival ends tonight with Rocky Balboa, the 2006 movie in which Sylvester Stallone brought his heavyweight boxing champ to the big screen for the sixth - and presumably final - time. Showtime at High and Stiles streets is 7 p.m. Admission is free, but take your own lawn chairs. Information:

Film noir finale

The Charles Theatre's film noir revival continues tomorrow with Gun Crazy. Originally titled Deadly Is the Female (and wouldn't that be an apt title for almost every film noir?), the 1950 movie, stars John Dall as a guy with a fondness for guns and the conniving Annie (Peggy Cummins), a sideshow sharpshooter with a taste for the good life and few qualms about how she attains it. Showtime at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., is noon tomorrow, with encores at 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-FILM or

Weekend at the drive-in

Bengies Drive-In, with the country's biggest movie screen, marks summer's end this weekend with a dawn-to-dusk program tomorrow and Sunday nights. The lineup: Ratatouille (7:45 p.m.), Hairspray (10 p.m.), Rush Hour 3 (midnight), Stardust (1:45 a.m.) and Nancy Drew (4 a.m.). Admission to Bengies, 3417 Eastern Blvd., is $8 for adults, $4 for kids younger than 11, free for kids in car seats. Information: or 410-687-5627.

Animation shorts

A program of animated short films from around the world, as well as a few from some Baltimoreans, will be shown tomorrow at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Showtime is 2 p.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium, and admission is free. Information: or 410-396-5430.

French thriller

Dominik Moll's Lemming (2005), starring Laurent Lucas as a young French engineer whose wife (Charlotte Gainsbourg) seems possessed by a vengeful spirit with a grudge, is this month's offering at the First Thursday Film Series at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday; admission is free. Information: or 410-573-1700.

Songsters on film

The Jazz Film Series at An die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St., continues Thursday with Women In Song, a series of short appearances by such greats as Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Nina Simone. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $8. Information: 410-385-2638 or

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