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Russian Fantastik Cinema, the Charles' retrospective of Russian fantasy and science-fiction films spanning 1912-1979, concludes this weekend with Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 Solaris. In it, space station inhabitants are tormented by beings arising from their subconscious minds. Showtime is noon tomorrow; encores at 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: or 410-727- 3456.

A 3-D event

Extra-dimensional activity once again invades the Enoch Pratt Free Library tomorrow, with a free 2 p.m. screening of Jack Arnold's 3-D wonder It Came From Outer Space. A couple of things to note about the 1953 film: Horror and sci-fi fans know Arnold as director of two 1950s classics, The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954, also shot in 3-D) and The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957); unlike many sci-fi flicks of the period, the aliens are rather benevolent. And for a '50s sci-fi flick, it features a fairly well-known cast, including Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush and Russell Johnson, best known as The Professor on Gilligan's Island. Showtime is 2 p.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium at the Pratt's central library, 400 Cathedral St. Funny glasses will be provided. Information: or 410-396- 5430.

'Devil' at the Charles

Sidney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke as brothers whose plans for a "harmless" crime don't quite work out, is the scheduled Cinema Sundays offering. Showtime is 10:35 a.m. Sunday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. Doors open at 9:45, with no-additional-charge coffee and doughnuts available. Tickets are $15. Information: cine or 410-727-3456.

Fall festivities

The Belvedere Improvement Association and Senator Theatre's 11th annual Fall Festival is set for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Senator, 5904 York Road. Events include a costume parade across the theatre's stage and a pair of free films, 1949's The Adventures of Mr. Toad (11:30 a.m.) and 1957's Rodan (noon). Information: or 410-435-8338.

European offerings

The 2007 European Union Film Showcase, showcasing movies from 25 E.U. countries, runs through Nov. 20 at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Among this weekend's showings are Portugal's Christopher Columbus, The Enigma (Cristovo Colombo - O Enigma), 12:30 p.m. Sunday; Greece's Sugartown: The Bridegrooms, 5:15 p.m. today, 1 p.m. tomorrow and 6:45 p.m. Monday; and Italy's The Caiman (Il Caimano), 9:15 p.m. tonight, 9:40 p.m. tomorrow. For a complete schedule and ticket information: 301-495-6720 or

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