German director Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn, starring Christian Bale as an American POW in Vietnam who obstinately refuses to succumb to his captivity, will be shown Thursday night at the Howard County Public Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Bale plays Dieter Dengler, a real-life soldier whose story was told in Herzog's 1997 documentary, Little Dieter Needs to Fly. The film, with Steve Zahn as a fellow POW who succumbed long ago, will be shown at 7 p.m. and is the latest entry in the library's monthly "New Release Cinema" program, which screens the latest DVD releases. Free soda and popcorn will be provided. Information: 410-313-7717 or hclibrary.org/events.
Film series wraps with love story
Towson University's free "Music/Musicians/Musicals" film series concludes Monday with Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), a love story set in the north of France (Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo play the lovers) and told completely in song. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the university's Van Bokkelen Hall auditorium. The campus is at 8000 York Road. Information: 410-704-3755 or towson.edu/emf.
A silent-talkie double-feature
The Freshman (1925), a silent-film comedy starring Harold Lloyd as a new collegian desperately wanting to become a big man on campus, will be the subject of this month's Filmtalk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. As a special treat, this month features a comedic double-bill: Also on tap for tomorrow is Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as hapless bootleggers in Pardon Us (1931). The films begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow, with discussion to follow. Admission is free. Information: 410-396-5430 or prattlibrary.org/calendar.
A silly Japanese spy flick
Spy Spoof Saturdays at the Enoch Pratt Free Library this weekend features Black Tight Killers (1966), starring Japanese singer Akira Kobayashi as a combat photographer trying to save his stewardess girlfriend from evildoers wielding lethal 45-rpm records and bubble-gum darts. Showtime is 2 p.m. at the library, 400 Cathedral St. Free. Information: 410-396-5430 or prattlibrary.org/calendar.
'Savages' screened at Charles
Cinema Sundays wraps its 40th season this weekend with The Savages, a comedy-drama starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney as grown siblings forced to care for their ailing father (Philip Bosco), who never exactly shone in the nurturing department. Showtime is 10:35 a.m. Sunday at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 45 minutes of no-extra-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727-3456 or cinema sundays.com.
Kurosawa epic ignited Eastwood
Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo (1961), with the great Toshiro Mifune as a freelance samurai who cleans up a town by killing nearly everyone in it, will be shown for free Monday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Southeast Anchor branch, 3601 Eastern Ave., as part of the library's Martial Arts Film Series. American audiences may recognize the story as the inspiration for Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, which made a movie star of Clint Eastwood. Showtime is 6 p.m. Information: 410-396-1580 or prattlibrary.org/calendar.