AFI's Silver pays tribute to Burnett

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A tribute to Charles Burnett, the profoundly humanistic director whose works reflect an African-American community far removed from the blaxploitation films made by his contemporaries, opens tomorrow at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre in Silver Spring with his 1977 masterpiece Killer of Sheep. The film, done as his University of California, Los Angeles thesis, stars Henry G. Sanders as a working stiff at a slaughterhouse, struggling to connect with his family and make it through a typical day. Showtimes at the Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, are 5:30 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Other entries in the series include 1983's My Brother's Wedding (5 p.m. Feb. 16, 5:05 p.m. Feb. 17 and 7 p.m. Feb. 18) and a three-film shorts program (5:10 p.m. Feb. 23 and 5:20 p.m. Feb. 24). Ticket prices and information: 301-495-6720 or

Black history flicks

The New Release Cinema program at the Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, featuring free screenings of films recently released on DVD, celebrates Black History Month next week with three days of films. On Thursday, Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep will be shown at 7 p.m., followed by Amazing Grace at 7 p.m. Friday and a double bill on Feb. 16 of ATL (5 p.m.) and Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? (7 p.m.). Free refreshments will be provided. Also Feb. 16, a daylong classic movie marathon will feature The Wiz (10 a.m.), A Raisin in the Sun (1 p.m.) and Spike Lee's 4 Little Girls (4 p.m.). The library is at 6600 Cradlerock Way. Information: 410-313-7700 or

'Architect' at Park School

A free screening of Nathaniel Kahn's Oscar-nominated My Architect (2003), a documentary in which the filmmaker attempts to understand and connect with his father, the late architect Louis Kahn, is set for 7 tonight at Park School, 2425 Old Court Road. Director Kahn will be on hand to field questions. Information: 410-339-4145 or

Film Talk at the Pratt

Michael Roemer's Nothing But a Man (1964), starring Ivan Dixon (best known, regrettably, as one of Hogan's Heroes on TV) as a black laborer entering into a romance with a woman above his social class, will be the subject of this month's Film Talk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. The free showing is set for 10 a.m. tomorrow in the library's Wheeler Auditorium, with stimulating discussion sure to follow. Information: 410-396-5430 or

Hitchcock at the Charles

The Charles Theatre's retrospective of the films of Alfred Hitchcock continues tomorrow with 1943's Shadow of a Doubt, starring Teresa Wright as a young woman who comes to believe that her kindly Uncle Charlie is a serial killer. The worst part is, she's right. Showtime is noon tomorrow at the theater, 1711 N. Charles St., with encore screenings set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-3456 or

Cinema Sundays

Cinema Sundays, Baltimore's chance to see new films before most of the rest of the world, continues this weekend with writer-director Martin McDonagh's In Bruges. The comedy stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two hit men who, while holed-up in Belgium, come to appreciate the local lifestyle. 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

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