The student-run 2008 Johns Hopkins Film Festival, with a lineup that includes features, documentaries and shorts, unspools on the school's Homewood campus Thursday through April 20. The festival opens Thursday at 8 p.m. with director Michael Cuesta's L.I.E. (2001), starring Paul Dano as a young boy whose mother has just died and whose father has enough trouble keeping his own life together. With his life spiraling downward into a string of petty crimes, he comes under the influence of neighborhood pillar Big John (Brian Cox), whose role as a father figure comes with some unfortunate baggage. The festival continues April 18 with Thai director Wisit Sasanatieng's 2000 Tears of a Black Tiger (8 p.m.) and Baltimore director Dan Bell's Night Fifty (10 p.m.). The festival continues through April 20, with all screenings taking place in Shriver Hall. Tickets are $5 per film, $10 for a day pass, $20 for a festival pass; free for Hopkins students, faculty and staff. Information: hop kinsfilmfest.com.
Lars and the Real Girl, with Ryan Gosling as a shy young man with an inflatable doll for a girlfriend, will be shown for free at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Public Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The screening is the latest entry in the library's New Release Cinema program, spotlighting recent DVD releases. Free popcorn and soda will be provided. Information: 410-313-7717.
Akira Kurosawa's 1952 Ikiru (To Live), with Kanji Watanabe as a dying bureaucrat determined to do some good with what remains of his life, is the subject of this month's Film Talk at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's central library, 400 Cathedral St. Showtime is 10 a.m. tomorrow in the library's Wheeler Auditorium, with a discussion to follow. Admission is free. Information: 410-396-5430 or prattlibrary.org.
The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird, a rarely seen animated adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep by French director Paul Grimault, will be shown at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Wheeler Auditorium of the Enoch Pratt Free Library's central library, 400 Cathedral St. The film is the latest entry in the library's "Rare Reels: The Best Films You've Never Seen" series. Admission is free. Information: 410-396-5430 or prattlibrary.org.
'Life' at the Charles
Vadim Perelman's Life Before Her Eyes, starring Uma Thurman as a mother with unresolved emotional issues stemming from a high school shooting she survived 15 years earlier, is this weekend's scheduled Cinema Sundays offering. Showtime is 10:35 a.m. Sunday at the Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., preceded by 50 minutes of no-additional-charge coffee and bagels. Tickets are $15. Information: 410-727- 3456 or cinemasundays.com.
The Charles Theatre's six-month Alfred Hitchcock retrospective continues tomorrow with 1954's Rear Window, starring Jimmy Stewart as a magazine photographer, housebound with a broken leg, who spends time using a telephoto lens to spy on his neighbors. Convinced that one of them is a murderer, he sends girlfriend Grace Kelly to collect the evidence. Bad move. Showtime is noon tomorrow, with encores set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $6 tomorrow, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-3456.
Filmmaker Errol Morris will be in Silver Spring on Sunday for the area premiere of his new documentary, Standard Operating Procedure. An examination of the unforeseen consequences of the Iraq war, the film focuses on events in the infamous Abu Ghraib prison. After the show, Morris will talk about the film and answer questions. Showtime is 4 p.m. at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road. Tickets are $6.75-$9.75. Information: 301- 495-6720 or afi.com/silver.