Films on the Pier, a free film series that turns Fells Point into a giant outdoor movie theater on Wednesday nights (with a finale set for Sept. 18), continues next week with Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, a 1963 thriller that suggests it may be a good idea to be a little kinder to our feathered friends. Showtime is 8:45 p.m. Wednesday at the end of the Broadway pier, where films are shown on a giant screen. Future offerings include The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (Aug. 20), plus three additional films yet to be chosen.
Although several of the area's other free summer film series have reached the ends of their runs, there are still plenty of chances to watch films this week with the great outdoors as your backdrop. They include: Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful, 9 tonight at High and Stiles streets in Little Italy; The Boys of Baraka, 8:30 tonight at the Clifton Park Bandshell on St. Lo Drive; Pixar's Oscar-winning Ratatouille, 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Patapsco Masonic Lodge, 2 Trading Place in Dundalk, behind the old Strand Theatre; The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront, off Little Patuxent Parkway; and the farcical Epic Movie, sunset Wednesday at Hopkins Plaza, Hopkins Place and Charles Street. Don't forget to drag a chair or blanket along with you.
The longest-running film franchise in movie history is returning to Baltimore, as the Charles Theatre's Saturday revival series dedicates itself to that most resourceful of British spies, James Bond, agent 007. The series kicks off tomorrow with a new print of Sean Connery in 1964's Goldfinger, co-starring Honor Blackman (as Bond Girl supreme Pussy Galore), Gert Frobe (as the evil title character) and Harold Sakata as Oddjob, a guy with a truly devastating penchant for hats. Future films in the series include Dr. No (Aug. 16) and From Russia With Love (Aug. 23). Showtimes are at noon Saturdays, with encores set for 7 p.m. Mondays and 9 p.m. Thursdays. Tickets are $6 Saturdays, $8 other times. Information: 410-727-3456 or thecharles.com.
Baltimore-based filmmaker Pierre Bennu's Red Bone Guerillas, a mock documentary centering on a street-theater group that takes things to extremes, will be shown at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in the old Patterson Theater. The film was co-written by the director and his wife, Jamyla Bennu. Tickets are $8, $6 for alliance members. Information: 410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org.