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Green Zone

Posted 3/10/2010

GREEN ZONE The Bourne team of British filmmaker Paul Greengrass and actor Matt Damon tackle the so-far box-office kryptonite of the Iraq war with this adaptation of journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran's 2006 book Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone. In this Brian Helgeland-written adaptation, Damon plays a rogue military officer who goes searching for weapons of mass destruction. Opens March 12.

NINETEEN23 This film series (founded by City Paper contributor Martin Johnson) starts back up with Inside Out: Pictures of Health, an evening of medical documentaries and instructional films curated by Timothy Wisniewski, visual materials archivist at Johns Hopkins University's Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. At the 14 Karat Cabaret March 14 at 9:30 p.m.

NO. 17 David Ofek's 2003 documentary investigates a June 2002 bus bombing that killed 17 people--16 of whom were identified. The movie follows the effort to identify the unknown passenger. Screens March 10 at MICA's Brown Center's Falvey Hall at 7:30 p.m.

OUR FAMILY WEDDING The Wood and Brown Sugar director Rick Famuyiwa helms this comedy about the intrafamily hijinks that ensue when Miguel's (Carlos Mencia) daughter (America Ferrera) gets engaged to Bradford's (Forrest Whitaker') son (Lance Gross). Opens March 12.

REMEMBER ME Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin star in what looks like an overcooked romantic melodrama about two young people falling in love and finding out about heavy stuff and what makes life worth living and other balderdash. Opens March 12.

ROYAL MESSENGERS Nigerian director Charles Inojie helms this 2006 comedy about a king who has 21 daughters but no son to take his place. Or, at least as far as he knows. Stars the popular Nigerian comedy team of Osita Iheme and Chinedu Ikedieze. Screens March 12 at Towson University's Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium at 7 p.m.

SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE Canadian mensch Jay Baruchel stars in this comedy as the ordinary bloke who finds himself with the stereotypical hottie (Alice Eve). Opens March 12.

UNDEREXPOSURE Local Iraqi refugee/filmmaker Ziad Jazzaa screens Underexpsoure, the 2005 feature directed by Oday Rasheed (Jazzaa shot it) about a documentarian following Baghdad residents post-invasion, and the short "Hometown Baghdad." At the Creative Alliance at the Patterson March 11 at 7 p.m.

UP The 2009 Pixar animation about crotchety old man who balloon-lifts his house into the air and the 8-year-boy who unwittingly stows away with him. At the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Wheeler Auditorium March 13 at 3 p.m.

ZEITGEIST: ADDENDUM Filmmaker/activist Peter Joseph's second documentary espousing the Zeitgeist grassroots movement. Visit zeitgeistmovie.com for more details. At the Windup Space March 13 at 5 p.m.

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