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Alice's House

Posted 3/24/2010

ALICE'S HOUSE Writer/director Chico Teixeira's 2007 drama drops in on a lower-class Brazilian family where the father drives a cab, the titular middle-aged mother (Carla Ribas) works as a manicurist, and they live with their three sons in an apartment with Alice's mother. At Towson University's Liberty Arts 2110 building March 25 at 6:30 p.m.

GOING ALL PRO City Paper contributor Charles Cohen's and his editing partner Paul Sulsky's latest documentary follows Baltimore's Fancy Clancy (aka Clarence Haskett), the stadium vendor who has been pounding the stairs for 30 years. See also: Cohen's 2004 Charmed Life story, "Judged by His Beers." At the Creative Alliance at the Patterson March 26 at 7 p.m.

GREENBERG A few different generations of American indie cinema come together in this comedy drama. Ben Stiller stars as the titular New Yorker, a carpenter who heads to Los Angeles to stay at his brother's house while the family's away on vacation. There, he runs into Florence (Greta Gerwig) and former friends (Mark Duplass and Rhys Ifans) in yet another life autopsy from director Noah Baumbach, co-written by wife/co-star Jennifer Jason Leigh. Opens March 26.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON A standard story of a boy and his dragon, rendered very non-standard thanks to all the latest in CGI animation and 3-D effects. Lots of voice talent, notably Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, a scrawny teenage-Viking wannabe dragon slayer with more brains than brawn, Gerard Butler as his disappointed dad, late-night television's Craig Ferguson (working his Scottish brogue way harder than Butler) as Hiccup's blacksmith boss and life coach, and America Ferrera as Viking grrl Astrid, who is not very impressed with Hiccup. The animation is fascinatingly fur/hair detailed with lots of fun Celt and Viking art cues, and the various dragons are colorful and at times creepily cat-bird-lizard lifelike in movement, but nothing too scary or graphic for younger viewers, with most visceral thrills coming from the sound design. And if you think some of the coolest parts of Avatar were the scenes with the flying dinosaur-things, then get to the theater early and secure your favorite seat for some engrossing flight sequences. (Joe MacLeod) Opens March 26.

LEMONADE The Contemporary Museum and the locally based content firm Slant Six Creative inaugurate the Second Shore film series with director Marc Colucci's short 2009 documentary about 16 advertising professionals who lost their jobs and took that opportunity to forge a new path in life. Screens March 24 at 7 p.m. at the Windup Space. Visit secondshore.com for more details.

WAMM Towson University's 2nd annual Women and Minorities in Media festival runs March 26 and 27 at the Towson campus and the Senator Theatre, and includes a number of workshops, screenings of winning submissions, and a screening and Q&A session with guest artists the Kitchen Sisters, Peabody-award winners for their radio work. For more information visit pages.towson.edu/elankfor/wammfest/Home.html.

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