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Posted 4/7/2010

CAMM COLLEGE VIDEO BAKE-OFF Creative Alliance moviemakers presents this best-of roundup of Charm City's college filmmakers, including James Connors' and Devin Chicas' "Friendship in Season," Doug Crowther's "Yo Deseo," Matt Donato's "Sevivon," Melanie Escano's "What Hip Hop Means," Adam Gillikin's "Three Strikes on Oliver Street," Joshua Katinsky's "Audition," Beth Pecora's "Reversal," Chad Schreiner's "Enjoy Your Stay," Sam Shank's "Jeffrey Dahmer, Eat Your Heart Out," Samuel Shumway's "Dazed," and Richard Steiber's "Dirk Danger." At the Creative Alliance at the Patterson April 9 at 7 p.m .

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS Writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller completely disregard the details and vibe of the beloved children's book in their zippy take on the premise. Hapless young inventor Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) finally whips up something that people like: a machine that converts water into food, which, when shot into the atmosphere, starts raining hamburgers, bacon and eggs, ice cream, and other delectables, delivering the residents of tiny island Swallow Falls from their steady diet of sardines. Complications ensue. The animation is impressive, the voice cast (including Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, and a scene-stealing Mr. T) is lively, some common kid-flick themes (father-son understanding is good, overconsumption is bad) get a decent workout, and the jokes are fairly adroit. (Lee Gardner) At the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Wheeler Auditorium April 10 at 3 p.m .

DATE NIGHT Steve Carell and Tina Fey star as the married couple whose evening out goes horribly awry in this comedy from Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy. Opens April 9.

EICHMANN Director Robert Young's 2007 drama stars Thomas Kretschmann as the titular Nazi and focuses on his early-1960s pre-trial confession. Franka Potente, Stephen Fry, and Troy Garity co-star. At the Gordon Center for Performing Arts April 11 at 3 p.m . as part of the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival.

THE GIFT TO STALIN Director Rustem Abdrashitov's 2008 historical drama plops a young boy at a railroad stop in a remote corner of late 1940s Soviet Union, whereupon he gets adopted by the local misfits/undesirables similarly exiled by Stalin. At the Gordon Center for Performing Arts April 13 at 7:30 p.m . as part of the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival.

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN Grant Williams stars as the titular afflicted dude in sci-fi auteur Jack Arnold's 1957 adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel, wherein Williams' Scott Carey is exposed to radiation and slowly begins to realize that he is dwindling in size. At the Charles Theatre at noon April 10, at 7 p.m . April 12, and at 9 p.m . April 15.

A MATTER OF SIZE Directors Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor's 2009 sports comedy/drama about a group of Israeli men who decided to stop trying to lose weight and, instead, start up a sumo wrestling club. At the Gordon Center for Performing Arts April 8 at 7:30 p.m . as part of the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival.

NINETEEN23 This month's installment of City Paper contributor Martin Johnson's series features cinematic portraits. The programming includes Jan %u0160vankmajer's 1989 short "Darkness/Light/Darkness," Claudia Weill's 1971 look at an inner-city Washington, D.C. household "This Is The Home of Mrs. Levant Graham," and Baltimore filmmaker Michal Makarovich's 1976 "The Face of the Century," an "experimental narrative film about a woman who dresses up as Greta Garbo." At the 14-Karat Cabaret April 11 at 7:30 p.m.

RED EMMA'S SURREALIST FILM NIGHT To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the passing of Franklin Rosemont, the Wobbly poet/artist who co-founded the Chicago Surrealist Group with his wife Penelope in 1966 following meeting André Breton in Paris, Red Emma's collective member Kate Khatib programs this evening of surrealist/avant-garde shorts, including works by Jan Svankmajer, Salvador Dali, Chris Marker, and Tex Avery. At the 2640 Space April 12 at 7 p.m .

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