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Death at a Funeral
Jesus People
Maginifcent Obsession
Nora's Will

Posted 4/14/2010

DEATH AT A FUNERAL Yes, a retooling of director Frank Oz's 2007 comedy of the same name that followed the sad/funny antics that take place at a British funeral. This American remake translates the setting across the pond to an African-American family, although Peter Dinklage shows up in both movies, and fills the cast with a bankable assortment of gifted comedians (Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Martin Lawrence) and versatile performers (Columbus Short, Zoe Saldana, Keith David, Regina Hall, Loretta Devine). And who do you get to direct the black version of a British comedy? Why, Neil LaBute, of course. Huh? Opens April 16.

JOHNS HOPKINS FILM FEST This non-profit festival sponsored by the student-run Johns Hopkins Film Society, once again offers a fairly winning assortment of classics, shorts, documentaries, and projects with local ties. In fact, the mockumentary Jesus People, which started off as a web series, was co-written and produced by Rajeev Sigamoney, a JHU graduate who grew up in Randallstown. See for capsule reviews. April 16-18 at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus. Visit for full schedule and details.

MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION Douglas Sirk directs Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson in this 1954 drama, one of the granddaddies of '50s Technicolor romances and one of Sirk's defining statements. Hudson plays Bob Merrick, a former medical student turned idly rich louche playboy who, thanks to some plot machinations involving a boating accident and needing a resuscitator, ends up in the care of the late doctor who, basically, saved his life. Soon, Bob is not only questioning his sordid path in life, but also eyeing the doctor's widow (Wyman). At the Charles Theatre at noon April 17, at 7 p.m. April 19, and at 9 p.m. April 22.

NORA'S WILL This unexpectedly amusing and moving Mexican movie offers a slice-of-life portrait of a Jewish family after Nora (Silvia Mariscal) kills herself--after trying many times before--just before Passover, when everybody was coming together anyway. So even in death--because, you know, she can't be buried for a few days--Nora has thought of everything, planning the seder and leaving a series of notes, and her body, for her ex-husband to find. At the Gordon Center for Performing Arts April 15 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival.

ODDSAC Writer/director Danny Perez's experimental flick is a collaboration with Animal Collective and makes its local debut tonight with Perez and members of the band in attendance. At the Senator Theatre April 17 at 8 p.m.

THE PERFECT GAME One of those heartwarming sports flicks, this time about the 1957 baseball team from Monterrey, Mexico, that became the first non-American team to win the Little League World Series. Opens April 16.

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