Wednesday: "Akira"

Dec. 23

For a while, City Paper Editor-At-Large Baynard Woods and I kept saying that Baltimore was a lot like the movie "Blade Runner." But more recently, it's seemed a bit more like "Akira," what with the apocalyptic tenor that has taken over the city following the Baltimore Uprising and the packs of dirt bikers flinging around the city seemingly pursued and most certainly surveilled by the cops. And also like "Blade Runner," Katsuhiro Otomo's 1988 classic about a group of teens caught up in a secret military project that gives one of them superpowers seems to play somewhere in Baltimore at least once or twice a year. Inexplicably, "Akira" is one of Baltimore's movies. I mean, it's everybody's movie in some ways, but it seems like the right time to revisit it and reconsider it and see Baltimore's own youths, faced with a whole bunch of opposition and choiceless choices, in its main characters and grimy melodrama. It's very interesting that the Charles is screening this and "Over the Edge" (which plays on Dec. 17) in the same week: They're both excellent, unflinching flicks about youth. 9 p.m., Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3464, thecharles.com, $9.50. (Brandon Soderberg)

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