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Instandstillnessence. This is the closing week for this exhibit of video artwork from John Oswald, featuring very slowly changing photo portraits of the people of Toronto. OrangeCounty Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 759-1122. Thurs.-Sun., May 18-21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $8-$10.
Jaws. Duh-duh. Duh-duh duh-duh. Duh-duh duh-duh DEH-duh. That damn song is enough all by itself to make me swear I will never set foot in the ocean again. Steven Spielberg's 1975 breakout hit stars a fake-looking, fiberglass shark that is still completely goddamn terrifying. The thought that that beast is now probably covered with mold and rust in some Sherman Oaks warehouse is the only thing that lets me sleep at night. Bay Theatre, 340 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 431-9988. Fri., 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 6 p.m.; Mon., 8 p.m. $6-$8.
O Homem do Ano (Man of the Year). José Henrique Fonseca's 2003 Brazilian picture follows an average guy who accidentally kills a feared local tough and finds a new career as a killer for hire. Annette Rubado Mejía moderates a discussion as part of UC Irvine's Latin American Film Festival, which continues through the end of May. Humanities and Instructional Bldg., Rm. 100, UC Irvine, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (714) 543-0613. Fri., 7 p.m. $3-$5.
Monsoon Wedding. As part of the ongoing Sunday at the Movies film series, screenwriter and professor Michael Berlin hosts this screening of Mira Nair's hit 2001 comic drama about the hubbub surrounding an arranged marriage in India. Bowers Museum, Fluor Gallery, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3680. Sun., 1:30 p.m. $8-$10.
Phantom Lady.Ella Raines, Franchet Tone and Alan Curtis star in Robert Siodmak's 1944 noir picture about a plucky secretary who enters a dark and frightening world when she investigates whether her boss committed a murder. Local film authority Dr. H. Arthur Taussig hosts. Orange Coast College, Fine Arts Building, Room 116, 2701 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa, (714) 432-5599. Fri., 6:30 p.m. $5-6.
Pioneer video artists. The Orange County Museum of Art presents a new selection of video artwork at South Coast Plaza, including 1973's Global Groove by Nam June Paik, as well as Cory Arcangel and Frankie Martin's 2004 satire on early '90s pop culture, 414-RAVE-95. South Coast Plaza, Orange Lounge, third floor of the Crate & Barrel wing, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, (949) 759-1122, ext. 272. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Free.
Roma. Adolfo Aristarain's 2004 Argentinean drama follows the loving relationship of a troubled 1950s writer and his parents. Professor Gonzalo Navajas hosts a discussion as part of UC Irvine's Latin American Film Festival, which continues through the end of May. UCI Film and Video Center, Humanities Instruction Building, Room 100, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc. Sat., 7 p.m. $3-$5.
Singin' in the Rain. Gene Kelly stars in this amazingly peppy musical comedy period piece in which the advent of sound motion pictures puts the kibosh on one starlet's career while another is catapulted overnight into the big time. Edwards Rancho Santa Margarita, 30632 Santa Margarita Pkwy., Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 888-3358. Tues., 8 p.m. $6; Edwards South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (800) 326-3264. Wed., 8 p.m. $6.
Transnational Tradeswomen. Vivian Price directs and narrates this documentary look at women construction workers around the globe. Price, a former construction worker, appears at the screening. UCI Film and Video Center, Humanities Instruction Building, Room 100, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418;www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc. Thurs., May 18, 7 p.m. $3-$5.
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