The Silence of the Lambs. Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, an FBI rookie forced to turn to serial killer Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) for help in a new case involving a psycho who likes to wear women's skin. Despite Hopkins spending the film separated from Foster by a sheet of bulletproof glass, despite the endless parodies, sequels and prequels, and despite this movie airing on cable approximately every 12 minutes, Hopkins' turn as Lecter remains as chilling as ever. Don't miss the sinister and lovely lobby art by theater manager Eddie Allen, specially installed for the month of October: it's a series of sepia-toned, photographic portraits of prim, old-timey folks who seem harmless enough . . . but don't turn your back on them! They transform into hideous monsters as you walk by, and from the looks of them, they just might tear your throat out when you're in line to buy Raisinettes. 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.
Short films by Marie Jager. A selection of sci-fi shorts related to Jager's work in the Orange County Museum of Art's 2006 California Biennial show, with a live performance by the West Coast Encounter Group. Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 759-1122; www.ocma.net. Thurs., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. Free.
Twelve Angry Men. Henry Fonda and 11 other guys star in this classic if rather exhaustingly tense drama about a jury deliberating a murder case. Lots of shouting, lots of arguing—this thing will give you an ulcer. Discussion is hosted by Dr. H. Arthur Taussig. Orange Coast College, Fine Arts Building, Room 119, 2701 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa, (714) 432-5599. Fri., 6:30 p.m. $5-$6.
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