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Movie of the Week: The U.S. vs. John Lennon

This 2006 documentary presents the facts behind the United States government's surveillance of John Lennon as a result of his anti-war activities and general disregard for authority. After watching the film, you may find yourself longing for the days when pop stars were considered a dangerous enough threat to the status-quo to warrant government surveillance. The film is being screened as part of the UCI Film and Video Center's Winter Program and will be introduced by Jon Wiener, historical consultant for the film, and professor of history at UCI. Directors David Leaf and John Scheinfeld will also be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening. Keep an eye on this column for future screenings as part of the Film and Video Center's remarkable program this season. UC Irvine's Humanities Instructional Building 100, Irvine, (949) 824-7418. Thurs., Jan. 11, 7 p.m. $5; students with ID, $3; UCI staff and seniors, $4.

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Beautiful Dreamer. This film, presented by the Laguna Beach Film Society, concerns a World War II bomber pilot suffering from amnesia after being shot down. His wife finds him five years later and must struggle with the fact that he has no memory of her. Beautiful Dreamer stars Brooke Langton and Colin Egglesfield and was directed by Terri Farley-Teruel. Laguna South Coast Cinemas, 162 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, (949) 497-1711. Thurs., Jan. 18, 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices.

Chelsea Girl. This three-and-a-half hour long film, screened as part of the UC Irvine Film and Video Center's Winter Series, is actually two three-and-a-half hour long films designed to be projected simultaneously (with the orientation of the images and soundtrack emphasis left up to the projectionist). Andy Warhol filmed his associates in long takes, burning through an entire roll of film before switching to the next scene. Highlights include Nico cutting her bangs and a tweaked out Ondine pretending he's a priest. The film is badly lit, poorly composed, and frequently trying, but anyone interested in Warhol and the Factory scene would do well to attend this screening as the film is rarely shown for the public. OCMA curator Karen Moss introduces the film and sticks around for a Q&A afterward. UC Irvine's Humanities Instructional Building 100, Irvine, (949) 824-7418. Thurs., Jan. 18, 7 p.m. $5; students with ID, $3; UCI staff and seniors, $4.

A Force More Powerful. This documentary chronicles various nonviolent movements that have changed the course of the 20th Century, including Gandhi's struggle for Indian independence, the American Civil Rights Movement in the '60s, and the fight against South African apartheid in the '80s. Tapestry, 25801 Obrero Dr. #9, Mission Viejo. Sun., 12:30 p.m. Free.

Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. If the prospect of seeing Rex Harrison star in a David Lean-helmed film adaptation of a Noel Coward play doesn't make you salivate, then you probably have young, vital friends with exciting lifestyles. I, on the other hand, will be there with bells on. The film is being screened as part of the Long Beach School for Adults Friday Film Forum's series of films beginning with the letter "B". Long Beach School for Adults, 3701 E. Willow St., Long Beach, (562) 997-8000. Fri., 7 p.m. $1 materials fee.

Sierra Street. This feature film is the first release from 16-year-old San Clemente resident Brian Ivie. Based on the Three Investigators Series of mystery novels by Robert Arthur (a favorite of mine growing up), Sierra Street concerns the crime solving efforts of a group of young friends in 1955. Filmed on location in Turlock of all places! San Clemente Library, 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, (949) 492-3493. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Free with 1 canned good donation.

Sir! No Sir!This documentary about the development of the of the Vietnam anti-war movement from within the military is being screened as part of the Laguna Beach Film Society's Friday night documentary series. Filmmaker David Zeiger attends. Expect a few Swift-Boaters to show up and complain. Also screening that night is My Dad is 100 Years Old, Guy Maddin's newest short written by and starring Isabella Rossellini in tribute to her late father, Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini. For more information, please contact Joanne Story at (949) 494-8971 ext. 201. The Forum Theatre, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Fri., 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices.

Three Documentaries About Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To celebrate the observation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, The Found Theatre presents the screening of three documentaries about the great civil rights leader. Reservations are suggested. The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 433-3363; www.foundtheatre.org. Mon., 6 p.m. Free.

The Women. This 1939 gem features Joan Crawford in a supporting role as a perfume girl engaged in an adulterous affair with the husband of lead actress Norma Shearer. Shearer must decide whether to forget her pride and save her marriage, or DTMFA! Pierside SurfCity, 300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, (714) 969-3151. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $7.50. Cinema City, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, (714) 970-6700; www.cinematcitytheatres.com; Wed., 7:30 p.m. $7.50.

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