That Was Then... This Is Now. This 1985 film, based on the novel by S.E. Hinton and being screened as part of the UCI Film and Video Center's Disaffected Youth series, concerns the changing relationship of two boyhood friends as one gets a girlfriend, a job, and decides to grow up as the other remains, well, disaffected. Starring Craig Sheffer, Emilio Estevez and NYPD Blues star Kim Delaney and recommended for those who appreciate the Hinton oeuvre. UCI Humanities Instructional Building 100, Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.filmandvideocenter.com. Thurs., Feb. 15, 7 p.m. $3-$5.
True Grit. This film, starring Orange County's favorite adopted son, is screened by the Fox in celebration of the Academy Awards. John Wayne, in his only Oscar-winning performance, plays U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn, an old cuss recruited by a young girl to avenge her father's death. John Wayne in a western? Odd. Also stars Glen Campbell, Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper. Presented as part of the Fox Theatre's "Movies on the Fox" series, True Grit will be projected outdoors on the back wall of the theater, preceded by a trivia contest, raffle, cartoon and a preview. Fox Fullerton Theatre, 221 N. Harbor Blvd., Ste. N, Fullerton, (714) 870-0069; www.foxfullerton.org. Thurs., Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Free.
The Ultimate Gift. The Garden GroveRotary Club is presenting a private preview of this film, based upon the book by Jim Stovall. A spoiled trust funder discovers that his grandfather's gift in his will is not the chunk of cash he was hoping, but rather the opportunity to discover the true relationship between wealth and happiness. That's all well and good, but it doesn't quite buy you a new flatscreen TV, now does it? Garden Grove Rotarians hope the community finds the film's message as inspiring as they have. Gem Theater, 12852 Main St., Garden Grove, (714) 901-7411. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $75; two tickets for $125.
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