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Adrian Lyne presents one of his better directorial achievements with this film which updates Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" to the post Vietnam War era. Tim Robbins gives an impressive performance as Jacob Singer, a Vietnam vet plagued by nightmares and hallucinations of his life prior to the war. When Singer tries to figure out the nature of his mental illness, he discovers a potentially far more disturbing reality than the one in which he thought he inhabited. Edwards University Town Center, 4245 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 854-8818. Tues., 9 p.m. $6.
By Any Means Necessary. This documentary, which is being screened in conjunction with Cal State Long Beach's 37th annual Pow Wow, tells the story of the Buffalo River Dene Nation and their current legal battle with the Canadian government over the alleged breaking of a 100-year-old treaty that would give the members of the nation the right to use government-controlled land. Cal State Long Beach, Daniel Royce Theater, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 985-8528. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.
The Canary Effect: Kill the Indian, Save the Man. Haven't seen this one, so I'm going to have to go off the press release. "The Canary Effect takes an in-depth look at the devastating effect that U.S. policies have had on the indigenous people of America. Using beautifully crafted imagery, it presents a chilling case to what many believe is an ongoing genocide of the American Indian. Featuring interviews with some of the leading scholars and exponents of indigenous struggles, alongside revealing insight from those who work and live on reservations today." The film is being screened in conjunction with Cal State Long Beach's 37th annual Pow Wow. Cleveland Indians fans need not apply. Cal State Long Beach, University Theater, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 985-8528. Thurs., March 8, 8 p.m. Free.
Crossfire. Three Roberts (Mitchum, Ryan and Young) star in this 1947 examination of antisemitism that was nominated for five Oscars. Oddly enough, the book on which the film is based dealt with the murder of a man because of his homosexuality, but in the '40s, the topic was verboten so filmmakers made the victim Jewish instead. Long Beach School for Adults, 3701 E. Willow St., Long Beach, (562) 997-8000. Fri., 7 p.m. $1 materials fee.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner and Spencer Tracy appear in this classic tale of the duality of man with some added MGM romantic subplot that allowed the studio to utilize Bergman and Turner in a good girl/bad girl tag team. Cinema City, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, (714) 970-6700. Wed., 7 p.m. $8.
I Know I'm Not Alone. This documentary is a heartfelt spiritual journey into the lives and views of people who have been plagued by war. Experiencing the realities of war firsthand without the support or protection of outside agencies, musician Michael Franti ventures on his own into chaotic neighborhoods in Iraq, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories to document the people's experience. Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 25801 Obrero Dr. #9, Mission Viejo, (949) 581-0245. Sun., 12:30 p.m. Call for cost.
Mad Monster Party. This Rankin/Bass Claymation classic usually shows up on TV around Halloween, but now you don't need to wait. Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller provide a couple of the voices and there's a kicking soundtrack featuring the Karloff classic "One Step Ahead." Bring the kids if you like! Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, (562) 684-4411; www.qmxroyal.com. Fri.-Sat., 6 p.m., & Mon.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Call for ticket info.
Rocky Horror Picture Show. Haven't already seen this movie a million goddamn times? Then come on out for the requisite midnight screening. Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, (562) 684-4411;www.qmxroyal.com. Sat., midnight. $8.
Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. Now, I'm no prude, but I've always preferred the non-sick and twisted festival. It seems like more energy is spent being offensive than being creative in the Sick and Twisted showcase, but hey, that's got its place as well. Make sure to leave the kids at home . . . this stuff would make Walt Disney spin in his freezer. Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, (562) 684-4411;www.qmxroyal.com. Fri., 8 p.m. Call for cost.
Women's History Double Feature. Long Beach's Found Theatre offers a rare opportunity to see two documentaries about women construction laborers around the world. Filmmaker Vivian Price, assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Coordinator of Labor Studies at CSU Dominguez Hills, shows both Transnational Tradeswomen and Hammering It Out in celebration of Women's History Month. Price will also participate in a Q&A session moderated by Dr. Elyse Blankley, professor of English and Women's Studies at CSULB. The Found Theatre, 599 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 433-3363; www.foundtheatre.org. Wed., 6 p.m. Free.
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