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By AMY NICHOLSON
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Now that certain politicians and media personalities have decided that illegal immigration will be the new bogeyman to distract us from their miserable performance in virtually every other aspect of their jobs, maybe it's time to witness first hand what it really means to leave your home and make the treacherous journey toward a potentially better life. For a country founded by illegal immigrants, we sure have grown intolerant of the new breed. The screening of this documentary about the struggle of immigrants crossing the border through Arizona is being sponsored by several human rights organizations, including the Southern California UUSC and the local chapter of Amnesty International. Mike Wilson, who has set up water stations in the desert and is featured in the film, speaks after the showing. Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church, 1259 Victoria St., Costa Mesa, (949) 646-4652. Sat., 7 p.m. Free.
Chapman University Graduate Films. Senior projects and thesis films from undergraduate and graduate students graduating from Chapman's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts this spring are shown every other Friday night through May 11. This Friday features Viktoria Ershova's Movin' On, Nick Ozeki's Mamitas, Jeffery Frame's The Door, and Alex McNall's Randal. Best of luck, all. Paul and Daranne Folino Theater inside Marion Knott Studios, 283 N. Cypress, Orange, (714) 628-7271. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.
The Farmer's Daughter. Stop me if you've heard this one before. Farm girl leaves homestead for the big city, loses all her money, takes a job as housekeeper for a politician, gets involved in politics herself, and falls in love. Loretta Young won an Oscar for her portrayal of the farm girl. Also featuring Welles fave Joseph Cotton and Drew's great-aunt Ethel Barrymore. Long Beach School for Adults, 3701 E. Willow St., Long Beach, (562) 997-8000. Fri., 7 p.m. $1 materials fee.
Mallrats. I admit that I found Kevin Smith's first film Clerks pretty hilarious when it came out and even bought into the generally positive reviews surrounding his third and fourth films, Chasing Amy and Dogma respectively. But hey, we all grow up some time and looking back on it now, I don't know what I was thinking. Smith's career has, for the most part, been one of diminishing returns and at this point, the gild is off the lily. Pity his rabid fan base will defend his every move because what he really could use is some constructive criticism. Smith's second feature, Mallrats, was his tribute to '80s flicks and despite having some funny scenes, overall isn't quite worth the hour and half of your life it will suck away. Do Smith a favor, rent Clerks (a film in which the dick jokes are much fresher), and pretend the rest of his career never happened. Edwards University Town Center, 4245 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 854-8818. Tues., 9 p.m. $6.
The Princess Bride. A movie beloved by most who have seen it, William Goldman's screenplay (based on a fake fairytale epic that he created himself under a pen name) is constantly charming and frequently hilarious. Cary Elwes' performance as The Farmboy is a knowing reference to swashbucklers of film past such as Errol Flynn, and the backing cast are uniformly excellent. So many iconic quotes, it's hard to know where to begin. Robin Wright, Andre the Giant, Wallace Shawn, Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, and even Dog Day Afternoon's Chris Sarandon turn in solid comedic performances, and the drama and romance are genuinely touching and believable. Anyone with a child who has not yet shown them this movie should make an effort to come out to the Queen and change their young lives. After seeing the movie as a child, I embarked upon a futile quest to find the unexpurgated novel by S. Morgenstern, only to be constantly thwarted by the availability of a version "edited" and added to by William Goldman. Only later did I realize that Goldman had written the thing entirely, in a post-modern move that presaged Charlie Kaufman's later explorations of the author's role in his art. One of the rare movies just as enjoyable for adults as for children, I can't recommend this enough. Royal Theater Aboard the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, (562) 684-4411; www.qmxroyal.com. Thurs. & Sat., March 29 & 31. 8 p.m. Fri., 6 p.m. Call for cost.
Rear Window. Hitchcock's ultimate paean to voyeurism, this film features Jimmy Stewart as a photographer confined to his apartment with a broken leg who bides his time spying on his neighbors across the courtyard. When he suspects that he's witnessed a murder, he enlists Grace Kelly to help him get to the bottom of things. One man's busybody is another man's crime fighter. Pierside SurfCity 6, 300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, (949) 640-2370 (ask for Harold Taylor). Tues., 7:30 p.m. $7.
Rocky Horror Picture Show. Some do Pilates, some do "The Time Warp." It's okay, boys, put on some makeup and look fabulous—a lot of girls are into ambiguous sexuality. Well, at least they were in Santa Cruz. Royal Theater Aboard the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, (562) 684-4411;www.qmxroyal.com. Sat., midnight. $8.
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