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Movie of the Week:
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
This over-the-top melodrama about an aging pair of sisters stands as a camp classic. Bette Davis plays past-her-prime ex-child star Baby Jane Hudson, forced to care for her invalid ex-celebrity sister Blance Hudson. Locked away in their creepy house, the buried psychological tensions between the two simmer to the surface, leading to a powerhouse conclusion. The Bay Theatre, 340 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 431-9988; www.baytheatre.com. Sun., 6 p.m.; Mon. & Wed., 8 p.m. $5-$8.
Boyz N the Hood
When 23-year-old John Singleton released his debut film, Boyz N the Hood, in 1991, it immediately became a critical and audience favorite for its colorful depiction of life in South-Central Los Angeles. Coming out a year before the LA riots, the film begged for some peace and sanity in a community seemingly abandoned by civic authorities. Featuring a witty and sensitive script by Singleton and some terrific lead performances by Ice Cube, Laurence Fishburne and Cuba Gooding Jr., Boyz N the Hood remains a classic of inner-city cinema. Lucille Keuhn Auditorium (Room 100), Humanities Instructional Bldg., UC Irvine, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-5493; summer.uci.edu. Thurs., July 10, 7 p.m. Free.
E.T. the Extra Terrestrial
Steven Spielberg’s classic film concerns the friendship between an adolescent boy and a space alien who comes to visit Earth. Bring a blanket and snacks for this beach screening. There will be a dinner menu and free popcorn available.Granada Beach, 5101 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 434-1542; www.alfredosbeachclub.com. Tues., dusk; also screening at Cherry Beach, E. Ocean Blvd. & Junipero Ave., Long Beach, (562) 434-1542; www.alfredosbeachclub.com. Wed., dusk. Free.
David Fincher helms this satirical tale of modern social isolation and spiritual disconnect and the frequently inappropriate ways in which we attempt to alleviate this angst. Featuring Brad Pitt in lunatic Adonis mode and Edward Norton in Edward Norton mode. The fight scenes are not for the weak of stomach.Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-4359; www.regencymovies.com. Thurs., July 10, 7:30 p.m. Call for cost.
Troubled police officer Nishi must question his moral code as he attempts to help his dying wife, as well as a suicidal partner confined to a wheelchair due to an accident for which Nishi blames himself. Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 117 N. Sycamore, Santa Ana, (714) 667-1517; www.occca.org. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.
High School Musical
Disney’s ultra-popular tween film screens on the beach. Bring a blanket, snacks and chairs. Newport Dunes Resort Beach, 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 729-3863; www.newportdunes.com. Fri., dusk. Parking, $10.
Once You Are Born You Can No Longer Hide
This film tells the story of a privileged young boy lost at sea who’s rescued by a fishing boat carrying illegal aliens to Italian shores. Norma Kershaw Auditorium at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Thurs., July 10, 6:30 p.m. $10.
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