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Movie of the Week:
Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald takes a hard look at who’s profiting from our current military engagements. Eisenhower saw this problem coming from miles away. Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 117 N. Sycamore, Santa Ana, (714) 667-1517; www.occca.org. Fri., 8 pm Free.
The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?
This documentary analyzes the current water shortages in the United States and how it will effect our economy and our lives. Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, (949) 497-5690; oneearthonedream.org. Sat., 4:15 p.m. See website for ticket information.
The 11th Hour
Leonard DiCaprio narrates this documentary focusing on our current environmental crises. Festival of Arts Grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, (949) 497-5690; oneearthonedream.org. Fri., 6 p.m. See website for ticket information.
Love Me Tonight
Maurice Chevalier stars as a tailor posing as a baron who wins the heart of an aristocratic widower in this charming musical. Long Beach School for Adults, 3701 E. Willow St., Long Beach, (562) 997-8000. Fri., 7 p.m. $1 materials fee.
The Matrix blew a lot of minds upon its 1999 release, with its innovative special effects and a story line that perfectly captured the turn-of-the-century paranoia zeitgeist. Keanu Reeves plays a computer hacker named Thomas Anderson who is plucked from his normal routine by a mysterious band of rebels determined to teach him the truth about the nature of his reality. The movie earned a tremendous amount of money, established its own distinctive aesthetic and science-fiction universe, and generated a lot of excitement and good will among fanboys—which the directing/writing team of the Wachowski brothers proceeded to pretty much squander with the two subsequent weak entries that wrapped up the trilogy. Taken as a stand-alone however, The Matrix remains remarkably entertaining and succinct, an example of a modern classic in science-fiction cinema. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701; www.regencymovies.com. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $6.50.
Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge wrote and directed this hilarious cult classic about navigating the often-depressing world of office work. Instantly relatable for anyone who has ever spent time in a cubicle. Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-4359; www.regencymovies.com. Thurs., Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. $7.
A band of rebels attempt to disrupt the obnoxious French-colonial rule of Vietnam and are forced to fight some of their own countrymen in this 2007 Vietnamese action-drama. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.
The Wolf Man
Lon Chaney Jr. suffers the grave misfortune of being bitten by a wolfman and becomes doomed to transform every time there’s a full moon. Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, (562) 997-1494. Sun., 7 p.m. Free.
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