Psycho
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960 thriller—and especially its famous shower scene—has inspired countless slasher pics. So why is it every frame of Psycho is forever burned in my brain while I’ve forgotten more than I can remember of the blood-and-guts-a-splatterin’ imitators? UC Irvine, Humanities Instructional Building, Room 100, Lucille Kuehn Auditorium, Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc/. Thurs., Jan. 15, 7 p.m. $3-$5.

Running the Sahara
New documentary follows three world-class runners from the U.S., Canada and Taiwan who decide to trek 4,300 miles on foot from Senegal to the Red Sea to promote H2O Africa, a charity that promotes clean drinking water for people in the six countries that they crossed. Laguna Beach Film Society’s presentation includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and a discussion before the screening. South Coast Cinema, 162 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971, ext. 201. Thurs., Jan. 15, 7 p.m. $15. (For $5 more, join the prescreening event at 6 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Community Room, 260 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach.)

Voices in the Forest
This hour-long doc explores the dense, mysterious rain forest of central Africa’s Congo River basin, home to the Baka people and a complex variety of plants and animals. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Fri., 1:30 p.m. Free with paid admission ($9-$12).

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