The Shining. Did The Simpsons ruin this 1980 Kubrick classic for anyone else? Time was mention of Entertainment Weekly’s Scariest Film of All Time would immediately produce the image of Jack Nicholson’s head peering dementedly through the freshly axed door, followed by his menacing “Heeere’s Johnny!” reading. Now all I think of is Groundskeeper Willie, in his Scottish brogue, telling Bart, “You’ve got the shinning.” You just think about that at Mondo Celluloid’s latest midnight fright night. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 428-5435; www.mondocelluloid.com. Fri., 11:59 p.m. $10.

La vita che vorrei (The Life I Would Like to Have)
Giuseppe Piccioni’s 2004 film within a film has a famous, established actor and young, aspiring actress coming together and pulling apart while working with each other on films. This Cinema Italiano screening includes a reception. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Thurs., March 26, 7 p.m. Free with paid admission ($9-$12).

Viva Cuba
Cuban take-off on Romeo and Juliet from writer/directors Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti and Iraida Malberti Cabrera concerns the friendship between two children that is threatened by their parents’ differences. Malu’s upper-crust, single mom does not want her child playing with Jorgito, whose mother is a poor, proud socialist. When the children learn that Malu’s mother is planning to leave Cuba and take Malu with her, they set off for the other side of the island to find Malu’s father and persuade him against signing the forms that would allow it. San Clemente Library, 242 Ave. Del Mar, San Clemente, (949) 492-3493. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

Voice of the Forest
The Baka people of Cameroon and Gabon fight for survival. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Thurs., April 2, 1:30 p.m. Free with paid admission ($9-$12).

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