Proibido proibir (Forbidden to Forbid)
The 10th Latin American Film Festival opens with Jorge Duran’s multi-award-winning Brazilian film that begins with a love triangle between three college-age friends in Rio de Janeiro before taking a sudden turn that finds the trio plunged into violence, police corruption in one of Rio’s infamous favelas, and the struggle for social justice. It is presented in Portuguese with English subtitles. UCI, Humanities Instructional Building, Room 100, Lucille Kuehn Auditorium, Irvine, (949) 824-7418; Thurs., April 16, 7 p.m. Free. The festival continues through April 25.

Shaun of the Dead
I haven’t seen everything Simon Pegg has co-written and starred in, I can’t wait to hear his Scottish brogue as Scotty in the upcoming Star Trek and the following statement does not include his Brit TV show Spaced, but of everything else I have seen, this hilarious zombie flick ranks as the best. Shaun (Pegg) is having a really bad day. Besides his girlfriend breaking up with him, members of his community have returned from the dead to feed off the living. Why even get out of bed? Cinema Fusion at Anaheim’s GardenWalk, 321 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 399-0300; Wed., 7 p.m. $7.50.

The Samurai
The ancient warriors are brought to life by present-day samurais and scholars. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; Wed., 1:30 p.m. Free with paid admission ($9-$12).

Senior Thesis Screenings
See the next generation of movie and TV filmmakers—seriously, Chapman U cranks them out like Toyota Corolloa—as this year’s graduating class premieres its senior projects for the public. Different batches are shown through the spring semester. Up first: Andrew Swanson (Cosmic Lottery), OA Yuvarnavandhana (Mind Machine), Emett Casey (Peter & the Mischievous Hanky), Sabrina Parke (David and His Friends); Jen Graham (Beverly) and Ian Beckman (Impersonation Is Not Funny). Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 11283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6711. Sat., 7 p.m. Free. A brief reception follows the screenings.

Singing in the Rain
Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor are projected onto Fox Theatre’s outdoor wall—and, boy, are they steamed! Actually, it’s to raise awareness and money (through concessions sales) for future entertainment inside. Dress warm, kiddies. Fox Theatre, Harbor Blvd. & Chapman Ave., Fullerton, (714) 870-0069; Thurs., April 16, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Suzuka, Volume 2
The second half of the anime series is screened as part of the library’s teen programming. Garden Grove Regional Library, 11200 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove, (714) 530-0711. Fri., 3 p.m. Free.

Le Tigre e La Neve (The Tiger and the Snow)
Cinema Italiano presents this 2005 film that has Roberto Benigni directing himself as Attilio, a hyperactive poet who follows the woman of his dreams to Baghdad immediately after the American invasion, “where his slapstick, absurd antics allow him to use the power of poetry and see things as he wants them to be.” Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; Thurs., April 16, 6:30 p.m. $10.

True Romance
This may be blasphemous, but the more time passes, the more I consider this my favorite Tarantino movie. I know: he did not direct it, Tony Scott did. But it is Q’s script about a guy (Christian Slater) who marries a curvy hooker (Patricia Arquette), steals her pimp’s cocaine and tries to sell it in Hollywood—with his Guardian Angel Elvis looking after him. Showing as part of Classic Film Night, True Romance may also contain Brad Pitt’s best-ever performance (blink and you’ll miss it). South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701; Wed., 7:30 p.m. $6.50.

El violín (The Violin)
Mexican director Francisco Vagas’ epic, black-and-white film from 2005 is set in an unnamed Latin American country whose rulers brutally crack down on a rural insurgency. Grandfather Don Plutarco (Angel Tavira), who carries a violin, is only allowed to pass a checkpoint if he teaches the guard how to play the instrument. This Latin American Film Festival screening is presented in Spanish with English subtitles. UCI, Humanities Instructional Building, Room 100, Lucille Kuehn Auditorium, Irvine, (949) 824-7418; Fri., 7 p.m. $2.

Alex is just like any other 15-year-old, except she has both male and female genitals, living as a girl and using medicines to suppress masculine features. She stops taking the meds just as she and her parents move from Argentina to a village by the sea in Uruguay to avoid society’s negative stigma. Her mother invites a surgeon friend from Argentina to visit them and, unbeknownst to Alex, discuss the possibilities of an operation. Director Lucía Puenzo’s 2007 film is shown in Spanish with English subtitles as part of the Latin American Film Festival. UCI, Humanities Instructional Building, Room 100, Lucille Kuehn Auditorium, Irvine, (949) 824-7418; Sat., 7 p.m. $2. The festival continues through April 25.

Chapman University’s Student and Campus Life presents Darrell Roodt’s 2004 feature and South Africa’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee that was made with the support of Nelson Mandela and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. It follows Yesterday (Leleti Khumalo), who learns she is HIV-positive after falling ill. With her husband in denial and a young child to care for, Yesterday dreams only of living long enough to see her child enter school. Chapman University, Irvine/Hashinger Hall, 346 N. Center St., Orange: (714) 997-6894. Thurs., April 23, 7 p.m. Free.


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