By Alan Scherstuhl
By Amy Nicholson
By Charles Taylor
By Stephanie Zacharek
By Brian Feinzimer
By CAROLINA DEL BUSTO
By AMY NICHOLSON
By Amy Nicholson
Pigs must be flying, hell must’ve frozen over and monkeys have to be shooting out of my butt because, according to Regency, Baz Luhrmann’s nonsensical musical of 2001 is now a classic. South Coast Village Theatre, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701; www.regencymovies.com. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $7.
My Life As a Dog
Spring semester “Industry Insider” Martha Coolidge presents Lasse Hallström’s 1985 Swedish gem about a little boy named Ingemar, who lives with his brother and his terminally ill mother and frets about Laika, the Russian dog sent into space. Ingemar gets sent to stay with relatives for the summer, when he meets various strange characters who forever change his life. Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 11283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6711. Thurs., May 7, 7 p.m. Free.
Newport Beach Film Festival
The 10th-anniversary run ends Thursday, April 30, with several shorts and feature-length films, some of which played previously during the festival. One that did not is the official closing-night picture, Marc Webb’s (500) Days of Summer, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in an odd love story. Edwards Island Cinema, 999 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach; and Regency Lido, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, (949) 253-2880; www.newportbeachfilmfest.com. Thurs., April 30. See the website for specific titles, times and ticket prices. Most are $8-$12, but parties cost extra.
The Prince and Me
“Industry Insider” Martha Coolidge presents her 2004 rom-com about a farmer’s daughter (Julia Stiles) at a Wisconsin university pursuing her possible true love, an unusual Danish exchange student (Luke Mably) who is also a prince. Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 11283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6711. Thurs., April 30, 7 p.m. Free.
Rats Is a Four-Letter Word
Santa Ana film maker/impresario Bob Pece returns with a mini-festival of hilarious, twisted and educational shorts from the Rat Powered Films’ vault. Many were created by Santa Ana-based filmmakers, chronicle Santa Ana subjects or were shot in the fair city. Yost Theater, 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana; koos.org/yosttheatre. Thurs., April 30, 7 p.m. Free.
Senior Thesis Screenings
Projects from the graduating class are screened for the whole world to see. Up this week are: Michael Malaki Rempen (La Nina del Desierto); Erika Cohn (When the Voices Fade); Tyson Hauff (Publicity); Nathan Whitcomb (The Time Traveller); Heba Mouradi (All I Never Wanted); Kyle Shea (Roulette); and Eric Medina, David Streit and Derek Doneen (Low End Theory). A brief reception follows the screenings. Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 11283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6711. Sat., 7 p.m. Free.
Three strangers strive to connect, break technological boundaries and unseal their fates in a militarized, near-future world marked by closed borders, virtual labor and a global digital network. Director Alex Rivera is on hand to explain it all about his sci-fi thriller that won awards at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. This Film and Video Center presentation—which is co-sponsored by UC Irvine’s Humanities Center, International Center for Writing and Translation, Department of Film Studies, Department of Chicano/Latino Studies, and UCI Department of Spanish and Portuguese—is the latest Cosecha Latina/Latin Harvest showcase of new work by Chicana/o, Latina/o and Latin American media artists based in the U.S. in a variety of genres and formats, from narrative feature-length films to documentary to experimental film and video and digital art. The periodic series strives to recognize and support the talent and ideas of these artists, “while opening the opportunity for the campus community to engage with Latina/o visions as they emerge, like California flora, in any season,” says curator Catherine Benamou, an associate professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies. UCI, Humanities Instructional Building, Room 100, Lucille Kuehn Auditorium, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc. Thurs., May 7. Reception, 6:30 p.m.;0 screening, 7 p.m. $3-$5.
UCI’s Film and Video Center presents a new print of Billy Wilder’s noir-comic classic about a struggling Hollywood screenwriter-turned-kept man (William Holden) trying to escape the clutches of an aging starlet (Gloria Swanson). He sort of succeeds. UCI, Humanities Instructional Building, Room 100, Lucille Kuehn Auditorium, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc. Thurs., April 30, 7 p.m. $2.
Blake Edwards’ 1979 comedy stars Dudley Moore as a Hollywood songwriter going through a midlife crisis and infatuation with a knockout newlywed blonde (Bo Derek, who would breifly become the next Farrah Fawcett before graduating to GOP spokesmodel). Bay Theater, 340 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 431-9988; www.baytheatre.com. Sun., 6 p.m.; Mon. & Wed., 8 p.m. $5-$8.
De zaak Alzheimer(Memory of a Killer)
When Antwerp police detectives Vincke (Koen De Bouw) and Verstuyft (Werner De Smedt) are confronted with the disappearance of a top official and the murder of two prostitutes, the trail leads to almost-retired assassin Angelo Ledda (Jan Decleir), who is showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Erik Van Looy’s 2005 thriller picked up a ton of awards in Belgium. Irvine Heritage Park Library, 14361 Yale Ave., Irvine, (949) 936-4040. Sat., 11 a.m. Free.
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