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
The Last Waltz
There is no doubt a corner of Hell is reserved for me for writing this, but I found Martin Scorsese’s 1978 documentary on the Band tedious, and I believe, all these years later, I have finally hit on the reason: I find the Band tedious. South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701; www.regencymovies.com. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $7.
The Last Warrior
Dave Lowry and Stephen Turnbull present the most powerful samurai warlords. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Fri. & Thurs., May 21, 1:30 p.m. Free with paid admission ($9-$12).
Secrets of the Samurai Sword
This doc shares the secrets of the samurai’s most-cherished weapon. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Tues., 1:30 p.m. Free with paid admission ($9-$12).
Senior Thesis Screenings
Projects from the graduating class are screened for the whole world to see. Up for this, the final week are Paul Bobadilla (Tijuaneros), Eric Soth (Mounting), Owen Svelmoe (Side Effect), Eric Lindstrom (California Coast) and Alex Lotz (Futures of Los Angeles). 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.
Stand Up 360. Apologies for not getting something up in time for Episode 1, but you can catch the second of four episodes that feature standup comedians filmed live in a New York City club and beamed live into movie theaters. Hosted by Caroline Rhea, Episode 2 features funny people Jesse Joyce, Laurie Kilmartin, Michele Balan, Ross Bennett, Esther Ku and Peyton Clarkson. Their bios are up on stand-up360.com. Check back for details on Episode 3 in the beginning of June and Episode 4 at the end of that month. Cinema City, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, (714) 970-6700; www.cinemacitytheatres.com. Tues.-Wed., 8 p.m.; also May 22-23 & 26-27. Call or visit the website for ticket prices.
West Side Story
Youngsters from the Jets and the Sharks—rival NYC gangs—fall in love. This 1961 musical won 10 Oscars, including Best Picture. Raging Bull won two Oscars and lost out to Ordinary People for Best Picture. The world ain’t right. Bay Theater, 340 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 431-9988; www.baytheatre.com. Sun. & Wed., 5 p.m.; Mon., 8 p.m.; Wed., 5 p.m. $5-$8.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
After a woman’s lover leaves her, she seeks answers from his wife, kids and new lover, among others, in Pedro Almodovar’s confusingly hilarious romp from—geez!—1988? I am old. The screening is preceded by a performance from Dona Nicha, a Long Beach band that blends shoegazer strums and drum-heavy rock. They also apparently love this flick. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 428-5435; arttheatrelongbeach.com. Thurs., May 14. Dona Nicha performs at 7:30 p.m., followed by the film. $8.
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