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Movie of the Week:
Has Wes Anderson made a more perfect movie? Nothing against Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (which were also terrific) or The Darjeeling Limited (okay, not as much), but the 1998 movie that deservedly made Jason Schwartzman much more than just a Phantom Planet drummer and reopened the eyes of movie-makers to the wonder that is Bill Murray was, from start to end credits, a revelation. Hell, the within-the-movie play Heaven and Hell (and winking rip-off of Apocalypse Now!—directed by Schwartzman’s uncle) and its “Yeah, I was in the shit” line are worth the price of admission alone. Failing student Max Fischer (Schwartzman) is the king of extracurricular activities at his prep school, Rushmore Academy, and his life seems on the upswing when he comes under the wing of an unhappy-millionaire mentor, Herman Blume (Murray). But it all starts coming apart after Max befriends and falls hard for all-girls-school teacher Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams), who also becomes the object of Blume’s affections. Rushmore may come up in trivia contests as the only film of Anderson’s first three, all co-written with actor Owen Wilson, that Wilson and his misshapen nose do not appear in. But Wilson does appear, or at least a photograph of him does. He’s pictured as Rosemary’s dead husband in a framed portrait on her nightstand. He’s also riding a go-cart alongside Anderson and behind Schwartzman in one scene. Say, there were go-carts in Tenenbaums, too, which Wilson was in, famously crashing a sportscar. Oh, what tangled webs Anderson and Wilson weave. South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701; www.regencymovies.com. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $7.
Laguna Beach Film Society presents this 2005 Persian film set near Iran’s border with Turkey, where a young widow and mother has flouted society by taking over her late husband’s café. As she sits outside her restaurant, a group of men discuss what is to become of the business—and of her. Laguna South Coast Cinema, 162 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971, ext. 201. Thurs., May 21, 7 p.m. $15. Pre-screening wine-and-hors d’oeuvres reception around the corner at Wells Fargo, community room, 260 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach. 6 p.m. $5.
Mondo Celluloid presents Brian de Palma’s 1976 take on Stephen King, who conjurs up Carrie White (Sissy Spacek), a shy teen brought up in near isolation by her psychotically religious mother Margaret (Piper Laurie). Carrie is teased so ruthlessly in the showers at her high school that sympathetic teacher Miss Collins (Betty Buckley) disciplines the girl’s fellow students severely, and they hatch a pig’s-blood-soaked revenge plot to be carried out against Carrie at the prom. But she’s got freaky mental powers that’ll help her go postal in the school gym. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 428-5435; mondocelluloid.com. Fri., 11 p.m. $10.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
Woody Allendirected this 1972 comedy andwrote the screenplay that can only be called an adaptation because his seven segments share the titles of sections in Dr. David Reuben’s groundbreaking sex manual of the same name. The Woodman’s skits aim to answer such questions as “Do Aphrodisiacs Work?” and “What Happens During Ejaculation?” Look for a very young Gene Wilder—and check out the tight wool sweater on his bedmate! Bay Theater, 340 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 431-9988; www.baytheatre.com. Sun. & Wed., 6 p.m.; Mon., 8 p.m. $5-$8.
Grindhouse Presents: Planet Terror
Director Robert Rodriguez’s half of the 2007 exploitation double-bill is about the fallout from a plague outbreak that turns citizens into cannibalistic murderers. Helping to fend off the infected is a stripper played by Rose McGowan, complete with a machine gun for a leg. UC Irvine Film and Video Center’s presentation is shown in 35mm. UCI, Humanities Instructional Building, Room 100, Lucille Kuehn Auditorium, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc. Thurs., May 21, 7 p.m. $3-$5.
The beauty and marvels of Japan are revealed in this one-hour documentary. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Wed., 1:30 p.m. Free with paid admission ($9-$12).
A common thief-turned-shogun comes to power amid the birth of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Sun., 1:30 p.m. Free with paid admission ($9-$12).
UC Irvine Film and Video Center screens in 35mm a restored print from 2002 of director Fritz Lang’s milestone of sci-fi and German expressionism. Filmed in 1927 and set in 2000, it shows society separated into two groups: thinkers and workers. Thinkers? As if! UCI, Humanities Instructional Building, Room 100, Lucille Kuehn Auditorium, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc. Thurs., May 28, 7 p.m. $3-$5.
Nuovo Mondo (Golden Door)
Cinema Italiano presents Emanuele Crialese’s 2006 adventure-fantasy about a poor farmer/widower from Sicily finding his fate in the hands of Customs officials when he immigrates to the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Thurs., May 28, 6:30 p.m. $10.