Movie of the week:
Gunnin’ for That #1 Spot
Beastie Boy Adam Yauch shines the spotlight on the competitive world of high-school basketball as eight excellent athletes struggle to make a name for themselves in the NBA. Regency Lido Theater, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, (949) 673-8350. Mon., 7:30 p.m. Free.
Body of War
An intimate and transformational documentary about the true face of war today. Meet Tomas Young, 25, paralyzed from a bullet to his spine, after serving in Iraq for less than a week. A naked and honest portrayal of what it’s like inside the body, heart and soul of this extraordinary and heroic young man. Laguna South Coast Cinema, 162 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (949) 497-1711. Thurs., June 19, 7 p.m. $20; Laguna Beach Film Society members, free.
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China Dynasties of Power
Witness the glory of ancient China’s greatest rulers and the secrets of their giant tombs. Learn the ruthless military tactics and weapons technology of these all-powerful rulers and discover how the building of the Great Wall would unify the nation.Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Free with museum admission.
A charming family film about a group of escaped zoo animals finding out what freedom is really like in the wilds of Madagascar. Heritage Park, 14301 Yale Ave., Irvine. Sat., 7 p.m. Free.
Voices in Wartime
Exploring with powerful images and moving words the often-ignored connection between war and poetry, this fascinating documentary focuses on poets from around the world, collecting views and experiences that extend beyond national borders. The film also illuminates the historical relationship between poetry and war, from ancient Babylonia and the fields of Troy to the great conflicts of the 20th Century. Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr., Laguna Beach. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.
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