Movie of the Week:
In Notorious, a brilliant allegory of love and betrayal, Hitchcock fuses two of his favorite elements: suspense and romance. A beautiful woman with a tainted past (Ingrid Bergman) is enlisted by American agent Devlin (Cary Grant) to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. Her espionage work becomes life-threatening after she marries the most debonair of the Nazi ring, Alex (Claude Rains). Only Devlin can rescue her, but to do so he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he’s loved her all along. Stunning performances, Ben Hecht’s excellent script, and Hitchcock’s direction at its best make Notorious a perfect film. UC Irvine, Humanities Instructional Building 100, Campus N
W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.filmandvideocenter.com. Thurs., April 10, 7 p.m. $3-$5.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking film about the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence and the development of human civilization deserves to be seen on the big screen. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $6.50.
Bud Baxter is a struggling clerk in a huge New York insurance company. He’s discovered a quick way to climb the corporate ladder—by lending out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. He often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits and one night he’s left with a major problem to solve. Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 117 N. Sycamore, Santa Ana, (714) 667-1517; www.occca.org. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.
Tim Burton’s ode to z-movie filmmaker Ed Wood remains his most mature, thoughtful work to date. Featuring Johnny Depp and Martin Landau in an Academy Award winning role as Bela Lugosi. Brea Art Gallery, 1 Civic Center Circle, Ste. 1, Brea, (714) 671-3601; www.ci.brea.ca.us. Fri.-Sun. Call for times. $2; Brea residents, free.
The Moses Code
This film brings together some of the best-known spiritual leaders of our time to discuss the importance of service as a spiritual practice. Cinema City Stadium Theatres, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, (714) 331-5608. Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. $12.
A surfer on summer break travels to Liberia in search of waves. He finds them, but he also finds a country ravaged by civil war. He joins forces with a local rebel surfer and invites a team out to surf the coast and spread the word of the country’s troubles. Charter Centre Cinemas, 7822 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, (760) 753-1103; www.bigredprod.com. Thurs., April 10, 7 N 9 p.m. $8.
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