Patrick Swayze stars as a lawyer in "Jump," which premieres tonight at the Writers Guild Theater as part of the fourth annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. Swayze, who has been battling pancreatic cancer for more than a year, is not expected to attend his tribute at the fest, due to health issues. The festival continues through April 30 at various venues in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. www.lajfilmfest.org
The family drama "Lymelife," starring Alec Baldwin and Culkin brothers Kieran and Rory, kicks off the Newport Beach Film Festival tonight. Running through April 30, the festival also will feature an evening with composer Marc Shaiman ("Hairspray") on Friday, the documentary "Our Time" on Monday, and the closing-night feature "500 Days of Summer." www.newportbeach filmfest.com
Remember those campy educational films from school? Film collector-curator Russell Harnden does. He'll present such gems as "Seduction of the Innocent" tonight at "16mm Night: Gems From the Archives," at the Echo Park Film Center. www.echopark filmcenter.org
Appeal to the senses
Strictly for the over 18 crowd, the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre has tapped the graphic 1976 study of sexual obsession "In the Realm of the Senses" to open "In the Realm of Oshima: The Films of a Japanese Master," which runs tonight through Sunday. The tribute explores the demanding, controversial work of Japanese director Nagisha Oshima, who came into renown in the early 1960s. "In the Realm of the Senses," which caused riots at Cannes, will be paired with 1978's "Empire of Passion." Also scheduled will be 1965's "Pleasures of the Flesh" and 1967's "Japanese Summer: Double Suicide" for Friday. On tap for Saturday are 1960's "Cruel Story of Youth" and 1962's "Shiro From Amakusa"; and 1966's "Violence at Noon" screens with 1968's "Diary of a Shinjuku Thief" on Sunday.
With the stage version of "Dirty Dancing" opening at the Pantages next month, the Egyptian is celebrating the 1987 movie musical hit starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey Sunday afternoon. Besides the screening, the event will feature dance instructions, comedians and giveaways.
The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre celebrates Oscar-nominated Canadian film director Atom Egoyan. Friday's programming features a sneak preview of his latest drama, "Adoration," which opens May 8. Following the screening is a discussion with the filmmaker. On tap for Saturday is what is considered his masterwork, 1997's "The Sweet Hereafter" and his 1987 drama "Family Viewing." www.americancinematheque .com
REDCAT offers "Zoe Beloff: Conjuring Specters" on Monday. The New York artist, who will attend the program, is known for focusing on "phantom" images in her films using a stereoscopic Bolex camera that produces spectral 3-D images. Among the films being presented is "Charming Augustine." www.redcat.org