Ed has got a problem. He is addicted to his meds, and doesn't realize those little white pills have turned him from a mild-mannered schoolteacher into a raging megalomaniac with psychotic urges. Sounds like a nifty plot for an HBO special. But the film, Bigger Than Life (above), was actually made in 1956. Surprised? Not when you learn the director was groundbreaking auteur Nicholas Ray, famous for his dysphoric films of the apple-pie 1950s. The classic, not available at video stores, stars James Mason at his best, turning a Leave It to Beaver world on its head to reveal a darker undercurrent. And it can only be viewed Friday (8:00 p.m.) and Sunday (2:00 p.m.) as part of the Cinema Vortex Film Series. Otherwise you can catch Ray's noirish On Dangerous Ground (Friday, 10:00 p.m.), about an embittered big-city cop reassigned to a murder case in the sticks. Also on the bill are two classic film noirs from the greatest director of that genre, Fritz Lang. The Big Heat, about a homicide cop embroiled in a corruption case, screens Saturday (8:00 p.m.) and Sunday (4:00 p.m.), while Human Desire runs Saturday at 10:00 p.m., all at the Shores Theater, 9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores. Tickets cost $8. Call 305-614-5700. -- By John Anderson
Child parents get focus
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Imagining the future often includes plans for having children. Further ahead: grandchildren. For the legions of teenage mothers across the country, the future is now. Former attorney turned photographer Michael Nye captures the plight of young mothers and the phenomenon of children having children in an ambitious exhibit of 50 black-and-white images. His show, "The Children of Children: Portraits of Teenage Parents," addresses the issue without judgment or romanticized preconception. The exhibit opens at 7:00 p.m. at the Gallery at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 2166 NW 62nd St., and runs through Friday, July 30. Admission is free. Call 305-458-5624. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez