Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog [Special Screenings, Sept. 6-13]

Lilo & Stitch. Image courtesy of Disney

2001: A Space Odyssey. Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece, which was spun out of Arthur C. Clarke’s short sci-fi story, is about a spaceship’s onboard computer system squaring off in a death match with its human master. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Sept. 6, 2, 5 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

Anime Club. Such titles as Bleach, Naruto, My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online are streamed, while premium prizes from Crunchyroll are doled out during the program aimed at ages 13-17. Cypress Library, 5331 Orange Ave., Cypress, (714) 826-0350. Thurs., Sept. 6, 5 p.m. Free.

2018 Long Beach QFilm Festival. See my story on the 25th anniversary of Long Beach’s longest-running film festival. Opening-night party at the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, 2017 E. Fourth St., Long Beach; qfilmslongbeach.com. Thurs., Sept. 6, 6 p.m. Free to all pass and ticket holders; screenings at Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435; qfilmslongbeach.com. Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 6-9. See website for show times. $12 per screening; five-film pass, $45; all-access pass, $102.

La mafia uccide solo d’estate (The Mafia Kills Only in Summer). Pierfrancesco “Pif” Diliberto grew up in Sicily in the 1970s and ’80s and went on to become one of Italy’s best known satirists and television personalities. His 2013 film-directing debut was this black comedy that aims to expose what his generation went through as a bloody war raged for Mafia supremacy. The Italian Movie Night presentation is presented in its native tongue with English subtitles. Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Thurs., Sept. 6. Call for show time and ticket prices.

Perfect Blue. The first film from Satoshi Kon (Paprika) celebrates not only its 20th anniversary, but also a brand-new digital transfer. The R-rated 1997 psychological horror anime is about a singer who quits her band to become an actress and shed her good-girl image. However, her fans aren’t ready to see her go, and after she takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, her handlers and collaborators begin turning up dead. Fathom Events warns of animated violence and nudity and strong language you’ll hear in Japanese and read as English subtitles. AMC Fullerton, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, (714) 992-6962; AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, 2457 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, 1701 W. Katella Ave., Orange, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, (562) 435-5754; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, 255 W. Birch St., Brea, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 65 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson, Long Beach, (844) 462-7342; Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, 9741 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., Sept. 6, 7 p.m. (subtitles); Mon., 7 p.m. (dubbed). $12.50.

Look to the Sky. Through the Tugg platform of community-demand independent film screenings, the Los Angeles Arts Society had to sell at least 75 tickets by Aug. 30 to book this benefit for the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana. Director Brett Culp’s documentary weaves together the uplifting stories of young people who have demonstrated the spirit of Superman, in hopes that viewers will find their inner superheroes. The Frida Cinema; tugg.com/events/look-to-the-sky-yhp8. Thurs., Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m. $11.

Moana. Disney’s 56th animated feature is about a young princess and navigator (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) searching the South Pacific for a fabled island of mysterious secrets. Salt Creek Beach, 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, (949) 923-2280; ocparks.com. Fri., 6 p.m. Free.

Coco. The 2017 computer-animated Disney Pixar hit has a 12-year-old (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) being sent to the Land of the Dead, where he will remain unless he returns to the Land of the Living before Day of the Dead ends. Eisenhower Park, Main Street and Ocean Avenue (next to the pier), Seal Beach; moviesintheparksb.com. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

Your Name. Image courtesy Comix Wave Films

Your Name. Outdoor Movie Night kicks off Japanese Cinema Month, which is presented by the Japan Foundation of Los Angeles, with the highest-grossing anime in history. Directed by Makoto Shinkai, The 2016 fantasy/drama has two strangers being connected in a bizarre way and, after a bond forms, discovering distance may be all that keeps them apart. The Source OC, first-floor Step Plaza, 6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, (714) 521-8858; www.thesourceoc.com. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

Lilo & Stitch. A 2002 Disney animated science-fiction comedy-drama about a Hawaiian girl who adopts an unusual pet that turns out to be a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, behind Moe B’s Watersports, 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 729-3863. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Free, but there is a fee to park.

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. An evil as old as time animates puppets up for auction at a convention, where they embark on a bloody killing spree. Thomas Lennon, Michael Paré and Charlyne Yi star in Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund’s horror flick that was first released in April. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri.-Sun., 10 & 11:45 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., Sept. 13, 3 & 10 p.m. $7-$10.

The Breakfast Club. The 1985 John Hughes film is filled with parts that will make you wince, especially when the Brat Packers attempt to get deep as high-school students who are diverse in everything except skin color and the date they must serve weekend detention. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 11:30 a.m., 2 & 5 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m., 2, 5 & 7 p.m. $7-$10.

Frozen. Let it snow, let it snow—oh-oh . . . FIDDLESTICKS! Now I’m going to have that damn song stuck in my head the rest of the day. Thanks, McCain! Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, (949) 729-3863. Sat., 7:30 p.m. Free, but there is a fee to park.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The pioneering midnight movie starts with the car of sweethearts Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) breaking down near the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). The transvestite scientist’s home also hosts a rocking biker (Meat Loaf), a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien) and assorted freaks, including a hunk of beefcake named “Rocky.” See live shadow-cast troupe Midnight Insanity shimmy to “The Time Warp.” Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Kwaku Ananse. Image courtesy Focus Features

Kwaku Ananse. In Akosua Adoma Owusu’s 2013 dramatic short, the traditional West African fable of Kwaku Ananse is combined with the story of a young outsider (Jojo Abot) attending her estranged father’s funeral. Showing in conjunction with the Bowers Museum’s “African Twilight” exhibition, the screening includes a live performance by Baba the Storyteller. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs. Bowers Museum, Kershaw Auditorium, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3677;Êbowers.org.ÊSun., 1:30 p.m. $9-$12.Ê

The Sound of Music. Robert Wise’s 1965 musical—which won Oscars for Best Score, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Director and Best Picture—was adapted from the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage hit about the von Trapp Family Singers, who were one of the world’s best-known concert groups just before World War II. Maria (Julie Andrews) becomes a governess in the home of widowed Austrian naval Captain Baron Georg von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) and his seven children. Distressed by the rigid structure and lack of frivolity in the home, Maria introduces the children to music. However, threatening to silence the joy are the hardened captain, a baroness (Eleanor Parker) and a growing Nazi presence across Europe. Presented by Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies, the feature is preceded and followed by special commentary from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, (562) 435-5754; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Sun. & Wed., 2 & 7 p.m. $10.50-$12.50.

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood. Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary is based on the best-selling memoir of Scotty Bowers, a sexual procurer to Hollywood stars and, until now, an unsung legend. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Mon., 6:15 & 8:30 p.m.; Tues.-Wed., 8:30 p.m.; Thurs., Sept. 13, 5 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Get My Gun. After a prank leaves Amanda (Kate Hoffman) pregnant and out of a job, she finds herself on the verge of motherhood and the target of a psychotic stalker who will stop at nothing to get her hands on the unborn child. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Tues., 8:30 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Cypress St. Mural, “El Proletariado de Aztlan. Katherine Bowers produced and directed and Chapman University executive produced this 2014 Documentary short about the restoration of the mural that fine artist Emigdio Vasquez painted in 1979 and his son, Emigdio “Higgy” Vasquez, restored in 2014. Chapman University, Waltmar Theatre, East Palm Avenue and North Center Street, Orange, (714) 997-6815. Wed., 5:30 p.m. Free.

Field of Dreams. An Iowa corn farmer (Kevin Costner) hears voices that encourage him to build a baseball diamond in his fields. After he does it, players from the Chicago Black Sox, which was accused of throwing the 1919 World Series, emerge from the tall stalks to play ball. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Western Wednesdays presents Sergio Leone’s classic spaghetti western about professional gunslinger Blondie (The Good, played by Clint Eastwood), hit man Angel Eyes (The Bad, portrayed by Lee Van Cleef) and wanted outlaw Tuco (The Bad, a scene-chewing Eli Wallach) battling to get to $200,000 in gold buried in a remote cemetery. Regency San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $14.

Crown and Anchor. Image courtesy Piss N’Vinegar Productions

Crown and Anchor. The slow-burn Canadian drama is about the lives of a straight-edge young man (Arrow’s Michael Rowe) and his user cousin (Matt Wells) intersecting with violent and tragic consequences. Wells, Rowe and Rowe’s brother Andrew, who is making his feature debut, co-wrote the screenplay. The carefully curated track list includes music from such cult punk and hardcore bands as DYS, ho99o9, Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Project X, Side by Side, and X-Ray Specs. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Wed., 9 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Dead Poets Society. The Thursday Matinee film series continues with this 1989 dramedy about English teacher John Keating (Robin Williams) inspiring his students to look at poetry with authentic knowledge and feelings. Snacks and beverages are allowed at this screening, but no booze, rummy. Fullerton Public Library, Osborne Auditorium, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., Sept. 13, 1 p.m. Free.

Moses. Sight & Sound Theatres presents a stage production that was filmed before a live audience. Moses is exiled and insecure before God calls on him to free the Israelites. Live animals, massive sets and spectacular special effects are promised. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Big Newport 6, 300 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m.; also Sept. 15, 12:55 p.m. $12.50.

Alleged Gangster. Andy Pressman wrote, produced, directed and stars in this gritty crime drama that is based on a true story. He plays a mobster who comes out of prison after three years to claw his way to the top of LA’s underworld. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Mandy. This a one-night-only screening of the new action/horror/thriller is followed by a Q&A between the star and director. A broken and haunted man (Nicolas Cage, channeling Nicolas Cage) hunts in the Pacific Northwest wilderness for an unhinged religious sect that slaughtered the love of his life, Mandy (Andrea Riseborough). The Q&A with Cage and director Panos Cosmatos was previously recorded at the legendary Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Sept. 13, 8 p.m. $7-$10.

Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.

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