Bohemian Rhapsody. The formation, rise and fall of the English rock band Queen is told through the story of its flamboyant, now dearly departed front man, Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek, who won a Golden Globe, as did the 2018 picture, which are both also up for Oscars). Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Thurs., Feb. 21, all day; Fri.-Sat., 1 p.m.; Sat., 10 p.m. Check website for ticket prices.
The Favourite. In Yorgos Lanthimos’ 2018 bio-dramedy, which has 10 Oscar nominations that include Best Picture, early-18th-century England’s Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) is in ill health and bad temper, as her friend (Rachel Weisz) and servant (Emma Stone) make power grabs. Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Thurs., Feb. 21, all day; Fri., 4 & 10 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.. $6-$13.70.
Green Book. Peter Farrelly’s drama, which is up for five Academy Awards that include Best Picture, has a working-class Italian-American bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) driving an African-American classical pianist (Mahershala Ali) on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Thurs., Feb. 21, all day; Fri., 10 p.m. Check website for ticket prices; also at Cinemark Century Stadium 25, 1701 W. Katella Ave., Orange, (714) 532-9558. Sat., 7 p.m. $6.75-$13.75; and Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932. Sat., 7 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. $6.75-$13.75.
A Star Is Born. You have a choice this week: See Bradley Cooper’s feature directorial debut, which is up for eight Oscars (including Best Picture), inside a theater for the price of a ticket or outside for free with an accompanying trivia contest. Cooper plays a seasoned musician who discovers and falls in love with a struggling artist (Lady Gaga). As her career takes off, he fights an ongoing battle with his inner demons. The trivia contest is loosely based on the film. (Maximum trivia-team size is six people, and space is limited; sign up at www.4thstreetmarket.com/trivianight.) Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Thurs., Feb. 21, all day; Sat., 4 p.m. $9.95-$13.70; also at Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932. Fri., 7 p.m. $9.75-$13.75; 4th Street Market, 201 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Wed., trivia contest, 7 p.m.; screening, 8 p.m. Free.
2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation. The nominees screening are: Bao (Domee Shi/USA), in which an aging Chinese mom suffering from empty-nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy; Late Afternoon (Louise Bagnall/Ireland), about an elderly woman, who lives between the past and the present, journeying into an inner world to connect with her vivid, fragmented memories; Animal Behaviour (Alison Snowden and David Fine/Canada), in which five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group-therapy session led by a canine psychotherapist; Weekends (Trevor Jimenez/USA), which focuses on a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents in 1980s Toronto; One Small Step (Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas/USA & China), about a vibrant young Chinese American girl who grows up facing adversity of all kinds as she pursues her lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., Feb. 21, 11 a.m., 3:30 & 5:25 p.m. $8-$10; also at Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m., 1:45, 5:30 & 7 p.m. $9-$11; Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Fri. & Wed., 1 p.m.; Sat. & Tues., 3 p.m.; Mon., 5 p.m. $9-$10.
They Shall Not Grow Old. Peter Jackson’s “most personal” film is this 2018 World War I documentary that was culled from archival footage and 600 hours of BBC interviews. Colorization, 3D technologies and state-of-the-art restoration are employed to present the authentic experiences of British soldiers who lived them. Starlight Cinema City, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 970-6700; starlightcinemas.com. Thurs., Feb. 21, 11:35 a.m., 5:05 & 10:35 p.m. $6-$12; also at Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 21, 1, 4, 7 & 10 p.m. $11.45-$14.70; and Edwards Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, 26602 Towne Center Dr., Foothill Ranch, (949) 588-9402. Thurs., Feb. 21, 1 & 4 p.m. $11.45-$14.70.
Gully Boy. Zoya Akhtar’s musical rom-dram is a coming-of-age story based on the lives of street rappers in Mumbai. Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson Blvd., Long Beach, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 21, 12:10, 3:25, 6:40 & 9:55 p.m. $9.95-$13.20; also at Edwards Westpark 8, 3735 Alton Pkwy., Irvine, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 21, 12:20, 3:40 & 7 p.m. $10.20-$13.20.
Manikarnika the Queen of Jhansi. Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi’s new action/bio-drama is on Rani Lakshmibai (Kangana Ranaut), one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and her resistance to the British Raj. Edwards Westpark 8, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 21, 12:40 & 7:30 p.m. $10.20-$13.20.
2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action. The nominees screening are: Madre (Rodrigo Sorogoyen/Spain), in which a single mother receives a distressing call from her 7-year-old son, who is alone when he is supposed to be on vacation with his father in the French Basque Country; Fauve (Jeremy Comte/Canada), about two boys playing together alone in a surface mine who become embroiled in a power struggle; Marguerite (Marianne Farley/Canada), about an aging woman who befriends a nurse who helps the patient make peace with her past; Detainment (Vincent Lambe/Ireland), which is based on the true story of two 10-year-old boys whom police detained for a toddler’s murder; Skin (Guy Nattiv/USA), in which a black man smiling at a white boy in a small blue-collar town supermarket sparks a ruthless gang war. Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 21, 12:45 & 6:15 p.m. $11:45-$14.70; also at Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Feb. 21, 3:55 & 9 p.m. $9-$11; Edwards Westpark 8, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 21, 4:55 & 8:30 p.m. $10.20-$13.20; Art Theatre; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Fri.-Thurs., Feb. 28, 6:45 p.m. $9-$10.
Vice. Adam McKay’s 2018 bio-drama, which is up for eight Oscars that include Best Picture, details the rise of Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), the most powerful vice president in history. Amy Adams portrays Lynne Cheney, and Steve Carell plays Donald Rumsfeld. UA Long Beach 6, 6601 Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 21, 12:45, 4 & 7:15 p.m. $10.05-$12.95; also at various theaters; www.fandango.com. Thurs., Feb. 21, 4 p.m.; Sat., 7 p.m. Check website for ticket prices; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932. Sat., 4 p.m. $9.75-$11.
The Wife. Glenn Close, who won the Golden Glove and is up for the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Bjrn Runge’s 2018 drama, plays a spouse who questions her life choices on the way to Sweden, where her husband (Jonathan Price) is getting a Nobel Prize. Edwards Westpark 8, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 21, 12:50 & 3 p.m. $10.20-$13.20.
Pan’s Labyrinth. Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 masterpiece is set after the Spanish Civil War ends, when young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) sees her mother (Ariadna Gil) growing frail and her stepfather (Sergi Lopez), a ruthless nationalist army captain, preoccupied by a guerilla uprising and the attentions of his housekeeper (Maribel Verdú). Ofelia descends into her imagination and the mysterious labyrinth inhabited by the faun Pan (Doug Jones), who is convinced the girl is a lost princess of the Underworld. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Feb. 21, 2 , 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. $7-$10.
Labyrinth. In this 1986 fantasy adventure and cult favorite from the Jim Henson Co., 15-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) figures that wishing her baby brother away will never lead to anything. But suddenly, she has 13 hours to get the little poop machine back from Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie). The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Feb. 21, 2:30 & 5 p.m.; Sun., noon & 2:30 p.m. $7-$10.
Shoplifters. A family that relies on shoplifting to cope with poverty takes in a little girl they find in the freezing cold. Though poor, they all live together happily until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets. In Japanese with English subtitles. Art Theatre; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Thurs., Feb. 21, 3:45 p.m. $8-$11.
Power to Heal. The Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy presents a public-television documentary on the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to health care for all Americans. Central to the story is how the then-new Medicare program was used to desegregate thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months. UC Irvine School of Law, 401 E. Peltason Dr., Irvine, (949) 824-2483. Thurs., Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m. Free.
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. Sweety (Sonam Kapoor) must contend with her family, a young writer smitten with her, and a society and true love who may not accept her family in Shelly Chopra Dhar’s new rom-dramedy, which is set in a small Punjab town. Edwards Westpark 8, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 21, 5:40 & 8:25 p.m. $10.20-$13.20.
Casablanca. Celebrate five years of the Frida Cinema with Michael Curtiz’s 1942 masterpiece. First, take part in a mixer that includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Then, it’s a brief presentation on the nonprofit arthouse theater’s accomplishments over the past five years and visions for the future. Finally, it’s the screening of a 4K restoration of the classic in which an American expatriate (Humphrey Bogart) falls to pieces when the lover (Ingrid Bergman) who ghosted him walks into his Morocco gin joint at the beginning of World War II. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Feb. 21, mixer, 6:30 p.m.; presentation and screening, 7:30 p.m. $20 (includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres, movie, popcorn and soda).
A Night at the Oscars. Hosts Robert Kline and Stephanie Heredia present an Academy Awards preparty with behind-the-scenes looks at this year’s nominated films and discussion on what it takes to win Oscar gold. Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Thurs., Feb. 21, 7 p.m. $15.
Studio 54 and Live Director Q&A. After cinematically chronicling the rise and fall of Studio 54 founders Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, whose New York City club was the epicenter of 1970s hedonism, director Matt Tyrnauer takes questions from the audience about his new documentary, which includes rare footage, a parade of colorful patrons and staff, and brutally honest interviews with the likes of Schrager himself. Art Theatre;
arttheatrelongbeach.org. Thurs., Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. $9-$12.
Werk ohne Autor (Never Look Away). Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s historical drama-thriller is about how artist Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) escaped from East Germany to West Germany but remained tormented by his childhood under the Nazi and German Democratic Republic regimes. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Opens Fri.; call theater for show times and ticket prices.
Todos lo saben (Everybody Knows). In Asghar Farhadi’s drama-mystery, a Spanish woman (Penélope Cruz) returns with her children from Argentina to attend her sister’s wedding in Madrid. But unexpected events during the trip expose secrets. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Opens Fri. Call theater for show times and ticket prices.
To Dust. In Shawn Snyder’s drama, a Hasidic cantor (Geza Rohrig) decides he must understand the decomposition process to get over grieving for his recently deceased wife. So he enlists a community-college biology professor (Matthew Broderick) for informal science lessons. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Opens Fri. Call theater for show times and ticket prices.
BlacKkKlansman. Directed by Spike Lee, produced by Jordan Peele and based on a true story, the Oscar Best Picture nominee is set in the early 1970s, when a black Colorado Springs police detective (John David Washington) tries to make a name for himself by infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan. But he must recruit a white partner (Adam Driver) to take down a KKK that is simultaneously trying to, ahem, whitewash its hateful reputation. Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932. Thurs., Feb. 21, 10 p.m. $6-$11; also at various theaters; www.fandango.com. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m. Check website for ticket prices.
Black Panther. In Ryan Coogler’s Best Picture Oscar nominee, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), heir to the hidden but advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must step forward to lead his people into a new future and, as his alter ego Black Panther, confront a challenger from his country’s past. Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Thurs., Feb. 21, 10 p.m.; Sat., 1 p.m. $9.95-$16.30; also at Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932. Sat., 10 p.m. $6-$11; Edwards University Town Center 6, 4245 Campus Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342. Sun., 4 p.m. $10.20-$10.70.
Lynching, Violence, and Representation: Colloquium and Film Screening. Humanities Commons presents Kevin Wilson Jr.’s 2017 historical drama short My Nephew Emmett, which is on 64-year-old Moses Wright’s attempt to protect his 14-year-old nephew Emmett Louis Till from two racist killers in Missouri on Aug. 28, 1955. That is followed by a panel discussion featuring scholars and graduate students who examine lynching violence and representation from their respective disciplines and research. Light refreshments will be served. UC Irvine, Humanities Instructional Building 135, Mesa Road and West Peltason Drive, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Fri., 11 a.m. Free.
Somos calentura (We Are the Heat). From Epic Pictures and director Jorge Navas comes this Colombian thriller that is led by a cast of real-life street dancers and was filmed in the massive port city of Buenaventura, one of the country’s poorest cities and a hub of violence and drug trafficking. A group of young former urban dance champions are threatened as they try to regain past glory at an urban dance championship. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri. & Mon.-Thurs., Feb. 25-28, noon; Fri., 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sun., 10:30 p.m.; Sat., 10:30 a.m. & 9:30 p.m. $7-$10.
2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Documentary. The nominees screening are broken into two parts. Program A: Black Sheep (Ed Perkins/U.K.), in which non-actors lur the boundaries between documentary and fiction to re-create events from years earlier that led to a black boy being raised on the estate of white racists and becoming more like the people who raised him; End Game (Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman/USA), which examines two San Francisco Bay Area medical facilities on the forefront of creating new paradigms for end-of-life decisions with grace. Program B: Lifeboat (Skye Fitzgerald/USA), which profiles volunteers from a German nonprofit who risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts pushing off from Libya in the middle of the night; A Night at the Garden (Marshall Curry/USA), which exposes a 1939 event at Madison Square Garden in which 20,000 Americans rallied to celebrate the rise of Nazism; Period. End of Sentence (Rayka Zehtabchi/USA), which focuses on women in a rural village outside Delhi, India, leading a quiet revolution against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. Art Theatre; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Program A: Fri. & Tues., 5 p.m.; Sat. & Mon., 1 p.m.; Wed.-Thurs., Feb. 28, 3 p.m.; Program B: Fri. & Mon., 3 p.m.; Sat. & Wed., 5 p.m.; Sun., Tues. & Thurs., Feb. 28, 1 p.m. $9-$10.
The Shining. HorrorBuzz.com, your one-stop shop for all things horror-related, presents Stanley Kubrick’s modern horror masterpiece from 1980. Jack Nicholson stars as Jack Torrance, a writer who brings his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), with him to look over the elegant Overlook Hotel deep in the Colorado Rockies in the wintery off-season. Let’s just say things take a turn. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 7:30 p.m. $10.
Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church. This rockumentary chronicles the electric-guitar god’s largest U.S. performance, which was at the massive Atlanta Pop Music Festival in July 1970. Besides enjoying previously unseen concert footage of Hendrix, you’ll take in appearances by Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Derek Trucks and many more. Art Theatre; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Fri.-Sat., 9:15 p.m. $8-$11.
Repo! The Genetic Opera! The costumed shadow-cast troupe Addicted to the Knife returns to dance and lip-sync to the 2008 horror-musical opus filled with dirty, gory excess, family melodrama, mysterious illnesses, mind-blowing future-drugs, designer organ repossessions, a few surprising cameos, and a superabundance of bloody slices. The hep kiddos would call it “stabby.” The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., preshow entertainment, 11:30 p.m.; screening, midnight. $10.
AMC’s Best Picture Showcase 2019. On the same day, you can either watch all of the Academy Award Best Picture nominees during a 24-hour marathon or half of the titles (Vice, Black Panther, A Star Is Born and Green Book) back-to-back. Marathon: AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-4288. Sat., 10 a.m. $65; half of the nominees: AMC Fullerton 20, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, (714) 992-6962; AMC Marina Pacifica, 6346 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 430-8790; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, 2457 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 258-7036. Sat., 11 a.m. $40.
The NeverEnding Story. Oh, how Phil Hartman slayed me when, as Lionel Hutz, he said, “Mr. Simpson, this is the most blatant case of false advertising since my suit against the film The NeverEnding Story.” Actually, Wolfgang Peterson’s 1984 family adventure movie clocks in at an hour and 42 minutes. A tormented boy (Barret Oliver) slips into a book shop to escape schoolyard bullies. He “borrows” an ancient storybook about the mythical land of Fantasia, which is in desperate need of a hero. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 11:30 a.m., 2, 5 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m., 2 & 5:30 p.m. $7-$10.
Film Independent Spirit Awards. Film Independent, the nonprofit indie film champion whose members vote on the annual awards, beams the televised show hosted by Aubrey Plaza into arthouses around the country, including Frida. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 2 p.m. Free.
Bombs Away Live! Presents Showgirls. First, see director Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 take on the notorious Joe Eszterhas’ screenplay about a shapely young woman (Elizabeth Berkley) who arrives in Las Vegas with dreams of becoming a top showgirl but first lands a job at a seedy strip club. Then, stick around for the Bombs Away Live! podcast, for which host Jonathan Young is joined onstage by Rena Riffel, who plays Penny/Hope in the movie, and Frida’s executive director, Logan Crow. They will explain how the NC17 movie went from god-awful bomb to kitschy curio to camp classic. You are encouraged to wear fancy Vegas attire, as the cinema space is transformed into Sin City circa 1995, and photographs are encouraged. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 7 p.m. $15.
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.” Live shadow-cast troupe Midnight Insanity performs. Art Theatre; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.
Oscars Viewing Party. You can not only watch the red carpet arrivals and televised Academy Awards ceremony live on the big screen, but you can fill out an Oscar ballot that, if it’s a winner, will have you enjoying Frida movies, popcorn and soft drinks FREE for a full year! The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sun., 4 p.m. (televised arrivals) & 5 p.m. (awards). Free.
Alien. It’s another 40th-anniversary screening of Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi masterpiece that has the crew of a space merchant vessel headed back to Earth and being awakened from a deep sleep by a distress call from a nearby planet. Upon further investigation, Captain Dallas (Tom Skerritt), Warrant Officer Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and their crewmates discover they’re not alone. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sun., 9:30 p.m. $7-$10.
Logan: Noir. James Mangold’s critically acclaimed film starring Hugh Jackman in the title role is presented by 20th Century Fox in monochromatic black and white. Logan, who is hiding from the outside world in a remote Mexican border outpost with an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart), must overcome physical and emotional pain when dark forces try to capture a young mutant (Dafne Keen). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues., 2, 5 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.
Mad Max: Fury Road Black & Chrome Edition. George Miller’s acclaimed 2015 post-apocalyptic blockbuster rolls the way the master intended you to see it: in striking black-and-white. Max (Tom Hardy) teams up with the mysterious Furious (Charlize Theron) to survive in a world where people fight one another to the death. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues., 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. $7-$10.
A Clockwork Orange. Stanley Kubrick’s masterful 1971 adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ novel mixes hyper-reality with ultra-violence as Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) and his merry band of Droogs set out on a mini-crime spree across futuristic London. This eventually lands our narrator in an experimental aversion-therapy program that is every bit as horrific as a Donald Trump tweet. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Wed.-Thurs., Feb. 28, 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. $7-$10.
La vendedora de fósforo (The Little Match Girl). Latin American Studies Center, Humanities Commons and Illuminations present Alejo Moguillansky’s 2017 documentary that came from a rehearsal process that turned into a diary. A modernist composer tries to push forward an impossible piece of music inside of an orchestra convulsed by union demands. After the screening, the director and actress/choreographer Luciana Acua, who are participants in a one-week UCI residency, take audience questions. UCI, McCormick Theater, 1070 Humanities Gateway, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Wed., 4 p.m. Free.
Way Out West. James W. Horne’s 1937 Laurel and Hardy comedy has Stan and Ollie enlisted to deliver the deed to a goldmine in a small village, only to have it stolen. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.
Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration! The one-night-only screening is based on two nights of filming at LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where Seal, James Taylor, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Graham Nash and others performed songs from Joni Mitchell’s extensive catalog of 19 studio albums. Celebrating the icon’s platinum jubilee, all the stars got on the stage for the finale: a run through “Big Yellow Taxi” and birthday cake served to Ms. Mitchell. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Wed., 8 p.m. $7-$10.
Gone With the Wind. Fathom Events kicks off four 80th-anniversary screening dates for the historical romance epic, based on Margaret Mitchell’s novel from 1936, that is beamed into theaters nationwide. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the plot involves Georgia plantation owner’s daughter Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh), who pursues Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), the husband of her cousin Melanie (Olivia de Havilland), and marries Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). The film won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Victor Fleming), Best Actress (Lee) and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Oscar). Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., Feb. 28, 1 & 6 p.m. $12.50.
Sixteen Candles. The 1984 movie that helped make its late writer/director John Hughes the Frank Capra of teen films revolves around Samantha (Molly Ringwald), who at her awkward age dreads her 16th birthday. But it becomes worse thanks to her family being preoccupied with her older sister’s wedding and the arrival of a high-school geek (Anthony Michael Hall) and a new exchange student (Gedde “Wah-suh Hoppening Hot Stuff” Watanabe). Will the campus hunk (Michael Schoeffling) turn things around for Sam? Bring snacks and beverages, but no booze or your tighty-whities will be pulled up to your ear lobes. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., Feb. 28, 1 p.m. Free.
National Theatre Live: Antony & Cleopatra. First, UCI Shakespeare Center and Illuminations present a prescreening discussion with drama professor Phil Thompson. Then, Irvine Barclay Theatre in association with Arts Orange County present a broadcast of a recording from the London stage of director Simon Godwin’s production of Shakespeare’s famous play. Rome’s General Mark Antony (Ralph Fiennes) and Egypt’s Queen Cleopatra (Sophie Okonedo) are madly in love, but duty, devotion and obsession serve as catalysts for war. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 854-4646; www.thebarclay.org. Thurs., Feb. 28, discussion in Jade Room, 5 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested; broadcast in auditorium, 6:30 p.m. $17-$22.
Freedom Writers: Stories From the Heart. Erin Gruwell’s book The Freedom Writers Diary was already adapted into a 2007 drama (where the Long Beach educator/activist/author was played by Hilary Swank), but showing tonight is a documentary that PBS is set to show in the fall. Gruwell was a young English teacher when she inspired at-risk students to become more tolerant and to pursue education beyond graduation from Long Beach’s Wilson High School. The screening and panel discussion are part of Chapman University’s “A Series of Dialogues With Daniele” hosted by Chapman’s University Advancement, Honors Program and Attallah College of Educational Studies. Panelists include Gruwell; Chapman president Daniele Struppa; Claremont Graduate University professor emeritus Carl A. Cohn; and Freedom Writer-turned-Freedom Writers Foundation executive Sue Ellen Alpizar. Chapman University, Memorial Hall, 1 University Dr., Orange, (714) 997-6812. Thurs., Feb. 28, screening, 6 p.m.; panel discussion, 7 p.m.; audience Q&A, 7:45 p.m.; book signing, 8 p.m. Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.
The Mystery of Picasso. It’s a filmed record of Pablo Picasso painting numerous canvases for the camera, allowing viewers to see his creative process at work. Snacks and refreshments are provided. Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main St., Huntington Beach, (714) 374-1650. Thurs., Feb 28, 6:30 p.m. Free, but donations are gladly accepted.
Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Edgar Wright’s stunningly original movie, which is based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Oni Press comic book, follows 22-year-old Sex Bob-omb band member Scott (Michael Cera). He’s dating high schooler Knives Chau (Ellen Wong) when Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) comes along. But she has some baggage: Seven ex-lovers Scott must fight to the death if he is to win Ramona’s heart. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Feb. 28, 7:30 & 10 p.m. $10.
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