Furie. In Le-Van Kiet’s new action movie, which is the first Vietnamese film to be released in the U.S., Veronica Ngo plays an ex-gangster lying low in the countryside after becoming a mother. She can’t escape her violent past when her daughter is kidnapped. Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Thurs.-Wed., March 7-13; visit website for locations, times and ticket prices; also at Regency Westminster, 6721 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, (714) 893-4222. Thurs., March 14, 2:05, 4:35, 7:05 & 9:30 p.m. $8.50-$10.50; The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., March 14, 5:30 & 7:45 p.m. $7-$10.
Todos lo saben (Everybody Knows). In Asghar Farhadi’s 2018 drama-mystery, unexpected events expose secrets when a Spanish woman (Penélope Cruz) returns with her children from Argentina to attend her sister’s wedding in Madrid. Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Thurs.-Thurs., March 7-14; visit website for locations, times and ticket prices.
Raw. Frida’s Women Directors of Horror series presents Julia Ducournau’s 2017 feature writing/directing debut. A vegetarian college freshman (Garance Marillier) is forced during a hazing ritual to try meat for the first time. That awakens a new desire to munch on human flesh, and fortunately, her campus is loaded with it. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., March 7, 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.
BlacKkKlansman With Oscar-Winning Writers Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz. The duo, who, along with Kevin Willmott and director Spike Lee, recently won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, participate in an audience Q&A after the screening of the 2018 bio-drama. It is set in the early 1970s, when a black Colorado Springs police detective (John David Washington) tries to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan with the help of his white partner (Adam Driver). Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6947; chapman.edu/dodge/. Thurs., March 7, 7 p.m. Free, but seating is first come, first served.
Un paese quasi perfetto (An Almost Perfect Country). Italian Movie Night presents Massimo Gaudioso’s 2016 comedy about inhabitants of a remote, dying village doing everything it takes to make a new factory succeed. Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Thurs., March 7, 7 p.m. $9.50-$12.50.
Mantrap. Years before Victor Fleming directed The Wizard of Oz, he helmed this 1926 silent comedy starring “The It Girl,” Clara Bow. She plays Alverna, a lonely young wife who grows tired of living in the sticks with her Canadian husband, Joe (Ernest Torrence). When his strapping divorce-lawyer friend Ralph (Percy Marmont) shows up for a vacation from women, Alverna makes her move. Award-winning composer Michael Mortilla accompanies the Silent Movie Night selection on piano. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6595; themuck.org. Thurs., March 7, 7:30 p.m. $15-$30.
Captain Marvel. Marvel Studios’ latest hoped-for blockbuster is shown in the ScreenX format, for which the movie screen extends to the theater’s side walls to create an immersive experience for the viewer. In the 1990s, as Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes, a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth. Danvers and a small cadre of allies land in the center of the maelstrom. Presented with Korean subtitles. CGV Cinemas at the Source OC, 6988 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, (714) 252-6826; thesourceoc.com. Thurs., March 7, 8 & 10:50 p.m.; Fri.-Wed., 10:30 a.m., 1:30, 4:30, 8 & 10:50 p.m. $12-$17.50.
They Shall Not Grow Old. Peter Jackson’s “most personal” film is this 2018 World War I documentary that used archival footage, 600 hours of BBC interviews, colorization, 3D technologies and state-of-the-art restoration to share the authentic experiences of British soldiers who lived them. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Thurs., March 7, 8:45 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.
The Wedding Guest. In Michael Winterbottom’s new thriller, Dev Patel plays a British Muslim man who travels to Pakistan to attend a wedding—and kidnap the bride-to-be (Radhika Apte). The plot spirals out of control, forcing the kidnapper to flee with his hostage across the border into India. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Opens Fri. Call for show times and ticket prices.
Climax. The new Gaspar Noé (Irreversible, Enter the Void, Love) horror drama is set at a party over the course of one night. A celebration by a troupe of young dancers turns nightmarish when they realize the sangria they have been pounding is spiked with powerful LSD. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Opens Fri. Call for show times and ticket prices; also at The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri.-Thurs., March 14, 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10 p.m. $7-$10.
Made for a Purpose: Gospel Patrons Film Night. Gospel Patrons began as a discussion group about business people who, hundreds of years ago, found their parts to play in God’s kingdom. Those stories spread, were collected in a bright blue book and became the basis for short films. Four shorts screen at this event, which is followed by a mixer. Yost Theater, 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana; gospelpatrons.org. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Free.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. W.D. Richter’s 1984 sci-fi cult classic has the titular rocket scientist/neurosurgeon/kung-fu hero/rockstar and his talented crew battling evil aliens who invade the Earth. the Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 7 p.m. $7-$10.
Senior Thesis Cycle 2 Film Screenings. These student-made films premiere, though not in this order: Bloom; Bye Mommy; Open Strong; See You Next Summer; The Timeline; and Tom Foolery. Titles are subject to change, and the films are also live streamed. (Go to the website below, scroll to the screening event and click the link.) Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, (714) 997-6765; chapman.edu/dodge/. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.
The Hole in the Ground. Lee Cronin makes his feature-film debut with this new horror flick about a mom (Seána Kerslake) and her son (James Quinn Markey) moving to an Irish countryside, where the boy vanishes one night. To the mother’s relief, the lad returns and seems not to be harmed. To her … uh … un-relief, she begins to wonder if that’s really her boy. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri.-Thurs., March 8-14, 10 p.m. $7-$10.
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 K.A.O.S. performs in Santa Ana, while it’s Midnight Insanity in Long Beach. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11:30 p.m. $7-$10; also at Art Theatre; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.
The Girls. The companion film to Fery Malek-Madani’s groundbreaking photography exhibition “Unexposed Wishes of Teenage Girls in Iran” is presented to celebrate Women’s International Day. Malek-Madani was born in Tehran before the Iranian Revolution and sent by her parents to school in Brussels, where she and her classmates shared their dreams with one another. For the exhibition, Malek-Madani went to today’s Iran to shoot girls and find out if they have similar dreams. She eventually equipped the girls with video cameras to capture those dreams, which became footage for the documentary capping its West Coast premiere tour in Irvine. The event includes a Q&A with Malek-Madani, a panel discussion with Iranian women entrepreneurs, an awards ceremony, a reception and an exploration of the photo exhibit. UC Irvine, Jordan Center for Persian Studies, 1100 Humanities Gateway, first floor, Irvine; www.iawfoundation.org/main-registration-page/?ee=45. Sat., 1 p.m. $30.
Blade Runner: The Final Cut.Chapman University’s Los Angeles in Film & Fiction series presents the 1982 sci-fi masterpiece, but it’s the 117-minute, 4K-remastered, 5.1-sound-mix restored version that was approved by director Ridley Scott and released in theaters in October 2007. Based on former Orange County resident Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the film stars Harrison Ford as a specially trained police officer hunting down fugitive replicants and their leader (Rutger Hauer). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat. & Mon.-Thurs., March 11-14, 2:30 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. $7-$10.
The Innocents. Orange County film collective Flickrhappy presents Jack Clayton’s eerie 1961 classic, which was adapted from Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw. A 19th-century British governess (Deborah Kerr) takes care of a wealthy household’s children (Pamela Franklin and Martin Stephens)—and comes to believe their mansion and the grounds are haunted. Is it all in her head? Ticket proceeds help the nonprofits the Music Room and the Greater Orange Community Arts Theater. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 4 p.m. $10.
Graduate Thesis Cycle 0, 1 & 2 Film Screenings. These graduate-student-created films premiere, though not in this order: Popcorn; Premenstrual Margot; Rust; and Sisters. Titles are subject to change, and the films are also live streamed. (Go to the website below, scroll to the screening event and click the link.) Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, (714) 997-6765; chapman.edu/dodge/. Sat., 7 p.m. Free.
An Evening With Greg Sestero + Best F(r)iends Volume 2. In 2018’s Best F(r)iends Volume 2, a drifter (Sestero) and mortician (Tommy Wiseau), who together hatched a doomed enterprise in Volume 1, go their separate ways. Sestero is live to sign copies of his book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, which is about his adventures making Wiseau’s glorious 2003 mess The Room and was the basis for James Franco’s 2017 film The Disaster Artist. Sestero also leads another Frida round of Inside The Room!, in which he invites audience members onstage to read and act out deleted scenes from the original screenplay. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $15.
L’année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad). In Alain Resnais’ 1961 French New Wave drama-mystery, a man (Giorgio Albertazzi) in an isolated chateau insists that he had an affair the year before with a woman (Delphine Seyrig), who insists they just met. Art Theatre; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Sun., 11 a.m. $9-$12.
Bolshoi Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty. Broadcast into theaters nationwide from a performance on the Moscow stage comes the classic tale of Princess Aurora, who falls under the curse of the Evil Fairy Carabosse and into a deep slumber lasting 100 years—unless a kiss from a prince breaks the spell. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Sun., 12:55 p.m. $16-$18; also at Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Sun. & Tues. Call theater for show times and ticket prices.
Creature from the Black Lagoon + Discussion & Book Signing. See Jack Arnold’s classic 1954 monster movie and meet the author of a book about the animator who created the iconic creature. Scientists who discover remnants from a mysterious animal in a remote jungle investigate further until they find you-know-who. The screening is followed by a discussion and book signing with Mallory O’Meary, author of The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick. O’Meary’s subject was one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman in history to create a classic Hollywood movie monster. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sun., 6 p.m. Free but seating is first-come, first-served.
Marie Antoinette. Frida’s Sofia Coppola retrospective includes her 2006 bio-pic on the young Austrian princess (Kirsten Dunst) who ascends to become the wife of King Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman). Having eschewed historical accuracy in favor of tonal expression, the filmmaker caught flack upon the movie’s original release, although it was a cake walk compared to her Godfather III reception. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues., 2:30, 5 & 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.
Hillbilly: Exploring America’s Great Divide. Chapman University’s Office of the President, Office of Research and Musco Center for the Arts present the Orange County premiere of a documentary co-directed by Chapman assistant professor of documentary film Sally Rubin and filmmaker Ashley York. They take viewers on a personal and political journey into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, exploring the role of media representation in the creation of the iconic American “hillbilly,” as well as the impact of these stereotypes on our current cultural and political divide. Rubin appears in a post-screening discussion with expert panelists Joel Kotkin, a Chapman Presidential Fellow and internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends; Lori Cox Han, an American government professor at Chapman; and moderator Stephanie Takaragawa, a Chapman professor of cultural anthropology and visual culture. Chapman University, Musco Center for the Arts, 415 N. Glassell St., Orange, (844) 626-8726; www.muscocenter.org. Tues., 7:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP to reserve a seat.
Dokhtari dar šab tanhâ be xâne miravad (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night). Ana Lily Amirpour’s 2014 film is billed as “the first Iranian vampire western.” Inhabitants of the Bad City ghost town are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire (Sheila Vand). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Wed., 2:30, 5, 7:30 & 10 p.m.; Thurs., March 14, 2:30, 5 & 10 p.m. $7-$10.
Doctor Who: Logopolis. In celebration of the upcoming Blu-Ray release of Tom Baker’s complete seventh season as the Doctor, BBC Studios and Fathom Events show his 100-minute final adventure on the big screen with new special effects. The time traveler forms a temporary truce with his arch-enemy the Master (Anthony Ainley) to stop the unravelling of the universe that the Master accidentally started. Besides being Baker’s last appearance as the Fourth Doctor, Logopolis features the first appearances of Janet Fielding as companion Teegan and Fifth Doctor Peter Davison. Viewers also take a video tour of the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory, the setting for the planet Logopolis, led by Fielding and fellow companion Sarah Sutton and featuring an appearance by Baker. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Wed., 7 p.m. $12.50.
The Terminator. James Cameron kicked off the action-thriller franchise in 1984 with a cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) sent from the future to kill a young woman named Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). But a protector (Michael Biehn) also arrives from the future because Sarah’s life is to have great significance in the years ahead. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.
Galaxy Quest. Dean Parisot’s 1999 send-up of Star Trek, trekkers and trekkies includes Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman as current-day stars of a 1970s sci-fi show. The fictional Galaxy Quest crew is beamed aboard a real spaceship by aliens who took the onscreen exploits literally. Bring snacks and beverages, but no booze or you will have Thermians to answer to. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., March 14, 1 p.m. Free.
Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy. Rocked by questions about his faith, investigative filmmaker Timothy Mahoney seeks scientific evidence that Moses actually wrote the first books of the bible. The screening event includes a panel discussion with Mahoney, Michael Medved, Os Guinness, A.R. Bernard and host Todd Starnes. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., March 14, 6:30 p.m. $10.50-$12.50.
Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] THE MOVIE II. lost butterfly. It’s the North American premiere of the highly anticipated anime, which is the latest installment of the beloved series from the creators of the wildly popular Fate franchise that includes Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works], Fate/Zero, Fate/Apocrypha and the hit mobile game Fate/Grand Order. The follow-up to 2017’s I. presage flower follows the third Sakura Route in the visual novel game. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., March 14, 7 p.m. $10.50-$12.50.
Freedom Writers: Stories From the Heart. Erin Gruwell’s book The Freedom Writers Diary was already adapted into a 2007 drama, in which the educator/activist/author was played by Hilary Swank. But what UC Irvine’s Illuminations and the schools of Education and Humanities present is an upcoming PBS documentary about how, as a young English teacher at Long Beach’s Wilson High School, Gruwell inspired at-risk students to become more tolerant and to pursue education beyond graduation. The UCI alumna participates in an audience Q&A and book signing after the film. UCI Student Center, Crystal Cove Auditorium, Pereira and West Peltason drives, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Thurs., March 14, 7 p.m. Free.
MenAlive Presents: Death Becomes Her. The nonprofit behind the Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus presents a benefit screening of Robert Zemekis’ 1992 campy comedy about two rivals (Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn) who drink a magic potion that promises eternal youth. After they kill one another over a man (Bruce Willis), the potion revives them as the undead. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., March 14, 7 p.m. (doors open) & 7:30 p.m. (movie). $15.
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