Another Little Piece of My Heart [Special Screenings, Nov. 8-14]

A Night with Janis Joplin. Photo courtesy CineLife Entertainment

Coast Film Festival. The first-ever fest opens with Los Plástico, Angel Marin and Patricio Mekis’ Patagonia documentary that follows three surfers to a small island off the Chilean coast, where residents successfully protect their wild waters and fisheries while referring to outsiders as plasticós. A live conversation with legendary South County waterman and environmentalist Greg Long and the opening night party follow. Night two includes these Teton Gravity Research features: Winterland, co-directors Todd Jones, Steve Jones and Jon Klaczkiewicz’s celebration of ski and snowboard culture; Steve Jones and Klaczkiewicz’s Roadless, where three snowboarders embark on a 10-day, human-powered exploration of untamed parts of Wyoming; and Chris Benchetler and Tyler Hamlet’s Fire on the Mountain, a surf/ski/snowboard movie accompanied by the music of the Grateful Dead; it is also the closing-night picture. Los Plástico at Hobie Surf Shop, 294 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach; coastfilmfestival.com. Thurs., Nov. 7, 7 p.m. $10; opening-night party at Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach; coastfilmfestival.com. 9 p.m. Free to ticketholders. $21+. Teton Gravity Research features at Seven 7 Seven, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach; coastfilmfestival.com or tetongravityresearch.com. Fri., 7 p.m. (Fire on the Mountain also Sat., 7 p.m.) $20-$45.

The Trouble With Wolves. Once exterminated in the lower 48 states, the gray wolf triumphantly returned to Yellowstone and surrounding states, but as Collin Monda’s 2018 documentary shows, not everyone hailed that as a conservation success story. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

Fantastic Fungi. Louie Schwartzberg’s new documentary is about the organism that feeds you, heals you and contains secrets of the universe that may help save the planet. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. $9-$10.

A Boy’s Dream. Walther Grotenhuis and Cinta Forger’s 2015 documentary is on Theo Jansen, a Dutch artist who creates large-scale “beach animals” that move independently, powered by the wind. Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971. Sat., 11:30 a.m. Free with museum admission ($5-$7; museum members/kids aged 17 and younger, free).

The Godfather Part II. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 sequel is equal to if not better than the original, brilliantly crafting the stories of young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) growing up in Sicily and 1910s New York and Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) growing into his role as the family crime boss in the 1950s. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Sun., 3 & 7 p.m. and Tues.-Wed., 7 p.m. $12.50.

Harriet. Photo by Glen Wilson/Focus Features

Harriet. Parenting for Liberation, a nonprofit that helps black parents raise their children within the social and political context of the U.S., has “bought out” a theater in honor of Veteran’s Day. That will allow 60 members of black families to see Kasi Lemmons’ new bio-drama on an American hero for free. Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo) escapes slavery and then changes the course of history by freeing hundreds more. Krikorian Premiere Theaters, 8290 La Palma Ave., Buena Park; parentingforliberation.org. Mon., 12:30 p.m. Free with RSVP (limited seating). Harriet is also showing at various theaters; fandango.com. Opens Fri. Visit website for times, locations and ticket prices.

Taxi Driver. “You talking to me?” Marty Scorsese’s most disturbingly brilliant film has cabbie Travis Bickle (expertly channeled through Robert De Niro) experience loneliness, violence and insanity as he becomes much too obsessed with cleaning up the scum of mid-1970s New York. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues., 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.

A Night With Janis Joplin. It’s a filmed performance of David Horn and Randy Johnson’s Broadway musical on the electrifying singer (played by Tony nominee Mary Bridget Davies) who became the queen of rock & roll in almost one night. Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Laguna Niguel at Ocean Ranch Village, 32401 Golden Lantern St., Laguna Niguel, (949) 373-7900; also at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Rancho Santa Margarita at Santa Margarita Town Center, 30632 Santa Margarita Pkwy., Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 835-1888. Mon., 7 p.m. $10.

The Crying of Tanbur. Photo courtesy Asha Cultural Center

The Crying of Tanbur. The UC Irvine Humanities Center and European Languages and Studies’ Borders and Belonging: A Film Series, which explores migration, integration and transformation in the European context, continues with Anisa Sabiri’s 2018 drama. A boy gets caught up in the horror of the little-known civil war that broke out in Tajikistan with the collapse of the Soviet Union. UCI, McCormick Screening Room, Humanities Gateway 1070, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Tues., 5:30 p.m. Free.

Citizen Kane. Orson Welles’ 1941 classic, which has topped many best American pictures lists, has reporters unraveling the life of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane (Welles) so they can explain his final utterance: “Rosebud.” Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Laguna Niguel at Ocean Ranch Village, (949) 373-7900; also at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Rancho Santa Margarita at Santa Margarita Town Center, (949) 835-1888. Tues., 7 p.m. $10.

KONOSUBA—God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!—Legend of Crimson. In Takaomi Kanasaki’s new anime, Kazuma’s party is summoned to the Crimson Demon Clan’s village, where an enemy general’s arrival spells trouble. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Tues. & Thurs., Nov. 14, 7 p.m. $15.

North by Northwest. Courtesy MGM

North by Northwest. Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1959 thriller has Cary Grant chased all over the country by baddies who mistake him for someone else. More impressive than the Mt. Rushmore set, luscious Eva Marie Saint and the famous crop-duster scene is how Grant’s Roger Thornhill does it all in the same suit that only requires a quick press. Starlight Cinema City, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 970-6700; starlightcinemas.com. Wed., 7 p.m. $7.

Shakira in Concert: El Dorado World Tour. Directed by Shakira and James Merryman, the rockumentary relives the global superstar’s larger-than-life show that was mounted in 22 countries—after a vocal-cord injury foiled a previous attempt. Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Laguna Niguel at Ocean Ranch Village, (949) 373-7900; also at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Rancho Santa Margarita at Santa Margarita Town Center, (949) 835-1888. Wed., 7 p.m. $18.50-$20.50.

Spears From All Sides. Cinema Orange, the collaboration between Orange County Museum of Art and the Newport Beach Film Festival, presents Christopher Walker’s new documentary on the battle between the Waorani tribe and the Ecuadorian government and oil companies. OCMAExpand, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana; ocmaexpand.org. Thurs., Nov. 14, 7 p.m. Free, but RSVP to guarantee a seat.

The Twilight Zone: “Time Enough At Last.” Photo courtesy CBS

The Twilight Zone: A 60th Anniversary Celebration. Six specially selected episodes of the creepy series and a documentary on creator Rod Serling are shown on the big screen. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., Nov. 14, 7 p.m. $15.

OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief 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 alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.

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