Believing Takes Practice [Special Screenings, March 1-8]

Reese Witherspoon and Storm Reid in A Wrinkle In Time. Photo courtesy Disney

A Night at the Oscars. Enjoy an evening with hosts Robert Kline and Stephanie Heredia, who present an Oscars pre-party with a glimpse behind the scenes of this year’s nominated films and what it takes to win the statue. Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Thurs., March 1, 6:30 p.m. $15.

Kirk Cameron: Connect. CamFam and Provident Films present “real help for parenting kids in a social-media world.” Your teacher: a former Growing Pains co-star. But Kirk Cameron, the father of six children, turns to experts to fill in any blanks in his knowledge. AMC Downtown Disney, 1565 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 776-2355; AMC Marina Pacifica, 6346 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 430-8790; AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-4288; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, 1701 W. Katella Ave., Orange, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, 99 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, (800) 967-1932; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Big Newport 6, 300 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (844) 462-7342; 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., March 1, 7 p.m. $12.50.

MenAlive Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus Presents 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. Proceeds from the screening benefit MenAlive’s community outreach, which promotes understanding and acceptance for the LGBT community. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., March 1, 7 p.m. $15.

The Rebel. This short thriller from Jamaal Grimes, who hails from Long Beach and Chapman University, is billed as “a suspenseful look into the complex nature of good and evil.” Searching for a new meaning in life beyond war, combat veteran Bernie Berel develops an unusual interest in a family living across the hall. It produces a new call to action that brings Bernie face to face with good and evil. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., March 1, doors open, 7 p.m.; premiere, 7:30 p.m.; Q&A, 8 p.m. $8.50-$11.50. Reception follows at Lola’s Mexican Cuisine, 2030 E. Fourth St., Long Beach.

Call Me By Your Name. Charming American doctoral student Oliver (The Social Network’s Armie Hammer) goes to an Italian villa to serve as the annual summer intern for an eminent Greco-Roman culture professor (Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Stuhlbarg). But Oliver and the professor’s son Elio (Timothée Chalamet of Interstellar and Homeland) fall in love. Director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) worked off James Ivory’s script, which was adapted from Andre Aciman’s novel. The movie is nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor (Chalamet) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ivory) Oscars. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., March 1, 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Traffic Stop. Photo courtesy of HBO

Oscar Nominated Short Films. Screening are these Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film nominees: Reed Van Dyk’s DeKalb Elementary; Derin Seale and Josh Lawson’s The Eleven O’Clock; Kevin Wilson Jr.’s My Nephew Emmett; Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton’s The Silent Child; and Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen’s Watu Wote/All of Us. Best Animated Short Film nominees are: Glen Keane’s Dear Basketball; Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata’s Negative Space; Dave Mullins’ Lou; Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer’s Revolting Rhymes; and Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Claire, Theophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon and Lucas Navarro’s Garden Party. Best Documentary-Short Subject nominees are: Laura Chekoway and Thomas Lee Wright’s Edith+Eddie; Frank Stiefel’s Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405; Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon’s Heroin(e); Thomas Lennon’s Knife Skills; and Kate Davis and David Heilbroner’s Traffic Stop. The Oscars telecast is Sunday. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Live action, Fri., 12:30, 2:45 & 8 p.m.; Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., March 5-8, 1, 5:30 & 9 p.m. Animated, Fri., 1, 2:45 & 5:30 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.; Mon.-Thurs., March 5-8, 3 & 7:30 p.m. Documentary, Sat., 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.; Mon.-Thurs., March 5-8, 1:30 & 7 p.m. $7-$10. The Animated entries also screen at Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. Sixth St., San Pedro; spiffest.org. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $8-$14.

An Evening With Greg Sestero: Inside The Room With the Author of The Disaster Artist. Let’s unpack this: The Room is an odd 2003 indie thriller written, directed, produced by and starring Tommy Wiseau. He plays an amiable banker having a grand old time in a gorgeously shot San Francisco with his fiancée (Juliette Danielle) until his conflicted best friend (Greg Sestero) joins in to form a love triangle. Little seen upon release, The Room became a so-bad-it’s-really-bad midnight-movie phenomenon, which explains the huge interest for Sestero’s book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who adapted Sestero’s tell-all for James Franco’s award-winning movie The Disaster Artist, will find out Sunday whether they are Oscar winners for their screenplay. Sestero, who was also a line producer on The Room, is coming to Santa Ana to talk about his amazing ride. An audience member may be picked to help with a live reading of the first edition of Wiseau’s screenplay for The Room, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary, plus there will be a book signing, an audience Q&A, and a sneak peek at Wiseau and Sestero’s upcoming reunion picture, Best F(r)iends. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 7:30 p.m. $15.

Above and Beyond Acoustic: Giving Up the Day Job. The documentary chronicles electronic dance music trio Above & Beyond’s risky decision to leave the DJ booth and go acoustic. The transformation includes reimagining songs in Abbey Road Studios and taking with them dozens of musicians to perform live at such iconic global venues as Sydney Opera House, New York’s Beacon Theater, San Francisco’s Greek Theater and the Hollywood Bowl. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Fri., 11 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Ichi the Killer. Photo courtesy Emperor Motion Picture

Ichi the Killer. OC Weekly’s Friday Night Freakouts presents a new 4k restoration of the ultra-violent 2001 cult hit that legendary director Takashi Miike (Blade of the Immortal, Audition, 13 Assassins) personally approved. That’s because the audience will see his cut and not the edited/censored versions that previously came out. Adapted from Hideo Yamamoto’s manga Koroshiya 1, the movie follows Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano), a notoriously sadistic yakuza enforcer whose search for his boss’ killer brings him into the orbit of a demented costumed assassin known as Ichi (Nao Ohmori). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11 p.m. $7-$10.

The Dark Crystal. Universal Pictures and Fathom Events simulcast into theaters nationwide the 1982 adventure fantasy from the Muppets’ creators. Directors Jim Henson and Frank Oz used groundbreaking animatronics to tell the story of elf-like “Gelfing” Jen (voiced by Stephen Garlick) trying to restore balance in his alien world by returning a lost shard to the powerful but broken gem referenced in the movie’s title. Lisa Henson, CEO of the Jim Henson Co., introduces the film with reflections on its making and her father’s legacy. AMC Downtown Disney, (714) 776-2355; AMC Fullerton 20, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, (714) 992-6962; AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, 2457 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, (800) 967-1932; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; 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. Sat. & Tues., 2 & 7 p.m. $12.50.

Ashram. French filmmakers Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon, in partnership with Boiler Room and Luaka Bop, recently released this short film that is a contemporary portrait of the late Alice Coltrane’s community at the Sai Anantam Ashram in Agoura Hills. It screens during “Celebrating the Music of Alice Coltrane,” which also includes a short presentation and selections from vinyl records featuring the musician, who, before her death in 2007, had mastered the piano, harp, organ and synthesizer. She was, of course, overshadowed in the music biz by her husband, jazz legend John Coltrane, but the 30-minute film shows she abandoned the commercial music industry to follow a spiritual path. Makara Center for the Arts, 811 N. Main St., Santa Ana; www.makaracenterarts.org. Sat., 4 p.m. Free.

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 alongside what’s flashed onscreen. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Flames of Paris. Photo by Damir Yusupov for Bolshoi Ballet

Bolshoi Ballet: The Flames of Paris. Simulcast live into theaters nationwide is the acclaimed company’s performance of Alexei Ratmansky’s revival of the Vasily Vainonen ballet. Siblings Jeanne and Jér™me leave Marseille for Paris to support the French Revolution. AMC Downtown Disney, (714) 776-2355; AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Sun., 12:55 p.m. $18; also at Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Live, Sun., 1:15 p.m.; encore, Tues., 7 p.m. $17.

Awards Viewing Party. If you’d prefer to ditch your family, friends or lonely apartment and instead watch the 90th Academy Awards telecast with fellow movie-lovers, the Frida is once again flashing the big show on the big screen. Each attendee gets an Oscar ballot, and the best awards prognosticators are eligible to win free movies, popcorn and soft drinks for the next 12 months. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sun., doors open, 4 p.m. (to coincide with Dolby Theater red carpet arrivals); awards ceremony, 5:30 p.m. Free, but seating is first come, first served.

Yvy Maraey. Photo courtesy Cinenomada

Yvy Maraey: Land Without Evil. Through early April, UC Irvine’s Latin American Studies presents the 2018 Latin American Film Festival, whose films explore themes of “Cultural Memory and Environmental Conflicts in Latin America.” That includes this 2013 drama about a director (played by the movie’s actual director, Juan Carlos Valdivia) tracing the century-old steps of Swedish explorer Erland Nordeskiold, from the highlands of La Paz to the swamps of the southeastern forests, in hopes of finding Bolivia’s roots. UC Irvine, McCormick Screening Room, Humanities Gateway 1070, Campus and West Peltason drives, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Mon., 5 p.m. Free.

Hipsters. UCI’s European Languages and Studies’ Russian Film Series concludes with Valeriy Todorovskiy’s 2008 musical rom-dram set in 1955 Moscow. Despite Stalin’s death two years before and Khrushchev’s thaw, Komsomol shock troops still hound stilyagi or hipsters who love American jazz, culture and fashion. UCI, Humanities Instructional Building 208, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Tues., 5 p.m. Free.

The Register Book Club Presents A Wrinkle In Time. Anaheim daily newspaper the Orange County Register invites its book-club members to see Disney’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s science-fantasy novel, which was first published in 1962; won the Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award; and was runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. After the disappearance of her scientist father (Chris Pine), three peculiar beings (Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling) send Meg (Storm Reid), her brother (Deric McCabe) and their friend (Levi Miller) into alternate dimensions to find him. Attendees receive a paperback copy of the book. Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342. Tues., 7:30 p.m. Free.

Blade Runner 2040. Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

Blade Runner 2049. FPL Arthouse presents an adult-oriented screening of the R-rated film that has Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the LAPD, unearthing a long-buried secret that could plunge what’s left of society into chaos. Fullerton Public Library, Osborne Auditorium, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Wed., 6 p.m. Free.

Dreaming of a Vetter World. To celebrate Climate Day, Natural Products Expo West presents a documentary and discussion on Donald Vetter’s Nebraska farm family, who recognized the American agricultural system was broken—and found a solution—long before most people saw a problem. The Vetters’ unflagging courage and dedication in the 1950s influenced today’s generation practicing organic, regenerative farming. Speakers include: Bonnie Hawthorne, the film’s director; David Vetter of Grain Place Foods; Birgit Cameron of Patagonia Provisions; Katherine DiMatteo of Sustainable Food Trade Association; and David Bronner, the CEO (as in Cosmic Engagement Office) of Dr. Bronner’s, which also sponsors the screening. Anaheim Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central, 700 W. Convention Way, Anaheim; www.expowest.com. Wed., 6:30 p.m. Free.

The Godfather. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 crime-family drama, which is considered one of the best movies of all time, is based on his screenwriting partner Mario Puzo’s novel about the transition of power between Mafioso Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) and his youngest son, Michael (Al Pacino). Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Vertigo. Photo courtesy Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions

Vertigo. In this 1958 Alfred Hitchcock classic, Jimmy Stewart is John “Scottie” Ferguson, a retired San Francisco police detective who suffers from acrophobia and a mean case of the hots for his old college pal’s wife Madeleine (Kim Novak), who may be nuts, suicidal and trying to lead Scottie to high places. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own light snacks and covered beverages, but alcohol is not allowed. Fullerton Main Library, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., March 8, 1 p.m. Free.

It. Last year’s horror flick is set in the summer of 1989 in a small Maine town, where a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting, child-terrorizing monster that disguises itself as a clown. Cal State Fullerton, Titan Student Union Titan Theatre, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, (657) 278-2468. Thurs., March 8, 4, 7 & 10 p.m. Free.

Chavela. The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) celebrates International Women’s Day with a sold-out screening of Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi’s documentary about Mexican ranchera legend and LGBTQ icon Chavela Vargas. Born in Costa Rica in 1919, Vargas ran away to Mexico City as a teenager to sing in the streets. By the 1950s, she became a household name in her adopted country, delivering her performances with a raw passion and unique voice. Also a bold, rebellious, sexual pioneer, she was known for having many female lovers at a time when being out in Mexico was dangerous. Onscreen, Pedro Almod—var, Elena Benarroch and Miguel Bosé sing Chavela’s praises. Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, (562) 437-1689. Thurs., March 8, 7 p.m. Sold out.

National Theatre Live: Hamlet. Simulcast into theaters is an encore of the 2015 London stage production directed by Lyndsey Turner. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by looming war, Hamlet (Benedict Cumberbatch) rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening his sanity and the states security. AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., March 8, 7 p.m. $18.

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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