Courage to Change People’s Hearts [Special Screenings, May 30-June 6]

Green Book. Photo courtesy Universal Pictures

The Third Wife. In writer/director Ash Mayfair’s 2018 drama, a 14-year-old (Nguyen Phuong Tra My) becomes the third wife of a wealthy landowner (Long Le Vu) in 19th-century rural Vietnam. She seeks to change her status the only way possible: by giving birth to a male child. Regency Westminster, 6721 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, (714) 893-4222. Thurs., May 30, 1:50, 4:25, 7 & 9:40 p.m. $8.50-$10.50.

Watchmen: Director’s Cut. Nostalgic Nebula celebrates the 10th anniversary of this adaptation of Alan Moore’s limited comic series that is set in a 1985 America, where costumed superheroes are part of everyday life. Zack Snyder’s film has masked vigilante Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) uncovering a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. You are to attend dressed as your favorite character and enjoy themed drinks, then stick around after the film for a Q&A with screenwriter David Hayter. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., May 30, 7:30 p.m. $15.

The Icarus Line Must Die. Michael Grodner’s 2017, black-and-white drama is set against the backdrop of the LA music scene. Joe Cardamone, the front man of the actual post-hardcore band the Icarus Line, essentially plays himself gigging, grappling with potential label deals, and balancing his private life with his ambition. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., May 30, 8 & 10 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Okko’s Inn. Image courtesy Madhouse

Okko’s Inn. Madhouse anime studio and director Kitaro Kosaka present the tale of orphaned Okko, who helps her grandmother run a Japanese countryside inn. Okko discovers the inn is inhabited by ghosts, who are much friendlier than many mortal guests. This run includes presentations in Japanese with English subtitles and dubbed in English. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Subtitled: Fri., Sun., Tues. & Thurs., June 6; dubbed: Sat., Mon. & Wed. Show times: 2:30, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.50.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Frida Volunteer of the Month Chloe Lambaren selected Tobe Hooper’s 1974 masterpiece (splatterspiece?). Given all the imitators that followed, you’d be forgiven for forgetting or being unaware of how unique this flick, inspired by the Ed Gein murders, was at the time. It’s inspired by the Ed Gein murders, by the way. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.

30 Years After Tiananmen: Tank Man and the Struggle for Democracy in China. A short film on the act of defiance that shook the world screens, followed by a panel that includes film writer, actor and director Robert Anthony Peters and professors Michael Valdez Moses of Chapman University, Chaohua Wang of UCLA and Terril Jones of Claremont McKenna College. Chapman University, Beckham Hall, Room 104, 1 University Dr., Orange; www.chapman.edu. Fri., 5:30 p.m. Free.

Audition. Photo courtesy Omega Project

Audition. It’s a 20th-anniversary screening of Takashi Miike’s shocking 1999 thriller about the widowed father of Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) re-entering the dating scene with the help of a film-producer friend (Jun Kunimura). Actress auditions for a part that does not exist uncover a gorgeous but withdrawn woman (Eihi Shiina) with whom Aoyama begins a relationship—only to discover there is disturbingly more to her than it seems. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri.-Sat., 10 p.m. $7-$10.50.

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, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $9-$12.

Saving Private Ryan. Steven Spielberg’s 1998 war epic is set during World War II’s Normandy invasion. An Army Rangers captain (Tom Hanks) leads his squad in the search for a paratrooper (Matt Damon), who is the last-surviving brother of four servicemen. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Sun. & Wed., 3 & 7 p.m. $12.50.

Zotfest. The student-run, campus-wide public competition and screening event celebrates 20 years of showcasing cinematic works by UC Irvine students. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 824-5011. Mon., 6 p.m. Free.

The Audience. Photo by Johan Persson for National Theatre Live

National Theatre Live: The Audience. To mark National Theatre Live’s 10th anniversary, the London company and Fathom Events beam into U.S. theaters a rebroadcast of a live 2013 stage production of The Audience. Moments that shaped Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) are related via her private “audiences” with prime ministers—from Winston Churchill to David Cameron. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Mon., 7 p.m. $18.

Pavarotti Premiere Screening Event. Producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard pivot from The Beatles: Eight Days a Week to this new documentary on the legendary opera singer. Enjoy intimate interviews, historic performances, never-before-seen footage and a special introduction by Opie himself. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Tues., 7 p.m. $12.50.

Spirited Away. Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning anime fantasy has a girl’s mom and dad undergoing a mysterious transformation before their daughter is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits, shape-shifting dragons and a wicked witch. Vanguard University? Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8.

Green Book. FPL Arthouse presents Peter Farrelly’s 2018 Oscar-winning drama that has a working-class Italian-American bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) driving an African-American classical pianist (Mahershala Ali) on a tour of venues through the American South of the 1960s. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Wed., 6 p.m. Free.

Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus. Photo courtesy Icarus Films

Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus. Go inside the philosophy that helped to develop the 1919 Bauhaus architecture school, which promoted a peaceful society of which everyone could be a part. Art Theatre; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Wed., 7 p.m. $8-$15.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The fourth franchise flick traces the events leading up to the storied “Triwizard Tournament,” pitting Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry against two rival academies. There’s one catch: Competitors must be at least 17 years of age, which makes 14-year-old Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) ineligible. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Herstory. Min Kyu-dong’s 2018 documentary is about the long legal battle waged by 10 plaintiffs who suffered as “comfort women” during World War II. Kyu-dong participates in an audience Q&A as part of this Center for Critical Korean Studies presentation. UC Irvine, Crystal Cove Auditorium, 4113 Pereira Dr., Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Thurs., June 6, 6 p.m. Free.

The Night of the Shooting Stars. Italian Movie Night presents Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s 1982 war rom-dram set on the Night of San Lorenzo of 1944. Residents flee because of rumors the Nazis plan to blow up the small Italian town and that the Americans are coming to liberate them. Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Thurs., June 6, 7 p.m. $10.

Star Raiders. Photo courtesy Uptown Productions

Rifftrax Live: Star Raiders. Mike, Kevin and Bill riff along live to this 2017 sci-fi un-classic filled with hokey special effects. In 2762, Captain Saber Raine (Casper Van Dien) and his elite squad try to save an unnamed planet’s prince and princess from an evil overlord whose head is filled with cherry Jell-o. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., June 6, 7:30 p.m. $12.50.

The Walkers. Orange County-based filmmaker and Orange Coast College graduate Lisset Tania Mendoza premieres her new horror/comedy short about the college life of a group of misfit witches. The trio navigate keggers and demonic possession. Vanguard University? The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., June 6, 8 p.m. $7.

Diji Film Festival. Enjoy the best student work from the UC Irvine Digital Filmmaking program. UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts Amphitheatre, Pereira and W. Peltason drives, Irvine, (949) 824-3514. Thurs., June 6, 8:30 p.m. Free.

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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