Don’t Stop Believin’ [Special Screenings, Feb. 14-21]

A Star Is Born. Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

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 and 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. 14, 11 a.m., 3:35, 5:25 & 10 p.m. $8-$10; also at Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m., 2:15, 5:30 & 7 p.m. $9-$11.

Green Book. Peter Farrelly’s drama, which is up for five Academy Awards, 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. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., Feb. 14, 11:05 a.m., 2:10, 5:05 & 8 p.m. $8-$10; also at Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Feb. 14, 12:30, 3:30, 6:45 & 9:45 p.m. $9-$11; UA Long Beach 6, 6601 Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 14, 12:40, 3:50 & 7 p.m. $10.05-$12.95; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson, Long Beach, (844) 462-7342. Fri., 4 p.m. $9.95-$13.45; Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Sun., 1 p.m.; Wed., 7 p.m. $9.90-$13.70; Edwards Big Newport 6, 300 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (844) 462-7342. Mon., 1 p.m. Call theater for ticket prices; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 65 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342, and Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342. Mon., 10 p.m. $9.95-$13.45; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, 1701 W. Katella Ave., Orange, (714) 532-9558. Tues., 10 p.m. $6-$9.50; Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Wed., 7 p.m. $9.90-$13.70.

The Wife. Glenn Close, who won the Golden Glove and is up for the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Björn 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. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., Feb. 14, 11:15 a.m. & 4:35 p.m. $8-$10; also at Edwards Westpark 8, 3735 Alton Pkwy., Irvine, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 14, 3:20 p.m. $10.20-$13.20.

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 the British soldiers who lived them. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., Feb. 14, 11:20 a.m. & 4:40 p.m. $8-$10.

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. 14, 12:25, 4:10 & 7:50 p.m. $10.20-$13.20.

Vice. Photo by Matt Kennedy/Annapurna Pictures

Vice. Adam McKay’s 2018 bio-drama—which is up for eight Oscars, including 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. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., Feb. 14, 12:30, 3:30, 6:40 & 9:45 p.m. $8-$10; also at UA Long Beach 6, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 14, 12:50 & 7:10 p.m. $8.45; Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Sat., 1 p.m.; Sun., 10 p.m.; Thurs., Feb. 21, 4 p.m. $9.90-$13.70; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558, and Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342. Tues., 7 p.m. $6-$13.45.

Gully Boy. Zoya Akhtar’s musical rom-dram is a coming-of-age story based on the lives of street rappers in Mumbai. Edwards Westpark 8, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 14, 12:40, 4:30 & 8:10 p.m. $10.20-$13.20.

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). Edwards University Town Center 6, 4245 Campus Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 14, 1 & 4:20 p.m. $10.20-$10.70; also at Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342. Fri., 7 p.m.; Tues., 1 p.m. $9.95-$13.45; Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Sun., 4 p.m.; Wed., 10 p.m. $9.90-$13.70; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558. Thurs., Feb. 21, 7 p.m. $6-$9.50.

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. UA Long Beach 6, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 14, 1, 4:20 & 7:20 p.m. $8.45; also at Edwards Westpark 8, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 14, 1:05, 4:25 & 7:35 p.m. $10.20-$13.20; Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Feb. 14, 2:40 & 9:55 p.m. $8-$11; Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Fri., 10 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; Thurs., Feb. 21, 1 p.m. $6-$13.70; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558, and Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932. Mon., 7 p.m.; Tues., 4 p.m. $6-$9.50.

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. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., Feb. 14, 1, 5:30 & 8:10 p.m. $8-$10; also at Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Feb. 14, 4:15 & 9 p.m. $9-$11.

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 set in a small Punjab town. Edwards Westpark 8, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Feb. 14, 1:35, 4:45 & 8:30 p.m. $10.20-$13.20.

Harold and Maude. Hal Ashby’s 1971 cult classic, which Frida dusts off every Valentine’s Day, is about a young man (Bud Cort) whose obsession with death changes when he meets an effervescent 79-year-old woman (Ruth Gordon). They wind up falling head over support hose. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Feb. 14, 2, 4, 6 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then Bigfoot. Photo courtesy RLJE Films

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot. Decades after secretly killing Adolf Hitler for the U.S. government, a clandestine hero (Sam Elliott) is called back into action to take out Bigfoot. Robert D. Krzykowski’s 2018 thriller comes from the same indie distributor who brought the world Mandy. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Feb. 14, 2, 4, 6 & 8:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Casablanca. Rarely do you have a chance to see Michael Curtiz’s 1942 masterpiece on big Orange County screens twice in the same week. The second showing is part of a special occasion that starts with a mixer that includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Then, it’s a brief presentation on the nonprofit art house’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. Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Thurs., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. $14; also at the Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Feb. 21, mixer, 6:30 p.m.; fifth-anniversary presentation and screening, 7:30 p.m. $20 (includes drinks, hors d’oeuvres, movie, popcorn and soda).

Sunrise. For Valentine’s season, the Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble performs the live score as F.W. Murnau’s classic 1927 silent romance rolls at two regional movie houses. George O’Brien plays a man fighting good and evil inside of him as he is attracted to his wife (Janet Gaynor) and another woman (Margaret Livingston). Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Thurs., Feb. 14, 8 p.m. $13.50 (or $77 when bundled with dinner at Lola’s Mexican Cuisine across the street).

My Bloody Valentine. In Patrick Lussier’s 2009 horror thriller, a man (Jensen Ackles) returns to his hometown on the 10th anniversary of the Valentine’s-night massacre that claimed 22 lives. Shockingly, he discovers everyone thinks he committed the murders—except his old flame (Jaime King). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Feb. 14, 10 p.m. $7-$10.

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. Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342. Fri., 1 p.m,; Sat., 10 p.m. $9.95-$13.45; also at Edwards University Town Center 6, (844) 462-7342, Edwards Big Newport 6, (844) 462-7342, and Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, 9741 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, (844) 462-7342. Sat., 10 p.m. $10.20-$16.30; Edwards Big Newport 6, (844) 462-7342, and Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342. Mon., 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices; Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Wed., 4 p.m. Check website for ticket prices; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558. Thurs., Feb. 21, 10 p.m. $6-$9.50.

Blue Velvet. David Lynch’s 1986 thriller is something to behold because of the disturbing plot, images and feeling you are left with afterward. A young man (Kyle MacLachlan) finds a severed ear in a field, sticks his prodigious chin where it does not belong and finds his balls in the grip of a psychopath (Dennis Hopper), who also kidnapped the child of a nightclub singer (Isabella Rossellini). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 2:30, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

The Tempest. Photo courtesy Lionsgate

The Tempest on Film: Empire and Its Ruins, Winter 2019. UC Irvine Humanities Core and Shakespeare Center’s free series on film and television adaptations of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest concludes with Julie Taymor’s 21st-century feminist version starring Helen Mirren as Prospera. English professor Jayne Lewis introduces the 2010 film. UCI Humanities Instructional Building, Room 100, Mesa Road and West Peltason Drive, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

Mandy. In Panos Cosmatos’ agonizing thriller, a broken and haunted man (Nicolas Cage, channeling Nicolas Cage) hunts in the Pacific Northwest wilderness for a religious sect that slaughtered the titular love of his life (Andrea Riseborough). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri.-Sat., 8 & 11 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. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Program B opens Sat.; Program A opens Sun. Call theater for show times and ticket prices.

AMC’s Best Picture Showcase 2019. The Academy Award Best Picture nominees are shown consecutively over two dates or, in Orange, during a single 24-hour marathon. The lineup includes On Feb. 16, (The Favourite, Bohemian Rhapsody, and BlacKkKlansman,); Feb. 23 ( Vice, Black Panther, A Star Is Born and Green Book). Theaters are quickly selling out. AMC Fullerton 20, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, (714) 992-6962; also at 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., $30 (also Feb. 23, 11 a.m., $40 or $60 for both dates); and at AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-4288. Feb. 23, 10 a.m. $65.

Princess Mononoke. Studio Ghibli master Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 anime classic is about a young warrior infected with a deadly curse that sends him looking for a cure in the forest. That’s where he meets Princess Mononoke, who was raised by wolves. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 & 5 p.m.; Sun., 2:30, 5 & 8:30 p.m. $7-$10.

My Neighbor Totoro. Photo courtesy Fathom Events

My Neighbor Totoro. Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 anime has Satsuki and her sister, Mei, moving with their father to a new home in the countryside, where the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., noon & 6 p.m.; Sun., noon, 2, 4 & 6 p.m. $7-$10.

A Star Is Born. A seasoned musician (Bradley Cooper, who also directs) 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 in this weepy, eight-time (including Best Picture) Oscar-nominated flick. Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Sat., 1 & 4 p.m.; Mon., 1 & 10 p.m.; Thurs., Feb. 21, 7 p.m. $9.95-$13.70; also at Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342. Tues., 10 p.m. $9.95-$13.45; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558. Wed., 10 p.m. Call for ticket prices.

Sips & Giggles: Live Comedy Featuring Rhea Butcher. The LGBT Center OC presents not a film event, but a comedy fundraiser starring a standup who has appeared on Adam Ruins Everything and The Conan O’Brien Show. Brad Brafford LGBT Center on 4th, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana. Sat., cocktail hour, 6 p.m. $6 per drink ticket; The Frida Cinema (directly downstairs); thefridacinema.org. Sat., (another) cocktail hour, 7 p.m.; screening, followed by a meet-and-greet with Butcher, 8 p.m. $40; $85 for VIP (premium seating and drinks); $1,500 for Diamond Sponsorship (10 VIP tickets, stage recognition, open bar, signage and marketing promotion).

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. Sat., 7 p.m.; Wed., 1 & 7 p.m.; Thurs., Feb. 21, 10 p.m. $9.95-$16.30; also at Edwards Big Newport 6, (844) 462-7342, Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342, Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342. Mon., 4 p.m. $9.95-$13.45.

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.

My Fair Lady. Pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison) takes it upon himself to transform Cockney working-class girl Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) to improve her job prospects. They clash, form an unlikely bond, and then have it threatened by an aristocratic suitor (Jeremy Brett). An onscreen Turner Classic Movies host provides exclusive insights about George Cukor’s restored classic musical, which is celebrating its 55th anniversary. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Sun., 1 & 5 p.m.; Wed., 3 & 7 p.m. $12.50.

3-Minute Movie Night: An Evening of Short Comedy Films. The title says it all. Atomic Wombat Comics, 19480 Beach Blvd.; Huntington Beach, (949) 354-2704. Sun., 8 p.m. Free.

Do the Right Thing. It’s a 30th-anniversary screening of the Spike Lee Joint that has the filmmaker playing Mookie, a young pizza deliveryman who tries to hold together himself and his mixed-race, Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn as it reaches the boiling point on a summer day (and not just because of the increasingly hot weather). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues., 2, 5 & 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Alien. Photo courtesy 20th Century Fox

Alien. It’s a 40th-anniversary screening of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece. The crew of a space merchant vessel headed back to Earth is 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 were not alone in being awoken. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues., 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

UCI Film and Media Studies Spotlight Showcase. The second-annual event showcases recent student films made in Film and Media Studies production classes. Award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer Sheldon Chau, a 2010 Film and Media Studies grad, is also honored. UCI’s McCormick Theater, 1070 Humanities Gateway, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Tues., 4 p.m. Free.

Mobile Suit Gundam NT (Narrative). Shun’ichi Yoshizawa’s 2018 sci-fi anime is set a year after the events shown in 2014’s Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn 7. Gundam sightings are reported, and the Unicorn Gundam 03 Phenex suit, which was supposedly lost two years before, mysteriously reappears. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Tues., 7 p.m. $12.50.

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 guerrilla 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; thefridacinema.org. Wed., 2, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Labrynth. Photo courtesy the Jim Henson Co.

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; thefridacinema.org. Wed.-Thurs., Feb. 21, 2:30 & 5 p.m.; Wed., 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. The 1963 screwball comedy had a master in the director’s chair (Stanley Kramer), a promising plot (involving the ultimate scavenger hunt) and an overstuffed cast of acting and comedic talent (Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Durante, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Phil Silvers and Buddy Hackett, just to name some). I just wish I could recommend it because, truth be told, the flick ain’t funny. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Dirty Dancing. The 1987 rom-dram, which popularized the saying “Nobody puts Baby in a corner,” stars Jennifer Grey as a teen stuck moping with her parents at a Catskills resort. She brightens up when she hooks up with a hunky dance instructor (Patrick Swayze). Bring snacks and beverages, but no booze or you won’t have had the time of your life. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., Feb. 21, 1 p.m. Free.

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. UCI School of Law, 401 E. Peltason Dr., Irvine, (949) 824-2483. Thurs., Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m. Free.

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, (949) 661-3456. Thurs., Feb. 21, 7 p.m. $15.

Studio 54. Photo courtesy Sundance Institute

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.

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.

2 Replies to “Don’t Stop Believin’ [Special Screenings, Feb. 14-21]”

  1. From the Cultural Center of the Universe, San Pedro — this is a fan letter. “Special Screenings” is great. To bad we have nothing like it in L A.

    Just across San Pedro Bay from Long Beach and a bit of a reach from the OC are occasional special screenings in San Pedro at the Warner Grand Theater, the Grand Annex, the Cabrillo Aquarium, and even the Scandinavian Seaman’s Center.

    1. J K, I honestly feel your pain. I do get announcements sometimes about Warner Grand screenings that are so great, I hold onto them in case I can squeeze them into Special Screenings. Those invariably get cut for space, however.

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