Fierce Warriors [Special Screenings, March 28-April 4]

Die Walküre. Photo by Vincent Peters/Metropolitan Opera

Us. In Jordan Peele’s follow-up to his 2017 Oscar-winning Get Out, the writer/director/co-producer keeps it creepy as a family’s serenity turns chaotic when doppelgängers drop by. Various theaters; Daily through Thurs., April 4; visit website for show times and ticket prices; also at Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435; Thurs.-Thurs., March 28-April 4; visit website for show times. $9-$12.

The Babadook. Remember when Jennifer Kent’s Aussie horror flick took everyone by surprise in 2014? A widowed mother (Essie Davis), plagued by the violent death of her husband, does not believe her son (Noah Wiseman) when he rants about a monster in the house. Mom will learn. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; Thurs., March 28, 2, 5:30, 8 & 10 p.m. $7-$10.

Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy. Fathom Events beams into theaters just one part of the “Diamond Diana Celebration” marking the 75th birthday of Motown’s legendary diva. Various theaters; Thurs., March 28, 7 p.m. $13-$15.

The Wedding Guest. Michael Winterbottom’s new thriller follows a mysterious mercenary-for-hire (Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel) from Britain to a wedding in Pakistan, where he snatches the bride-to-be (Radhika Apte). The Frida Cinema; Thurs., March 28, 10 p.m. $7-$10.

The Beach Bum. Photo courtesy Anonymous Content

The Beach Bum. It’s a new, irreverent stoner comedy that follows Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious and lovable rogue who lives life large—in a story that only director Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers) can do justice. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Opens Fri.; call theater for show times and ticket prices.

Legend of the Demon Cat. It’s the four-time Asian Film Awards winner and international sensation that topped China’s and Japan’s box-office lists for weeks. During the Tang Dynasty, a Chinese poet and a Japanese monk join forces to investigate a demonic cat wreaking havoc on the imperial court. The Frida Cinema; Fri.-Sun., 1:30, 4:30 & 7:15 p.m. $7-$10.

Bohemian Rhapsody. Outdoor Movie Night is back with Bryan Singer/not-Bryan Singer’s 2018 bio-drama, which won four Oscars and charted the formation, rise and fall of Queen through the story of the English rock band’s flamboyant, now dearly departed front man Freddie Mercury (Best Actor Rami Malek). The Source OC, 6988 Beach Blvd., Buena Park; Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

Senior Thesis Cycle 3 Film Screenings. These student-made films premiere, but not necessarily in this order: Buttons the Great; Cold Cold Man; and Schrödinger. 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, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6765; Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

Graduate Thesis Cycle 3 & 4 Film Screenings. These films premiere but not in this order: Nest; One Meal; Skin Hunger; and Stuck. 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, Folino Theater, (714) 997-6765; Sat., 7 p.m. Free.

Enter the Void. In Gaspar Noé’s 2009 cerebral drama (and critical smash), a brother and sister (Nathaniel Brown and Paz de la Huerta) make a pact as children to stay together after their parents die. So when, as a grownup drug dealer, he dies, she is looked after by his ghost. The Frida Cinema; Fri.-Sat., 10 p.m. $7-$10.

The Field Guide to Evil. Photo courtesy Aurum Film

The Field Guide to Evil. In this 2018 horror anthology, an array of international filmmakers spin stories that speak to the myths, lore and folktales that have captivated, galvanized and frightened us curled-up-in-ballers for centuries. The Frida Cinema; Fri., 10 p.m.; Sat., 10:30 p.m.; Sun.-Thurs., April 4, 10 p.m. $7-$10.

The Met Live in HD: Die Walküre. In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. The Metropolitan Opera production is sung in German with English subtitles. Various theaters; Sat., 9 a.m. (live); Wed., 12:30 & 6:30 p.m. (encore). $16-$24.

The Urban Ocean. How do whales, other sea life, windsurfers, sailboats and massive container vessels coexist in shipping channels? Find out with this short film that screens during the Urban Ocean Festival. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, (562) 590-3100; Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m. (festival opens); 11 a.m., 1:15, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. (screenings). $17.95-$29.95; members/children 3 and younger, free.

A League of Their Own. Penny Marshall’s fact-based 1992 biopic follows two sisters who joined the first female professional baseball league in 1943, when the boys were away fighting in World War II. Geena Davis, Madonna and Tom “There’s No Crying in Baseball” Hanks star. The Frida Cinema; Sat.-Sun., noon, 2:30, 5:30 & 8 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 Midnight Insanity performs. Art Theatre; Sat., 11:55 p.m. $9-$12.

The Karate Kid. Photo courtesy Columbia Pictures

The Karate Kid. It’s a 35th-anniversary screening of the influential 1984 movie that has teenager Daniel (Ralph Macchio) moving with his mother (Randee Heller) to Southern California, where he quickly becomes the target of bullies who study karate at the Cobra Kai dojo. Repairman Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), who is also a martial-arts master, takes Daniel under his wing before the boy and Cobra Kai fighters meet at a karate competition. Viewers will see a 4K restoration of the movie, a special introduction by Macchio and Mr. Johnny Lawrence himself (William Zabka), and a sneak peek at season two of their YouTube series, Cobra Kai. Various theaters; Sun., 1 & 4 p.m.; Tues., 4 & 7 p.m. $12.50.

Loving Vincent + The Impossible Dream. It’s a double feature with the first entirely oil-painted feature-length movie and a documentary about the decade-long, painstaking process of producing the 2017 drama. Directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman detail the final days of Vincent Van Gogh, as seen through the eyes of a young man delivering the troubled artist’s final letter. The Frida Cinema; Mon.-Thurs., April 4, 1, 4 & 7 p.m. $7-$10.

The Wicker Man: Final Cut. It’s a 2K restoration of the “final cut” of writer Anthony Shaffer and director Robin Hardy, whose 1973 British shocker is about a devoutly Christian police sergeant (Edward Woodward) searching for a missing 12-year-old girl on a remote Scottish island. Cheery folks who have no use for the cop’s badge or his religious devotion, the islanders worship pagan gods of old through a Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee). Was the girl sacrificed? The Frida Cinema; Mon.-Tues., 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. Originally filmed in December 1968 as a television special, two nights of concert footage captures not only the Stones, but also the Who; Jethro Tull (with future Black Sabbath guitarist Tommy Iommi filling in for the then-recently departed Mick Abrahams); Marianne Faithful; and an all-star jam with John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Mitch Mitchell. These would be the final live shows for Stones founder Brian Jones, who died within six months of filming. Starlight Cinema City, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 970-6700; also at Starlight Triangle Cinemas, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, (714) 650-4300; Mon.-Thurs., April 4, 7 p.m. Call theaters for ticket prices.

Somm 3. The 2018 documentary by 2005 Dodge College alums Jason and Christina Wise captures three great wine legends meeting to drink the rarest bottles of their careers as the best blind tasters gather to settle an age-old argument. The results could change the world of wine forever. Professor David Ward moderates a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening. Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Marion Knott Studios, Room 106, (714) 997-6765; Mon., 7 p.m. Free.

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. “Paging Mr. Herman, Mr. Pee-Wee Herman.” Actually, neither he nor Paul Reubens is being honored with these screenings; Frida’s director of the month Tim Burton is. His 1985 cult classic has the eccentric man-child setting off on an adventure after someone snatches his beloved red, customized Schwinn (a.k.a. the greatest bicycle on Earth). The Frida Cinema; Wed.-Thurs., April 4, 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

First Man. FPL Arthouse presents Damien Chazelle’s 2018 bio-drama on Neil Armstrong shows the NASA astronaut rigorously training to become the first man to walk on a new Stanley Kubrick set—I mean, the moon. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Wed., 6 p.m. Free.

The Color Purple. In Steven Spielberg’s 1985 drama that was adapted from Alice Walker’s novel, a black Southern woman (Golden Globe winner Whoopi Goldberg) struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father (Adolph Caesar), her husband (Danny Glover) and others over four decades. Starlight Cinema City, (714) 970-6700. Wed., 7 p.m. $5-$12.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Chris Columbus directed the 2002 franchise flick that has Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) haunted by a strange voice as he returns to a Hogwarts plagued by mysterious attacks. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7 p.m. $9.

The Power to Heal. Photo courtesy BLB Film Productions

The Power to Heal: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution. The Center for Biotechnology & Global Health Policy presents t his hour-long public-television documentary about the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to health care for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of the then-new Medicare program, which was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months. UC Irvine School of Law, 401 E. Peltason Dr., Irvine, (949) 824-0066. Thurs., April 4, 11:45 a.m. Free.

Ocean’s 11. This month’s Thursday matinee theme is “The Art of the Heist.” Not to be confused with the artful George Clooney vehicle is the 1960 original with the suave Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra) gathering a group of his World War II compatriots (who include fellow Rat Packers Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.) to pull off the ultimate Las Vegas heist. You can bring food and drink to the screening, but no booze or Frank will sic Jilly and the boys on you. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., April 4, 1 p.m. Free.

Transform. Marlon Beroit’s movie is about her life and the LGBTQ community. “I’m ready to show everyone my life and everything that made me the person I am today,” Beroit says. “I’m ready to transform.” Art Theatre; Thurs., April 4, 9 p.m. $7.

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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