Frankly, My Dear . . . [Special Screenings, Feb. 28-March 7]

Gone With the Wind. Photo courtesy Turner Entertainment Co.

Gone With the Wind. Fathom Events kicks off four 80th-anniversary-screening dates for the historical romance epic, based on Margaret Mitchell’s novel from 1936, that is beamed into theaters nationwide. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the plot involves Georgia plantation owner’s daughter Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh), who pursues Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), the husband her cousin Melanie (Olivia de Havilland), and marries Rhett Butler (Clark Gable). The film won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Victor Fleming), Best Actress (Lee) and Best Supporting Actress (Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Oscar). Various theaters; Thurs., Feb. 28 & Sun., 1 & 6 p.m. $12.50.

A Clockwork Orange. Stanley Kubrick’s masterful 1971 adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ novel mixes hyper-reality with ultra-violence, as Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) and his merry band of Droogs set out on a mini-crime spree across futuristic London. This eventually lands our narrator in an experimental aversion-therapy program that is every bit as horrific as a Donald Trump tweet. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; Thurs., Feb. 28, 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Best Mom Film Screening and Shop Event. First, see Kuang Lee’s 2018 family comedy, which is about a writer mom (Krista Allen) desperately wishing to connect with her precocious daughter (Violet Hicks). How? By joining an unscripted improvisation class to learn the art of listening and playing. Afterward, fire questions at screenwriter Meg Weidner at the lululemon store. The Lot Fashion Island, 999 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 281-0069. Thurs., Feb. 28, doors open, 5 p.m.; Q&A, 7 p.m. Free.

National Theatre Live: Antony & Cleopatra. First, UCI Shakespeare Center and Illuminations present a pre-screening discussion in the Jade Room with drama professor Phil Thompson., then move to the auditorium, where the Irvine Barclay Theatre, in association with Arts Orange County, offers a broadcast of a recording from the London stage of director Simon Godwin’s production of Shakespeare’s famous play. Rome’s General Mark Antony (Ralph Fiennes) and Egypt’s Queen Cleopatra (Sophie Okonedo) are madly in love, but duty, devotion and obsession serve as catalysts for war. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 854-4646; Thurs., Feb. 28, discussion, 5 p.m. Free, but RSVP requested; screening, 6:30 p.m. $17-$22.

Freedom Writers: Stories From the Heart. Erin Gruwell’s book The Freedom Writers Diary was already adapted into a 2007 drama (for which the Long Beach educator/activist/author was played by Hilary Swank), but showing tonight is a documentary that PBS is set to air in the fall. Gruwell was a young English teacher when she inspired at-risk students to become more tolerant and to pursue education beyond graduation from Long Beach’s Wilson High School. The screening and a panel discussion are part of Chapman University’s “A Series of Dialogues With Daniele,” hosted by Chapman’s University Advancement, Honors Program and Attallah College of Educational Studies. Panelists include Gruwell; Chapman president Daniele Struppa; Claremont Graduate University professor emeritus Carl A. Cohn; and Freedom Writer-turned-Freedom Writers Foundation executive Sue Ellen Alpizar. Chapman University, Memorial Hall, 1 University Dr., Orange, (714) 997-6812. Thurs., Feb. 28, screening, 6 p.m.; panel discussion, 7 p.m.; audience Q&A, 7:45 p.m.; book signing, 8 p.m. Free, but an RSVP is appreciated.

The Mystery of Picasso. It’s a filmed record of Pablo Picasso painting numerous canvases for the camera, allowing viewers to see his creative process at work. Snacks and refreshments are provided. Huntington Beach Art Center, 538 Main St., Huntington Beach, (714) 374-1650. Thurs., Feb 28, 6:30 p.m. Free, but donations are gladly accepted.

Scott Pilgim vs the World. Photo courtesy Universal Pictures

Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Edgar Wright’s stunningly original movie, which is based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Oni Press comic book, follows 22-year-old Sex Bob-omb band member Scott (Michael Cera). He’s dating high schooler Knives Chau (Ellen Wong) when Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) comes along. But she has some baggage: seven ex-lovers Scott must fight to the death if he is to win Ramona’s heart. The Frida Cinema; Thurs., Feb. 28, 7:30 & 10 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m. $10.

Furie. Veronica Ngo stars in Le-Van Kiet’s new Vietnamese action movie as an ex-gangster who is laying low in the countryside after becoming a mother. However, she can’t escape her violent past when her daughter is kidnapped. Regency Westminster, 6721 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, (714) 893-4222. Opens Fri. Call theater for show times and ticket prices.

¡He mated a mi marido! (I Killed My Husband!). In Francisco Lupini Basagoiti’s new comedy, a desperate woman (María Conchita Alonso, ‘member her?) accidentally kills her cheating husband hours before guests arrive to celebrate his recent Pritzker Prize award. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, 20 City Boulevard West, Orange, (714) 769-4288. Opens Fri.; call theater for show times. $6.79-$13.59.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. In the recent Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature, Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) is a huge Spider-Man fan who gets bitten by a radioactive spider and soon develops you-know-who’s powers. Various theaters; & Opens Fri.; visit websites for show times and ticket prices.

Todos lo saben (Everybody Knows). In Asghar Farhadi’s 2018 drama-mystery, a Spanish woman (Penélope Cruz) returns with her children from Argentina to attend her sister’s wedding in Madrid. Unexpected events during the trip expose secrets. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Opens Fri. Call theater for show times and ticket prices.

Werk ohne Autor (Never Look Away). Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s 2018 historical drama-thriller is about how artist Kurt Barnert (Tom Schilling) escaped from East Germany to West Germany but remained tormented by his childhood. 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.

Ghost Dance. Photo courtesy of Ken McMullen Films

Ghost Dance. Experimental filmmaker Ken McMullen’s 1983 drama is the only film that stars Robbie Coltrane and Jacques Derrida! The experiences of two women—one in Paris, the other in London—illuminate the complexity of conceptions about memory and the past. Immediately after the screening, as part of Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences’ Creativity and Culture: Creativity & Cultural Industries in Conversation Series, a Cinema and Mortality panel discussion includes McMullen, psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas, Wilkinson’s Patrick Fuery, and Dodge College of Film and Media Arts’ Kelli Fuery. Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6947; Fri., 1 p.m. Free.

They Shall Not Grow Old. Peter Jackson’s “most personal” film is this 2018 World War I documentary that used archival footage, 600 hours of BBC interviews, colorization, 3D technologies and state-of-the-art restoration to share the authentic experiences of British soldiers who lived them. Various theaters, Fri.-Wed.; visit website for show times. $11.45-$14.95. Also at Art Theatre, 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 7:15 p.m.; Sun., 1:15 p.m.; Mon., 5 p.m.; Tues., 3 p.m.; Wed., 11:30 a.m. $8.50-$11.50; Thurs., March 7, at: Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (844) 462-7342, and Edwards Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, 26602 Towne Center Dr., Foothill Ranch, (949) 588-9402. 12:55 (or 1), 4, 7 & 10 p.m. $11.45-$14.95; Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. 8:45 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Documentary. The nominees screening are: Black Sheep (director Ed Perkins/country U.K.) Blurring the boundaries between documentary and fiction, the film uses non-actors to re-create the 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): Examined are two San Francisco Bay Area medical facilities on the forefront of creating new paradigms for end of life decisions with grace; Lifeboat (Skye Fitzgerald/USA): Profiled are volunteers from a German nonprofit that risks 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): Exposed is a 1939 event at Madison Square Garden, where 20,000 Americans rallied to celebrate the rise of Nazism; the Oscar winner Period. End of Sentence (Rayka Zehtabchi/USA): Women in a rural village outside Delhi, India, lead a quiet revolution against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Fri., 1 & 3 p.m.; Sat., 3:15 & 5:15 p.m.; Sun., 5:30 p.m.; Mon., 12:30 & 9:15 p.m.; Tues., 7:15 & 9 p.m.; Wed., 3:45 & 5:30 p.m.; Thurs., March 7, 2:30 & 4:15 p.m. $9-$10.

2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action. The nominees screening are: Madre (director Rodrigo Sorogoyen/country Spain): A single mother receives a distressing call from her 7-year-old son, who is all alone when he is supposed to be on vacation with his father in the French Basque Country; Fauve (Jeremy Comte/Canada): Two boys playing together alone in a surface mine become embroiled in a power struggle; Marguerite (Marianne Farley/Canada): An aging woman befriends a nurse who helps the patient make peace with her past; Detainment (Vincent Lambe/Ireland): Based on the true story of two 10-year-old boys who police detained for a toddler’s murder; the Oscar winner Skin (Guy Nattiv/USA): A black man smiling at a white boy in a small blue collar town supermarket sparks a ruthless gang war. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Fri., 5 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 p.m.; Sun., 7:15 p.m.; Mon., 2:30 p.m.; Tues., 12:30 p.m.; Thurs., March 7, 6:15 p.m. $9-$10.

2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation. The nominees screening are: the Oscar winner Bao (director Domee Shi/country USA): 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): An elderly woman, who lives between the past and the present, journeys into an inner world to connect with her vivid, fragmented memories; Animal Behaviour (Alison Snowden and David Fine/Canada): Five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by a canine psychotherapist; Weekends (Trevor Jimenez/USA): A young boy shuffles between the homes of his recently divorced parents in 1980s Toronto; One Small Step (Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas/USA & China): A vibrant young Chinese American girl grows up facing adversity of all kinds as she pursues her lifelong dream of becoming an astronaut. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Fri., 9:45 p.m.; Sat., 1:15 p.m.; Sun., 3:30 p.m.; Mon., 7:15 p.m.; Tues., 5:15 p.m.; Wed., 1:45 p.m.; Thurs., March 7, 12:30 p.m. $9-$10.

Phantom of the Paradise. Photo courtesy 20th Century Fox

Phantom of the Paradise. The Frida at Dark series kicks off with one of the venue’s top draws of 2018: Brian De Palma’s 1974 cult classic. Paul Williams stars as a record producer who not only steals the music of a songwriter (William Finley), but also ruins his life. Disfigurement leaves the songwriter hungry for revenge. The Frida Cinema; Fri.-Sat., 10 p.m. $7-$10.

Rust Creek. Sawyer (Hermione Corfield) is an ambitious, overachieving college senior who winds up stranded deep in the frozen Kentucky woods in Jen McGowan’s 2018 drama-thriller. The Frida Cinema; Fri.-Sat.., 10:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Piercing. In writer-director Nicolas Pesce’s acclaimed, stylish new psychological thriller, a husband and father (Christopher Abbott) tells his family he is going on a business trip, but along with his toothbrush he’s packed a murder kit for an unsuspecting victim. The Frida Cinema; Fri.-Sat., 11:55 p.m.; Sun.-Thurs., March 3-7, 10 p.m. $7-$10. 

Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church. This rockumentary chronicles the electric-guitar god’s largest U.S. performance, which was at the massive Atlanta Pop Music Festival in July 1970. Besides enjoying previously unseen concert footage of Hendrix, you’ll take in appearances by Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Derek Trucks and many more. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. $8-$11.

La Fille du Régiment. Photo by Marty Sohl for The Metropolitan Opera.

The Met: Live in HD: La Fille du Régiment. Bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena team up for Donizetti’s comic opera that is sung in French with English subtitles. A young woman, who was raised since a baby by an army regiment that found her orphaned on a battlefield, must choose between marrying a soldier, as decreed by her foster father, or her true love. Various theaters; Sat., 9:55 a.m.; Wed., 1 & 6:30 p.m. $16-$23.

Hunter x Hunter: The Last Mission. Keiichiro Kawaguchi’s 2013 anime adventure makes its North American theatrical premiere. After Gon, Killua, Kurapika and Leorio settle into their Heaven’s Arena seats to watch the Battle Olympia tournament, a raid by the Shadow ends the festivities. That forces our heroes to mount one last mission to protect the world. The Frida Cinema; Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 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. $8.50-$11.50.

The Beguiled. The Sophia Coppla retrospective includes her recent remake of the Civil War drama about a Virginia girls school matron (Nicole Kidman) sheltering an injured Union soldier (Colin Farrell) who plays minds games with the faculty and students. The Frida Cinema; Sun.-Tues., 5:30 & 8 p.m.; Mon.-Tues., 2:30 p.m. $7-$10. 

The Absent Stone. Photo courtesy Cineteca Naciona

The Absent Stone. Jesse Lerner and Sandra Rozental’s 2013 documentary explains how the largest single-stone sculpture in the Americas was forcefully removed from a village in Mexico’s Texcoco area in 1964. The piece, which archaeologists believe depicts a pre-Colombian rain deity, was relocated to the busy entrance to the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City. Lerner participates in a post-screening Q&A at this UC Irvine Latin American Studies event. UCI, McCormick Hall, Humanities Gateway 1070, First Floor, Campus and West Peltason drives, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Mon., 4 p.m. Free.

Viridiana. Luis Buñuel’s 1961 dramedy, which is considered one of his best films, is about a young nun (Silvia Pinal) who is about to take her final vows when she visits her widowed uncle (Fernando Rey). Thinking she resembles his late wife, he tries to seduce her before tragedy strikes. The UCI Spanish and Portuguese Department presents the Cannes Palme d’Or winner, which rolls in Spanish with English subtitles, and post-screening panelists Jeanny Fuentes, Raquel García Perales, Karem Lissette Delgado, Jacqueline Martínez Cerna and Distinguished Professor Gonzalo Navajas. UCI, Humanities Hall, Room 262, Campus and West Peltason drives, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Tues., 7 p.m. Free.

Raw. Frida’s Women Directors of Horror series presents Julia Ducournau’s 2017 feature-writing/directing debut. A vegetarian college freshman (Garance Marillier) is forced during a hazing ritual to try meat for the first time. That awakens a new desire to munch on human flesh, and fortunately, her campus is loaded with it. The Frida Cinema; Wed.-Thurs., March 7, 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

BlacKkKlansman. Spike Lee’s 2018 bio-drama is set in the early 1970s, when a black Colorado Springs police detective (John David Washington) tries to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. He enlists his white partner (Adam Driver) to help. You have two chances to see the much-lauded movie for free this week: at a library and, with Oscar-winning screenwriters Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz, at a university. The pair, who along with Lee and Kevin Willmott won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, participate in an audience Q & A after their screening. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Wed., 6 p.m. Free; also at Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, (714) 997-6947; . Thurs., March 7, 7 p.m. Free but seating is first come, first served.

Dokhtari dar šab tanhâ be xâne miravad (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night). The UCI Center for Persian Studies and Cultures and International Film Club present the 2014 Ana Lily Amirpour film that is billed as “the first Iranian vampire western.” Inhabitants of the Bad City ghost town are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire (Sheila Vand). A light dinner and discussion follow the film. UCI, McCormick Screening Room, (949) 824-6117. Wed., 7 p.m. Free.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The first movie from the franchise follows Harry from life with his neglectful aunt and uncle to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Hump! Film Festival. The 14th annual event, which is brought to you by our own Savage Love columnist Dan Savage, features 21 five-minute shorts shot by everyday people of all sexual persuasions who decided they wanted to direct porn for one weekend. See “Dan Savage’s Hump! Film Festival Returns” for titles. Art Theatre; Wed., 8 p.m. $20-$24.49.

Un paese quasi perfetto (An Almost Perfect Country). Italian Movie Night presents Massimo Gaudioso’s 2016 comedy about inhabitants of a remote and dying village doing everything it takes to make a new factory succeed. Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Thurs., March 7. Call theater for show time and ticket prices.

Mantrap. Years before Victor Fleming directed The Wizard of Oz, he helmed this 1926 silent comedy starring “It Girl” Clara Bow. She plays Alverna, a lonely young wife who grows tired of living in the sticks with her Canadian husband, Joe (Ernest Torrence). When his strapping divorce-lawyer friend Ralph (Percy Marmont) shows up for a vacation from women, Alverna makes her move. Award-winning composer Michael Mortilla accompanies the Silent Movie Night selection on piano. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6595; Thurs., March 7, 7:30 p.m. $15-$30.

Captain Marvel. Marvel Studios’ latest hoped-for blockbuster is shown in the ScreenX format, where the movie screen extends to the theater’s side walls to create an immersive experience for the viewer. In the 1990s, as Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes, a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth. Danvers and a small cadre of allies land in the center of the maelstrom. Presented with Korean subtitles. CGV Cinemas at The Source OC, 6988 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, (714) 252-6826; Thurs., March 7, 8 & 10:50 p.m. $12-$17.50.

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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