Ho, Ho Ho, Bitches [Special Screenings, Dec. 6-13]

RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular. Photo by Katja Ogrin/Redferns

Persona. Classic films by acclaimed writer/director/producer Ingmar Bergman are presented all month. His radical 1966 film stars Liv Ullman as a stage actress who has mysteriously gone mute and Bibi Andersson as the young nurse caring for her in a remote island cottage. While isolated there, they experience a mysterious spiritual and emotional transference. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Dec. 6, 2, 4 & 6 p.m. $7-$10.

Mirai. GKIDS and Fathom Events present the U.S. debut of the anime from Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) and Studio Chizu. A young boy encounters a magical garden that enables him to travel through time and meet his relatives from different eras, with guidance from his younger sister from the future. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Dec. 6, 2:30, 5 & 7:30 p.m. (subtitled). $7-$10; also at: AMC Fullerton 20, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, (714) 992-6962; AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, 2457 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, 1701 W. Katella Ave., Orange, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, 99 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, (562) 435-5754; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Anaheim Hills 14, 8030 East Santa Ana Canyon Rd., Anaheim Hills, (714) 282-5953; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, 255 W. Birch St., Brea, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, 26602 Towne Center Dr., Foothill Ranch, (949) 588-9402; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 65 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Kaleidoscope Stadium 10, 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo, (949) 582-4078; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson, Long Beach, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Market Place Stadium 10, 13782 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Metro Pointe Stadium 12, 901 South Coast Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 428-0962; The Lot Fashion Island, 999 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 281-0069; Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, 9741 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, (844) 462-7342; Regal La Habra Stadium 16, 1351 W. Imperial Hwy., La Habra, (562) 690-4909; www.fathomevents.com. Sat., 12:55 p.m. (dubbed). $10.50-$12.50.

Anime Club. Such animes as Bleach, Naruto, My Hero Academia, Attack On Titan and Sword Art Online are streamed, and premium prizes from Crunchyroll are doled out during this program aimed at ages 13-17. Cypress Library, 5331 Orange Ave., Cypress, (714) 826-0350. Thurs., Dec. 6, 5 p.m. Free.

National Theatre Live: Antony & Cleopatra. Live from the London stage is 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. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Big Newport 6, 300 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, (714) 672-4136; 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. Thurs., Dec. 6, 7 p.m. $18.

Puoi bacaire lo sposo (You May Kiss the Groom). Italian Movie Night presents Alessandro Genovesi’s comedy that was released in Italy in March. Happily engaged Antonio (Cristiano Caccamo) brings his fiancé, Paulo (Salvatore Esposito), to the old Italian village of his birth to meet his headstrong parents and reveal his sexuality, seeking to make a town founded on religious tradition understand that love is love. Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Thurs., Dec. 6, 7 p.m. $10.

Warren Miller’s Face of Winter. Ski and snowboard moviemaker Warren Miller passed away in January at age 93, but his company lives on with its 69th film, which features new and veteran athletes on snow from British Columbia to Switzerland and France to Chile. Regency Lido Theater, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, (949) 673-8350; warrenmiller.com. Thurs., Dec. 6, 7 p.m. $19.

Roma. Alfonso Cuarón’s new and (based on the trailers) gorgeously shot black-and-white drama follows a year in the life of a middle-class Mexico City family in the early 1970s. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Dec. 6, 7:15 p.m. $8-$11; also at Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Thurs., Dec. 6, 9 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Twisted Pair. Because the screening of the fifth feature film from writer/director Neil Breen was a sellout in November, Frida brings it back. Breen plays identical twins who become hybrid artificial-intelligence entities torn in different directions to achieve justice for humanity. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Dec. 6, 8 p.m. $7-$10.

Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2. The new Eleven Arts anime, which is based on the best-selling manga by Waki Yamato, is set during Japan’s Taisho era of 1918. Benio Hanamura, a 17-year-old tomboy, bucks tradition by wanting to find love on her own terms, but her family has other plans. Starlight Cinema City, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 970-6700; and Starlight Triangle Square Cinemas, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, (949) 650-4300 (no Mon.); starlightcinemas.com. Fri.-Mon., 7 p.m., and Sat., 1:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices.

Hola Mexico Film Fest. See “The Frida Cinema Welcomes Hola Mexico Film Fest.” The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Start times: Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 6:30 p.m. (opening reception follows first film); Sun., 12:30 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., Dec. 13, 7 p.m. $7-$10 per film.

Gremlins. Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

Gremlins + Q&A With Zach Galligan. Young Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet, unleashing a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town in this 1984 horror comedy directed by the great Joe Dante from a script by the also great Chris Columbus. Galligan appears after both screenings to take audience questions. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. $7-$10; the film, sans Q&A, also screens at Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular. First, drag hostesses Isabella Xochitl and Electra Kute perform live. Then it’s the televised special event that features eight queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race past competing to become America’s first Drag Race Christmas Queen. Seating is limited, those in drag can choose a free soda or popcorn, and beer and cocktails can be purchased by those 21+. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., doors open, 9 p.m.; prescreening performance, 9:30 p.m.; screening, 10 p.m. Free.

Slay Belles. Dan Walker’s new horror flick is about three cosplayers (Kristina Klebe, Susan Slaughter and Hannah Wagner) breaking into Santa Land for Christmas Eve partying. Confronted by Krampus, the trio joins forces with Santa Claus (Barry Bostwick) to defeat the evil demon. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 4 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., Dec. 13, 10 p.m. $7-$10.

Kusama: Infinity. This recent documentary shows how Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her radical vision to the world and become the top-selling artist on the planet. Art Theatre; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Buttons: A New Musical Film. Tim Janis’ new musical is not based on the life of comedian Red “Never Got a Dinner” Buttons. Rather, it’s a fairy tale set early in the Industrial Revolution. Two orphans meet elderly strangers (Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury) who change their lives forever. Robert Redford and Kate Winslet narrate, and Patricia Ward Kelly hosts a special tribute to her late husband, legendary actor/dancer/director/choreographer Gene Kelly. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, (562) 435-5754; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Big Newport 6, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, (949) 588-9402; 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., 12:55 p.m. $10-$12.50.

Bloodsport. Photo courtesy Cannon International

Bloodsport. It’s a 30th-anniversary screening of Newt Arnold’s 1988 martial-arts cult classic that claims to be the true story of fight choreographer Frank Dux. American soldier Dux (Jean-Claude Van Damme and his thick, Belgian accent) travels to Hong Kong in hopes of being accepted into a highly secret and extremely violent martial-arts competition. Dux endures the underworld, difficult training, a romance with a journalist (Leah Ayres) and Army allegations of being AWOL. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 9 p.m.; Sun., 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; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

White Christmas. Fathom Events and TCM Big Screen Classics present the Irving Berlin musical about two military veterans (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) teaming up after the war to become a hot song-and-dance duo. They join up with a sister act (composed of Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) for a snowy Christmas in Vermont. The screening event includes insights from Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, (562) 435-5754; 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. & Wed., 2 & 7 p.m. $12.50.

The Seventh Seal. The Ingmar Bergman retrospective continues with his 1957 classic about an exhausted knight (Max von Sydow) who is disillusioned after a decade of battling in the Crusades. On a desolate beach, he comes face to face with Death (Bengt Ekerot), who challenges him to a fateful game of chess. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues., 2:30, 5:30, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Jim Henson’s Holiday Special. Two holiday specials helmed by the Muppets’ creator have been remastered. Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, which features music by Paul Williams, is about a poor family trying to win a $50 talent show prize so they can afford presents. The Bells of Fraggle Rock has Gobo Fraggle venturing to the center of Fraggle Rock to figure out why the spirit of the season eludes him. This screening event includes a new featurette and a special guest. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Big Newport 6, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, (949) 588-9402; 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. Mon., 4 & 7 p.m. $10-$12.50.

George Takei’s Allegiance on Broadway 2017. Inspired by the true life of Star Trek’s George Takei, this Broadway musical returns to the big screen accompanied by a conversation with the creative team. A mysterious envelope sends Sam Kimura (Takei) back 60 years to his younger days (when he is portrayed by Telly Leung). He and his sister Kei (Tony winner Lea Salonga) try to rescue their parents from the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, (562) 435-5754; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Big Newport 6, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, (949) 588-9402; 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. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $15.

Fanny and Alexander: The Complete Television Version. The Ingmar Bergman retrospective concludes with his uncut 1982 masterpiece about a family in turn-of-the-century Sweden, where the young children experience various comedies and tragedies. We’re talking the 312-minute version that played on Swedish TV, not the Oscar winner that had two hours trimmed before its U.S. release. Presented in Swedish with English subtitles. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Wed.-Thurs., Dec. 13, 1 & 7 p.m. $7-$10.

Elf. Photo courtesy New Line Cinema

Elf. A grown man (Will Ferrell) in green tights wreaks havoc on elves and Santa’s village because of his size, so he is sent to New York City to discover his real identity. And that his dad is Jimmy Fucking Caan—KICKASS! Bring chairs and blankets to this outdoor screening, and while no outside food is allowed, grub is available at nearby stands and restaurants. Pacific City, Level 2 (near Saint Marc and Smocking Birds), 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach; www.gopacificcity.com/events/. Wed., 6 p.m. Free.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) tries to get his family into the holiday spirit, a job that grows as relatives show up unexpectedly at his doorstep, including cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid). Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

It’s a Wonderful Life. In Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday classic, a banker (Jimmy Stewart) is on the brink of suicide after losing his town’s money. He finds out what life would be like without him from an angel without wings (Henry Travers). Bring snacks and beverages but no booze lest you get the ol’ Mr. Potter treatment. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., Dec. 13, 1 p.m. Free.

Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki. Academy Award-winning director, animator and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro) announced his retirement at age 72 in 2013. But the master of hand-drawn anime could not overcome a burning desire to create. Filmed over two years and presented in Japanese with English subtitles, this new documentary shows Miyazaki overcoming struggles to create his first computer-animated film, the short Boro the Caterpillar. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, (562) 435-5754; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Big Newport 6, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, (949) 588-9402; 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. Thurs., Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. $12.50.

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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