It’s Showtime! [Special Screenings, Oct. 4-11]

Beetlejuice. Photo courtesy the Geffen Co.

Love, Gilda. Lisa D’Apolito’s revealing documentary reiterates that a huge reason for Saturday Night Live’s earliest success was Gilda Radner, the first Not Ready for Prime Time Player Lorne Michaels hired. Frank footage from her childhood through her final days is surprising, inspiring and, ultimately, heartbreaking. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Oct. 4, 11:35 a.m., 1:50, 4:15, 7 & 9:15 p.m. $8-$11.

Fahrenheit 11/9. Provocateur Michael Moore takes a comedic look at the times we live in and seeks answers to these Trump-era questions: How the f**k did we get here, and how the f**k do we get out? Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., Oct. 27, 12:45, 3:45, 6:45 & 9:45 p.m. $9.50-$12.50; also at Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Oct. 4, 12:45 & 3:45 p.m. $8-$11; and Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Oct. 4, 1, 6:15 & 9 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

The Cakemaker. Berlin baker Thomas (Tim Kalkhof) goes to Israel for answers after the death of his traveling-businessman lover Oren (Roy Miller). But Thomas must lie to conceal his true relationship from Oren’s wife (Sarah Adler) and son (Tamir Ben Yehuda). Israeli writer/director Ofir Raul Graizer’s feature debut won more than 15 international awards. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Oct. 4, 2, 5 & 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Psycho. Photo courtesy Universal Pictures

Psycho. The 1960 Hitchcock classic must be among the most influential and blatantly ripped off movies of all time. It’s about the uncomfortably close relationship between motel manager Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and his rocking-chair-bound mother at a time when folks are disappearing. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Oct. 4, 2:30 & 5 p.m.; Fri., 2:30, 5 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

Living and Writing in Havana. Lucía Lopez’s documentary is about the work of award-winning Cuban novelist and investigative journalist Leonardo Padura, who is also UC Irvine’s professor-in-residence in October. The Spanish-language documentary is shown with English subtitles. UCI, McCormick Hall, Humanities Gateway 1070, first floor, West Peltason and Campus drives, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Thurs., Oct. 4, 3:30 p.m. Free.

The Bookshop. Director Isabel Coixet adapted Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel about a free-spirited widow (Emily Mortimer) opening a bookstore in a conservative English coastal town in 1959. That creates a tug-of-war between a local grand dame and shop opponent (Patricia Clarkson) and a reclusive book-loving widower (Bill Nighy). Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Oct. 4, 3:45 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

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., Oct. 4, 5 p.m. Free.

8 1/2. Italian Movie Night presents Federico Fellini’s 1963 autobiographical classic about a film director (Marcello Mastroianni) trying to relax after his last big hit. That’s impossible because people he was worked with keep hitting him up for another job. But he’s tapped out of ideas until he begins to reflect on his past, which includes women he has loved and left. Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Thurs., Oct. 4. Call for time and ticket prices.

The Trump Prophecy. God told fireman Mark Taylor something about America, Israel and the world. You have to go to this screening to find out what exactly. 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 Big Newport 6, 300 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, 255 W. Birch St., Brea, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 65 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson, Long Beach, (844) 462-7342; Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, 9741 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., Oct. 4, 7 p.m. $12.50.

Hocus Pocus. Orange County LGBT Pride celebrates the 25th anniversary of the 1993 live-action Disney comedy about three sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy) awaking from their deaths that happened 300 years earlier in Salem, Massachusetts, where they were sentenced to die for performing witchcraft. Their revenge plot is complicated by a group of meddling teens, a.k.a. the Scooby-Doo Effect. Proceeds benefit those fighters for equality with an office upstairs from the movie house. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. $15.

Tea With the Dames. Photo courtesy IFC Films

Tea With the Dames. Roger Michell’s documentary celebrates iconic actresses (and British dames) Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith. Having all begun their acting careers in the 1950s, they talk about their lives and careers as Michell (Notting Hill) weaves in rare archival material. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Fri.-Thurs., Oct. 5-11. Call for times and ticket prices.

Suspiria. It’s a 4K uncut restoration of Dario Argento’s 1977 horror flick about a young American student (Jessica Harper) arriving at a German dance academy, where she is thrust into a hallucinatory nightmare of witchcraft and murder. The film boasts a score by the prog-rock band Goblin that is one of the genre’s most memorable. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri. & Mon.-Tues., 2, 5, 7:30 & 10 p.m. $7-$10.

The Serpent and the Rainbow. Wes Craven’s 1987 voodoo spooker is loosely based on the real experiences of ethnobotanist Wade Davis. An anthropologist (Bill Pullman) must stay a step ahead of a suspicious Haitian government while a fellow researcher (Cathy Tyson) and a witch doctor (Brent Jennings) help him investigate a drug used in black-magic rituals that is turning users into zombies. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 10 p.m. $7-$10.

Bad Reputation. It’s a revealing new documentary on Joan Jett, who first gained notice with the Runaways during the rise of punk in the 1970s and later hit No. 1 on the charts with her anthem “I Love Rock n Roll.” Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Fri., 11 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. $8.50-$11.50.

The Met: Live in HD: Aida. Soprano Anna Netrebko sings the title role with the Metropolitan Opera for the first time. Verdi’s opera is sung in Italian with English subtitles. AMC Marina Pacifica, 6346 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 430-8790; AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-4288 (no Wed. show); AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, 2457 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 258-7036 (no Wed., 1 p.m. show); Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (800) 967-1932; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, 26602 Towne Center Dr., Foothill Ranch, (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., 9:55 a.m. (live); Wed., 1 & 6:30 p.m. (taped). $18-$24.

International Christian Film Festival. Jeebus-lovin’ films from around the world are presented all afternoon. Woodbridge Community Church, 5000 Barranca Pkwy., Irvine, (949) 552-1101. Sat., 4 p.m. $5.

The Greatest Showman. The city of Mission Viejo’s fall Movies in the Park series kicks off with games, activities, raffle prizes, snacks, refreshments and Michael Gracey’s 2017 bio-musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman). He rose from nothing to create a circus and worldwide sensation. Food and drinks are available for purchase starting at 4:30 p.m. Florence Joyner Olympiad Park, 22760 Olympiad Rd., Mission Viejo, (949) 859-4348. Sat., activities, 6 p.m.; screening, dusk. Free.

Night of the Living Dead. Photo courtesy of Image Ten

Night of the Living Dead. Festival Obscura and Sunnyside Cemetery present George Romero’s original, über-influential zombie flick. A disparate group of folks take refuge in an abandoned house to avoid flesh eaters roaming the countryside. Besides the film, expect music, local vendors and on-site printing of commemorative T-shirts. Bring blankets, low-back chairs and picnic grub if you desire, but rideshare or arrive early because parking is extremely limited. Sunnyside Cemetery, 1095 E. Willow St., Long Beach; www.facebook.com/festivalobscura/. Sat., gates open, 6 p.m.; screening, dusk. $13-$14.

Camp Frida: Undead. The annual event returns with games, badges, camp activities, and 12 hours of gory and creepy movies. Which ones? It’s better to be surprised. (Plus, Auntie Frida ain’t squawking.) Dress comfy, enjoy special goodies and, if you survive the night, expect “an extra-special gift.” If you really want to go and are reading this now, drop what you are doing and get tickets because these deals tend to sell out quickly. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 8 p.m. $20.

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.” Midnight Insanity is your live shadow cast. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Bullitt 50th Anniversary. Peter Yates’ 1968 action-mystery may be better known for its car chase scenes through the streets of San Francisco than for star Steve McQueen’s steely-eyed portrayal of a daredevil cop. He tries to get to the bottom of who killed the star witness he had been protecting. The special Fathom Events-Warner Bros. event includes bonus content from Ford Motor Co. and the McQueen family. 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 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; www.fathomevents.com. Sun. & Tues., 2 & 7 p.m. $12.50.

Deep Red. Photo courtesy Seda Spettacoli

Deep Red. It’s a 4k restoration of Dario Argento’s 1975 macabre masterpiece about a jazz pianist (David Hemmings) and a reporter (Daria Nicolodi) teaming up to discover the identity of a black-gloved killer. Enjoy another ripping Goblin film score. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues., 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $7-$10.

The Dawn Wall. It’s an action-sports documentary on American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson scaling the Dawn Wall (Yosemite’s 3,000-foot face) in 2015. 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; www.fathomevents.com. Mon., 7 p.m. $12.50.

Beetlejuice. Flashback Tuesday presents Tim Burton’s 1988 paranormal comedy that has Barbara and Adam Maitland (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) dying much too young when their car plunges into a river in the Connecticut countryside. Upon returning home and realizing their numbers may be up, they are confronted by Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton), a mischievous, coarse, obnoxious ghost who supplies a hellraising hereafter. See the Stranger Things mom when she was a kid! Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8.

Three Times. International Film Club presents Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien’s three separate love stories that are set in 1911, 1966 and 2005, which was the year of the picture’s release. So here is the deal: Shu Qi and Chang Chen play the couple in each segment. UCI’s McCormick Hall, (949) 824-6117. Wed., 7 p.m. Free.

Doctor Who New Season Premiere. Whovians are invited to watch the season premiere featuring the new (and 13th) doctor played by Jodie Whittaker (Broadchurch). Besides the episode, attendees are shown behind-the-scenes bonus features Becoming a Doctor, which charts Whittaker’s casting through the making of the show, and Directing and Regenerating Doctor Who, in which Jamie Childs describes the challenges he faced directing the premiere. 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; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, (949) 588-9402; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Wed.-Thurs., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. $12.50.

Little Shop of Horrors. Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

Little Shop of Horrors. Classic Wednesday presents not the original but Frank Oz’s 1986 remake with meek flower-shop assistant Seymour (Rick Moranis) spending his day caring for his plants and pining for busty co-worker Audrey (Ellen Greene). During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on the human flesh and blood that Seymour must keep supplying. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Split. The Thursday Matinee film series, whose theme this month is “New Horror Classics,” continues with M. Night Shyamalan’s 2017 horror-thriller about three girls (Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula) who are kidnapped by a man (James McAvoy) with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of frightful No. 24. Scare up snacks and beverages for this screening, but keep your booze locked in the dungeon. Fullerton Public Library, Osborne Auditorium, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., Oct. 11, 1 p.m. Free.

Come to Life Film Series. The pioneering agroecology and permaculture work of Evan Marks, the founder and executive director of the Ecology Center, a nonprofit that is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano and has a second location in Encinitas, is the focus of Cyrus Sutton’s six-minute documentary Come to Life With Evan Marks. It screens at both centers with these other Sutton shorts: Deep Immersion, Mark Healey, Why B Corps Matter, Natural Highs, Journey to the Source and Rising Appalachia. But first there is a panel discussion with Marks, Sutton and Guayakí Yerba Mate media director Madison Olson, who will also take questions afterward. The Ecology Center, 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 443-4223. Thurs., Oct. 11, doors open, 5:30 p.m.; discussion, 6 p.m.; screening, 6:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP required at www.theecologycenter.org/resources/event/film-screening-of-come-to-life-film/. (Also at the Ecology Center Farm Lab in Encinitas on Oct. 12.)

The Invisible War. Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering investigate the rape epidemic among U.S. military personnel in this 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary. Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Donald P. Kennedy Hall, 1 University Dr., Orange, (714) 628-2500. Thurs., Oct. 11, 6 p.m. Free.

The Light Shines On. I’m going to go out a limb here and guess a wealthy University of Colorado Boulder alum in Orange County bought out the theater to show this 30-minute documentary. See the university president who stood up to KKK members, the first female professor at a state university and everyone from astronauts to Olympians who attended the joint. Regency Lido Theater, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, (949) 673-8350. Thurs., Oct. 11, 7 p.m. $15.

MFKZ. GKIDS and Fathom Events present the U.S. cinema debut of the collaboration between French comic artist Guillaume “Run” Renard, Japanese animation house Studio 4¡C and these American actors whose voices are heard in the English-dubbed version: Michael Chiklis (The Shield), Giancarlo Espositio (Breaking Bad), Dascha Polanco (Orange Is the New Black), RZA (The Man With the Iron Fists) and Danny Trejo (Machete). After a scooter accident in a neo-urban hell, young Angelino (Tay Lee) experiences migraines, strange hallucinations and fits of rage-inspired superpowers. That leads him to discover he is half-human, half-supernatural alien (of the taking-over-the-planet variety). 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 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., Oct. 11, 7 p.m. (also Oct. 16). $12.50.

Soufra. The inspiring and unifying documentary follows Mariam Shaar, who has spent all of her 69 years in a refugee camp south of Beirut, and other refugee women from throughout the Middle East launching a catering company called Soufra, which is Arabic for buffet. With a Kickstarter campaign, the ladies expand the business with a food truck. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Oct. 11, 7 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

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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