Won’t You Be My Neighbor? This documentary takes you to the heart of the late Fred Rogers’ career, which he dedicated to how best to speak with young kids even beyond Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, his PBS children’s show. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., July 26, 11:45 a.m., 2:15 & 4:45 p.m. $8-$11; also at Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., July 26, 12:15, 2:35, 5, 7:20 & 10:10 p.m. $9.50-$12.50; and Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., July 26, 1, 4 & 6:30 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.
To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story. Derek Dennis Herbert’s documentary chronicles the harrowing life of stuntman Kane Hodder, who survived a near-death burn accident to rise in the movie business and eventually become the man in the hockey mask: Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees. Bruce Campbell (Ash of Evil Dead), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger himself) and Cassandra Peterson (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark herself) are among those interviewed. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., July 26, 12:30, 3, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.
Il grande silenzio (The Great Silence). It’s a 50th-anniversary screening of a restored and remastered version of Sergio Corbucci’s spaghetti Western that never received a theatrical release in North America. A vicious bounty hunter (Klaus Kinski) and a mute gunslinger (Jean-Louis Trintignant) lock horns in the snowy mountains of Utah during the Great Blizzard of 1899. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs.-Fri., July 26-27, 1, 3:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m.; Sat., 2:30, 7:30 & 10 p.m. $7-$10.
Wonder. Orange Public Library Foundation’s Family Film Festival continues in the air-conditioned Community Room with Stephen Chbosky’s family dramedy about a boy with facial differences (Jacob Tremblay). Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson play his parents, who offer support as he enters fifth grade at a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Popcorn and snacks are available for purchase. Orange Public Library, 407 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, (714) 288-2400. Thurs., July 26, 2 p.m. Free; also screening at Arovista Park, 415 W. Elm St., Brea, (714) 990-7112; and San Gorgonio Park, 2916 Via San Gorgonio, San Clemente; www.san-clemente.org/recreation-community/special-events. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.
Ferdinand. Carlos Saldanha’s 2017 animated Disney hit is about a bull trying to escape from his captors to avoid a date with El Primero, a famous bullfighter who never loses. John Cena and Kate McKinnon are among those who supply voices. Pack dinner, chairs and blankets for an evening under the stars. Cedar Grove Park, 11385 Pioneer Rd., Tustin, (714) 573-3326. Thurs., July 26, activities, 5:30 p.m.; screening, dusk. Free.
Newsies: The Broadway Musical. It’s an encore screening of the Tony Award-winning musical’s staging at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in September 2016. Charismatic newsboy Jack Kelly (Jeremy Jordan, reprising his Tony-nominated performance) leads a ragged band of teenaged “newsies” who dream of better lives far from the hardship of the streets of turn-of-the-century New York. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer (Steve Blanchard) and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right. AMC Fullerton, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, (714) 992-6962; 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; 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; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (844) 462-7342; 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 Long Beach Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson, Long Beach, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Metro Pointe Stadium 12, 901 South Coast Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 428-0962; Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, 9741 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., July 26, 7 p.m.; Sat., 12:55 p.m. $15.
North of Nightfall. It’s the Laguna Beach premiere of the Red Bull action-sports documentary about Mountain bikers who brave harsh temperatures and volatile weather to ride trails hidden among the glaciers high in the Arctic Circle. Darren Berrecloth, Carson Storch, Cam Zink and Tom Van Steenbergen are among the riders who embark on an expedition to the top of the world. Troy Lee Designs, 380 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, (949) 715-8142. Thurs., July 26, 7 p.m. $7.
Yellow Submarine. It’s a 50th-anniversary run of the cartoon that was made at the height of the Beatles’ popularity. The Fab Four is recruited by an escapee to bring joy (and music) back to the land overtaken by the Blue Meanies. Another tab, Ringo? Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., July 26, 9 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.
The King. Director Eugene Jarecki takes Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical journey from Memphis to New York, Las Vegas and beyond, using the trip—which features the famous and the unknown—as a metaphor for the country the King left behind. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Fri.-Sat. & Mon.-Thurs., Aug. 2, 1:30, 4, 6:30 & 9 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 & 4 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.
Cars 3. The Dive-In Movie is the Disney/Pixar computer-animated franchise flick about veteran race car Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) mentoring a newcomer (Cristela Alonzo), just as he was in the original picture by an old stock car (Paul Newman). Hot dogs, other snacks and beverages can be bought and enjoyed next to the pool. La Habra High School, Stadium Pool, 801 W. Highlander Ave., La Habra, (562) 383-4205. Fri., doors open, 6 p.m.; screening, dusk. Ages 3 and older, $2.
Pretty In Pink. Poor girl Andie (Molly Ringwald) must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart “Duckie” (Jon Cryer) and rich but sensitive playboy Blaine (Andrew McCarthy). Here’s a spoileresque fun fact about this 1986 Brat Packer directed by Howard Deutch and written (with Ringwald in mind) by John Hughes: The original ending had Andie and Duckie together, but test audiences hated it, so the current ending was plugged in. To plug into the Lot at Fashion Island’s Friday Night Flix, Arrive early because even though chairs are provided, sitting on them is first-come, first-seated. Fashion Island, Neiman Marcus-Bloomingdale’s Courtyard, 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach; www.shopfashionisland.com. Fri., check in, 7:30 p.m.; screening, dusk. $10 (includes a bag of warm popcorn).
Up. I want to say I saw this animated entry and that Ed Asner was great voicing an old guy (such a stretch!), but damn if I can remember the story. Discover it as Disneyland’s summer movie series continues. Juarez Park, 841 S. Sunkist St., Anaheim; publicaffairs.disneyland.com/community/celebratesummer/. Fri., 7:45 p.m. Free.
Big Hero 6. Disney 3D computer-animated hit has Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter), his friends and his older brother’s health-care robot (Scott Adsit) battling an evil villain in San Fransokyo, which is where I left my artificial heart. Placentia Champions Sports Complex, 505 N. Jefferson, Placentia, (714) 993-8232. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.
Zootopia. Yet another recent toon with funny people voicing animals (or is it vice versa?). A rabbit cop tries to solve a missing-persons case in a city inhabited by anthropomorphic animals (Villa Park?). Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, (714) 973-6835. Fri., dusk. Free.
Enter the Dragon. A digitally remastered 2K print celebrates the influential martial arts film’s 45th anniversary. Directed by Robert Clouse, the 1973 film stars Bruce Lee as a fighter who enters a kung-fu competition as a way to get into a drug dealer’s headquarters. Why? To avenge the death of his sister. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m. $7-$10.
The Wiz. Sidney Lumet’s 1978 musical fantasy, which adds soul to The Wizard of Oz, begins with a storm whisking Dorothy (Diana Ross) away from Manhattan to an urban fantasy land. Wanting to return home after accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East, Dorothy is told the Wiz (Richard Pryor) can help her. On her way to find him, she’s joined by the Scarecrow (Michael Jackson), the Tin Man (Nipsey Russell) and the Cowardly Lion (Ted Ross). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat.-Sun., 11:30 a.m. & 5:15 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. $7-$10.
Sailor Moon R and S: The Movies. The beloved Guardian of Love and Justice returns to the big screen for an encore presentation of the first movie in the classic anime series, followed by the sequel that features a battle with the chilliest adversary yet. Coming up soon is a third movie (Sailor Moon Supers: The Movie) and a short that has never before screened in theaters (Ami’s First Love). AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, 20 City Boulevard W., Orange, (714) 769-4288; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, 99 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, (562) 435-5754 (Monday only); Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, 255 W. Birch St., Brea, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Sat., 12:55 p.m. (dubbed in English from original Japanese); Mon., 7 p.m. (in Japanese with English subtitles). $15.
The Gods Must Be Crazy. Okay, it totally took me by surprise in this 1984 comedy when the Coke bottle from the sky bonked the African bushman in the head. The conking would lead him for the first time into the modern world, where he encountered a clumsy scientist and a band of revolutionaries. Passionate Africa advocate Jim Holden, who is president of Holden Safaris, introduces the Jamie Uys film, which is presented in conjunction with the museum’s “African Twilight: Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies” exhibition, which is open to tour after the screening. There is also art-making for all ages. Bring a blanket, low chairs and a picnic, although Tangata sells snacks, cocktails and other refreshments (cash only; no outside alcohol allowed). Proceeds benefit the Bowers’ education programs. Bowers Museum, Key Courtyard, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3677. Sat., 6 p.m. $5-$15; tickets for the after-hours exhibit are only sold before the show, $6-$12.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie. First, the band Sugar Lips perform live. Then it’s the computer-animated movie about those damn plastic pieces that clog your vacuum cleaner bag. The story has a teenager (Dave Franco) enlisting his ninja pals (including Jackie Chan) to bring down his evil warlord of a father. Little Cottonwood Park, 4000 Farquhar Ave., Los Alamitos, (562) 430-1073. Sat., doors open, 6:30 p.m.; screening, dusk. Free.
The Room. Did you know that on the last Saturday of every month in 2018, the Frida screens the odd 2003 indie thriller written, directed and produced by as well as starring Tommy Wiseau? Consider yourselves warned. He plays an amiable banker having a grand old time in a gorgeously shot San Francisco with his fiance (Juliette Danielle)—until his conflicted best friend (Greg Sestero) joins in to form a love triangle. Sestero’s tell-all book about the project inspired James Franco’s film The Disaster Artist. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 11 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 “The Time Warp” and other classic Rocky moments simultaneously with what’s flashed on screen. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.
Across the Universe. Though Julie Taymor’s musical was released in theaters in 2007, it returns to mark the 50th anniversary of the pivotal year, 1968. The story begins years before in Liverpool, then jumps back and forth between the U.S., England and Vietnam while capturing what was happening in the ’60s with 33 songs by the Beatles as the soundtrack. This tale is not told through the eyes of the Fab Four, but rather young lovers Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) and Jude (Jim Sturgess), who become involved with the protests and counterculture movement of that era. Taymor, who developed the story and wrote the screenplay with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, appears onscreen for a special introduction. AMC Fullerton 20, (714) 992-6962; 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, 300 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (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 Market Place Stadium 10, 13782 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Sun., 2 & 7 p.m.; Tues.-Wed., 7 p.m. (no Wed. shows at the Cinemarks). $12.50.
Rashomon. Arguably Akira Kurosawa’s most influential film is this suspenseful 1950 crime thriller that is told through flashbacks based on the clashing recollections of four people concerning a man’s murder and his wife’s rape. That storytelling device went on to be aped by everything from the film Courage Under Fire to TV’s Diff’rent Strokes. This screening closes out Frida’s The Directors series tribute to master filmmaker Kurosawa. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sun., 8 p.m. $7-$10.
Blue Velvet. Pabst. Blue Ribbon. God damn, you’re one suave fucker. Fuck you, you fucking fuck. Let’s fuck! I’ll fuck anything that moves! So many great Frank Booth lines, but the 1986 David Lynch thriller is also 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, does some nosing around and sticks his prodigious chin where it does not belong. He experiences all sorts of mayhem courtesy of a group of psychopaths who are led by Mr. Booth (a hopped-up Dennis Hopper) and have kidnapped the child of a nightclub singer (Isabella Rossellini). I just wish I could remember which color of velvet she wore. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Thurs., Aug. 2, 2:30, 5, 7:30 & 9:50 p.m. $7-$10.
The Mask of Zorro. After the original Zorro, Don Diego de la Vega (Anthony Hopkins), escapes from prison, he and his successor (Antonio Banderas) have two things in common: a vendetta against the corrupt governor (Stuart Wilson) and love for Zorro’s long-lost daughter (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Bring blankets, lawn chairs, family and friends to this outdoor Movie Monday Adventures screening of the 1998 swashbuckler, which is presented by Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; www.scfta.org/MovieMondays. Mon., set up, 5:30 p.m.; screening, 8 p.m. Free.
The Sting. Film Club presents George Roy Hill’s 1973 caper film about two Depression-era grifters (Paul Newman and Robert Redford) pulling an elaborate con on a mob boss (Robert Shaw). While the movie is great, what it really propelled to new heights were composer Marvin Hamlisch and the nearly forgotten ragtime music of Scott Joplin. Film Club programming is intended for ages 18 and up. Dress for comfort and bring a light jacket. Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, Community Room, 1855 Park Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 646-8845. Tues., 4:45 p.m. Free.
The Goonies. A group of misfits seek pirate treasure to save their home in Richard Donner’s 1985 take on Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg’s script. They are so young that you might not recognize Sean Astin, Josh Brolin and Jeff Cohen, but you will recognize Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8.
I, Tonya. FPL Arthouse presents the black dramedy about hardscrabble American figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie), who is best known for her association with the attack on fellow Olympian Nancy Kerrigan. Allison Janney won the 2018 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing Harding’s mother. Fullerton Public Library, Osborne Auditorium, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Wed., 6 p.m. Free.
Death of a Nation. Special pre-screenings of Dinesh D’Souza’s new film, which opens in theaters on Aug. 3, are presented locally. The far-right political commentator aims to explain what racism and fascism are so conservatives can defend themselves against the Left’s accusations of the same. AMC Marina Pacifica, (562) 430-8790. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $20; also at Orange County Federation of Republican Women, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo; www.ocfrw.org; and Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342. Wed., 7 p.m. $10.
Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies. Deadheads trade looking for a miracle in amphitheater parking lots for finding movie magic in cinemas nationwide, where a Grateful Dead concert movie is shown for the eighth annual year. This one is from the band’s July 7, 1989, show at Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium, which was condemned six days later. Songs captured include “Hell In a Bucket,” “Little Red Rooster,” “Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again” and another Dylan song for the closer, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.” AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (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; www.fathomevents.com. Wed., 7 p.m. $12.50.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Peter Jackson’s 2002 sequel has Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) continuing on to Mordor in their mission to destroy the One Ring. Meanwhile, their former companions launch an assault on Isengard. Regency South Coast Village, Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.
The Intern. The Thursday Matinee film series, whose theme this month is “American Dreams,” continues with Nancy Meyers’ 2015 dramedy about a 70-year-old widower (Robert De Niro) who abandons retirement for an internship at a fashion website. Anne Hathaway co-stars as the site’s owner. Do you own snacks and beverages? Well, bring ’em to this screening, so long as they aren’t booze. Fullerton Public Library, Osborne Auditorium, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., Aug. 2, 1 p.m. Free.
Beauty and the Beast. The live-action remake of the Disney animated classic stars Dan Stevens as the young prince imprisoned in the form of a beast; Emma Watson as Belle, the first girl to visit the prince’s castle since it became enchanted; and Emma Thompson voicing lovable Mrs. Potts. Pack a dinner and bring blankets and chairs. Camino Real Park, 13602 Parkcenter Lane, Tustin, (714) 573-3326. Thurs., Aug. 2, activities, 5:30 p.m.; screening, dusk. Free.
Rachel Hollis Presents: Made for More. The ultimate chick flick—it’s being marketed as a girls’ night out destination—is this documentary about the mother of four, The Chic Site founder/CEO and author of the best-selling Girl, Wash Your Face. Hollis aims to use her story to inspire women to chase their biggest dreams as well. A Q&A with her follows. 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 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., Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. (Encore is Aug. 13.) $15.
Beach Blanket Bingo. To celebrate the history of moviemaking at Crystal Cove State Park, Crystal Cove Conservancy shows movies on the beach this summer, such as this 1965 musical comedy about deceptions set against the worlds of skydiving, beach partying and biker ganging. William Asher of TV’s Bewitched fame directed and co-wrote for stars Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Linda Evans, Paul Lynde and Mr. Eric Von Zipper himself, Harvey Lembeck. Crystal Cove State Park, “Beaches” Film & Media Center (historic Cottage No. 13), 8471 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (949) 497-7647. Thurs., Aug. 2, 8 p.m. Free, but there is a $15 day-use fee for parking in the inland lot at PCH and Los Trancos, then walking or taking a shuttle across the street.
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