Locked and Loaded [Special Screenings, Aug. 2-9]

Gran Torino. Photo courtesy Matten Productions

Eighth Grade. Standup comic Bo Burnham’s writing and directing feature debut is about an introverted girl (Elsie Fisher) trying to survive her disastrous eighth-grade year before she is off to high school. Regency Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., Aug. 2, 11:50 a.m., 2:10, 4:30, 6:55 & 9:10 p.m. $9.50-$12.50; also at Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Fri.-Thurs., Aug. 9, 1, 3:15, 6 & 8:15 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 as a metaphor for the country The King left behind. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Aug. 2, noon & 4:30 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Blindspotting. Carlos López Estrada’s new dramedy is about two childhood friends (Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, who co-wrote the script) having very different experiences after an incident in their rapidly gentrifying hometown of Oakland. Regency Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., Aug. 2, 12:10, 2:30, 5, 7:30 & 9:55 p.m. $9.50-$12.50.

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 Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., Aug. 2, noon, 4:50 & 9:40 p.m. $9.50-$12.50; also at Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Aug. 2, 4:30 p.m. $8-$11.

Yellow Submarine. The cartoon, which was made at the height of the Beatles’ popularity, finds the Fab Four recruited by an escapee to bring joy (and music) back to the land overtaken by the Blue Meanies. You not only get to see and hear the 50th-anniversary 4K digital restoration version at the Frida, but you also get to sing along thanks to lyrics flashed onscreen. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Aug. 2, 12:30, 3, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10; also at Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Aug. 2, 9:30 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Sorry to Bother You. Boots Riley’s comedic sci-fi fantasy has a telemarketer (Lakeith Stanfield) discovering a magical key to success in an alternate version of present-day Oakland. Regency Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., Aug. 2, 2:20 & 7:10 p.m. $9.50-$12.50; also at Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Aug. 2, 2:15 & 7 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Blue Velvet. Frida’s the Directors series pays tribute to David Lynch with his 1986 thriller that is 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, sticks his prodigious chin where it does not belong and finds his balls in the grip of a psychopath (Dennis Hopper), who also kidnapped the child of a nightclub singer (Isabella Rossellini). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Aug. 2, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 9:50 p.m.; Fri., 2:30, 5 & 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

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. 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. Photo courtesy Fathom Events

Rachel Hollis Presents: Made for More. The ultimate chick flick—it’s being marketed as a girls’ night out destination—is this documentary on the mother of four, the Chic Site founder/CEO and author of the best-seller 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, 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 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., Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. (Encore, Aug. 13.) $15.

Beach Blanket Bingo. To celebrate the history of movie making at Crystal Cove State Park, Crystal Cove Conservancy shows movies on the beach this summer, including 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.

Isle of Dogs. The Wes Anderson animation has, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City exiled to a vast garbage dump called Trash Island. That sends 12-year-old Atari off alone to find his bodyguard dog, Spots. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri.-Thurs., Aug. 9, 2, 5:30, 8 & 10 p.m. $7-$10.

Trouble: The Lisa Andersen Story. Director and co-producer Chas Smith chronicles the challenges Lisa Andersen faced between being a runaway and a four-time world surf champion, icon of the sport and inspiration for the Roxy brand. At the outdoor screening, enjoy popcorn, lemonade and a casual beach seating. Pacific City, 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach; www.gopacificcity.com/events/. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

Moana. Disney’s 56th animated feature is about a young princess and navigator (voiced by Auli’i Cravalho) searching the South Pacific for a fabled island of mysterious secrets. Grand Park, 6101 City Lights Dr., Aliso Viejo, (949) 243-7750. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Free.

Cars. Disneyland’s outdoor summer movie series continues with the Disney/Pixar computer-animated flick that started a franchise. Upstart race car Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) gets stuck in a dusty desert town, where an old stock car (Paul Newman) teaches him how to be a winner. Twila Reid Park, 3100 W. Orange Ave., Anaheim, (714) 609-8070. Fri., 7:45 p.m. Free.

The Karate Kid. The influential 1984 movie has teenaged Daniel (Ralph Macchio) moving with his mother (Randee Heller) to Southern California, where he quickly becomes the target of bullies who study at the Cobra Kai dojo. Repairman Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki “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. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, (714) 973-6835. Fri., dusk. Free; also at Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8.

Despicable Me 3. The animated 2017 hit has the mumble-mouthed Minions wanting back their old crime boss, but the fired Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell) considers himself retired as he sets off to meet his long-lost twin brother. Placentia Champions Sports Complex, 505 N. Jefferson, Placentia, (714) 993-8232. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.

Eraserhead. Photo courtesy Libra Films

Eraserhead. The Directors series tribute to David Lynch continues with his surreal 1977 feature debut about a guy (John Nance) with Cornel West hair, his angry baby mama (Charlotte Stewart), their lizard-like spawn and his dingy apartment’s disfigured Lady in the Radiator (Laurel Near). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m. $7-$10.

1945. In Ferenc Török’s excellent new drama, two strangers arrive at the railway station outside a Hungarian village at 11 a.m. on Aug. 12, 1945. That day was supposed to end with a joyous wedding celebration, but instead it’s capped by tragedy. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. $8.50-$11.50.

The Elephant Man. For those who crave a more mainstream David Lynch picture, the Directors series presents his 1980 bio-drama about John Merrick, a sideshow freak who is rescued by a Victorian surgeon (Anthony Hopkins) who realizes the heavily disfigured soul is actually a gentleman of great intelligence and sensitivity. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat.-Sun., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 & 5:30 p.m.; Mon., 2:30, 5, 7:30 & 9:50 p.m. $7-$10.

Sailor Moon Supers: The Movies. The beloved Guardian of Love and Justice returns for the third big-screen movie from the popular anime franchise. The feature plays with the short Ami’s First Love. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, (562) 435-5754 (Mon. only); 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. Sat., 12:55 p.m.; Mon., 7 p.m. $12.50.

Back to the Future. Can you believe this flick is more than 30 years old? Here’s what I can’t believe: Director and co-writer Bob Zemeckis feared he had a flop on his hands, but then he watched it become the top grossing film of 1985, with a cool $385 million. Now it’s part of a midsummer movie event courtesy of Festival Obscura and Sunnyside Cemetery, which also present music from guest DJ Quatre Cinq, a DeLorean showcase, local art vendors, food trucks and on-site printing of commemorative T-shirts. Bring blankets, low-back chairs and picnics if you desire. Sunnyside Cemetery, 1095 E. Willow St., Long Beach; www.facebook.com/sunnysidecemetery/; www.facebook.com/festivalobscura/. Sat., gates open, 6 p.m.; screening, dusk. $13-$14. Parking is extremely limited, so arrive early.

Repo! The Genetic Opera! The costumed shadow-cast troupe Addicted to the Knife returns to the Frida to dance and lip-sync to the 2008 horror-musical opus filled with dirty, gory excess; family melodrama; mysterious illnesses; mind-blowing future-drugs; designer organ repossessions; a few surprising cameos; and a superabundance of bloody stabs and slices. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 11:30 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 “The Time Warp” and other classic Rocky moments simultaneously with what’s flashed onscreen. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

The Big Lebowski. Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies present a nationwide 20th-anniversary screening of the trippy-dippy Coen Brothers’ classic. It’s a mistaken-identity comedy/mystery involving layabout Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) and millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski (David Huddleston). A TCM host appears onscreen to share insights about the 1998 flick that spawned the roving Lebowski Fest that is still going strong. One other thing: Shut the fuck up, Donny! 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, (714) 373-4573; 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.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Director Robert Wise’s 1979 original has Commander James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and his old Starship Enterprise crew reassembled to investigate an immense cloud-like object that appears Earth-bound. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, (949) 553-2422. Mon., dusk. Free.

Quiz Show. Photo courtesy Hollywood Pictures

Quiz Show. Film Club, which programs for ages 18 and up, presents Robert Redford’s 1994 historical drama about the golden age of television’s game-show scandals. They were exposed after a TV network slyly replaced a Queens-born returning champion (John Turturro) with a more telegenic WASP (Ralph Fiennes). Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, Community Room, 1855 Park Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 646-8845. Tues., 4:45 p.m. Free.

The Incredibles. It’s a kid flick I’ve actually seen for a change, although I barely remember anything other than I have the same physique as the dad. This National Night Out/Movies in the Park presentation includes games, food trucks and a costume contest. Fountain Valley Recreation Center, 16400 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley; www.fountainvalley.org/856/Special-Events. Tues., 6 p.m. Free.

Jason Mraz: Have It All: The Movie. Fathom Events and SiriusXM present Martin Montgomery’s docu-style feature that includes music from Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jason Mraz’s sixth studio album, Know. Online ticket buyers to the one-night-only event, which also features live music, can download a digital copy of Know. AMC Marina Pacifica, 6346 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 430-8790; 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, (714) 373-4573; 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. Tues., 7 p.m. $18.

Grease. Randal Kleiser’s hit 1978 musical is about Aussie exchange student Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and bad-boy gang leader Danny (John Travolta) having hooked up during summer. Their relationship changes once school starts. Regency South Coast Village, Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Gran Torino. The Thursday Matinee film series, whose theme this month is “American Dreams,” continues with Clint Eastwood directing himself as disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski. He tries to reform (and later protect) a Hmong teen neighbor (Bee Vang) and would-be thief of the old man’s prized 1972 Gran Torino. Do you prize snacks and beverages? Well, bring ’em to this screening, so long as they aren’t booze. Fullerton Public Library, Osborne Auditorium, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., Aug. 9, 1 p.m. Free.

Drums Corps International: Big, Loud and Live 15. See and hear 15 of the top performing corps battling to become the 2018 world champion, live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. 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, (714) 373-4573; 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. 9, 3:30 p.m. $18.

Call Me By Your Name. Photo courtesy Sony Pictures Classics

Call Me by Your Name. Charming American doctoral student Oliver (The Social Network’s Armie Hammer) goes to an Italian villa to serve as the annual summer intern for an eminent Greco-Roman culture professor (Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Stuhlbarg). But Oliver and the professor’s son Elio (Timothée Chalamet of Interstellar and Homeland) fall in love. Director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) worked off James Ivory’s script, which was adapted from Andre Aciman’s novel. This screening raises funds for Orange County LGBT Pride. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m. $10-$20.

Coco. The 2017 computer-animated Disney Pixar hit has 12-year-old Miguel Rivera (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) tak es the famed guitar of his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), before the Day of the Dead talent show in his town’s plaza. But With a single strum, Miguel is sent to the Land of the Dead, where he will remain unless he finds his way back to the Land of the Living before the Day of the Dead ends. Frontier Park, 1400 Mitchell Ave., Tustin, (714) 573-3326. Thurs., Aug. 9, activities, 5:30 p.m.; screening, dusk. Free.

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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