Love Is a Battlefield [Special Screenings, March 14-21]

The Love Witch. Photo courtesy Anna Biller Productions

Todos lo saben (Everybody Knows). In Asghar Farhadi’s 2018 drama-mystery, unexpected events expose secrets when a Spanish woman (Penélope Cruz) returns with her children from Argentina to attend her sister’s wedding in Madrid. Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Thurs., March 14; visit website for locations, times and ticket prices; also at Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Thurs.-Thurs., March 14-21, 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. $9-$12.

Furie. In Le-Van Kiet’s new action movie, which is the first Vietnamese film to be released in the U.S., Veronica Ngo plays an ex-gangster lying low in the countryside after becoming a mother. But she can’t escape her violent past when her daughter is kidnapped. Regency Westminster, 6721 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, (714) 893-4222. Thurs., March 14, 2:05, 4:35, 7:05 & 9:30 p.m. $8.50-$10.50; also at the Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., March 14, 5:30 & 7:45 p.m. $7-$10.

Dokhtari dar šab tanhâ be xâne miravad (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night). Ana Lily Amirpour’s 2014 film 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). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., March 14, 2:30, 5 & 10 p.m. $7-$10.

Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy. Rocked by questions about his faith, investigative filmmaker Timothy Mahoney seeks scientific evidence that Moses actually wrote the first books of the Bible. The screening event includes a panel discussion with Mahoney, Michael Medved, Os Guinness, A. R. Bernard and host Todd Starnes. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., March 14 & Tues., 6:30 p.m.; Sat., 12:55 p.m. $10.50-$12.50.

Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] THE MOVIE II. lost butterfly. It’s the North American premiere of the highly anticipated anime, which is the latest installment from the beloved series from the creators of the wildly popular Fate franchise that includes Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works], Fate/Zero, Fate/Apocrypha and the hit mobile game Fate/Grand Order. The follow-up to 2017’s I. presage flower follows the third Sakura Route in the visual novel game and is presented in Japanese with English subtitles. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., March 14, 7 p.m. $10.50-$12.50.

Freedom Writers: Stories From the Heart. Erin Gruwell’s book The Freedom Writers Diary was already adapted into a 2007 drama, for which the educator/activist/author was played by Hilary Swank. But what UC Irvine’s Illuminations and the schools of Education and Humanities present is an upcoming PBS documentary about how, as a young English teacher at Long Beach’s Wilson High School, Gruwell inspired at-risk students to become more tolerant and to pursue education beyond graduation. The UCI alumna participates in an audience Q&A and book signing after the film. UCI Student Center, Crystal Cove Auditorium, Pereira and W. Peltason drives, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Thurs., March 14, 7 p.m. Free.

MenAlive Presents: Death Becomes Her. The nonprofit behind the Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus presents a benefit screening of Robert Zemekis’ 1992 campy comedy about two rivals (Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn) who drink a magic potion that promises eternal youth. After they kill each other over a man (Bruce Willis), the potion revives them as the undead. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., March 14, doors open, 7 p.m.; screening, 7:30 p.m. $15.

The Hole In the Ground. Lee Cronin makes his feature-film debut with this new horror flick about a mom (Seána Kerslake) and her son (James Quinn Markey) moving to an Irish countryside, where the boy vanishes one night. To the mother’s relief, the lad returns and seems not to be harmed. To her . . . uh . . . un-relief, she begins to wonder if that’s really her boy. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., March 14, 10 p.m. $7-$10.

The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival. Following stops in New York and Los Angeles, the seventh-annual event returns to Orange County, and one of the two local venues is less than a block from where the prolific sci-fi author lived before he passed in 1982. See “Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, Finding Steve McQueen and Their OC Connections” for more details. Ebell Club, 625 French St., Santa Ana; www.masamedia.org; www.thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com. Fri. & Sun.; and at the Orange County Museum of Art, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana. Sat. Visit websites for show times. $5-$50.

Book of Monsters. Photo courtesy Epic Monsters

Book of Monsters. In Stewart Sparke’s 2018, female-led, horror comedy, which was inspired by the likes of Scream, Gremlins and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, six kickass women fight off a horde of terrifying monsters at an 18th-birthday party. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri.-Sat., 2, 4 & 6 p.m.; Sun., 2 & 4 p.m.; Mon.-Tues., 10 p.m.; Wed.-Thurs., March 21, 10:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Ali Aga. The UC Irvine Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture Docunight: Iranian Documentary Series presents Kamran Heidarion’s look at a 70-year-old who pays more attention to the pigeons on his roof than he does his own family . . . and reality. The screening is followed by a Q&A and reception. UCI, McCormick Hall, Humanities Gateway 1070, First Floor, Irvine, (949) 824-6117; bit.ly/2N0HO7q. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Free, but you must RSVP via the website.

Finding Steve McQueen. Mark Steven Johnson’s new crime rom-dram is based on the true story of the biggest bank-heist manhunt in FBI history. In 1972, a Youngstown, Ohio, gang of thieves try to steal President Richard Nixon’s $30 million slush fund from a South Orange County bank. Keith Sharon, an Orange County Register reporter and host of the Crime Beat podcast that covered the caper, co-wrote the script. (See “Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, Finding Steve McQueen and Their OC Connections.”) The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Mon., 2, 5 & 7:30 p.m.; Tues.-Wed., 2 & 5 p.m.; Thurs., March 21, 2 p.m. $7-$10.

Lords of Chaos. Jonas Åkerlund’s 2018 bio-drama—which he co-adapted from Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground, Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind’s book about Norway’s black metal scene—finds a teenager (Rory Culkin) mounting stunts to draw attention to his Oslo black metal band—to a very violent end. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11 p.m.; Sat., 8 & 11 p.m.; Sun., 10 p.m. $7-$10.

Climax. The new Gaspar Noé (Irreversible, Enter the Void, Love) horror drama is set at a party over the course of one night. A celebration by a troupe of young dancers turns nightmarish when they realize the sangria they have been pounding is spiked with powerful LSD. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11:55 p.m.; Sat., noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m.; Sun.-Mon., 10 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs., March 21, 11:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia. Live from Arlington, Texas, and beamed into theaters are four boxing matches headlined by the IBF Welterweight Championship bout, where Spence makes a title defense against four-division world champion and current WBC Lightweight belt holder Garcia. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Sat., 6 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.” Live shadow-cast troupe Midnight Insanity performs. Art Theatre; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Gone With the Wind. Because of popular demand, Fathom Events and Warner Bros. present two more 80th-anniversary screenings of the historical romance epic that is based on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel that is set against the backdrop of the Civil War. Georgia plantation owner’s daughter Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) pursues Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), the husband of 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; www.fathomevents.com. Sun., 1 p.m.; Mon., 6 p.m. $12.50.

The Virgin Suicides. Frida’s Sofia Coppola retrospective continues with her 1999 full-length feature-directorial debut that is based on Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel. See a young Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett in this rom-dram about a group of teen boys obsessing over five sisters who are sheltered by their religious parents in suburban Detroit of the mid-1970s. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sun.-Tues., 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

FP2: Beats of Rage. Jason Trost’s 2018 action comedy is set in a post-apocalyptic future, when his character, JTRO, who hung up his boots after the events of FP, returns to compete in Beat Beat Revelation, a deadly version of Dance Dance Revolution. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sun., 10 p.m. $7-$10.

The Reflecting Skin. Photo courtesy BBC Films

The Reflecting Skin. Philip Ridley’s nightmarish 1990 feature debut has been restored. A young man (Viggo Mortensen, in one of his first starring roles) returns home from military service in the Pacific and takes a liking to an English widow (Lindsay Duncan). But his younger brother (Jeremy Cooper) is convinced the lady has been stealing the souls of his neighbors, one by one. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Tues.-Wed., 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Thurs., March 21, 9:30 p.m. $7-$10.

The Love Witch. Anna Biller’s 2016 horror comedy is about a modern-day witch (Samantha Robinson) who uses magic spells to get men to fall in love with her. But her attempt to snare the man of her dreams leads her to the brink of insanity and murder. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Wed.-Thurs., March 21, 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

Made In Abyss: Journey’s Dawn. Riko and her robot friend, Reg, set out on a harrowing trip into the Abyss, whose dark depths have swallowed up many who came before them. The special screening event, which is presented in Japanese with English subtitles, includes never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews with the anime’s creators and a behind-the-scenes look at Kinema Citrus studio. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Wed., 7 p.m. $10.50-$12.50. (Dubbed version screens on March 25).

An American In Paris. Vincent Minnelli’s 1951 musical is about a struggling American painter (Gene Kelly) who pursues a young French woman (Leslie Caron) while being pursued by an influential heiress (Nina Foch). Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s the 2014 James Gunn popcorn flick that has Chris Pratt leading an intergalactic group of criminals forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking over the universe. Bring snacks and beverages, but no booze or you will have Ronan the Accuser to answer to. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., March 21, 1 p.m. 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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