No More Hammer Time [Special Screenings, April 5-12]

Thor: Ragnarok. Photo courtesy Marvel Studios

Psiconautas, los niños olvidados (Birdboy: The Forgotten Children). Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero’s darkly comic animated feature is based on Vázquez’s graphic novel and is not intended for children. Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world, teenager Dinky and her friends hatch a dangerous plan to escape for a better life. Meanwhile, her old friend Birdboy has shut himself off from the world, pursued by the police and haunted by demon tormentors. Dinky and her entourage are unaware that Birdboy has a secret inside him that could change their world forever. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; Thurs., April 5, 12:30, 2:30, 5 & 7 p.m. $7-$10.

Space Jam. Michael Jordan posts up Bugs Bunny and throws an elbow into the bill of Daffy Duck, causing Porky Pig to go all Yosemite Sam on his ass. Cal State Fullerton, Titan Student Union Titan Theatre, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, (657) 278-2468. Thurs., April 5, 4, 7 & 10 p.m. Free.

Eating You Alive. The documentary explores the dysfunctional relationship Americans have with food and takes a scientific look at the reasons we’re so sick. The exclusive cinema event includes a step-by-step tutorial on how to integrate a nutritional approach to wellness into your daily routine. Samuel L. Jackson, Penn Jillette and Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron are among the advocates cheering you on. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-4288; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, 1701 W. Katella Ave., Orange, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, 99 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, (800) 967-1932; 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 Irvine Spectrum 21, 65 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson, Long Beach, (844) 462-7342; Thurs., April 5, 7 p.m. $12.50.

Laberinto Yoéme. The Frida Cinema, Bowers Museum and UC Irvine, as part of the Latin American Studies in Motion series of cultural events, present this documentary chronicling the hardships of the Yaqui tribe of Sonora, Mexico, whose ancestral land is threatened. The screening is preceded by a reception and followed by an audience Q&A with director Sergi Pedro Ros, producer Cesar Talamantes and Yaqui tribe leader Tomás Rojo. The Frida Cinema; Thurs., April 5, reception, 7 p.m.; screening, 7:30 p.m. Free.

A Year With Betty Gold. A screening of the documentary on the abstract artist is followed by the near-80-year-old taking questions from the audience. The film covers her early days as Miss Texas through the recent installations of her large-scale sculptures around the world. She has no plans to retire! Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Digital Arts Center, Cloobeck Screening Room, 283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6765; Thurs., April 5, 7 p.m. Free.

#Screamers. Dread Central presents Dean Matthew Ronalds’ 2016 horror flick that centers on a tech company that capitalizes on “screamers,” those unsettling web videos that end with a loud jump-scare to shock viewers. When the producers begin to notice similarities and patterns in the videos, they investigate the origins—and discover a nightmarish hell. The Frida Cinema; Thurs., April 5, 10 p.m. $10.

Isle of Dogs. Photo courtesy Fox Searchlight

Isle of Dogs. Wes Anderson’s latest 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 in a miniature turbo prop to find his bodyguard dog, Spots. He is assisted on his epic journey by a pack of newly found mongrel friends, unaware they will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture. Countywide; also at Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Fri.-Thurs., April 12. Call for show times and ticket prices.

The Sacrifice. It’s a new 4K restoration of Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s final masterpiece. News of the outbreak of World War III reaches the remote Baltic island where a wealthy Swedish family celebrates the birthday of patriarch Alexander (Erland Josephson, Cries and Whispers). While the family descends into a state of psychological devastation, Alexander enters into a Faustian bargain with God to save them. Presented in Swedish with English subtitles. The Frida Cinema; Fri.-Thurs., April 12, 2, 5 & 8 p.m. (no 2 p.m. show Sun.) $7-$10.

Basket Case. OC Weekly’s Friday Night Freakouts entry is Frank Henenlotter’s utterly insane 1982 horror flick, which American Genre Film Archive and New York’s Museum of Modern Art teamed up to present as a 4K restoration. Duane and his brother Belial are formerly conjoined twins who arrive in New York out for REVENGE! That’s because poor, lonely Belial was left to live the rest of his life in a wicker basket. The Frida Cinema; Fri., 11 p.m. $7-$10.

Skid Row Marathon. Over three years, director Mark Hayes trained his cameras on five runners from the club that Judge Craig Mitchell started at the Midnight Mission in the heart of Los Angeles’ notorious Skid Row. Among them is a former junkie, a recovering alcoholic, a single mom who lost everything to addiction, a paroled murderer and another parolee who spent a decade on the streets after serving Mitchell’s sentence. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11 a.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Mary Poppins. Courtesy Disney

Mary Poppins. The 1964 classic, a five-time Oscar winner from Walt Disney and director Robert Stevenson, stars Julie Andrews as an odd nanny who literally floats down from the clouds to serve the family of banker George Banks (David Tomlinson). He’s preoccupied with work, and his wife Winnifred (Glynis Johns) is busy with the suffragette movement, so Ms. Poppins leads the Banks’ children (Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber) on adventures with the help of musician/street performer/chimney sweep Bert (Dick Van Dyke). The Frida Cinema; Sat.-Sun., 11:30 a.m. $7.

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.” Shadow cast Midnight Insanity performs alongside what’s flashed onscreen. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Rogers Park. Director Kyle Henry’s drama explores the ties that bind and the midlife forces that shatter relationships over the course of one tumultuous year in Chicago’s most diverse neighborhood. Zeke and his wife, Grace, navigate parenthood and a financial reversal of fortune. Grace’s brother Chris, a writer battling depression, and his partner, Deena, face a personal crisis that threatens to tear them apart. Meanwhile, Grace and Chris each struggle to confront a shared family trauma. The screening is followed by an audience Q&A with Henry. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sun., 11 a.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Giselle. Courtesy Bolshoi Ballet

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle. The legendary dance company presents an Oct. 11, 2015, production of the 150-year-old piece that begins with Giselle (prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova) learning that her beloved Albrecht (Sergei Polunin) is promised to another woman. Giselle dies of a broken heart in Albrecht’s arms, but while he grieves, she returns from the dead as a Wili, a vengeful spirit meant to make unfaithful men dance until death. AMC Downtown Disney, 1565 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 776-2355; 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 Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; Sun., 12:55 p.m. $16-$18; also at Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446; and Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Sun., 1:15 p.m.; Tues., 7 p.m. $17.

Grease. TCM Big Screen Classics presents a special 40th anniversary event that includes the smash movie musical with exclusive commentary from a Turner Classic Movies host. Exchange student Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and bad-boy gang leader Danny (John Travolta) hook up during summer. Things change once school starts, when their respective cliques make romance near impossible. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, 2457 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, (800) 967-1932; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; Sun. & Wed., 2 & 7 p.m. $12.50. (Also in all theaters except Tustin at 2 p.m. April 14.)

The Light of the Moon. Women’s & Gender Equity Center, ASI Beach Pride Events, CSULB Huddle, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department Student Group and Division of Student Affairs present a screening of writer/director/producer Jessica M. Thompson’s drama, followed by a panel discussion. Six weeks after she was sexually assaulted, a successful New York City architect (played by Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz) struggles to regain intimacy and control over her life. Among the panelists are: Rosie Kar, lecturer, Women, Gender & Sexualities Department; Nina M. Flores, assistant professor, social and cultural analysis of education; and Jacqueline Urtez, an advocate for sexual-assault victims. Cal State Long Beach, USU Beach Auditorium, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach; Tues., 4:30 p.m. Free.

Memorias del subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment). The Frida Cinema, Bowers Museum and UC Irvine present another free screening that is part of the Latin American Studies in Motion series of cultural events. This time, it’s a 50th-anniversary screening of Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s 1968 classic socio-drama that is set during the Cuban Revolution and includes real-life documentary footage of protests and political events. After the doomed Bay of Pigs invasion, Sergio (Sergio Corrieri), a wealthy bourgeois aspiring writer, stays behind in Cuba while his wife and family escape to neighboring Miami. Pessimistic about the revolution’s promise to bring sweeping change to his country, he squanders his days prowling the streets of Havana looking for female companionship. But that leads to a rape allegation. The screening is preceded by a reception and followed by a Q&A with Raul Fernandez, a UCI professor emeritus of Chicano & Latino Studies. The Frida Cinema; Wed., reception, 7 p.m.; screening, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Love & Everything in Between. Photo courtesy Hampton Filmworks

Love & Everything in Between. Hampton Filmworks, JB Diamonds Newport Beach, celebrity makeup artist Amanda Terry and more present the Orange County debut screening of Michael Doughtery’s romance-thriller, which includes chances to win door prizes and VIP photo ops with the writer/director/star and others from his production. Doughtery plays a recent college graduate whose romance with a 17-year-old girl (Lexi Lapp) implodes because of sexual assault. A portion of proceeds from the event go to S.A.A.F.E. Program, which raises awareness about sexual assaults on college and university campuses. Edwards Big Newport 6, (844) 462-7342. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $17-$21.74.

Road to Morocco. Two carefree castaways (Bob Hope and Bing Crosby) wash up on a desert shore before finding an Arabian Nights city, where they compete for the affections of luscious Princess Shalmar (Dorothy Lamore). It’s the 76th anniversary of the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby road picture. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $8.50.

Thor: Ragnarok. Much comedy is afoot as Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the planet Sakaar yet must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök (a.k.a. the destruction of his world) by the powerful and ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). Hela makes Loki (Tom Hiddleston) look like a Sunday-school teacher. You can bring light snacks and covered beverages to this screening, but alcohol is not allowed. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., April 12, 1 p.m. Free.

Human Flow. The Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability kicks off the 2018 Golden West Peace Conference with internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s powerful visual expression of massive human migration over the course of a year in 23 countries, from Afghanistan to Kenya. Though Weiwei’s subjects are some of the more than 65 million people around the world who were forced to flee their homes thanks to war, famine and climate change, he uses images and few words to show beauty, humor and unrelenting humanity. Golden West College, Forum 2, 941 Gothard St., Huntington Beach; Thurs., April 12, 6 p.m. Free.

The Amendment. Courtesy Fathom Events

The Amendment. The film is based on the true story of writer/producer Brooks Douglass (played by Mike Vogel) and his sister, Leslie (Taryn Manning), who survived a devastating crime that rocked their community and took their parents’ lives in 1979. Initially sent into an emotional tailspin, Brooks regained his footing, became Oklahoma’s youngest state senator and championed victims’ rights legislation. His quest for justice brings him face to face with his parents’ killer, but he discovers finding peace may be held in the lessons of his father (played by the real Brooks Douglass, in his film debut). After the movie, the importance of victims’ rights is discussed by a panel that includes Douglass and Vogel and is led by The Bachelor host Chris Harrison. AMC Downtown Disney, (714) 776-2355; 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, (800) 967-1932; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Big Newport 6, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; Thurs., April 12, 7 p.m. $12.50.

Distant Sky: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Live in Copenhagen. The documentary captures the Aussie rock band’s lauded October 2017 concert at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena, where the new album Skeleton Key was performed alongside other material from their vast catalogue. “Tense and thunderous at times, tender and cathartic at others. It’s masterful,” raved The Independent of David Barnard’s film. The Frida Cinema; Thurs., April 12, 7:30 p.m. $15.

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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