Nothing Unusual to See Here, Folks [Special Screenings, Oct. 11-18]

ParaNorman. Image courtesy LAIKA Inc./Focus Features

Tea With the Dames. Roger Michell (Notting Hill) weaves rare archival material into his documentary as iconic actresses (and British dames) Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith talk about their lives and careers. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., Oct. 11. Call for show times and ticket prices.

Don’t Look Now. A 4K restoration overseen by the British suspense classic’s director Nicolas Roeg is presented to celebrate its 45th anniversary. Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie play a couple grieving the death of their daughter. He takes work in Italy to change the scenery and his focus, but their lives are turned upside-down there by a psychic who claims to be channeling their daughter’s spirit. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Oct. 11, 2, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

The Howling. Joe Dante’s 1981 werewolf horror-thriller stars Dee Wallace as a TV journalist who loses her memory during the trauma of helping police nab a serial killer. As she tries to heal at an isolated retreat, her colleague (Dennis Dugan) investigates the source of her shock and discovers a secret. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Oct. 11, 2:30, 5, 7 & 9 p.m. $7-$10.

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 Fri.)

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, 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 Brea Stadium West 10, 255 W. Birch St., Brea, (714) 672-4136; 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; Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, 9741 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., Oct. 11 & Tues., 7 p.m. $12.50; also at the Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., Mon. & Wed.-Thurs., Oct. 18, 2, 4, 6 & 8 p.m.; Sat., noon, 2, 4 & 6 p.m.; Sun., 2, 4 & 6 p.m.; Tues., 2, 4 & 9:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Soufra. The inspiring, 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, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Oct. 11, 7 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

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. Thurs., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. $12.50.

Nightmare on Elm Street. Photo courtesy New Line Cinema

Nightmare On Elm Street. In Wes Craven’s 1984 horror classic, several people (including future accused wife abuser Johnny Depp) are hunted by a cruel serial killer who operates in the dream realm. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri.-Sat., 5 & 7 p.m.; Sat., noon, 2:30 & 11:30 p.m. $7-$10.

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. El Cerrito School, 1051 N. Hillside St., La Habra, (562) 383-4200. Fri., 6 p.m. Free.

Leo Freedman Foundation First-Cut Screening. As part of Chapman University’s homecoming weekend, see the top films from last year’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts film majors, as chosen by a panel of distinguished alumni and movie industry representatives. Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 283 N. Cypress St., Orange; chapman.edu/dodge/. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

The Hills Have Eyes. It’s a 4K restoration of Craven’s 1977 cult classic about a dysfunctional family heading to California to inherit a silver mine. During a shortcut through a former nuclear-testing site, their car breaks down in the Nevada desert, where they are attacked by a band of cave-dwelling cannibals. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 9 p.m.; Sat., 9 & 11 p.m. $7-$10.

The Hills Have Eyes. Photo courtesy Craven Maddalena Films

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 K.A.O.S. performs in Santa Ana, while it’s Midnight Insanity in Long Beach. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11:30 p.m. $7-$10; also at Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Yuri!!! on ICE Series Marathon. Binge watch 12 episodes of the most critically acclaimed sports anime ever released. The hit series follows Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki, his Russian figure-skating champion coach Victor Nikiforov and emerging Russian skater Yuri Plisetsky. Attendees also get a video message from the series’ producer and a “hello” from Makachin, Victor’s pet poodle. AMC Fullerton, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, (714) 992-6962; AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Sat., noon. $12.50.

A Golden State of Mind. It’s the engaging Chapman University-produced documentary on the late Huell Howser, who for years hosted public-television shows such as Visiting, Road Trip and California’s Gold. It screens as part of the Orange campus’ homecoming weekend. Chapman University, Leatherby Libraries B11/Huell Howser Archives, 1 University Dr., Orange, (714) 532-6027. Sat., 3 p.m. Free.

Coco. Día de los Muertos is celebrated early with music, crafts, giveaways, food (for sale), face painting, a photo booth and the 2017 computer-animated Disney Pixar hit. A 12-year-old (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) is sent to the Land of the Dead, where he will remain unless he returns to the Land of the Living before Day of the Dead ends.Elks Lodge Garden Grove, 11551 Trask Ave., Garden Grove, (714) 741-5200. Sat., celebration, 4:30 p.m.; screening, dusk. Free; also at Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m. Free.

ParaNorman. In this 2012 animated movie, young Norman Babcock (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who can speak with the dead, learns from his uncle (John Goodman) that a centuries-old witch’s curse on their town is real and about to come true—and that only Norman can stop it. Bring a blanket to protect the indoor-gymnasium floor. You can also bring food or buy it. City Gym and Pool, 1600 Palm Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 960-8884. Sat., doors open, 7:15 p.m.; screening, 8 p.m. Free.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Photo courtesy Columbia Pictures

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Anyone else remember the days when the idealistic stories of Frank Capra’s classics seemed plausible? Good times. In what is now total fantasy given the American political system, Jimmy Stewart plays the titular young senator who clashes with the corrupt establishment. If you believe a David could slay such a Goliath today, I’ve got a Senate confirmation vote I’d like to sell you. Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz provides exclusive commentary. 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 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.

Scream + Scream 2 Double Feature. Craven’s genre-changing horror comedies are presented back-to-stabbed-back. In the 1996 original, Neve Campbell plays a teen in a suburban California town trying to discover the identity of a horror-movie-obsessed serial killer knocking off her friends. The 1997 sequel is set in the same place, only it’s two years later. Campbell’s character is now away at college, but she returns home upon discovering her traumatic experiences are being adapted into a Hollywood horror movie called Stab. Soon, real bodies start piling up again. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sun., 2:30 p.m.; Mon., 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Dummycrats. Social-media stars Diamond & Silk “journey across America to reveal the hypocrisy spewed by progressive, big-government-loving politicians on the left,” according to Fathom Events, which reveals the trip included stops in California “in search of Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi.” 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, (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. Mon., 8 p.m. $15.

Zombie. It’s a 4K restoration of Lucio Fulci’s 1979 masterwork, which was originally marketed as Zombi 2 even though there was no first Zombi film. (Silly Italians . . .) A woman (Tisa Farrow) goes to the Caribbean after her scientist father’s boat turns up abandoned in New York City. Unfortunately, she and her crew are confronted by dead islanders rising up to attack the living. Thanks for the heads up, Travelocity dude! The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Tues.-Wed., 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

Ghostbusters. Flashback Tuesday presents Ivan Reitman’s 1984 blockbuster about paranormal scientists (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis) lucking out of their university gigs and lucking into an in-demand ghost eradication business as New York City is gripped by untold evil. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8.

Intelligent Lives. Photo courtesy intelligentlives.org

Intelligent Lives. Community Advisory Committee’s first film screening features Dan Habib’s documentary that follows three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities. Each one challenges perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college and the workforce. McBride High School, Auditorium, 7025 Parkcrest St., Long Beach; www.facebook.com/CAC4longbeach/. Wed., 6 p.m. Free.

Young Frankenstein. Classic Wednesday presents Mel Brooks’ 1974 black-and-white classic that demonstrates Gene Wilder’s genius writing and comedic acting. He plays a neurosurgeon who follows his grandfather Dr. Victor von Frankenstein’s instructions to reanimate a monster (Peter Boyle). Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Ouija: Origin of Evil. The Thursday Matinee film series, whose theme this month is “New Horror Classics,” continues with Mike Flanagan’s 2016 mystery-horror thriller. In 1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother (Elizabeth Reaser) unwittingly invites evil into her home by adding a new stunt to bolster her séance scam business. You are invited to wittingly bring snacks and beverages to this screening, but including booze will unleash unspeakable evil. Fullerton Public Library, Osborne Auditorium, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., Oct. 18, 1 p.m. Free.

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. 18, 4 p.m. Free.

Elvira’s Movie Macabre: House on Haunted Hill. Creepy cocktails, raffles with peculiar prizes and more spooky surprises are promised during Los Angeles Arts Society’s first Haunted House Party, which opens with live music by New Evil. Then comes the Elvira’s Movie Macabre television episode with William Castle’s 1959 chiller starring horror icon Vincent Price. He plays a millionaire who offers five people $10,000 if they spend the night with him and his wife in their spooky house. Presented with “Emergo!” The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Oct. 18, 7 p.m. $13.

More Than Funny. Photo courtesy Fathom Events

More Than Funny. The new comedy special by Michael Jr., who has performed on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live, was made before a live audience. Besides delivering standup, he’ll share three real-life stories that are said to be inspiring and motivating. 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 East 12, 155 W. Birch St., Brea, (714) 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. Thurs., Oct. 18, 7 p.m. $12.50.

OC Film Fiesta Opening Night: Camino A Marte. The ninth OC Film Fiesta opens with Humberto Hinojosa Ozcariz’s award-winning 2017 Mexican road picture, which translates in English to Road to Mars and follows two friends (Camila Sodi and Tessa Ia) are driving through Baja California, where they meet a strange man (Luis Gerardo Méndez) who claims to be from another planet. The festival, which continues through Oct. 28, includes other screenings, parties and special events at various locations. Early-bird, all-access passes, which are $60 or $100 for two, are available through Oct. 12. Santa Ana College, Phillips Hall Theatre, 1454-1592 North Bristol St., Santa Ana; www.ocfilmfiesta.org. Thurs., Oct. 18, 8 p.m. $3-$10. Parking, $2.

Silent Spooky Night with The Haunted Castle, The Infernal Cauldron, The Fall of the House of Usher, Edison’s Frankenstein 1910 and The Silly Symphonies: The Skeleton Dance. The speakeasy, which one enters with a password and through a phone booth, and Long Beach Heritage Museum continue their semi-regular screenings of silent films that this time are Halloween-tinged. Fine spirits and Roxanne’s delightful hors d’ouerves are served. The Exhibition Room-Long Beach Craft Cocktails, 1117 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach, (562) 826-2940; www.theexhibitionroom.com. Thurs., Oct. 18, 8 p.m. $40.

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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