Notorious [Special Screenings, March 21-28]

RBG. Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post/Courtesy CNN Films

Cruel Intentions. If the plot of the 20th-anniversary rerelease of Roger Kumble’s Les Liaisons dangereuses adaptation does not take you back to 1999, the soundtrack’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony” will. Annette (Reese Witherspoon) unwittingly becomes a pawn in a diabolical wager between Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) and Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Thurs.-Wed., March 21-27. Visit website for show times and ticket prices.

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, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., March 21, 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. In Genndy Tartakovsky’s 2018 animated comedy, Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) and company embark on a cruise for sea-loving monsters, unaware their boat is commandeered by monster-hater Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan) and his crew. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., March 21, 6:30 p.m. Free.

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 their neighbors, one by one. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., March 21, 9:30 p.m. $7-$10.

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. Thurs., March 21, 10:30 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. Thurs., March 21, 11:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Us. In Jordan Peele’s next film after his 2017 Oscar-winning Get Out, the writer/director/co-producer keeps it creepy as a family’s serenity turns chaotic when doppelgängers drop by. Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Opens Fri.; visit website for show times and ticket prices.

The Juniper Tree. Photo courtesy Rhino Entertainment

The Juniper Tree. It’s a new 4K restoration of Nietzchka Keene’s 1990 debut feature that is loosely based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name. In medieval Iceland, two sisters (Bryndis Petra Bragadottir and, in her first onscreen performance, Björk) flee for safety after their mother is burned to death for witchcraft. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2:30, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 5:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Leprechaun. HorrorBuzz.com follows St. Patrick’s Day with Mark Jones’ 1993 horror flick about OC Weekly’s original unofficial mascot. In a summer-rental home, a tenant (John Sanderford) and his daughter (Jennifer Aniston) unwittingly open a crate containing a peeved leprechaun (Warwick Davis) out for blood. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 8 p.m. $7-$10.

Under the Skin. Jonathan Glazer’s 2013 sci-fi/horror flicks stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien sent to Earth to seduce men and drain them of their life—or everything under the skin. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri.-Sat., 10 p.m. $7-$10.

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams. David A. Stewart and the title subject co-direct this 2013 documentary that opens with the Fleetwood Mac songstress writing and recording her first solo album in nearly a decade. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Fri., 11 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. $9-$12.

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams. Photo courtesy Weapons of Mass Entertainment

The Room. In the bizarre 2003 indie thriller written, directed, produced by and starring Tommy Wiseau, he plays an amiable banker having a grand old time in a gorgeously shot San Francisco with his fiancée (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. Art Theatre; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $9-$12.

To Kill a Mockingbird. Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events present Robert Mulligan’s 1962 drama, which is based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) defending a black man (Brock Peters) falsely accused of murdering a white woman in the Deep South is seen through the eyes of the attorney’s daughter Scout (Mary Badham). TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz delivers special commentary before and after the film. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Sun., 1 & 4 p.m.; Wed., noon & 7 p.m. $10-$11.25.

Lost In Translation. The monthlong Sofia Coppola retrospective continues with her 2003 dramedy about the May-December friendship (and more?) that develops between a faded movie star (Bill Murray) and a neglected young wife (Scarlett Johansson), who find they have nothing but each other after meeting in Tokyo. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sun., 5 & 7:30 p.m.; Mon.-Tues., 2:30, 5 & 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Black Dynamite. Photo courtesy Apparition Destination Films

Black Dynamite. Frida Volunteer of the Month Brandon selected a 10th-anniversary screening of Scott Sanders’ action-parody of 1970s Blaxploitation flicks. Badder than Shaft, Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White, who also co-wrote the screenplay) seeks justice after his brother is killed by The Man. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues., 2, 4, 6 & 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. This event includes the screening dubbed in English from the original Japanese, plus 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. Mon., 7 p.m. $10.50-$12.50.

Bernie the Dolphin. The Spring Break Special Movie is Kirk Harris’ 2018 family action-comedy about a brother and sister (Logan Allen and Lola Sultan) trying to stop bad guys from destroying a St. Augustine, Florida, beach and its sea life, which includes the kids’ new dolphin friend, Bernie. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Tues., 4 p.m. Free.

Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy. Photo courtesy Fathom Events

Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy. Fathom Events beams into theaters just one part of the “Diamond Diana Celebration,” which marks the 75th birthday of Motown’s legendary diva, Diana Ross. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Tues. & Thurs., March 28, 7 p.m. $13-$15.

Fruits Basket. Funimation celebrates Yoshihide Ibata’s new adaptation of Natsuki Takaya’s beloved manga with limited-edition giveaways to patrons. A high-school student moves out after tragedy strikes her family and is eventually taken in by a mysterious clan. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Tues., 7:30 p.m. (dubbed in English); Wed., 7:30 p.m. (in Japanese with English subtitles). $20.

RBG. Cal State Fullerton’s Division of Politics, Administration and Justice screens Betsy West and Julie Cohen’s revelatory documentary on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who at age 85 finds herself an unlikely pop-culture icon. Participants discuss what they just saw after the screening. CSUF, Gordon Hall (formerly University Hall), Room 205, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton; calendar.fullerton.edu/?eventid=344751573.
Wed., 11:30 a.m. Free.

The Babadook. Remember when Jennifer Kent’s Aussie horror flick took everyone by surprise in 2014? A widowed mother (Essie Davis), plagued by the violent death of her husband, does not believe her son (Noah Wiseman) when he rants about a monster in the house. Mom will learn. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Wed.-Thurs., March 28, 2, 5:30, 8 & 10 p.m. $7-$10.

Sunset Blvd. Photo courtesy Paramount Pictures

Sunset Blvd. Billy Wilder’s 1950 skewering of Tinsel Town has a struggling young screenwriter (William Holden) finding the easy life in the mansion of faded silent film queen Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). The thing is she’s obsessed with him, stuck in time and totally cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. James Gunn’s 2017 sequel has the ragtag Marvel team traveling to the outer reaches of the cosmos to unravel a mystery involving the family tree of Peter Quill/Star Lord (Chris Pratt). You’ll unravel a mystery of why you were kicked out if you bring booze into the screening. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., March 28, 1 p.m. Free.

OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief 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 alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.

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