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. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Aug. 9, 1, 3:15, 6 & 8:15 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.
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. Thurs., Aug. 9, 2, 5:30, 8 & 10 p.m. $7-$10.
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, 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. 9, 3:30 p.m. $18.
Coco. The 2017 computer-animated Disney Pixar hit has 12-year-old Miguel Rivera (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) taking 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 holiday ends. Frontier Park, 1400 Mitchell Ave., Tustin, (714) 573-3326. Thurs., Aug. 9, activities, 5:30 p.m.; screening, dusk. Free; also at Placentia Champions Sports Complex, 505 N. Jefferson, Placentia, (714) 993-8232; and Pearson Park Amphitheatre, 401 N. Lemon St., Anaheim, (714) 765-5274. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.
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 (Timothe 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.
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. Lake Forest Sports Park, 28000 Rancho Pkwy., Lake Forest; ca-lakeforest.civicplus.com. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Free.
The Secret Life of Pets. A 3D-animated tale about a terrier (voiced by Louis C.K., who could use a residual check about now) enjoying a comfortable life in New York until his owner adopts a giant, unruly canine, and both pooches wind up in a truck bound for the pound. Yorba Regional Park, 7600 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 973-6838. Fri., dusk. Free.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Horrible Imaginings Film Festival celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Chiodo Brothers’ cult classic and the fourth anniversary of the K.A.O.S. Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast performing at Frida. In the 1988 flick, two teens (Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder) investigate a comet that crashed outside their small sleepy town. They discover an invasion by murderous aliens who resemble circus clowns. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 8:30 p.m. Free.
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. celebrates its fourth anniversary at Frida, which advises audience members to get tickets fast, as these shows invariably sell out. It’s Midnight Insanity that shimmies to “The Time Warp” 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.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi. San Clemente-raised director Rian Johnson’s 2017 action-adventure flick from the prolific franchise has Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) helping Rey (Daisy Ridley) develop her newly discovered abilities. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order. Beachfront Cinema at Huntington State Beach, Tower 5, Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach; beachfrontcinema.com. Sat., 5 p.m. $9.99-$49.99.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. The Directors series tribute to David Lynch continues with his 1992 creepo thriller that is a prequel to his and Mark Frost’s influential ABC show, which premiered two years earlier. We therefore get to see the final week of life for Twin Peaks high schooler Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). That coincides with the disappearance of an FBI man (Chris Isaak) who was investigating a teen girl’s slaying in a different small town in Washington, as well as Special Agent Dale Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) visions that another killing looms. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat.-Sun., 8 p.m. $7-$10.
Grave of the Fireflies. Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 from GKIDS and Fathom Events continues with Oscar nominee Isao Takahata’s lauded anime. Seita and his younger sister Setsuko are forced to fend for themselves in the aftermath of fires that swept entire cities from the face of the Earth. 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; 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; www.fathomevents.com. Sun., 12:55 p.m. (dubbed in English); Mon., 7 p.m. (English subtitles); Wed., 7 p.m. (dubbed). $12.50.
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, founder/CEO of the Chic Site 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. 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. Mon., 7:30 p.m. $15.
Lost Highway. The Directors series tribute to Lynch continues with his 1997 noir thriller about a couple (Bill Pullman and Patricia Arquette) who receive videotapes at their door that unlock a mystery concerning a second couple (Balthazar Getty and Arquette again), who are having an affair behind the back of her gangster boyfriend (Robert Loggia). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Tues.-Wed., 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. $7-$10.
Million Dollar Baby. Film Club, which programs for ages 18 and older, presents the 2005 Oscar winner for picture, director (Clint Eastwood), actress (Hilary Swank) and supporting actor (Morgan Freeman). A determined woman (Swank) works with a hardened trainer (Eastwood) to become a professional boxer. Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, Community Room, 1855 Park Ave., Costa Mesa, (949) 646-8845. Tues., 4:45 p.m. Free.
Blood Fest. This new film’s writer and director, Owen Egerton (Follow), portrays the charismatic showman behind a festival celebrating the most iconic horror movies. But he actually has a diabolical agenda, and when fans start falling like flies, three teens (Robbie Kay, Seychelle Gabriel and Jacob Batalon) band together to survive. Behind-the-scenes footage is included in this one-night-only screening event. 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., 7:30 p.m. $12.50.
Jumanji. The original 1995 comedy has two kids finding and playing a magical board game, which unleashes seemingly unstoppable forces into the lives of a makeshift family headed by Robin Williams. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8.
Die Hard. John McClane (Bruce Willis, in the original role that made him an action-movie superstar) tries to stop a terrorist plot to take everyone hostage at the company Christmas party of his ex-wife (Bonnie Bedelia) in a downtown Los Angeles high-rise. In case you were wondering, Willis recently announced Die Hard is not a Christmas movie. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.
About Schmidt. The Thursday Matinee film series, whose theme this month is “American Dreams,” continues with Alexander Payne’s 2002 dramedy. A retiree (Jack Nicholson) journeys to his estranged daughter’s wedding and learns more about himself and life on the way. He also has a pen pal. Do you long for snacks and beverages? 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. 16, 1 p.m. Free.
Jezebel. The first film to play at the Lido Theater is back to help celebrate the historic Newport Beach movie house’s 80th anniversary. Bette Davis, who lived in Corona del Mar in 1938, is said to have driven past the theater daily while it was under construction and convinced the owners to open with her new movie Jezebel and to install a sitting parlor in the ladies’ room, which remains to this day. In one of her most renowned roles, she plays an impetuous Southern belle who drives away her successful banker fianc (Henry Fonda). He eventually returns, but perhaps too late for her to win him back. The screening, which opens with a champagne reception, benefits Lupus International. Regency Lido Theater, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach; bit.ly/2NSIewZ. Thurs., Aug. 16, 6 p.m. $20.
Elvis ’68 Comeback Special. It’s a 50th-anniversary screening of the television special that had Elvis Presley performing before a live audience for the first time in years, relaunching his career. A making-of feature is included in the screening event. 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; 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. 16, 7:30 p.m.; also Aug. 20. $15.
Casablanca. To celebrate the history of movie making at Crystal Cove State Park, Crystal Cove Conservancy shows movies on the beach this summer, such as Michael Curtiz’s 1942 masterpiece. American expatriate Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) puts his past behind him by running a gin joint in Morocco during the beginning of World War II. Then his former lover Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), who’d left him waiting for her at a Paris train station one day before war broke out, walks into his nightclub, and everything goes to merde. Crystal Cove State Park, “Beaches” Film & Media Center (historic Cottage No. 13), 8471 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (949) 497-7647. Thurs., Aug. 16, 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.
Miami Connection. The Bombs Away podcast, which originates from inside Frida’s projection room, takes over the stage with a live recording of the film-skewering show and a screening of the 1987 B-movie. Martial-arts pop/synth band Dragon Sound goes up against motorcycle ninjas with a tight grip on Florida’s drug trade in the action flick. Besides seeing it and hearing the podcast, you can pose onstage with a Dragon Sound cutout; compete in a costume contest; reach into a mailbox to hopefully “find your father”; and either purchase or try to win a commemorative T-shirt, collectible cup or other prizes. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Aug. 16, 8 p.m. $15.
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