Outdoor Movie Night! [Special Screenings, June 28-July 5]

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? This documentary takes you to the heart of the late Fred Rogers’ career, which he dedicated to how best to speak with young kids, even beyond Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, his PBS children’s show. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., June 28, 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:15 & 9:35 p.m. $9.50-$12.50; also at Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., June 28, 12:15, 2:35, 5, 7:45 & 10:05 p.m. $9.50-$12.50; and Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Fri.-Tues. & Thurs., July 5, 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m., 1:15, 3:30 & 6 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

It Follows. David Robert Mitchell’s 2015 horror flick is about a teen (Maika Monroe) who, after sleeping with her new boyfriend for the first time, is informed by him that she has now received a fatal curse that will have a murderous, shape-shifting entity following her until it gets what it wants. “But I still had a really great time. Call me?” The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., June 28, noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m. $7-$10.

The Master. The Directors series tribute to Paul Thomas Anderson continues with his dark 2012 drama that seems very much like the beginnings of Scientology under founder L. Ron Hubbard. Here, it is the Cause under founder Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), whose inner circle lashes out as his bond with an angst-ridden alcoholic drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) gets stronger. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., June 28, 12:30, 3:30 & 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Andy Irons: Kissed By God. Surfing champ Andy Irons’ struggles with bipolar disorder and opioid addiction are covered in this documentary. The pride of Hawaii has said he hopes his story will dispel myths about two ferocious diseases. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., June 28, 7 p.m. $15.

Bandstand. Beamed into theaters is a performance of the Broadway musical subtitled “The Boys Are Back.” After American soldiers return from World War II in 1945, Private First Class Donny Novitski (Corey Cott) tries to rebuild his singer/songwriter career. When he learns NBC is hosting a national competition to find the next musical superstars, Danny forms a band with a motley crew of war veterans. Audiences of the simulcast enjoy never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage. 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; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., June 28, 7 p.m. $18.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season Finale. The 10th-season closer is shown live by your party hostesses Isabella Xochitl, Electra Kute and Eden Apple. Show up in drag for free popcorn and a medium fountain drink. Frida’s bar is open for drag racers ages 21 and older, too. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., June 28, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Brigadoon. The Movies On the Lawn/Flashback Friday film is the 1954 MGM musical from director Vincente Minnelli and writer Alan Jay Lerner that has two Americans (Gene Kelly and Van Johnson) getting lost while hunting in Scotland. They come upon a small village where people behave as if they were still living 200 years in the past—and they harbor a mysterious secret. Bring a picnic, blankets and lawn chairs. Food trucks are on site. Orange County Great Park, Palm Court, 6950 Marine Way, Irvine; ocgp.org. Fri., doors open, 6:30 p.m.; screening, dusk. Free.

Spider-Man: Homecoming. The Source OC’s Outdoor Movie Night continues with the 2017 reboot from Marvel Studios and director/co-writer Jon Watts. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) balances his life as an ordinary high-school student and the superhero alter-ego facing a new menace prowling the skies of New York. Movie seating is first-come, first-served. The Source OC, 6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, (714) 521-8858; www.thesourceoc.com. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

Image courtesy Disney/Pixar

Ratatouille. The Disney Summer Movie Series continues with the 2007 Disney Pixar animated action comedy that has a rat/chef (voiced by Patton Oswalt) cooking up an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. Modjeska Park, 1331 S. Nutwood St., Anaheim; publicaffairs.disneyland.com/community/celebratesummer/. Fri., 7:45 p.m. Free.

Despicable Me 3. The animated 2017 hit has the Minions wanting back their old crime boss, the fired Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell), but he considers himself retired as he travels to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother. Bring blankets and chairs. Vendors on site sell food and drinks. Stanton Central Park, 10660 Western Ave., Stanton, (714) 890-4270. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.

The Mads: Live at the Frida! Mystery Science Theater 3,000’s original Crow T. Robot/Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieu) and TV’s Frank (Frank Conniff) riff live along to a different surprise movie—a really, really bad surprise movie—at three separate screenings. The Frida Cinema;
thefridacinema.org. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 & 8 p.m. $25.

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 and unruly canine, and both pooches wind up in a truck bound for the pound. Arovista Park, 415 W. Elm St., Brea, (714) 990-7112. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers. San Franciscoans discover the human race is being replaced, one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. Brings to mind a certain White House, no? Donald Sutherland leads the cast of Philip Kaufman’s 1978 horror/sci-fi flick that screens as an OC Weekly Friday Night Freakouts entry and beyond. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11 p.m.; Sat., 10 p.m. $7-$10.

Take Every Wave. Photo courtesy Moxie Firecracker Films

Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton. According to the Art Theatre’s website, this screening is co-hosted by an OC Weekly senior writer by the name of Matt Coker. Love that guy! Rory Kennedy’s documentary gives an extremely up close and very personal look at the giant wave surfer and waterman, who, along with his family, splits the year between Hawaii and Malibu, which is the year-round home of the filmmaker. Cokehead forbids me from writing any more lest he run out of material. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11 a.m. $8.50-$11.50.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Movies On the Lawn’s Blockbuster Saturday movie is the 2017 animated flick that is based on those little pieces of plastic that clog your vacuum-cleaner bag. A teenager (Dave Franco), who is shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, enlists a sensei (Jackie Chan) and ninja pals to bring down the old man. You should bring down a picnic, blankets and lawn chairs. Food trucks are on site. Orange County Great Park, Terraced Lawn; ocgp.org. Sat., doors open, 6:30 p.m.; screening, dusk. Free.

Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s the 2014 James Gunn popcorn flick that proved Chris Pratt could be an action/sci-fi leading man. He leads an intergalactic group of criminals forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking over the universe. Craig Regional Park, 3300 State College Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 973-3180. Sat., 8 p.m. Free; free parking starts at 6 p.m.

The Room. Did you know that on the last Saturday of every month in 2018, the Frida screens the odd 2003 indie thriller written, directed, produced by and starring Tommy Wiseau? Consider yourselves warned. 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.” Shadow cast Midnight Insanity performs in front of the screen. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Fireworks. Image courtesy Fathom Events

Fireworks. Fathom Events and producer Genki Kawamura present the premiere of the follow-up to the anime mega-hit Your Name. Two junior-high guys are hot for the same girl, who runs away from home with one of them. When things don’t go as planned, the chosen girl uses a multicolored ball plucked from the sea to reset the clock, in hopes of rekindling their young love. But each reset takes them farther away from the real world. Spoken in the original Japanese with English subtitles. (Dubbed version screens July 7.) 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 Brea Stadium West 10, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, 9741 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Tues. & Thurs., July 5, 7 p.m. $12.50.

Jaws. Steven Spielberg’s 1975 triple-Oscar winner is about a police chief (Roy Scheider) fighting a ravenous shark and his small New England coastal town’s mayor (Murray Hamilton), who fears spooking summer tourists. As bodies become chum, the chief enlists an ichthyologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled sea captain (Robert Shaw) to kill the killer beast. Regency South Coast Village, Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $9; also at Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues. Call for show time and ticket prices; and Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., July 5, 1 p.m. Free.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In the 1989 Steven Spielberg franchise flick, from a script co-written by George Lucas, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is pressed back into action after a mining magnate’s lead researcher disappears mysteriously. Oh, the researcher also just happens to be Indy’s father (Sean Connery). Regency South Coast Village, Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

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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