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Stay Cool, Baby [Special Screenings, April 11-18]

Ocean’s Twelve. Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

Noah. Fathom Events and Sight & Sound beam into theaters a staged production of the Old Testament story. Despite impossible odds and the scrutiny of onlookers, Noah sets out to fulfill God’s really specific command. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com [1]. Thurs., April 11, 6:30 p.m.; Sat., 12:55 p.m. $12.50.

Cat Video Fest. It’s exactly what the title suggests: silly cat videos. But unlike your YouTube insomnia enablers, the screening of this 70-minute collection partly benefits Moon Cat Cafe, whose van parked outside includes a café, pussy merchandise and felines up for adoption. Me to the ow. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Ste. 100, Santa Ana, (714) 285-9422; thefridacinema.org [2]. Thurs., April 11, 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

The Wind. IFC Midnight presents Emma Tammi’s directorial debut, which is billed as an indie horror-western. An unseen force terrorizes a young woman and a couple living on the remote American frontier in the 19th century. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org [2]. Thurs., April 11, 10 p.m. $7-$10.

Mary Magdalene. In Garth Davis’ new drama set in the first century AD, the titular free spirit (Rooney Mara) flees her arranged marriage to find refuge and a sense of purpose in a radical new movement led by charismatic rabble-rouser Jesus (Joaquin Phoenix). Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Opens Fri.; call theater for show times and ticket prices.

Films of Santa Ana. The new Santa Ana Film Festival LLC presents a free showcase of short documentaries with stories about Santa Ana produced by Santa Ana filmmakers. Titles are: Dancing With the Sun; Semillas; Center Street Rising; Marina: Here to Stay; and Sanctuary Stolen. There are also a Santa Ana High School Student Showcase and filmmaker Q&As. Arrive early at the Sunday event to take in an art exhibit in the theater lobby featuring Chicano/a artists Marina Aguilera and the late Manuel Hernandez-Trujillo (both featured in mini documentaries). Live Mexican folk music, a lecture by local historian Manny Escamilla about the 1960s-’70s Chicano movement, and complimentary wine and small bites are also served. Booths outside hawk related art prints, books and other merchandise before and after the film program. Santa Ana High School Auditorium, 520 W. Walnut St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-4900. Fri., 6 p.m. Free; also at the Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org [2]. Sun., doors open, 3 p.m.; lecture, 3:40 p.m.; screenings, 4 p.m. Free.

Senior Thesis Cycle 4 Film Screenings. Screwed the pooch on this one, folks, and mistakenly listed it for last Friday. These student films premiere, but not necessarily in this order: A Slight Inconvenience; Grenadine; Her Own Accord; Holy Water; The Legs of Chuck Watney; and Tribu In the Mix. Titles are subject to change, and the films are also live streamed. (Go to the website below, scroll to the screening event and click the link.) Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6765; chapman.edu/dodge/ [3]. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

Penguin Highway. Image courtesy Studio Colorido

Penguin Highway. Hiroyasu Ishida’s 2018 anime is about a probing fourth-grader who ties the sudden appearance of penguins in his village to a young woman working at a dental clinic. Starlight Cinema City, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 970-6700; also at Starlight Triangle Cinemas, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, (714) 650-4300; starlightcinemas.com [4]. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. Check website for ticket prices; and at the Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org [2]. Sat., 5 p.m. (dubbed in English); Sun., 8 p.m. (Japanese with English subtitles). $7-$10.

Lords of Chaos. By popular demand, Frida brings back Jonas Åkerlund’s 2018 bio-drama that finds an Oslo, Norway, teenager (Rory Culkin) mounting stunts to draw attention to his black metal band—to a very violent end. The script was adapted from Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind’s Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. (See “Black Metal Magic.”) The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org [2]. Fri., 9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10:30 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 K.A.O.S. performs in Santa Ana, while it’s Midnight Insanity in Long Beach. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org [2]. Fri., 11:30 p.m. $7-$10; also at Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $9-$12.

Drive. Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 crime drama is about Hollywood stuntman (Ryan Gosling) having second thoughts about moon-lighting as a getaway driver for an underworld boss played by Mr. Albert Brooks. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org [2]. Sat., 8 p.m. $7-$10.

Incredibles 2. Bring a blanket or low lawn chair to point in front of a 20-foot inflatable screen showing the animated 2018 smash hit from Disney-Pixar and director Brad Bird. Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) takes care of the kids while his wife Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) is out saving the world. Hurless Barton Park, 4601 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda, (714) 961-7192. Sat., 8 p.m. Free.

Ben-Hur. It’s a 60th-anniversary screening of William Wyler’s epic about a Jewish prince (Charlton Heston) vowing revenge when he is enslaved by his Roman childhood friend (Stephen Boyd). Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz provides pre- and post-show commentary on the production that encompassed nine sound stages and 300 sets and consumed 1.1 million feet of film. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com [5]. Sun. & Wed., 1 & 6 p.m. $10-$13.25.

Léon: The Professional. Photo courtesy Gaumont

Léon: The Professional. Frida Volunteer of the Month Douglas Tran chose this screening of Luc Besson’s first American film, which was known in 1994 only as The Professional and had a run time that was 26 minutes shorter than this version. When 12-year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman, in her film debut) comes home to find her family murdered, she seeks refuge with her quiet French neighbor Léon (Jean Reno). Discovering Léon is a hit man, Mathilda convinces him to train her to exact revenge. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org [2]. Mon.-Tues., 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín. Courageous Jewish prisoners in the Terezín Concentration Camp performed Giuseppe Verdi’s stunning “Requiem Mass,” despite experiencing the depths of human degradation during World War II. Maestro and project creator Murry Sidlin conducts the Pacific Symphony Orchestra for a full performance of Verdi’s “Requiem Mass” as video testimony from survivors is projected on a big screen. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa; www.pacificsymphony.org [6]. Tues., 8 p.m. $25-$213.

Edward Scissorhands. The monthlong Tim Burton celebration continues with his 1990 classic about animated human being Edward (Johnny Depp), who has a freakish appearance and scissor blades for hands because his creator (Vincent Price) died before his project was completed. A loving suburban saleswoman (Dianne Wiest) discovers Edward and takes him home, where he falls for her teen daughter (Winona Ryder). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org [2]. Wed.-Thurs., April 18, 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

Forrest Gump. The 1994 dramedy about the titular idiot (Tom Hanks)—who failed up through the Vietnam War, space launches and the launch of Apple—hauled in six Oscars and $677 million at the box office. I don’t get it. Starlight Cinema City; starlightcinemas.com [4]. Wed., 7 p.m. Check website for ticket prices.

Bled Number One. Photo courtesy Sarrazink Productions

Bled Number One. UC Irvine Illuminations; the Department of Film and Media Studies; and the Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion’s International Week: Building Local and Global Connections present Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche’s 2006 French drama. A young man is deported from France to his home village in Algeria, where he meets a married woman who is an aspiring jazz singer. A light dinner and discussion will follow the screening. UCI, McCormick Screening Room, Humanities Gateway 1070, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Wed., 7 p.m. Free.

The Wizard of Oz. In Victor Fleming’s 1939 family classic, Dorothy (Judy Garland), her dog Toto (Terry) and new friends the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), the Tin Man (Jack Haley) and the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) follow the Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City in hopes the Great and Powerful Oz (Frank Morgan) can return the young lady and her little yapper home to Kansas. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.50.

Ocean’s Twelve. “The Art of the Heist” Thursday matinee series continues with Steven Soderbergh’s 2004 sequel, in which Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and his crew (Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, etc.) get back together after they are, one by one, threatened by the casino owner (Andy Garcia) they ripped off in the 2001 original (remake). Payback essentially requires three major European heists. You can bring food and drink to the screening, but no booze or your life will become a confusing plot twist. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., April 18, 1 p.m. Free.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian. It’s a one-night-only, 40th-anniversary, theatrical rerelease of the 1979 Python comedy classic with restored sound and picture quality. Average young Jewish man Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman), through a series of ridiculous events, is followed as the Messiah at the same time—and approximately the same place—as Jesus Christ (Kenneth Colley) is. Art Theatre; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Thurs., April 18, 7 p.m. $9-$12; also at the Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org [2]. Thurs., April 18, 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

The Pilgrim’s Progress. John Bunyan’s 1678 Christian allegory is the most-read book next to the Bible, having been translated into more than 200 languages and never going out of print. It’s been adapted into a new animated feature about Christian’s journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City as the ultimate enemy tries to distract him from his route. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com [5]. Thurs., April 18, 7 p.m. $10.50-$12.50.

RiffTraxx Live: Octaman. Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett continue their post-Mystery Science Theater 3000 careers by riffing live to this guy-in-a-rubber-suit creature feature. From a radioactive swamp deep in a Mexican jungle, a being that is neither man nor octopus emerges to go on a light killing spree. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com [5]. Thurs., April 18, 8 p.m. $12.50.