Tale As Old as Time . . . [Special Screenings, Sept. 27-Oct. 4]

Beauty and the Beast. Image courtesy Disney

Love, Gilda. Lisa D’Apolito’s revealing documentary reiterates that a huge reason for Saturday Night Live’s earliest success was Gilda Radner, the first Not Ready for Prime Time Player Lorne Michaels hired. Frank footage from her childhood through her final days is surprising, inspiring and, ultimately, heartbreaking. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Sept. 27, 11:45 a.m., 2, 4:15, 7 & 9:15 p.m. $8-$11.

Fahrenheit 11/9. Provocateur Michael Moore takes a comedic look at the times we live in and seeks answers to these Trump-era questions: How the f**k did we get here, and how the f**k do we get out? Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., Sept. 27, 12:45, 3:45, 6:45 & 9:45 p.m. $9.50-$12.50; also at Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Sept. 27, 1:30, 4, 6:30 & 9 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Bullitt County. Photo courtesy Catalina Film Festival

Catalina Film Fest. The eighth-annual event expands to the island’s new sister city by the sea, Long Beach. On Friday there, you’ll find the Film and New Media Summit spotlight interview with Richard Dreyfuss, who is to be honored Saturday on Catalina, and the Wes Craven Horror Block that is curated by the master. Best of the Fest film programs are presented Sunday in Long Beach. Catalina Film Festival at Courtyard Marriott Downtown, 130 Pine Ave., Long Beach; catalinafilm.org. Thurs., Sept. 27, Dreyfuss interview, 1:30 p.m.; screenwriting and directing panel, 3 p.m.; animation block, 4 p.m.; Sun., Best of the Fest programs, 11 a.m.; also at Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435; catalinafilm.org. Thurs., Sept. 27, Wes Craven Horror Block, 6 p.m.; The Last Ten Seconds and Bullitt County, 8 p.m. Long Beach passes, $15-$125; check website for Catalina and five-day passes.

Smokey and the Bandit. Frida celebrates recently passed screen legend Burt Reynolds with this screening of Hal Needham’s 1977 action rom-com. Reynolds plays daredevil driver Bo “Bandit” Darville, who uses his Trans-Am to run interference while a big rig driven by his pal Cledus (Jerry Reed) secretly transports 400 cases of Coors from Texas to Atlanta in 28 hours. Along the way, Bandit picks up a hitchhiker in a wedding dress (Sally Fields) as well as a pursuit from her would-be father-in-law, Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason). The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Sept. 27, 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. $7-$10.

Kasama: Infinity. Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world. This documentary shows how she became the top-selling artist on the planet. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Sept. 27, 2:15 & 7:15 p.m. $8-$11.

Sway. UC Irvine’s Department of Film & Media Studies presents Rooth Tang’s feature-length debut about how globalization has made the world so small, yet it can still feel so vast. The drama follows three couples: In Paris, Arthur tries to convince his girlfriend to return to Asia with him before his visa expires; in Bangkok, June ponders her future with husband Palm in America; and in Los Angeles, Amanda tries to fit into the family of a Japanese widower still haunted by their loss. Tang participates in a post-screening audience Q&A. UC Irvine, McCormick Hall, Humanities Gateway 1070, First Floor, West Peltason and Campus drives, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Thurs., Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m. Free.

King Lear. Critics praised Jonathan Munby’s recent production and Ian McKellen’s portrayal of the title character on a London stage. Considered by some to be Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy, the play concerns the aging king and his courtier rejecting the children who truly love them, which leads to a violent power struggle. 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; 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., Sept. 27, 7 p.m. $18.

The Transformers (1986) Movie Event. Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, Frank Welker and—in his final voice acting role—Orson Welles provide voices for the characters in the full-length animated adventure. The Autobots, led by the heroic Optimus Prime, prepare to make a daring attempt to retake their planet from the evil forces of Megatron and the Deceptions. Unknown to both sides, a menacing force is heading their way: Unicron. The event includes a behind-the-scenes look at Bumblebee: The Movie, a Transformers flick due in theaters in December, and an interview with singer/songwriter Stan Bush, who performs the theme songs “Dare” and “The Touch.” Attendees receive a poster of The Transformers: The Movie (while supplies last). AMC Fullerton, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, (714) 992-6962; 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, 99 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, (562) 435-5754; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Kaleidoscope Stadium 10, 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo, (949) 582-4078; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Market Place Stadium 10, 13782 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, (844) 462-7342; Regal La Habra Stadium 16, 1351 W. Imperial Hwy., La Habra, (562) 690-4909; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., Sept. 27, 7 p.m. $12.50.

Mandy. In Panos Cosmatos’ agonizing thriller, a broken and haunted man (Nicolas Cage, channeling Nicolas Cage) hunts in the Pacific Northwest wilderness for a religious sect that slaughtered the love of his life, Mandy (Andrea Riseborough). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Sept. 27, 10 p.m. $7-$10.

Extremity. Anthony DiBlasi’s new horror flick is about a young woman trying to overcome past trauma by going to a haunt attraction, but things go quite awry. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri.-Sat. & Mon.-Thurs., Oct. 4, 12:30 p.m.; Sun., 12:30 & 9:45 p.m. $7-$10.

Skate Kitchen. Photo courtesy Bow and Arrow Entertainment

Skate Kitchen. Think Means Girls on skateboards: In Crystal Moselle’s narrative feature debut, an introverted Long Island teen (Rachelle Vinberg) falls in with an all-girl New York City skateboarding crew that makes her part of the in-crowd. She hooks up with a mysterious skater dude (Jaden Smith), whose mother disapproves. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 2:30, 5, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sat., 2:30, 5 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 & 5 p.m. $7-$10.

The Goonies. A group of misfits seek pirate treasure to save their home in Richard Donner’s 1985 take on Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg’s script. They are so young that you might not recognize Sean Astin, Josh Brolin and Jeff Cohen, but you will recognize Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton. Eisenhower Park (next to the pier), Main Street and Ocean Avenue, Seal Beach; moviesintheparksb.com. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story. The Japan Foundation of Los Angeles and Outdoor Movie Night at the Source OC continue Japanese Cinema Month with Yžz™ Asahara’s 2013 historical drama set in the Edo Period. An excellent chef marries a terrible chef who happens to be the heir of a renowned cooking family. So she and her new mother-in-law teach him the ways of the culinary arts. The Source OC, first-floor Step Plaza, 6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, (714) 521-8858; www.thesourceoc.com. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

Chicken Run. Image courtesy Dreamworks Animation

Chicken Run. In this 2000 stop-motion animated comedy, a flamboyant American rooster arrives on a Yorkshire chicken farm, where hens doomed to a life of egg-laying hope he can teach them to fly to freedom. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, behind Moe B’s Watersports, 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 729-3863. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Free, but there is a fee to park.

Nico, 1968. Susanna Nicchiarelli’s documentary is about singer/songwriter Nico living a solitary existence in Manchester, far from her 1960s glam days as a Warhol superstar and Velvet Underground vocalist—until her manager convinces her to tour Europe. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Above and Beyond. Discovery celebrates NASA’s 60th anniversary with documentarian Rory Kennedy’s examination of how the space agency has changed our vision of our universe, our planet and ourselves. 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, (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. Sat., 12:55 p.m.; Wed., 7 p.m. $12.50.

The Incredibles. It’s a kid flick I’ve actually seen for a change, although I barely remember anything other than I have the same physique as the dad. The story follows a superhero family dealing with everything from the routine to the insane. Cordova Park, 26931 El Retiro, Mission Viejo, (949) 859-4348. Sat., activities, 6 p.m.; screening, dusk. Free.

Beauty and the Beast in Concert. The 1991 Disney animated classic runs on a big screen while a live orchestra composed of professional musicians and Chapman Orchestra members performs Alan Menken’s Oscar- and Grammy-winning score. Chapman University, Musco Center for the Arts, 1 University Dr., Orange, (844) 626-8726; muscocenter.org. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $25-$60.

Space Jam. Michael Jordan posts up Bugs Bunny and throws an elbow into the bill of Daffy Duck, causing Porky Pig to go all Yosemite Sam on his ass. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, (949) 729-3863. Sat., 7:30 p.m. Free, but there is a fee to park.

The Room. In the bizarre 2003 indie thriller written, directed and produced by 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.” Midnight Insanity is your live shadow cast. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

My Neighbor Totoro. GKIDS and Fathom Events continue their Studio Ghibli Fest 2018 collaboration with 30th-anniversary screenings of master Hayao Miyazaki’s anime. Satsuki and her sister Mei move with their father to a new home in the countryside, where the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; 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, (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. (English-language dubbed); Mon., 7 p.m. (subtitled); Wed., 7 p.m. (dubbed). $12.50.

Realms of Imagination: Storytelling at Twilight. Take an artist-led tour of “Ghost Stories and Fairy Tales: A Ceremony of Make Believe” on the exhibit’s final night, then watch three thought-provoking episodes of The Twilight Zone. Fingers crossed that one is “To Serve Man.” Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center, 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim; www.muzeo.org. Sun., tour, 7 p.m.; screening, 8 p.m. Free.

Where Dreams Rest. Photo courtesy Elaine Wong

Where Dreams Rest. Elaine Wong, a 2010 alumna of UC Irvine’s Literary Journalism program, returns to screen her latest short film. It’s a poetic take on the plight of Chinese migrants who take a daring route to come to the United States. UCI, 4100 Humanities Gateway, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Tues., 5 p.m. Free.

Zero Weeks. Ky Dickens’ 2017 documentary is about “America’s sick leave crisis.” Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Pkwy., Irvine, (949) 733-0220. Tues., 6:30 p.m. Free.

The Trump Prophecy. God told fireman Mark Taylor something about America, Israel and the world. You have to go to this screening to find out what exactly. 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, (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. & Thurs., Oct. 4, 7 p.m. $12.50.

The Shining. Flashback Tuesday presents Stanley Kubrick’s modern horror masterpiece from 1980 that stars Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, who’s brought his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd) to look over the elegant Overlook Hotel deep in the Colorado Rockies in the wintery off-season, when . . . well . . . let’s just say things take a turn. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8.

Renoir. Photo courtesy Fidélité Films

Renoir. Chapman University’s MFA in Creative Writing presents Gilles Bourdos’ 2012 historical biography that is set on the French Riviera in the summer of 2015, when the artist returned home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. Bourdos, who recently adapted six stories by Chapman’s Richard Bausch for the film Especes menaces, visits the Orange campus soon. Chapman University, Argyros Forum Student Union Stage, 1 University Dr., Orange, (714) 997-6815. Tues., 10 p.m. Free.

The Death of Stalin. FPL Arthouse presents Armando Iannucci’s (Veep, In the Loop) 2017 political satire set in Moscow of early 1953, when Soviet leader Joseph Stalin collapses from a brain hemorrhage, setting off a mad scramble of potential successors. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Wed., 6 p.m. Free.

Huntington Ground. This powerful and disturbing documentary on sexual violence at colleges and universities shows why the dream school of one in five women will become a nightmare. Chapman University, Memorial Hall, 1 University Dr., Orange, (714) 997-6815. Wed., 7 p.m. Free, but you must register.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Amy Heckerling’s 1982 coming-of-age comedy is based on screenwriter Cameron Crowe’s high-school experiences in Southern California. Sean Penn, as stoned-out surfer Jeff Spicoli, manages to steal the film from Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold and even a topless Phoebe Cates. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

It. Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

It. The Thursday Matinee film series, whose theme this month is “New Horror Classics,” continues with the 2017 flick set in the summer of 1989 in a small Maine town. A group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting, child-terrorizing monster that disguises itself as a clown. Snacks and beverages are allowed at this screening, but you’ll be a bozo if you brings booze. Fullerton Public Library, Osborne Auditorium, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., Oct. 4, 1 p.m. Free.

Living and Writing in Havana. Award-winning Cuban novelist and investigative journalist Leonardo Padura is a UC Irvine professor-in-residence in October. He is welcomed with a reception that is followed by a screening of this documentary about his work. Padura then sits down with filmmaker Lucía Lopez for an audience Q&A. The Spanish-language documentary is shown with English subtitles. UCI, McCormick Hall, (949) 824-6117. Thurs., Oct. 4, 3:30 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. 4, 5 p.m. Free.

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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