This Is Just a Bit of Silliness, Really [Special Screenings, Dec. 27, 2018-Jan. 3, 2019]

Finding Neverland. Photo courtesy Miramax

Vice. Adam McKay’s bio-drama details the rise of Dick Cheney (Christian Bale and a packed-on 40 pounds), the most powerful vice president in history. Amy Adams portrays Lynne Cheney, and Steve Carell plays Donald Rumsfeld. Regency Westminster, 6721 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, (714) 893-4222. Thurs., Dec. 27, 10 a.m., 1, 4:05, 7:10 & 10:05 p.m. $8-$10; Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., Dec. 27, 12:30, 3:30, 6:40 & 9:45 p.m. $9.50-$12.50.

The Favourite. In Yorgos Lanthimos’ new bio-dramedy, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) secretly governs early 18th-century England for her close friend Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), who is in ill health and bad temper. When servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, a charmed Sarah takes her under her wing, which the newcomer sees as giving her a shot at returning to her aristocratic roots. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435; Thurs.-Sun., Dec. 27-30 & Tues., 11 a.m., 1:30, 4, 6:30 & 9 p.m.; Mon., 11 a.m., 1:30, 4 & 6:30 p.m.; Wed.-Thurs., Jan. 3, 1:30, 4, 6:30 & 9 p.m.; also at Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., Dec. 27, 11:10 a.m., 2, 4:40, 7:20 & 10:05 p.m. $9.50-$12.50; and Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Dec. 27, 1, 4, 7 & 9:55 p.m. $8-$11.

Anna and the Apocalypse. Anna (Ella Hunt) and her friends fight, slash and sing their way to survival when hoards of the undead interrupt their sleepy U.K. town’s yuletide festivities in director John McPhail’s “zombie Christmas musical.” The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; Thurs., Dec. 27, noon, 2, 4 & 10:30 p.m. $7-$10.

The Deer Hunter 40th Anniversary. Michael Cimino’s breath-vacuuming 1978 Vietnam War film is about three Pennsylvania deer-hunting pals and steelworkers (Robert DeNiro, John Savage and Christopher Walken) whose lives change forever after they enlist, get captured by the Viet Cong and are subjected to great torments, including one fucked-up (and forever mocked) game of Russian roulette. MAO! MAO! The Frida Cinema; Thurs., Dec. 27, 12:30, 4 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

Roma. Alfonso Cuarón’s new, semi-autobiographical, gorgeously shot, black-and-white drama follows a year in the life of a young domestic worker (Yalitza Aparicio) and the middle-class Mexico City family she works for in the early 1970s. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Dec. 27, 12:45 & 6:45 p.m. $8-$11.

They Shall Not Grow Old. Fathom Events and Warner Bros. present Peter Jackson’s “most personal” film, a World War I documentary culled from archival footage and 600 hours of BBC interviews. Through colorization, 3D technologies and state-of-the-art restoration, Jackson aims to present the authentic experiences of the British soldiers who lived them. The filmmaker recorded a special introduction, and his film is followed by a making-of featurette. Some theaters present both 3D and non-3D versions. AMC Fullerton 20, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, (714) 992-6962; 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 Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, 26602 Towne Center Dr., Foothill Ranch, (949) 588-9402; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 65 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson, Long Beach, (844) 462-7342; No 4 p.m. at Edwards Metro Pointe Stadium 12, 901 South Coast Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 428-0962; Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, 9741 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, (844) 462-7342; Regal La Habra Stadium 16, 1351 W. Imperial Hwy., La Habra, (562) 690-4909; Thurs., Dec. 27, 1 & 4 p.m. $15.

Wings of Desire. Photo courtesy Argos Films

Wings of Desire. In Wim Wenders’ classic 1987 fantasy rom-dramedy, Eurotrash angels with fashionable haircuts and Gucci overcoats hang around Berlin statuary, eavesdropping, spying and mind reading. Why? Because angels envy us. Damiel (Bruno Ganz) wants to become mortal, then falls in love with one. Another angel (Peter Falk) trades everlasting life to become American television star Peter Falk. The Frida Cinema; Fri., 2:30, 5 & 8 p.m.; Sat., noon, 2:30, 5 & 8 p.m.; Sun., noon & 2:30 p.m.

Bombs Away Live! Demolition Man 25th Anniversary. First, watch blond-afroed Wesley Snipes chew up the scenery in Marco Brambilla’s 1993 sci-fi thriller about the clash between an arch-criminal (Snipes) and a tough cop (Sylvester Stallone) who are each awakened from 35-year stints on ice in 2032 Los Angeles, which has “evolved” into a serene, nonviolent place. Stick around after the high-definition screening for the live Bombs Away! comedy podcast and audience Q&A with a special guest. You get that with your ticket price, as well as the Cocteau Industries Pre-Show—featuring a collection of oldies commercials and scenes from 1993’s primitive violence films—and multiple photo ops. Future attire as imagined in the 1990s is encouraged, and Baja Blast Slushies can be purchased by those 21 and older. The Frida Cinema; Fri., 7:30 p.m. $15.

Jurassic Park: 25th Anniversary. Steven Spielberg’s 1993 sci-fi thriller, based on Michael Crichton’s novel, finds things going screwy on an island where cloned dinosaurs roam free in a wildlife park. The Frida Cinema; Sat., 11:30 a.m., 2, 5, 7:30 & 10 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m., 2, 5 & 7:30 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 Midnight Insanity performs. Art Theatre; Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? FPL Arthouse presents the 2018 documentary that 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. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Wed., 6 p.m. Free.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Photo courtesy 888 Productions

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s the 1990 original that pits Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael against the mysterious Foot Clan ransacking the city. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Finding Neverland. Marc Forster’s 2004 bio-drama is about the friendship between author Sir J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) and the family who inspired him to create Peter Pan. Bring snacks and beverages, but no booze lest you want a hook to replace your hand. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., Jan. 3, 1 p.m. Free.

Rachel Hollis Presents: Made for More. The documentary’s subject is mother of four, The Chic Site founder/CEO and author of the best-seller Girl, Wash Your Face. Hollis hopes her story inspires women to chase their biggest dreams. 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; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (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, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, (844) 462-7342; Wed., 7:30 p.m. $15.

Twisted Pair. Writer/director Neil Breen plays identical twins who become hybrid artificial-intelligence entities torn in different directions to achieve justice for humanity. The Frida Cinema; Thurs., Jan. 3, 8 p.m. $7-$10.

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *