Thoughts and Prayers [Special Screenings, June 13-20]

Emanuel. Photo courtesy Fathom Events

Halston. Frederic Tchang’s new documentary is on the fashion designer who became a household name in the 1970s, only to see his empire facing obliteration by the Wall Street era. Thurs., June 13 at: Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. 11:50 a.m., 2:20, 7:20 & 9:50 p.m. $9.50-$12.50; Edwards Westpark 8, 3735 Alton Pkwy., Irvine, (844) 462-7342. 12:25, 3:20, 6:20 & 9:20 p.m. $10.20-$13.20; also at UA Long Beach 6, 6601 Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (844) 462-7342. Fri.-Thurs., June 20, 12:20, 3, 5:40 & 8:20 p.m. $10.05-$12.95.

The Spy Behind Home Plate. The fascinating life story of Morris “Moe” Berg, a catcher who played on five major-league teams during baseball’s golden age and was a spy for the OSS during World War II, is chronicled in Aviva Kemper’s new documentary. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., June 13, 12:15, 2:35, 5, 7:25 & 9:45 p.m. $9.50-$12.50.

Echo In the Canyon. Andrew Slater’s new rockumentary looks at how the early Laurel Canyon music scene—with such groups as the Byrds, the Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and the Mamas & the Papas—influenced the sounds of today. Thurs., June 13 at: UA Long Beach 6, (844) 462-7342. 12:20, 2:50, 5:10 & 7:40 p.m. $10.05-$12.95; Edwards Westpark 8, (844) 462-7342. 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30 & 9:50. $10.20-$13.20; Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. 1:15, 3:30, 4:50, 5:40, 7:45 & 9:55 p.m. $9.50-$12.50.

The Fall of the American Empire. In Denys Arcand’s new crime comedy, a shy, insecure delivery truck driver tries to dispose of bags of cash he picked up at a crime scene while bumbling police detectives investigate and a gang leader searches for his missing money. In French with English subtitles. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., June 13, 12:30, 3:30, 6:45 & 9:40 p.m. $9-$12.

The Biggest Little Farm. John Chester’s new documentary follows a young couple through their successes and failures in developing a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside Los Angeles. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., June 13, 2:15 & 6:55 p.m. $9.50-$12.50.

The Terminator. Month of Schwarzenegger continues with James Cameron’s 1984 action-thriller in which a cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is sent from the future to kill a young woman named Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). But a protector (Michael Biehn) also arrives from the future because Sarah’s life is to have great significance in the years ahead. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs.-Sat., June 13-15, 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.

The Dead Don’t Die. Photo courtesy Animal Kingdom

The Dead Don’t Die. That indie darling Jim Jarmusch’s latest includes a standard zombie-flick plot—the dead rise from their graves to terrorize a peaceful town—makes sense when you consider his cast includes Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Adam Driver, Danny Glover, Carol Kane, Rosie Perez, Tom Waits, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Selena Gomez and RZA. Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Thurs.-Thurs., June 13-20. visit website for locations, times and ticket prices.

5B. Dan Krauss’ new documentary is about the number and letter that designated the first hospital ward in the country designed specifically to deal with AIDS patients. San Francisco General Hospital’s nurses emphasize humanity and consideration of holistic well-being in the midst of the devastating crisis and ensuing public panic. AMC Fullerton 20, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, (714) 992-6962. Thurs., June 14, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 10:45 a.m., 1:15, 4, 6:30 & 9 p.m. $6.99-$12.99; AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-4288. Thurs., June 13, 7 & 9:45 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:45, 7:15 & 9:45 p.m. $6.99-$13.79; also at Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Opens Fri. Call theater for days, times and ticket prices.

Heavy Water. This look at big-wave surfer Nathan Fletcher begins with his grandfather, a pioneer of Oahu’s North Shore, and follows through to Nate’s current relationship with mammoth breaks. Also screening is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Acid Drop video made by Fletcher and Costa Mesa-based Vans. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., June 13, 7 p.m. $10.50-$12.50.

9 to 5. MenAlive Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus returns for a benefit screening of the classic 1980 comedy about Three savvy female workers (Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton) who endure an evil, chauvinistic boss (Dabney Coleman). When a freak accident, uh, ties him up and prevents him from doing his duties, the trio makes productive, positive changes at the office. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., June 13, 7 p.m. $15.

Rahman 1400. In Manouchehr Hadi’s new Iranian dramedy, a man whom doctors say will die soon conspires with his friend to inherit money for his family. In Farsi with English subtitles. Starlight Triangle Cinemas, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, (714) 650-4300; starlightcinemas.com. Thurs.-Sun., June 13-16, 7 & 9 p.m. $6-$12.

Pavarotti. Producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard pivot from The Beatles: Eight Days a Week to this 2019 documentary on the legendary opera singer. Enjoy intimate interviews, historic performances and never-before-seen footage. Edwards Westpark 8, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., June 13, 7:10 & 10:10 p.m.; Fri.-Thurs., June 20, 12:40, 3:40, 6:40 & 9:40 p.m. $10:20-$13.20; also at Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Opens Fri. Call theater for times and ticket prices.

The Shining. Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

The Shining. Over Father’s Day weekend, see a 4K restoration of the horror film featuring everyone’s favorite murderous dad. Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 masterpiece (that Stephen King would say is too loosely based on his novel) stars Jack Nicholson as a writer who brings his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd) with him to look over the elegant Overlook Hotel deep in the Colorado Rockies in the wintery off-season. Let’s just say things take a turn. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri.-Sun., 1:30, 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Zootopia. The 2016 toon has funny people voicing animals as a rabbit cop (Ginnifer Goodwin) tries to solve a missing-persons case in a city inhabited by anthropomorphic animal. Carbon Canyon Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd., Brea; ocparks.com. Fri., 6 p.m. Free.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Mike Mitchell’s recent animated movie takes place five years after everything was awesome as Lego Duplo space invaders wreck everything. Lake Forest Sports Park, 28000 Rancho Pkwy., Lake Forest; ca-lakeforest.civicplus.com. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Free.

Wonder. Stephen Chbosky’s 2017 family dramedy is about a boy with facial differences (Jacob Tremblay) entering fifth grade—and a mainstream elementary school—for the first time. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson play his supportive parents. Smith-Murphy Park, 5290 Cameron Dr., Buena Park, (714) 562-3860. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Free.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Image courtesy Sony Pictures Animation

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. In Genndy Tartakovsky’s 2018 animated comedy, Count Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) and company join a cruise for sea-loving monsters, unaware monster-hater Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan) commandeered the tub. Oeste Park, 2300 W. Lambert Rd., La Habra; www.lahabracity.com. Fri., 8 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. performs in Santa Ana, while it’s Midnight Insanity in Long Beach. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. 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.

Klanken van oorsprong (Sounds of Origin). The Indo Project presents this 2018 documentary about the Dutch-Indonesian influence on modern pop music in the Netherlands. An audience Q&A with director Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich follows. Art Theatre; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Sat., 11 a.m. $15.

Trolls. Movies & Music presents a family film and a live musical act. The band is Southland Mega Groove. The 2016 animated adventure comedy has the Bergens invading Troll Village and forcing Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) to set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Little Cottonwood Park, 4000 Farquhar Ave., Los Alamitos, (562) 430-1073. Sat., 6:30 p.m. Free.

Jurassic Park. Steven Spielberg’s 1993 sci-fi thriller, which is based on Michael Crichton’s novel, finds things going screwy on an island where cloned dinosaurs roam free in a wildlife park. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 729-3863. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $10.

Smallfoot. Image courtesy Warner Bros.

Smallfoot. Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig’s 2018 animated comedy is about a Yeti (voiced by Channing Tatum) who is convinced those elusive “human” creatures are real. Eastside Community Park, Picnic Shelter Area, 5400 Eastside Circle, Yorba Linda, (714) 961-7192. Sat., 8 p.m. Free.

The Room. In the bizarre 2003 indie thriller written, directed and produced by, as well as starring, 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. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 11 p.m. $7-$10.

Field of Dreams. Just in time for Father’s Day and the 30th anniversary of Phil Alden Robinson’s fantasy drama are these screenings presented by Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies. An Iowa corn farmer (Kevin Costner) hears voices that encourage him to build a baseball diamond in his fields. After he does it, players from the Chicago Black Sox, which was accused of throwing the 1919 World Series, emerge from the tall stalks to play ball. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Sun., 1 & 4 p.m.; Tues., 4 & 7 p.m. $6.25-$12.50.

Total Recall. This Month of Schwarzenegger screening brings Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 violence-laden, terraforming thriller that is inspired by Philip K. Dick’s short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. Disturbing events during a virtual trip to Mars prompt Quaid (a post-Terminator Ahnuld) to actually go to the red planet. Possibly. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sun.-Tues., 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Emanuel. From director Brian Ivie (The Drop Box), co-producer Mariska Hargitay and executive producers Stephen Curry and Viola Davis comes this new documentary on the families of the Emanuel Nine, the African American churchgoers who were gunned down by a 21-year-old white supremacist during a prayer service in Charleston, South Carolina. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Mon. & Wed., 7 p.m. $12.50.

The Lego Batman Movie. Image courtesy Warner Bros.

The Lego Batman Movie. Summer Movie Express presents the 2017 computer-animated flick based on those damn plastic pieces you step on in the dark. The caped crusader (voiced by Will Arnett) must learn to work with others if he is going to save the city from the Joker (Zach Galifianakis). Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Tues., 10 a.m. $1.

Princess Mononoke. Studio Ghibli master Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 anime classic is about a young warrior infected with a deadly curse that sends him looking for a cure in the forest. That’s where he meets Princess Mononoke, who was raised by wolves. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8.

House With a Clock in Its Walls. Summer Movie Express presents Eli Roth’s 2018 horror comedy about a young orphan (Owen Vaccaro) who helps his magical uncle (Jack Black) locate a clock that can bring about the end of the world. Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Wed., 10 a.m. $1.

The Met: Live in HD: Roméo et Juliette. It’s a summer encore of a Metropolitan Opera performance from the 2016-17 season of Gounod’s opera that is sung in French with English subtitles. Tenor Vittorio Grigolo and soprano Diana Damrau play the star-crossed lovers of this Shakespeare adaptation. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Wed., 1 & 7 p.m. $12.50.

Conan the Barbarian. Month of Schwarzenegger “Ahnulds” on with John Milius’ 1982 adventure fantasy about a boy forced into slavery after seeing his parents and entire village wiped out by a savage warlord (James Earl Jones). Growing up to become a fearless fighter (the Governator), he is set free and plots revenge against the warlord. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Wed.-Thurs., June 20, 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Her. Photo courtesy Annapurna Pictures

Her. Spike Jonze’s 2013 sci-fi romance is set in the not-so-distant-future LA, where a romantic relationship develops between a lonely heart (Joaquin Phoenix) and a fully conscious AI device (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) designed to meet his every need. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Wed., 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Ralph Breaks the Internet. Outdoor screening of Phil Johnston and Rich Moore’s 2018 animated comedy that picks up six years after Wreck-It Ralph, when Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) discover a Wi-Fi router leads to adventure. Elks Lodge No. 1952, 11551 Trask Ave., Garden Grove, (714) 741-5200. Wed., 7 p.m. Free.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. In Howard Hawks’ 1953 musical, showgirls Dorothy (Jane Russell) and Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) embark on a boat trip to Paris. Dorothy falls for a private detective (Elliott Reid) hired to make sure Lorelei isn’t a gold digger after the money of millionaire Gus (Tommy Noonan). Meanwhile, Lorelei tries to set Dorothy up with a royal diamond merchant (Charles Coburn). Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Return to Earth. The ninth feature from award-winning adventure filmmakers Anthill Films gives viewers that feeling of total immersion you get on a bike ride. Pedal through the lush coastal jungles of Oahu, the dust of Utah’s otherworldly landscapes and the untouched mountainsides of Patagonia. Edwards Irvine Spectrum, 500 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine; anthillfilms.com. Wed., 8 p.m. $12.

A Star Is Born. Bradley Cooper’s 2018 feature directorial debut has him playing a seasoned musician who discovers and falls in love with a struggling artist (Lady Gaga). As her career takes off, he fights his inner demons. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., June 20, 1 p.m. Free.

Christopher Robin. Photo courtesy Disney

Christopher Robin. Now a family man living in London, Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) receives a surprise visit from his childhood pal Winnie-the-Pooh. Orange Public Library & History Center, 407 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, (714) 288-2420. Thurs., June 20, 2 p.m. Free.

Drum Corps International Tour Premiere. Live performances by top ensembles from Marching Music’s Major League are beamed into theaters. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., June 20, 5:30 p.m. $15.

Pick It Up! Ska In the ’90s. Taylor Morden’s new rockumentary, which made its world premiere during this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival, is about the rise and fall of third-wave ska music of the 1990s in the U.S. Art Theatre; arttheatrelongbeach.org. Thurs., June 20, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $14.

OC Pride Presents: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. OC Pride 2019 presents Beeban Kidron’s 1995 comedy about three Manhattan drag queens (Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo and Wesley Snipes) road-tripping to Los Angeles for a national drag competition. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., June 20, 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.50.

OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief 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 alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.

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