Yes, Iyah [Special Screenings, April 18-25]

Babylon. Photo by Kino Lorber

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). Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; Thurs., April 18, 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

Ralph Breaks the Internet. Phil Johnston and Rich Moore’s 2018 animated comedy picks up six years after Wreck-It Ralph, when now-friends Ralph and Vanellope (voiced by John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman) discover a wifi router in their arcade leads to a new adventure. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., April 18, 6:30 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, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435; Thurs., April 18, 7 p.m. $9-$12; also at the Frida Cinema; 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; Thurs., April 18, 7 p.m.; Sat., 12:55 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; Thurs., April 18, 8 p.m. (live); Wed., 7:30 p.m. (encore). $12.50.

Wild Nights With Emily. Photo by Anna Stypko/Greenwich Entertainment

Wild Nights With Emily. Madeleine Olnek’s comedic and irreverent 2018 exploration of the famous poet Emily Dickinson (Saturday Night Live alum Molly Shannon) won jury awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best Screenplay (by Olnek) at September’s 25th anniversary QFilm Fest in Long Beach. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Opens Fri.; call theater for times and ticket prices.

Stuck. Michael Berry’s original new pop musical is about six commuters stranded in a New York subway and learning about one another through music. The cast includes Giancarlo Esposito, Ashanti and Amy Madigan. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Fri.-Thurs., April 25, 11:45 a.m., 2:15, 4:30, 7:15 & 9:45 p.m. $9-$12.

D2: The Mighty Ducks. Coach Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) and his Mighty Ducks youth hockey squad face off against a tough Icelandic team that does not always play fair in Sam Weisman’s 1994 Disney sequel. You can purchase food at an on-site food truck, and the screening is part of the countywide Imagination Celebration’s “The Art of Competition” exhibit. Orange County Great Park, 8000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine, (949) 724-6880; Fri., exhibit, noon-7 p.m.; screening at Terraced Lawn, after sunset. Free.

Babylon. Franco Rosso’s 1980 drama, which rarely screens in the U.S., exposes the trials and tribulations of young black youth in early 1980s London, as seen through the eyes of a reggae sound system’s front man (Brinsley Forde). The Frida Cinema; Fri., 2, 4, 6 & 8 p.m.; Sat., noon, 2, 4, 6 & 8 p.m.; Sun.-Thurs., April 25, 10 p.m. $7-$10.

Lost & Found. Writer/director/star Liam O Mochain’s 2017 Irish indie dramedy has seven interconnecting stories set in and around a train station’s lost-and-found office. Mochain appears for an audience Q&A after the Tuesday screening. Art Theatre; Fri., 2:45 p.m.; Sat., 6:45 p.m.; Sun., 1:45 p.m.; Mon. & Thurs., April 25, 4:30 p.m.; Tues., 7 p.m.; Wed., 2:30 p.m. $9-$12.

Satan & Adam. Shot over 20 years, V. Scott Balcerek’s 2018 documentary is about the unlikely pairing of harmonica master Adam Gussow and one-man-band Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee after they met on a Harlem street corner in 1986. A chance encounter with U2 members and a celebrated record debut launch the duo to international acclaim—before Mr. Satan suddenly disappears. Art Theatre; Fri., 5 & 9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 4 p.m.; Mon. & Thurs., April 25, 7 p.m.; Tues., 2:30 p.m.; Wed., 4:30 p.m. $9-$12.

2019 International Film Festival. As part of Santiago Canyon College’s Celebration of Diversity Month, the Modern Languages Department and Associated Student Government present films—two of which are in a language other than English—on three consecutive Fridays. Kicking things off is the 2013 rom-com Pulling Strings, in which a diplomat (Laura Ramsey) has her world turned upside-down in Mexico City before being saved by a mariachi singer (Jaime Camil) a day after she rejected his visa. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles. Parking is free, and refreshments are served. Other festival films are A Quiet Place (April 26) and La Famille Bélier (May 3). Santiago Canyon College, Bldg. D-101, 8045 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, (714) 628-4938; Fri., 6 p.m. Free.

Light In the Water. Photo courtesy Logo TV

Light In the Water. Lis Bartlett’s 2018 documentary is on the West Hollywood Swim Club, which was registered as the first openly gay masters swim and water polo club shortly after the first Gay Games of 1982. Bartlett is joined by a producer and swim team members for an audience Q&A after the first screening. Art Theatre; Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 1:45 p.m.; Sun. & Wed., 7 p.m.; Mon. & Thurs., April 25, 2:30 p.m.; Tues., 4:30 p.m. $9-$12.

Senior Thesis Cycle 5 Film Screenings. These student films premiere, but not necessarily in this order: A History of You; Damsel; Scared Red; Souvenirs; and The Most Beautiful. 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; Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

Re-Animator and Bride of Re-Animator. Horrorbuzz presents this double feature based on the H.P. Lovecraft story “Herbert West, Re-Animator.” The original is Stuart Gordon’s 1985 camp classic in which odd medical student Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) conducts bizarre and increasingly murderous experiments involving the reanimation of dead tissue. Brian Yuzna’s 1989 sequel has West and another doctor (Bruce Abbott) trying to create the perfect woman. The Frida Cinema; Fri., 8 p.m. $10.

Repo Man. It’s a 35th-anniversary screening of Alex Cox’s post-punk comedy/sci-fi classic about desperate, young Otto (Emilio Estevez) stumbling into the car-repossession business. He encounters paranoid drivers, a UFO conspiracy theorist, rival repo men, friends-turned-criminals and a lunatic government scientist with top-secret cargo in the trunk of his 1964 Chevy Malibu that is targeted for repossession. The Frida Cinema; Fri.-Sat., 10 p.m. $7-$10.

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. Art Theatre; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. $9-$12.

Le notti di Cabiria (The Nights of Cabiria). Cinema Italiano presents Federico Fellini’s 1957 drama and Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Waifish prostitute Maria “Cabiria” Ceccarelli (Giulietta Masina) wanders Rome’s streets looking for true love, but finds only heartbreak. If you don’t speak Italian and want to ignore the English subtitles, Arrive early for professor Petra Petry’s basic Italian lesson. Bowers Museum, Kershaw Auditorium, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3677; Sat., Italian class, 12:30 p.m. Free; screening, 2 p.m. $12; museum members, free.

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 from 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; Sat., 2:30 & 5:30 p.m. $7-$10.

A Look Back at 60 Years: Harbour Surfboards. Besides “Short & special” Harbour films, the event features live music, original art, Beachwood Brewing beers, Seal Beach Winery wines, Ola Mexican Kitchen grub, a raffle of Rich Harbour items, and Harbour joining other local legends in signing books and talking story. Pacific City, 21028 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. E 200, Huntington Beach, (714) 930-2345. Sat., book signing, 5 p.m.; screening, 6 p.m.; guest panel, 7 p.m. $25.

Graduate Thesis Cycle 5 & 6 Film Screenings. These films premiere, but not in this order: A Lonely Death; Ghazaal; Second Star to the Right; and The Perfumer. 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, Folino Theater, (714) 997-6765; Sat., 7 p.m. Free.

Reefer Madness. Photo courtesy George A. Hirliman Productions

Reefer Madness: 4/20 Roadshow. Celebrate 4/20 with American Genre Film Archive’s new 2k restoration of the 1936 cautionary tale about the (overexaggerated) ills of marijuana use. This is demonstrated by three pushers getting innocent teens hopped up on wacky tobacky at wild parties with—DUN-DUN-DUNNNN—jazz music! The Frida Cinema; Sat., 8 p.m. $7-$10.

The Big Lebowski. Also vying for your 4/20 attention is the Coen Brothers’ trippy-dippy 1998 mistaken-identity comedy/mystery classic involving layabout Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) and millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski (David Huddleston). Art Theatre; Sat., 9 p.m. $9-$12.

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. $9-$12.

Annihilation. Alex Garland’s 2018 horror flick, which he adapted from Jeff VanderMeer’s novel, is about an ex-soldier biologist (Natalie Portman) landing in a mysterious zone where the laws of nature do not apply. (Lido Isle?) The Frida Cinema; Sun.-Thurs., April 25, 2:30, 5 & 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Farm to Yarn. The documentary short about a socially conscious raw materials initiative in India premieres as part of the Volcom Earth Day celebration, which includes a panel discussion featuring Orange Coast College instructor Derek Sabori and Volcom’s CMO Ryan Immegart and VP of Supply Chain Tony Alvarez. Food, beverages, a brief free skate and the premiere of a new Volcom Backyard Hawaii Surf video are also on tap. Volcom HQ, 1740 Monrovia Ave., Costa Mesa, Mon., 5 p.m. (doors open); 6 p.m. (Farm to Yarn); 6:15 p.m. (panel); 6:30 p.m. (surf video); 7 p.m. (free skate). Must RSVP to attend.

Bomb, a Love Story. Back by popular demand is Payman Maadi’s 2018 rom-dram that is set at the height of the 1988 Iran-Iraq War, when hope, love and affection manage to survive relentless bombing in Tehran. In Persian with English subtitles. Starlight Cinema City, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 970-6700. Sun., 4 p.m. $10-$15.

Ed Wood. The monthlong tribute to Tim Burton continues with his 1994 masterpiece about ambitious but deliciously untalented filmmaker Edward D. Wood Jr. (Johnny Depp), who throws an acting-career life preserver to morphine addict Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau, in an Oscar-winning performance). The Frida Cinema; Mon., 5:30 & 8 p.m.; Tues., 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.

Bright Ones. In writer/directors Fred Vassallo and David Noroña’s inspirational family movie, Talented kids from a performing-arts school learn they have only two weeks to mount a creation-themed showcase. Various theaters; Mon., 6:30 p.m. $12.50.

Okko’s Inn. Image courtesy Madhouse

Okko’s Inn. Madhouse anime studio and director Kitaro Kosaka present the tale of orphaned Okko, who helps her grandmother run a Japanese countryside inn. Okko discovers the inn is inhabited by ghosts, who are much friendlier than many mortal guests. First night is dubbed; the second is subtitled. Various theaters; Mon.-Tues., 7 p.m. $12.50.

Envision Unity Film Festival. San Clemente High School students screen their short films as they compete for $1,000 in scholarship money. Refreshments are served, and there is time to meet with the young filmmakers. San Clemente Baha’i Center, 3316 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente; Tues., 6 p.m. Free if you RSVP in advance; $10 at the door.

Big Fish. I’ve yet to succeed getting into this 2003 adventure fantasy from Daniel Webster’s novel and Frida director of the month Tim Burton. A son (Billy Crudup) tries to separate fact from fiction in the life story told by his dying father (Albert Finney, who, as a younger man, is played by Ewan McGregor). The Frida Cinema; Wed., 2:30 p.m.; Thurs., April 25, 2:30, 5 & 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

The True Cost. Andrew Morgan’s 2015 documentary explores the impact of fashion on people and the planet. As part of Earth Week, Chapman University’s Swap Not Shop invites attendees to bring clothing to swap with others and help to promote slow fashion and sensible environmental attitudes toward duds. Chapman University, Argyros Forum Student Union Stage, 1 University Dr., Orange; Wed., 6 p.m. Free.

True Stories With Stephen Tobolowsky Q&A/Book Signing. Los Angeles Arts Society presents this multifaceted event that begins with the Television Man Preshow, which is a rare opportunity to see Talking Heads videos on a big screen. Then comes the 1986 musical comedy directed by the band’s front man, David Byrne, who also narrates and wrote the screenplay with Beth Henley and Stephen Tobolowsky. The veteran character actor (Groundhog Day, Silicon Valley) takes audience questions after the movie about strange and musical residents celebrating their Texas town’s sesquicentennial. Tobolowsky also signs copies of his books My Adventures With God and The Dangerous Animals Club, which can be purchased in the lobby. The Frida Cinema; Wed., preshow, 6:30 p.m.; screening, 7 p.m. $12.

The Magnificent Seven. Flashback Film Series continues with John Sturges’ influential 1960 western about oppressed peasants hiring seven outlaws to defend their Mexican village. The all-star cast includes Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Sleepy Hollow. Tim Burton Month continue s with his 1999 horror-mystery about Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) being sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate three decapitations blamed on an apparition, the Headless Horseman. The Frida Cinema; Wed.-Thurs., April 25, 10 p.m. $7-$10.

Ocean’s Thirteen. “The Art of the Heist” Thursday matinee film series concludes with Steven Soderberg’s 2007 trilogy ender. Danny Ocean (George Clooney) rounds up the boys (Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, etc.) for a third heist after casino owner Willy Bank (Al Pacino) double-crosses one of the original Eleven (Elliott Gould). You can bring food and drink to the screening, but no booze, or you’ll be rounded up for the exit. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., April 18, 1 p.m. Free.

Senior Thesis Documentary Screenings. Student-made films premiere and are also live streamed. (Go to the website below, scroll to the screening event and click the link.) Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios Folino Theatre, (714) 997-6765; Thurs., April 25, 7 p.m. Free.

Newport Beach Film Festival. The 20th-anniversary cinextravaganza kicks off with Luce, Julius Onah’s new drama about a liberal white couple (Tim Roth and Naomi Watts) having their idealized image of their all-star high-school student son (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) challenged when he turns in an alarming class paper. Did I mention he was a former child soldier adopted from war-torn Eritrea? More films screen daily through May 2, and there are also special parties and seminars throughout. Newport Beach Film Festival Opening Night at Edwards Big Newport, 300 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach; Thurs., April 25, 7:30 p.m. $225 (includes entrance to Opening Night Gala at Fashion Island; film-only tickets are sold out).

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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