You Can’t Repeat the Past [Special Screenings, June 7-14]

The Great Gatsby. Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

RGB. Betsy West and Julie Cohen present a revelatory documentary on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who at age 85 finds herself an unlikely pop-culture icon. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., June 7, 11:45 a.m., 2:05, 4:25, 6:45 & 9:05 p.m. $9.50-$12.50; also at Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., June 7, noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m. $8.50; The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., June 7, noon, 2:30, 5, 7 & 9 p.m. $7-$10; Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., June 7, 1, 3:15, 5:30 & 7:45 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Punch-Drunk Love. The Directors Series tribute to Paul Thomas Anderson continues with his 2002 romance starring Adam Sandler as a bathroom-supplies business owner’s whose mundane life is turned upside-down when he falls in love with an Englishwoman (Emily Watson) and is extorted by a phone-sex-line owner (Philip Seymour Hoffman). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., June 7, 3:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m.; Sat., 1:30, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Ti presento un amico (I Present a Friend). Italian Movie Night features Carlo Vanzina’s 2010 Italian comedy about a handsome young business manager (Raoul Bova) being burned by love before taking an appointment in London, where four beautiful women disrupt his life. Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Thurs., June 7, 7 p.m. $12.50.

Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] l.presage flower: The Movie. For those who made it through the title, this is the premiere of the English-dubbed version of the anime from a popular franchise. Despair, romance and terrifying secrets of the Holy Grail War are experienced by protagonist Shirou Emiya (voiced by Bryce Papenbrook). Tomonori Sudo directed the adaptation of Kinoko Nasu’s story. AMC Downtown Disney, 1565 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 776-2355; 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; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, 99 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, (562) 435-5754; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (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; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., June 7, 7:30 p.m. $12.50.

The 5th Passenger. Photo courtesy UFO Pictures

The 5th Passenger. The sci-fi thriller is set in 2151, when a starship becomes a casualty of war, forcing five crew members to escape into space in a pod built for four. When rescue seems imminent, a mysterious alien lifeform boards the craft. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., noon & 2:30 p.m.; Sat., noon; Sun.-Mon. & Thurs., June 14 , noon & 2 p.m.; Tues., noon, 2 & 9:30 p.m.; Wed., noon, 2 4:30, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Avengers: Age of Ultron. Movies In the Park presents Joss Whedon’s 2015 Marvel flick that has Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) inadvertently plunge Earth into chaos when they try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron. It takes the mightiest superheroes, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and Black Widow, to stop the madness. Washington Middle School, 716 E. La Habra Blvd., La Habra, (562) 383-4205. Fri., 6 p.m. Free.

Before the Flood. In honor of World Oceans Day, Orange County Coastkeeper and Newport Bay Conservancy present Fisher Stevens’ documentary about dramatic changes our planet is experiencing from climate change. Narrator Leonardo DiCaprio is shown traveling to five continents to speak with everyone from locals to leaders to scientists in the hopes of getting a grasp on the complex issues. Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 923-2290; www.NewportBay.org. Fri., doors open, 6:30 p.m.; screening, 7 p.m. Free (includes parking, popcorn and punch), but RSVP because seating is limited.

The Great Gatsby. The Source OC’s Outdoor Movie Night continues with Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great American Novel that is set in 1922 New York City. Midwesterner Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) moves next-door to millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), who takes the would-be writer under his wing. Captivated by the world of the wealthy, Nick discovers their illusions and deceits make great fodder for stories. Attendees can discover coupons and discounts to neighboring stores and eateries, but movie seating is first-come, first-served. The Source OC, 6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, (714) 521-8858; www.thesourceoc.com. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

Inherent Vice. Photo courtesy Warner Bros.

Inherent Vice. The Directors Series tribute to Paul Thomas Anderson continues with his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s psychedelic ’70s neo-noir novel about a pothead P.I. (Joaquin Phoenix) who comes to the aid of an ex-girlfriend (Katherine Waterson) who is having an affair with a rich real-estate tycoon (Eric Roberts) and fears his wife may be plotting to have him committed. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Ground Zero Animation Expo. The third-annual event is aimed at those interested in breaking into the industry or anyone who appreciates animated films, shows and shorts. Illustration, publishing, stop-motion, fabricating, Claymation/puppetry, character design, 3D modeling and prop/background design are among the topics covered by professionals on panels, in lectures and at workshops. One-on-one portfolio reviews are also offered at this free event. Boys and Girls Club of Stanton, 11050 Cedar St., Stanton; gzaexpo.com. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Besides an R2-D2 meet-and-greet, a lightsaber demonstration, a virtual-reality exploration of the universe, and much more, the library’s Star Wars Day includes a screening of San Clemente-raised director Rian Johnson’s 2017 action-adventure flick from the prolific franchise. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) helps Rey (Daisy Ridley) develop her newly discovered abilities as the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Sat., activities begin, 10 a.m.; screening, 2 p.m. Free.

Maineland. Over three years, Miao Wang followed two “parachute students” from Mainland China to Maine, where they attended private school. It’s a phenomenon involving U.S. campuses and affluent, cosmopolitan teens from China that I know well after having put students through Mater Dei. By the end credits, Wang will have shown how her subjects, Stella and Harry, had their views of America change from those they’d only known before from Hollywood. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11 a.m. $8.50-$11.50.

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.” Shadow cast Midnight Insanity performs in front of the screen. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Coppélia. Photo by E. Fetisova/Bolshoi Ballet

Bolshoi Ballet: Coppélia. It’s a simulcast on big screens of a live Bolshoi performance that reconstructs the ebullient comedy’s original 19th-century choreography. Swanhilda notices her fiancé Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppélia, who sits reading on her balcony each day. But Coppélia is not what she seems. AMC Downtown Disney, (714) 776-2355; AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (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. $16-$18; also at Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Sun. (live) and Tues. (taped). Call for show times and ticket prices.

Jumanji Movie Event: Special Double Feature. Fathom Events presents back-to-back the original 1995 comedy Jumanji and the 2017 blockbuster Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. But first, there is a special, prerecorded introduction. The first flick has an unusual board game unleashing seemingly unstoppable forces into the lives of a makeshift family headed by Robin Williams. The second feature begins with four teens on detention discovering an old video game they have never heard of. Playing it, they are sucked into the jungle world of Jumanji, only they are in the bodies of their avatars (Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan). AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, (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 Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Sun., 2 p.m.; Mon., 6:30 p.m. $12.50.

There Will Be Blood. The Directors Series tribute to Paul Thomas Anderson continues with his sweeping 2007 epic that should have won the Best Picture Oscar over No Country for Old Men—and this is coming from a HUGE fan of that (or just about any other) Coen brothers’ film. In a Best Actor Academy Award-winning performance, Daniel Day-Lewis plays a miner who literally goes from rags to riches after striking oil. But where similar characters have been portrayed as having hearts of gold, Day-Lewis’ Daniel Plainview has a heart as black as black gold. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues., 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m. $7-$10.

Genesis of the Daleks. Photo courtesy BBC

Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks. To celebrate the upcoming Blu-ray release of Tom Baker’s complete first season as the Fourth Doctor, BBC and Fathom Events present a prerecorded interview with the star and a special cinema-length director’s cut of the popular Doctor Who story “Genesis of the Daleks.” The Doctor (Baker) and his companions are transported to an ancient world to stop an evil scientist from unleashing the most destructive race of killing machines, the Daleks. AMC Downtown Disney, (714) 776-2355; AMC Marina Pacifica, 6346 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 430-8790; 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, (714) 373-4573; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, (562) 435-5754; 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, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Mon., 7 p.m. $12.50.

The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time. The winner of five Tonys and seven Olivier awards is captured live from London’s National Theatre. Christopher, 15, is suspected of killing Mrs. Shears’ dog, which was speared with a garden fork. Distrusting strangers, detesting being touched and having never ventured beyond the end of his road, Chris embarks on a frightening journey to clear his name. AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; 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; www.fathomevents.com. Tues., 7 p.m. $18.

Airplane! The 1980 Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker farce is my go-to answer when asked to name my favorite film. The spoof of airport disaster movies—especially 1957’s Zero Hour!, which supplied the plot, dialogue and the exclamation point—is the best movie ever made about the 1970s. A commercial flight crew and many passengers are downed mid-flight by food poisoning, forcing a former fighter pilot spooked out of the cockpit by combat to take over the jetliner’s controls for a landing in heavy fog. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8.

WALL-E. Interstellar Adventures: Weekly Movies for Teens presents Andrew Stanton’s futuristic 2008 Disney-Pixar flick about the last robot on Earth: Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class (WALL-E). It’s a lonely existence until he encounters EVE, a probe sent to Earth on a scanning mission. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Wed., 4 p.m. Free.

One Last Thing. This “Chicken Soup for the Soul Event” was written and directed by Tim Rouhana. A lonely Florida dentist (Wendell Pierce) is encouraged by his dental assistant (Joanne Froggatt) to reunite with his long-lost daughter (Jurnee Smollett-Bell). That sends him on an eventful and ultimately life-changing journey of discovery. 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, (714) 373-4573; 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; www.fathomevents.com. Wed., 7 p.m. $12.50.

The Marx Brothers Double Feature. It’s twice the fun on Classic Film Wednesday with two hilarious films starring Groucho, Harpo, Chico and (to a lesser extent) Zeppo Marx. In 1930’s Animal Crackers, a valuable painting goes missing during a party honoring famed African explorer Captain Spaulding (Groucho). In 1932’s Horse Feathers, Huxley University’s new president Quincy Adams Wagstaff (Groucho) hires bumblers Baravelli (Chico) and Pinky (Harpo) to help his school win the big football game against rival Darwin University. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Interstellar. Photo courtesy Paramount Pictures

Interstellar. Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi adventure came out in a confusing period of 2014 that featured other space-travel flicks. So, I looked it up and confirmed that, yes, this is the one where Matthew McConaughey takes off on a mission to save mankind and winds up in a (spoiler alert) bookcase. Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine co-star. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own light snacks and covered beverages, but alcohol is not allowed. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., June 14, 1 p.m. Free.

Xanadu. MenAlive Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus presents a fundraiser screening of Robert Greenwald’s 1980 roller-disco musical. A struggling LA artist (Michael Beck) meets the girl (Olivia Newton-John) who may hold the key to his happiness. Screen legend Gene Kelley also stops by. Experience the pop-culture nightmare I endured as a 19-year-old! The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., June 14, 7 p.m. $15.

Rifftrax Live: Space Mutiny. Mike, Kevin and Bill riff wise (and live) while they and you watch a very bad, very cheesy sci-fi epic. We’re talking bad/cheesy as in Spandex, tin foil, AstroTurf floors, extremely lame special effects and oh-so-poor acting. AMC Downtown Disney, (714) 776-2355; 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, (714) 373-4573; 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; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., June 14, 8 p.m. (with a taped version June 19, 7:30 p.m.). $12.50.

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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