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If These Walls Could Talk 2
Chapman University’s free and open-to-the-public Industry Insiders series features a Hollywood player leading screenings of select films. This spring’s insider is Martha Coolidge, the director of Valley Girl, Real Genius and Lost in Yonkers. She also directed a segment in this follow-up to If These Walls Could Talk, which dealt with abortion. Here, the topic is lesbianism, with three sets of stories from different occupants of the same house over a 40-year span. Vanessa Redgrave, Paul Giamatti and Elizabeth Perkins were among the stars of the 2000 film, which screens with Not a Pretty Picture (see below) and is followed by a Q&A with Coolidge. Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 11283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6711. Thurs., March 12, 7 p.m. Free.
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
As part of Chapman University’s Industry Insiders series, Martha Coolidge presents her 1999 TV biopic on the African-American singer/dancer/actress, portrayed by Halle Berry before her Oscar. The screening is followed by a Q&A with Coolidge. Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 11283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6711. Thurs., March 5, 7 p.m. Free.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
Wear your scary clown makeup and you’ll be let in for half off to Mondo Celluloid’s presentation of this rarely screened 35mm print of the 1988 “kamp klassic.” Students Mike (Grant Cramer) and Debbie (Suzanne Synder) are getting to, ahem, know each other at Make-Out Point when they notice what appears to be a star plummeting to Earth. But when they drive a few miles outside town to, erm, probe, they discover a glowing circus tent. Inside are not your typical Ringling Bros. clowns—and the answer to what’s creepier: aliens or clowns? This flick was topped only by Evil Dead 2 and Plan 9 From Outer Space in a recent all-time B-movie poll. Director Stephen Chiodo and writers Charles and Ed Chiodo are scheduled to appear. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 428-5435; www.mondocelluloid.com. Fri., 11:59 p.m. $9.75.
The Neverending Story
Greatest false advertising in a movie title ever! This Wolfgang Peterson fantasy from 1984 did end after 97 minutes or 104 minutes, depending on which version you caught. Bastian (Barret Oliver) is a bullied 10-year-old who really gets into the book he’s reading. It transports him to the mystical land of Fantasia, which is in desperate need of a hero. Will Bastian answer the call? Find out at Classic Film Night. South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701; www.regencymovies.com. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $6.50.
Not a Pretty Picture
As part of Chapman University’s Industry Insiders series, Martha Coolidge presents her 1976 genre bender that addressed something that was not even considered a topic yet: date rape. Coolidge tells a victim’s story by mixing narrative and documentary filming techniques. It screens with If These Walls Could Talk 2 (see above) and is followed by a Q&A with Coolidge. Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 11283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6711. Thurs., March 12, 7 p.m. Free.
Nothing Like the Holidays
A Puerto Rican-American family spread across the country descends on mami and papi’s house in west Chicago for Christmas, but the matriarch (Elizabeth Pena) informs la familia she is dumping dad (Alfred Molina) in this film from Mexican-born Alfredo De Villa, who will be present at this UC Irvine Film and Video Center “Cosecha Latina/Latin Harvest” presentation to answer questions. UCI, Humanities Instructional Building, Room 100, Lucille Kuehn Auditorium, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc. Thurs., March 5. Reception, 6:30 p.m.; screening, 7 p.m. $3-$5.
A Powerful Noise
Sheila C. Johnson’s documentary presents an HIV-positive widow in Vietnam, a survivor of the Bosnian war and a worker in Mali’s Bamako slums to demonstrate the power of women on International Women’s Day. A town-hall discussion follows. AMC at the Block, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy, 2457 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 258-7036; Century Bella Terra, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Century Stadium, 1701 W. Katella Ave., Orange, (714) 532-9558; Regency Irvine Spectrum, 65 Fortune, Irvine, (949) 450-4920; www.apowerfulnoise.org. Thurs., March 5, 8 p.m. $12.50-$15.
Two women journey between bustling cities and East Africa’s golden plains. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Fri., 1:30 p.m. Free with paid admission ($9-$12).
Dodge College of Film and Media Arts was originally going to screen Confessions of a Shopaholic, a new film starring Isla Fisher. That got canceled, so instead we get this 2008 film starring Amy Adams, the actress everyone mixes up with Fisher. Thanks, Chapman! It’s the story of a young mom who, wanting to raise money to send her young son to private school, starts a biohazard removal/crime-scene cleanup service—with her unreliable sister. Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin co-star. Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 11283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6765. Mon., 7 p.m. Free, but reservations are required by phone, e-mail (email@example.com) or by filling out an online form (fs18.formsite.com/dcfma/sunshine/index.html).