Teenage Groundhog Day [Special Screenings, Sept. 14-21]
Before I Fall
Rushmore. The Frida Cinema's Wes Anderson tribute continues with the 1998 movie that deservedly made Jason Schwartzman much more than just a Phantom Planet drummer and reopened the eyes of filmmakers to the wonder that is Bill Murray. Failing student Max Fischer (Schwartzman) is the king of extracurricular activities at his prep school, and his life seems on the upswing when he comes under the wing of millionaire Herman Blume (Murray). But it all starts coming apart after Max befriends and falls hard for teacher Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams), who also becomes the object of Blume's affections. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Sept. 14 & Sun., 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.
1st Sem. The love-hate relationship between a mother and son intensifies after the latter decides against a college education in Manila due to separation anxiety. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Sept. 14, 7 p.m. $20.
The Heart of Man. It's the cinematic retelling of the parable of the prodigal son, juxtaposed with the interviews of real people struggling with the distractions from their faith and the shame that follows addiction. After the screening, which is simulcast in theaters nationwide, pastor Chad Veach moderates a roundtable with thought leaders. 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, (714) 373-4573; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 65 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson, Long Beach, (844) 462-7342; Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, 9741 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., Sept. 14, 7 p.m. $15.
Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro. Studio Ghibli Fest continues with, for the first time in theaters across the U.S., Hayao Miyazaki's directorial debut. Lupin and Jigen successfully rob a casino of millions, only to learn the money is counterfeit. But the cash is so well-forged that Lupin decides to make the source of the phony money his next target. Cue the girl in the wedding dress . . . The first screening is dubbed in English; the second is presented in its original Japanese with English subtitles. 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, 99 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, (800) 967-1932; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., Sept. 14 & Tues., 7 p.m. $12.50.
Food Evolution. How easily fear and misinformation can overwhelm objective, evidence-based analysis is demonstrated with the controversy over genetically modified foods (GMOs) in Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy's 2016 documentary, narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Food Science at Schmid College hosts the screening, which requires an RSVP because of limited seating (go to docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Bpp_wBhpK5EKjIcgbhOdMecHySBT9rUDtj0heedg84k/edit#gid=0). Chapman University, Hashinger Science Center 150, Irvine Lecture Hall, 1 University Dr., Orange, (714) 289-2040. Fri., 5 p.m. Free.
Cambodia Town Film Festival. The mission of CTTF is to highlight the diversity of the Cambodian experience through filmmaking. Open to the public are the CTFF Kickoff Party and screenings from an international selection of narrative features, documentaries, shorts, student films and animated films. The opening picture is director Angelina Jolie's First They Killed My Father, which was adapted from Loung Ung's best-selling memoir of the same title by the author and Jolie. The movie recounts the horrors that began for Ung at age 5 in 1975, when the Khmer Rouge emerged from the jungle to overthrow the Cambodian government. CTFF Kickoff Party at Sophy's Restaurant, 3240 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 270-4181; cambodiatownfilmfestival.com. Fri., 7 p.m. $25. First They Killed My Father at Art Theatre, (562) 270-4181; cambodiatownfilmfestival.com. Sat., 11 a.m. $14. All other screenings are also at Art Theatre; visit the website for show times. $8-$14; all-inclusive passes, $60-$200.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Han Solo (spoiler alert) finally makes Chewy cry. The 2015 blockbuster is shown on a 20-foot inflatable movie screen for viewers sitting on the grass on blankets or on low lawn chairs they brought. Hurless Barton Park Amphitheater, 4601 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda, (714) 961-7192. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.
Tangled. Movies On the Beach presents this animated Disney flick from 2010. Flynn Rider (voiced by Zachary Levi) is a bandit hiding from the kingdom in a tower. Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) is the tower's longtime resident who takes him captive. But she wants the heck out, so they hatch a plan. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, behind Moe B's Watersports, 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 729-3863. Fri., dusk. Free, but it costs to park on the premises.
American Valhalla. It's getting to the point where Iggy Pop is featured in more documentaries than he is on hit songs (and this is coming from someone who is a HUUUUGE Iggy/Stooges fan). American Valhalla chronicles his recent musical collaboration with Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh Homme, who co-directed the film with Andreas Neumann. It shows how the musicians came together; the recording of their first demos in the California desert that led to 2016's Post Pop Depression, one of Iggy's best albums; and slices of their sold-out American/European tour, including the epic performance in London's Royal Albert Hall. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Fri., 9 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.
Heavy Metal. And they call it . . . Heavy . . . Metal. OC Weekly's Friday Night Freakouts presents Gerald Potterton's 1981 cult classic, filled with music that many back in the day did not consider "heavy metal." Black Sabbath? Definitely! Blue Oyster Cult, Nazareth, Journey and Sammy Hagar? Hmm, some parts of their catalogs push it. Cheap Trick, Devo, Donald Fagen, Grand Funk Railroad and Stevie Nicks? PUH-LEEZ! Of course, we didn't really care, as we were stoned out of our minds, trying to keep up the adventures of Loc-Nar, the source of ultimate evil, passing through time and space and gratuitous animated boobies. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11 p.m. $10.
OC Design Film Fest. The first event, presented by and benefiting the Orange County chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, showcases interior design in cinema and television. Screened is Steel Magnolias, the 1989 hit about a newly arrived young beautician trying to fit in with a clique of women in a small Louisiana town's hair salon. Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts and Sally Fields are among the stars. Also showing is the 2003 rom-dram Something's Gotta Give, in which near-senior citizen swinger Jack Nicolson, who has a taste for young women, falls in love with the accomplished Diane Keaton, who is closer to his age. Attendees also hear from speakers Beth Rubino and Melinda Ritz and enjoy popcorn and soda. Dress Circle ticket holders get all of that, plus a catered lunch and a swag bag. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 9 a.m. $30; Dress Circle, $50.
Canelo vs. GGG Supremacy. The sold-out showdown between two-division world-champion boxer Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and IBF/WBA/WBC Middleweight World Champ Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) is broadcast live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to movie theaters nationwide. Don't dilly-dally in the lobby; in the hard-hitting pair's combined 88 fights, 67 have ended before the final bell. 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, (800) 967-1932; 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. Sat., 5 p.m. $20.
Beauty and the Beast. It's a live-action remake of the Disney animated classic, with Dan Stevens playing the young prince imprisoned in the form of a beast; Emma Watson as Belle, the first girl to visit the prince's castle since it became enchanted; and Emma Thompson voicing lovable Mrs. Potts. Food is available, but you can also bring your own. City Gym and Pool, 1600 Palm Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 960-8884. Sat., pool opens, 7:15 p.m.; screening, 8 p.m. Free.
The Karate Kid. It's either the 1984 family drama that had Ralph Macchio shipped off to the San Fernando Valley and Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) or the 2010 remake with Jaden Smith sent to China and Mr. Han (Jackie Chan). Whichever one it is (I'm betting on the latter), the story involves a kid learning kung fu to defend himself against bullying classmates who train together at a show-no-mercy dojo. Everything builds to a showdown tournament. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, (949) 729-3863. Sat., dusk. Free, but it still costs to park on the premises.
The Secret Life of Pets. Watch this 3D-animated tale under the stars. It's about a terrier (voiced by Louis C.K.) who enjoys a comfortable life in New York until his owner adopts a giant and unruly canine, and both pooches wind up in a truck bound for the pound. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and low-backed beach chairs for comfortable movie viewing outdoors in Oasis Plaza, which is adjacent to Whole Foods Market. Plenty of dining options surround that spot for a premovie dinner. Village at La Floresta, 3301 E. Imperial Hwy., Brea; www.villageatlafloresta.com. Sat., 8 p.m. Free.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The car of sweethearts Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) breaks down near the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist whose home also hosts a rocking biker (Meat Loaf), a creepy butler (Richard O'Brien) and assorted freaks who include a hunk of beefcake named "Rocky." Watch what's on and in front of the screen thanks to shadow cast Midnight Insanity. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Elliott, little Drew Barrymore's scream and dudes in space suits are back for the ultimate going-home flick. TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz provides commentary before and after this 35th-anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg's classic family film, which Fathom Events, TCM Big Screen Classics and Universal Pictures are simulcasting in nearly 700 movie theaters nationwide. 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, (800) 967-1932; 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. & Wed., 2 & 7 p.m. $9.50-$12.50.
NT Live: Angels In America. It's part two—"Perestroika"—of National Theatre's staging of Tony Kushner's multi-award-winning, two-part play, whose full title is Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. Directed by Marianne Elliott, the London production beamed into an Irvine stars Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle and Russell Tovey as New Yorkers grappling with life and death, love and sex, and heaven in hell in the mid-1980s, when the AIDS crisis and the conservative Reagan administration gripped America. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 854-4646. Sun., 2 p.m. $17-$22.
Una Piccola Impresa Meridionale (A Small Southern Enterprise). Cinema Italiano presents the 2013 comedy written, directed and starring Rocco Papaleo as Costantino, who is sent by his distressed mother to a distant lighthouse belonging to the family. Before long, Costantino becomes surrounded by other outcasts, all of whom gradually discover that unity makes strength. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600. Sun., 2 p.m. $12; museum members, free.
Una Piccola Impresa Meridionale
Gimme Shelter. Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin's legendary 1970 documentary chronicles the making of the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama; the final weeks of their 1969 U.S. tour; and especially the disastrous capper: the Altamont Free Concert that forever turned concert promoters off hiring the Hells Angels as security. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues., 8 p.m. $7-$10.
Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk. Iggy Pop narrates Corbett Redford's documentary on the Bay Area's pivotal role in early punk-rock music, culture and anti-authoritarian politics. Bands featured include Flipper, Avengers and the Dead Kennedys, and there's also a nod to Maximum Rocknroll, the fanzine that helped to take the underground scene global. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.
Before I Fall. The Teen Book to Movie Club expects participants to have read Lauren Oliver's book before seeing the recent movie, in which Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch) seems to have the perfect life until she awakens to discover she has no life at all. Sam relives a fateful day over and over to discover why she was wrong about everything. Movie clubbers discuss their reading and viewing experience with fellow teens. Snacks are served. Fullerton Main Library, Teen Area, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738.6327. Wed., 4 p.m. Free.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Fox Searchlight Pictures
The Grand Budapest Hotel. Frida's Wes Anderson tribute continues with his 2014 crime dramedy that won four Oscars and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy. The film follows Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the world wars, and Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Wed.-Thurs., Sept. 20-21, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.
The King and I. Walter Lang's 1956 classic will have "etcetera, etcetera, etcetera" ringing in your ears. A widow (Deborah Kerr) accepts a job as a live-in governess to the children of the King of Siam (Yul Brynner). Sparks fly between the two. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $8.50.
The Big Red One. For September, the Thursday matinee-series theme is "War Stories." This one, from 1980 and director Sam Fuller, takes its title from the nickname for the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division. A sergeant (Lee Marvin), who was a veteran of World War I, leads World War II soldiers who include a conflicted marksman (Mark Hamill), a pulp-novel writer (Robert Carradine), a Sicilian-American (Bobby Di Cicco) and a medic (Kelly Ward). They see conflict in North Africa and Sicily, take part in the D-Day landings, and liberate a Nazi concentration camp. The library allows you to bring in light snacks and covered beverages, but no alcohol. Fullerton Main Library, Osborne Auditorium, (714) 738.6327. Thurs., Sept. 14, 1 p.m. Free.
Smurfs: The Lost Village. Family Movie Night presents the recent animated film that has a mysterious map sending Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest to the biggest secret in Smurf history. Fullerton Main Library, (714) 738.6327. Thurs., Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. Free.