Extraordinary: Every Step Leads Him Closer to Home. From Liberty University's Film School, where students pray their pictures reach the end of their reels before the end of the world, comes this drama—based on real events—about a college professor and ultra-marathon runner and his wife. Leland Klassen, Shari Rigby, Karen Abercrombie and Kirk Cameron star. The movie is followed by "an encouraging discussion on marriage." 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; 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; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., Sept. 7, 7 p.m. $12.50.
The QFilm Festival. Long Beach's longest-running film festival—which the hip kids call "QFilms"—presents narrative and documentary features and short films showcasing the richness and diversity of the LGBTQ community. Besides movies, QFilms features nightly parties and a fabulous Drag Queen Sunday Brunch. The fun begins with the opener party and picture, writer/director Jennifer M. Kroot's documentary The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, which examines the life and work of one of the world's most beloved storytellers. A conservative son of the Old South, the Tales of the City creator evolved into a gay-rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Opening Night Party at the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, 2017 E. Fourth St., Long Beach; www.qfilmslongbeach.com. Thurs., Sept. 7, 7-10 p.m. Free to holders of festival passes or tickets to the opening-night film. The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin at Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. $10-$12. QFilms continues through Sun. Check the website for show times. Screenings, $10-$12; multi-film/event passes, $50-$120.
Four Rooms. Give four directors $1 million each to make one of four interlocking stories, and you've got the potential for a mess. That the helmsfolk are Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Allison Anders and Alexandre Rockwell helps slightly here. The venue (a Hollywood hotel room), time (New Year's Eve) and bellhop (Tim Roth) are the same in each segment; only the deranged guests differ. The special guest at this screening is Lana McKissack, who plays young hotel guest Sarah in Rodriguez's segment, "The Misbehavers." The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.
Sing. The 2017 Movies In the Park Program continues with this 3D-animated musical about a hustling impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition. Humans voicing the animal characters include Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Seth MacFarlane. Food and beverages can be brought in, but the snack bar is also open. Seating is on grass, so blankets and beach chairs are a must. El Cerrito School, 1051 N. Hillside St., La Habra, (562) 383-4200. Fri., activities, 6 p.m.; screening, dusk. Free.
L7: Pretend We're Dead. I remember the first time I put one of the band's CDs on in the mid-'90s and saying to no one in particular, "These chicks rock." Sarah Price's documentary tells the tale of "The Queens of Grunge" with the help of Exene Cervenka, Lydia Lunch, Shirley Manson, Krist Novoselic and Butch Vig. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri.-Sun., 7:30 p.m. $7-$10; also at Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Tues., 7 & 9 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.
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 casts K.A.O.S. in Santa Ana and Midnight Insanity in Long Beach. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11:45 p.m. $8-$10; Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.
The Secret of NIMH. From Don Bluth, a regular presence at the Newport Beach Film Festival, comes this animated Disney film about a widowed mouse (voiced by Elizabeth Hartman) who must move her children out of their home in a field before the local farmer starts plowing. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 5 p.m. $7-$10.
Fantastic Mr. Fox. I read the 2009 stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel is Wes Anderson's best film. I like the look of it, and even with his voice only, George Clooney has greasy down like no other. But better than Rushmore? Better than The Royal Tenenbaums? Hmmm . . . Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, behind Moe B's Watersports, 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 729-3863. Sat., dusk. Free, but it costs to park on the premises.
Serial Mom. Kathleen Turner sinks her teeth into the role of the perfect wife and mother who just happens to be a serial killer in this John Waters' romp. Wonder if the Patty Hearst bit made any jurors from the SLA trials giggle? The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 10 p.m. $7-$10.
NT Live: Angels In America. It's part one—"Millennium Approaches"—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 theater 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.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. All together now: "KHHHHHHAAAANNNNN!!!" Ah, good times, good times. To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Admiral Kirk's scream and the galactic villain who caused it, Paramount Pictures and Fathom Events present a nationwide simulcast in mainstream movie theaters of a digitally remastered director's cut and a new, in-depth interview with William Shatner. A continuation of the original Star Trek television-series episode "The Space Seed," the movie finds longtime Starfleet nemesis Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban) alive and well, marooned on a seemingly lifeless planet. When he's discovered by Chekov (Walter Koenig), Khan will stop at nothing to exact revenge against the man who exiled him on the barren world: James T. Kirk (Shatner). Director Nicholas Meyer's film also reunited Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Bones (DeForest Kelley), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Sulu (George Takei) and Scotty (James Doohan). 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; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, 26602 Towne Center Dr., Foothill Ranch, (949) 588-9402; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, 9741 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Sun. & Wed., 2 & 7 p.m. $12.50.
Land Before Time. Also from Don Bluth is this American-Irish animated adventure about an orphaned brontosaurus seeking the legendary Great Valley, where dinosaurs can thrive and live in peace. Along the way, he meets four other young dinosaurs, each of a different species, and they encounter several obstacles as they learn to work together to survive. Pat Hingle, Helen Shaver and Gabriel Damon are among the voice actors. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sun., 5 p.m. $7-$10.
The Royal Tenenbaums. One of Wes Anderson's best pictures has Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman, in a performance that more and more actors are heaping major praise upon as time marches on) returning to his estranged family to announce he has a terminal illness. By the way, he's a conman and his family is . . . unique. Gwyneth Paltrow, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Bill Murray and Ben Stiller co-star. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sun., 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.
Sir NoFace. Director Chad Calek (Paranormal State, A Blood Red Sky, American Ghost Hunter) continues a nationwide screening tour of his documentary that he claims proves ghosts exist. It's based on footage from Australia, where Calek says he tried with all of his might to make a film debunking the paranormal images he was given, only to fail at every turn. City National Grove, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, (714) 712-2750. Sun., 8 p.m. $25.
Denial. Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) plays American historian Deborah Lipstadt, upon whose account "History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier" is the basis for this 2016 drama. Lipstadt and her British publisher, Penguin Books, faced off against plaintiff David Irving, who alleged she had libeled him in her 1993 book Denying the Holocaust. Under British law—which places the burden of proof on the defendant—Lipstadt and her lawyers and scholars had to prove that Irving had in fact deliberately distorted the evidence of the Holocaust, and therefore the term "denier" was fact, not libel. Chapman University's Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education and Department of History present this screening, which precedes a free lecture by Lipstadt. Chapman University, 1 University Dr., Orange, (714) 628-7377. Screening, Memorial Hall, Mon., 7 p.m. Free; lecture, Merle and Marjorie Fish Interfaith Center, Thurs., Sept. 14, 7 p.m. Free.
Napping Princess. Also known as Ancien and the Magic Tablet, Kenji Kamiyama's anime has Kokone dozing off instead of preparing for university exams. Who can blame her? Thrills await Kokone when she sleeps—but could there be more to her dreams? This screening is an English-dubbed version. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues., 8 p.m. $7-$10.
Still Alice. Julianne Moore gives another outstanding performance as a woman with a crippling malady—in this case, early-onset Alzheimer's. For her portrayal in the 2015 film written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (based on Lisa Genova's 2007 best-selling novel), Moore won Best Actress at the Oscars, the Golden Globes and a whole bunch of other places. This screening includes a discussion on the impacts of dementia on families. Alzheimer's Orange County, 2515 McCabe Way, Irvine, (949) 757-3721. Wed., 1 p.m. Free.
Rushmore. The 1998 Wes Anderson movie that deservedly made Jason Schwartzman much more than just a Phantom Planet drummer and reopened the eyes of moviemakers 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; thefridacinema.org. Wed.-Thurs., Sept. 13-14, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.
David Gilmour Live in Pompeii. It's billed as a one-night-only theatrical screening of the former Pink Floyd guitarist's July 2016 concerts in the ancient Pompeii Amphitheater. Unlike Floyd's 1971 film Live at Pompeii, this concert flick has the performer playing in front of live audiences. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Wed., 7 p.m. $8.50-$11.50; also at Regency Westminster, 6721 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, (714) 893-4222. Wed., 7 p.m. $7.50-$9.50; and the Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.
Rear Window. Relish the performances of two of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest muses: Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. He plays freelance photographer L.B. Jeffries, whose broken leg leaves him confined to a wheelchair in his high-rise New York apartment. She is Lisa, a great distraction to have around. But while she is away, L.B. grabs a pair of binoculars and spies on his neighbors. The creepy way of passing time turns chilling when he believes he sees a murder across the way. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $8.50.
Rooftop Movie Night: Tombstone. Retirement plans for successful lawman Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) and his brothers (Bill Paxton and Sam Elliott) come undone when they are targeted by a ruthless cowboy gang. Not to be missed in Kevin Jarre and George P. Cosmos' 1993 western are Robert Mitchum's narration and Val Kilmer inhabiting the character of Doc Holliday. The screening location is billed as Anaheim's only rooftop bar and restaurant. The Fifth, Grand Legacy at the Park, 1650 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, (714) 772-0899. Wed., 8:15 p.m. $5-$50.
The Longest Day. For September, the Thursday matinee series theme is "War Stories," and this 1962 D-Day epic adapted from Cornelius Ryan's book of the same title is a doozy. During preproduction, producer and former 20th Century Fox mogul Darryl F. Zanuck realized it would be more efficient to have several directors shooting scenes simultaneously. So, a script by Ryan, Romain Gary, James Jones, David Pursall and Jack Seddon is shot by Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, and, though uncredited, Gerd Oswald and Zanuck himself. The cast is star-studded, although some of these actors appear only in cameos: John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, Eddie Albert, Richard Burton, Peter Lawford, Rod Steiger and Edmund O'Brien. Warning: The picture clocks in at a butt-numbing 178 minutes. Also, the library allows you to bring in light snacks and covered beverages, but no alcohol. Fullerton Main Library, Osborne Auditorium, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738.6327. Thurs., Sept. 14, 1 p.m. Free.
Cambodia Town Film Festival. The mission of this festival is to highlight the diversity of the Cambodian experience through filmmaking. Bookending the event are private functions: Filmmakers and Sponsors Welcome Reception on Thursday, Sept. 14, and the Award Ceremony on Sept. 17. Open to the public are the CTFF Kickoff Party on Sept. 15, and the Sept. 16-17 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 also makes its Netflix debut on Sept. 15. 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. Sat., 11 a.m. $14. All screenings are at Art Theatre; visit the website for show times. $8-$14; all-inclusive passes, $60-$200.
1st Sem. The love-hate relationship between a mother and son intensifies after the latter decides against a college education in Manila because of separation anxiety. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Sept. 14, 7 p.m. $20.
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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 Beach moderates a roundtable with thought leaders. 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, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; 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, 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. . . . 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, 7 p.m.; also Sept. 19. $12.50.