Movie of the Week:
Shaun of the Dead
Mondo Celluloid presents Edgar Wright’s 2004 comedy-horror future classic about a bloke named Shaun (Simon Pegg, who also co-wrote the script with Wright), whose day was going to “shite” before the brain-eating zombies took over his English town. He and his even-bigger bloke of a friend Ed (Nick Frost) are forced to make a life-and-death stand in their favorite pub, the Winchester, which also affords Shaun a chance to finally grow up and break free of the tethers of his parents and ungrateful girlfriend. The dialogue is sharp, the well-worn zombie plotline somehow looks fresh, and a star is born in Pegg (if you didn’t already know that from the BBC’s Spaced). Before the screening, come dressed as your favorite zombie and participate in what is believed to be the first-ever “Zombie Walk Down Fourth,” which is co-presented by Alive Theatre. Zombies get into the show for $2 off the regular ticket price. How to make oneself a zombie? Simply tear up an old T-shirt, throw on some makeup, fling your arms about and proclaim your hunger for “braaiiinns!!” in a low, Lurch-like voice. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 428-5435; mondocelluloid.com. Fri., 11 p.m. $10; $8 if you’re made up like a zombie. Meet at Portfolio Coffee House, 2300 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, for the 10 p.m. “Zombie Walk Down Fourth.”
Field of Dreams
The loony, liberal-conspiracy side of my brain argues, “Build it . . . and they will come” from Phil Alden Robinson’s 1989 family fantasy starring Kevin Costner is a metaphor for rampant development. For instance, build a toll road over parkland, and they will come to buy crappy Crackerjack homes built along the corridor. The loony, libertarian-conspiracy side of my brain argues, no, “Build it . . . and they will come” is a metaphor for reckless government programs that aim to solve some social needs but constantly require so much funding to stay afloat they sink under their own weight. But the Harriett Nelson side of my brain concludes, no, this is just a really sweet baseball movie. And then all three decide go hunting for Kraft cheese products. Dreams is the latest Movies on the Fox deal, in which a film is projected onto the side of the famous moviehouse and you’re expected to buy concessions to help fund bringing right proper flicks into the joint. Bundle up, bring lawn chairs, and down in front, Kareem. Fox Theatre, Harbor Blvd. & Chapman Ave., Fullerton, (714) 870-0069; foxfullerton.org; myspace.com/foxfullerton. Thurs., June 4, 7 p.m. Free.
UC Irvine Film and Video Center screens in 35mm an authorized, restored print from 2002 of director Fritz Lang’s milestone of sci-fi and German expressionism. Filmed in 1927 and set in 2000, it shows society separated into two groups: thinkers and workers. Thinkers? As if! UCI, Humanities Instructional Building, Room 100, Lucille Kuehn Auditorium, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc. Thurs., May 28, 7 p.m. $3-$5.
Mountains of Faith
The lives of two young men on the brink of manhood, set against Ethiopia’s rugged beauty and ancient traditions. If you’ve ever had your manhood set against Ethiopia’s rugged beauty, you know how painful that can be. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Wed., 1:30 p.m. Free with paid admission ($9-$12).
Nuovo Mondo (Golden Door)
Cinema Italiano presents Emanuele Crialese’s 2006 adventure fantasy about a poor farmer/widower from Sicily finding his fate in the hands of Customs officials when he immigrates to the U.S. in the early part of the 20th century. If you’ve ever had your fate in the hands of a U.S. Customs officials, you know how . . . oh, never mind. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org. Thurs., May 28, 6:30 p.m. $10.
Quentin Tarantino’s blood-gushingly effective 2006 ode to bad-guy banter still makes my ear hurt. Bay Theater, 340 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 431-9988; www.baytheatre.com. Fri., 10:45 p.m.; Sun. & Wed., 6 p.m.; Mon., 8 p.m. $5-$8.
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show
See Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry and Barry Bostwick circa 1975, when you’d still do them. South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701; www.regencymovies.com. Fri., 7:30 p.m. $7.
Saturday Night Fever
Believe it or not, kiddies, at one time, it was universally accepted that disco sucked. Hard. Making the counterargument was this 1977 John Badham baddie that catapulted Vinne Barbarino to superstardom. South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701; www.regencymovies.com. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $7.
Stand Up 360
Caroline Rhea hosts standup comedians filmed live in a New York City club. The lineup for Episode No. 3 includes Keith Alberstadt, Pat Dixon, Roz, Rich Vos, Mike Yard and Poppi Kramer. Vos is dumb as dirt but funny as hell. The bios for the rest are on stand-up360.com. Cinema City, 5635 E. La Palma Ave. Anaheim Hills, 714-970-6700; www.cinemacitytheatres.com. Tues.-Wed., 8 p.m. This “episode” continues June 5-6 and 9-10. Call or visit the website for ticket prices.
Before anyone knew how creepy Shia LaBeouf was, he starred in this 2007 box-office hit based on the toys of your childhood. Also starring Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Jon Voight, John Turturro, Anthony Anderson and Rachael Taylor, the special-effects-laden action movie finds LaBeouf running from colossal robots, interacting with his well-meaning parents and pining for his gorgeous classmate. Why, it’s downright more than meets the eye! This kicks off the Movie On the Lawn series. Orange County Great Park, Marine Way & Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, (949) 551-2401; ocgp.org. Sat., 8 p.m. Free.