Star Wars
Star Wars
Lucasfilm

The Force Is With Us [Special Screenings, June 8-15]

LUNAFEST. Here is how my colleague Aimee Murillo described this event to preview the Feb. 4 stop in Orange: "Since 2000, LUNA—the company that makes healthy, nutritious snack bars for women—has sponsored a traveling showcase of short films made by and for women around the world to promote their social causes, reflect their stories and raise money for deserving nonprofits." Among the films presented is Family Tale from director Patricia Beckmann Wells, an Irvine Valley College professor who heads the Interactive Media Arts program. Funds raised go to the program and Breast Cancer Prevention Partners. Irvine Valley College, Performing Art Center, 5500 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine; ivc.edu. Thurs., June 8, 7 p.m. $12.

Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life. The one-night event, simulcast into theaters nationwide, has the singer moving beyond the spotlight and laundry list of headlines about his personal life to tell his own story, in his own way. He'll cover music, past relationships and how it has been growing up in the public eye. Also included is new concert footage; behind-the-scenes access; and special interviews with Usher, Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled, Mary J Blige, Mike Tyson, Rita Ora, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Jenkins and more. AMC Fullerton 20, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, (714) 992-6962; 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 at the Pike Theaters, 99 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, (800) 967-1932; 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; Edwards Metro Pointe Stadium 12, 901 South Coast Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 428-0962; Regal La Habra Stadium 16, 1351 W. Imperial Hwy., La Habra, (562) 690-4909; fathomevents.com. Thurs., June 8, 7:30 p.m. $15.

Westward Wheels. It's the world premiere of a documentary about two friends biking across America and highlighting the worlds of health, sustainability and bicycling. The filmmakers participate in a post-screening audience Q&A. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., June 8. Doors open, 7:30 p.m.; reception, 7:30-8:15 p.m.; screening, 9:15 p.m.; Q&A, 9:45 p.m. $8; free for Kickstarter contributors.

Mean Streets
Mean Streets
Warner Bros.

Mean Streets. Director Martin Scorsese was a month away from his 31st birthday when this amazing and influential film was released on Oct. 14, 1973, and for an example of how powerful it is, just go out and see it to the point where young wannabe hood Charlie (Harvey Keitel) gets so drunk the room (and Marty's handheld camera) spins. My memory of that scene has caused the same little lump to form in my throat as the one that arrives before I hurl from too much booze—and I'm completely sober! Bonus: You'll see Robert De Niro younger than you've ever seen him before. The Frida Directors Series has Scorsese flicks rolling every Wednesday and Thursday in June. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., June 8, 8 p.m. $7-$10.

DigiFilm Festival. It's the annual fest celebrating the best student work produced in the Digital Filmmaking program. UC Irvine Arts Amphitheatre, 1231 Art Culture Technology, Campus and West Peltason drives, Irvine, (949) 824-3514; digifilmuci.com. Thurs., June 8, 8:30 p.m. Free.

The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg
The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg
T n C Film AG

The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg. The documentary about China opening to the West and the West's embrace of Chinese contemporary art is shown through the eyes of an art collector who served as Switzerland's ambassador to China in the mid-1990s. Cinema Orange, an Orange County Museum of Art and Newport Beach Film Festival partnership, is presented free on Fridays, when there is also no museum admission charge. Food trucks outside hawk inexpensive meals. But here's the deal: OCMA members can reserve Cinema Orange seats in advance. Free tickets are handed out beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the screening. Unclaimed OCMA member tickets are released 10 minutes before show time. Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach; www.ocma.net. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Hotel Irvine's annual Movie Nights in the Backyard return with the first stand-alone Star Wars anthology film, directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters). Felicity Jones stars as a Rebel Alliance recruit who works with a team that includes Diego Luna to steal the Death Star plans (so it can go kablooey in the original Star Wars). The return of Darth Vader, a new villain to loathe (in a white cape!) and a strong cast—that also includes Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk and Donnie Yen—are packed into this seat filler. Bring blankets, low chairs, pillows or cushions to watch the movie under the stars. The hotel chef's backyard-barbecue fare, salads and snacks are available for purchase. Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine; www.hotelirvine.com/movienights. Fri., 7 p.m. $5; kids younger than 5, free.

Star Wars. It's the original movie in the franchise, and by "original," I mean "first to screen" because the subtitle is Episode IV: A New Hope. If you don't know what happens between the "galaxy far far away" scroll and the fiery end to the Death Star, don't let me give it away. Fullerton Community Center Courtyard, 340 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6334. Fri., 7 p.m. $5; kids age 2 and younger, free.

The Secret Life of Pets
The Secret Life of Pets
Universal Pictures

The Secret Life of Pets. It's the 3D-animated tale about a terrier named Max (voiced by Louis C.K.) who enjoys a comfortable life in a New York building until his owner adopts a giant, unruly canine. During their walk outside, they encounter a group of ferocious alley cats and wind up in a truck that's bound for the pound. Tierra Grande Park, 399 Camino Tierra Grande, San Clemente, (949) 361-8264. Fri., 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 muscular man named "Rocky." Watch what's on and in front of the screen thanks to shadow cast members from K.A.O.S. (Santa Ana) and Midnight Insanity (Long Beach). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11 p.m. $8-$10. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Every four years, like the Olympics, the world's best pianists come to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete for the coveted Cliburn gold medal. For the first time, the performances of the six finalists are simulcast on big screens nationwide, so we may witness the thrill of victory and the agony of D-flat. 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; fathomevents.com. Sat., 9:55 a.m. $18.

The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo. It's not the Frida Cinema, but Long Beach Opera that presents this documentary about the bold artist who battled physical infirmity and a male-dominated art establishment to become one of the most acclaimed and influential painters of her generation. Rita Moreno narrates, and singer Lila Downs gives voice to Kahlo. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11 a.m. $8.50-$11.50.

The Searchers
The Searchers
Warner Bros.

The Searchers. The John Ford classic has John Wayne in the unfamiliar role of leaning more toward villain than hero. After his character Ethan Edwards returns from the Civil War to the Texas ranch of his brother, he finds his future plans have been ruined by a Comanche raid. He and his one-eighth Indian nephew Martin set off to find Ethan's niece, who was kidnapped by the Indians. As Ethan's hatred toward Indians comes to a boil over the year-long search, Martin becomes unsure whether his uncle wants to save his by-now-assimilated niece or kill her. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 11:30 a.m. & 4 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 & 4 p.m. $7-$10.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind. This Spielberg sci-fi popcorn classic leaves you never looking at mashed potatoes the same. The screening marks the second of 12 free summer movies that rotate among county parks. Pack blankets, beach chairs, and a picnic and/or order grub and beverages from a food truck on-site. Carbon Canyon Regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd., Brea, (714) 973-3162. Sat. Gates open, 6 p.m.; screening, 8 p.m. Free.

Mr. Rudolpho's Jubilee
Mr. Rudolpho's Jubilee
Bright Blue Gorilla

Mr. Rudolpho's Jubilee. Bright Blue Gorilla invades Santa Ana as the musicians/filmmakers who perform under that name (Robyn Rosenkrantz and Michael Glover) deliver a live concert performance, premiere their new film, then hang around for an audience Q&A. Mr. Rudolpho is a rich, famous and depressed Italian fashion designer who heads to Berlin Fashion Week with a plan to kill himself. Little does he know that the CEO of his company has sent assassins there to kill him. But Rudolpho falls in with some off-the-grid artists who rejuvenate his look on life—as cops, killers and reporters are on his tail. The film's director Glover and producer Rosenkrantz appear on screen as "Musical Angels," like a Greek chorus. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 7 p.m. $7-$10.

Peter Pan. Simulcast live from London's National Theatre is the stage production of J.M. Barrie's beloved tale about the quest to return the shadow to the leader of the Lost Boys. AMC Fullerton 20, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, (714) 992-6962; 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 Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, 26602 Towne Center Dr., Foothill Ranch, (949) 588-9402; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 65 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; fathomevents.com. Sun., 11 a.m. $12.50.

Fly Away Home. This Films of Character series event features a screening and a discussion about the themes raised in the flick, where a father and daughter decide to help lead a flock of orphaned Canada geese south by air. Mission Viejo City Hall, Council Chambers, 200 Civic Center Dr., Mission Viejo; cityofmissionviejo.org/events. Sun., 2 p.m. Free.

Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot
Ashton Productions

Some Like It Hot. Billy Wilder's comedy focusing on cross-dressers, when that was more of a taboo thing, has Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon masquerading as women to elude irate Chicago mobsters while befriending beautiful singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe). Simulcast in theaters nationwide, the TCM Big Screen Classics co-presentation of Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies includes commentary from TCM hosts. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, 99 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, (800) 967-1932; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson, Long Beach, (844) 462-7342; fathomevents.com. Sun. & Wed., 2 & 7 p.m. $12.50.

Paprika. Satoshi Kon's anime is about three scientists failing to secure their invention that allows people to record and watch their dreams. The thief uses the device to enter people's minds while they are awake and distract them with their own dreams. The scientists, a police inspector and a sprite named Paprika join forces to stop the thief, something that becomes ever more complicated as dreams, reality and the movie itself merge. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues., 8 p.m. $7-$10.

The K-LOVE Fan Awards "Ignite Hope." The only fan-voted award show in Christian entertainment blends live performances with a spiritual ceremony. Think the Espies when athletes point to the sky and thank God for their award. 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 Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; fathomevents.com. Tues., 7 p.m. $10-$14.

Rocky
Rocky
Chartoff Winkler Productions

Rocky. It's the original that led Sylvester Stallone to superstar status as he played a Philly tomato can who improbably got a shot at the heavyweight championship belt. It's the movie franchise that keeps giving, even when we don't want it to, yet, good or bad, none of the sequels seem to have spoiled the 1976 original. Regency Directors Cut Cinema at Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8.

History of Rock 'n' Roll. This Osher Lifelong Learning Institute series event features discussions, film clips and audio recordings from the rock & roll era (1940s-'70s). Cal State Fullerton, Mackey Auditorium, Ruby Gerontology Center, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, (657) 278-2446; olli.fullerton.edu. Wed., noon. Free.

Now You See Me 2. Illusionists (Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson) are forced by a devious tech wizard (Daniel Radcliffe) to steal a powerful chip that can control all of the world's computers. Fullerton Main Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738.6327.Wed., 4 p.m. Free.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City. It's a documentary—which the Washington Post says is scored like a thriller—about activist Jane Jacobs fighting with Trumpian urban planner Robert Moses for the future of New York City. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Wed., 6:30 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
Altimeter Films

Risky Business. See Tom Cruise's unusual way of using his socks to dust a hardwood floor while also wondering, "Whatever happened to Wally George's estranged daughter?" Ms. Rebecca De Mornay plays a prostitute Cruise's character hires for a night of fun at home when his parents go off on vacation, but things go south quick, and he enlists the lady of the night to help him raise cash quickly. You are advised to arrive early to secure a comfy seat or lounge and grab food from one of the many restaurants, including Lot 579's artisanal food hall. Pacific City, Level Two, 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach; www.gopacificcity.com/events/. Wed., 7 p.m. Free.

Yankee Doodle Dandy. It's a 75th-anniversary showing of the biopic that had James Cagney stepping away from his bad-guy roles to play George M. Cohan, the renowned composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Taxi Driver. "You talking to me?" Marty Scorsese's most disturbingly brilliant film has cabbie Travis Bickle (expertly channeled through Robert De Niro) experience loneliness, violence and insanity as he becomes much too obsessed with cleaning up the scum of mid-1970s New York City. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Wed.-Thurs., June 14-15, 8 p.m. $7-$10.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Elliott, little Drew Barrymore's scream and dudes in spacesuits are back for the ultimate going-home flick. Fullerton Main Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327.Thurs., June 15, 1 p.m. Free.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner
Ladd Company

Blade Runner. Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic has Harrison Ford hunting replicants—back when he could remember what kind of vehicle he was in and was not nearly scraping the top off a John Wayne Airport jetliner in his little Aviat Husky. Screening as part of Laguna Art Museum's 2017 Film Night program, the movie is introduced by special guest—and huge fan of the flick—Phillip K. Smith III, the museum's commissioned artist for Art & Nature 2016. Wonder if he's named after the late, great Philip K. Dick, whose novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was the basis for Blade Runner? Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971. Thurs., June 15, 7 p.m. Free with museum admission.

RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party. As the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot gets a lot of love, that franchise's former riffers Mike, Kevin and Bill keep plugging along with RiffTrax, which during this event broadcast live from a Nashville beach party has them riffing during screenings of educational short films. They are joined throughout by RiffTrax regulars Bridget Nelson and Mary Jo Perl, MST3K Mads Trace Beaulieu and Frank Coniff and celebrity guest Paul F. Tompkins, before the entire cast riffs all together in a SUPER RIFF-A-PALOOZA finale. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, (800) 967-1932; 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; fathomevents.com. Thurs., June 15, 8 p.m. $10-$14. (Taped broadcast is June 20, 7:30 p.m.)

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