Tam Cam: The Untold Story. Veronica Ngo, an actress you know from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Bright with Will Smith, made this fantasy that topped Vietnam's box office in 2016. It's a modern spin on the classic Cinderella tale as a beautiful countryside girl enchants an apathetic prince. But things turn fatal when she gets trapped in the jealous machinations of her wicked stepmother and stepsister, and the prince suffers from misplaced loyalty, putting his love, himself and his kingdom in peril. Huu Chau, Isaac, Jun Pham, Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc, Ha Vi, Son Thach, Thanh Loc and Ngoc Trai star. Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, 9741 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Oct. 5. Call for times. $8.75.
Pearl Jam: Let's Play Two. Chicago is the hometown of Eddie Vedder, and Wrigley Field is where his band Pearl Jam performed during the Chicago Cubs' historic 2016 season. Director Danny Clinch's film features concert footage of songs from the band's 25-year career and includes exclusive interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at the Wrigleyville neighborhood that includes the famous ball field. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Oct. 5, 1:30 & 4 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.
Most Likely to Succeed. Greg Whiteley's 2015 documentary presents a history of education in the U.S. and how conventional teaching and learning methods are becoming ever more outdated in today's innovative world. Presented by the Sato Academy of Mathematics & Science, Cal State Long Beach and the Collaborative for the Advancement of Linked Learning, the screening is followed by a panel discussion. Sato Academy, Auditorium, 1100 Iroquois Ave., Long Beach, (562) 598-7611. Thurs., Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m. Free.
Give Me Shelter. A pregnant teenager flees her abusive mother for her father, only to be rejected by her stepmother and forced to live on the streets. She meets a compassionate stranger who offers her hope. The 2013 indie drama kicks off the Diocese of Orange Office of Life, Justice and Peace's Life and Dignity Month, and the screening is followed by a discussion among a panel of experts: Clare Venegas, president, Obria Clinic; Ellen Roy, executive director, Mary's Shelter; Therese Murphy, executive director, Precious Life Shelter; and Jim Pugh, executive program director, Casa Teresa. Christ Cathedral Academy, 13280 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove; www.rcbo.org. Thurs., Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. $5.
Mully. It's the true story of Charles Mully, who was abandoned by his family in Kenya at age 6, left to raise himself on the streets, and rose to become wealthy and powerful. Questioning his existence and searching for meaning in life, Mully goes against the better judgment of his family and community to help enrich orphaned children across Kenya, something that puts him at risk. AMC Downtown Disney, 1565 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 776-2355; 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; 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; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., Oct. 5, 7 p.m. $10-$14.
My Country. Italian Movie Night presents Giancarlo Iannotta's comedy about two brothers—one American, the other Italian—who meet for the first time upon the death of their father, leading to a road trip across the picturesque Molise region on the way to the small town where he was born. Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Thurs., Oct. 5, 7 p.m. $10.
No Game No Life Zero. Based on the novel by Yû Kamiya is Atsuko Ishizuka's new anime that goes way back in the history of Disboard, 6,000 years before Sora and Shiro arrived to be exact. War consumes the land, leading young man Riku to try to save humanity. In the ruins of an Elf city, he meets Shuvi, an exiled "Ex-machina" android that wants him to teach her what it means to have a human heart. 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. Original Japanese with English subtitles, Thurs., Oct. 5, 7 p.m.; dubbed, Sun., 12:55 p.m. $12.50.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Given all the splatter flicks that have come out since the 1974 release of Tobe Hooper's masterpiece (splatterspiece?), you'd be forgiven for forgetting or being unaware of how different The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was at the time. It's inspired by the Ed Gein murders, by the way. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Oct. 5, 9:30 p.m. $7-$10.
Cadillac Tramps: Life On the Edge. Normally, we would not list a screening that is already waaaayyyy sold out, but we'll make an exception in case an enlightened soul books an encore or all-new showing of Jamie Sims Coakley's punk rocumentary. In the 1990s, the Tramps were right there with fellow influential Orange County artists No Doubt, the Offspring, Sugar Ray and Social D, but dysfunction, infighting and addiction pulled the band apart. The fivesome came back together to support lead singer Michael "Gabby" Gaborno in the fight for his life, which sadly ended early this year. But early reports suggest Coakley's first film shows how music ultimately unites. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 7 p.m. Sold out.
Leo Freedman Foundation First Cut Screening. See the top films from last year's film majors from Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Studies. A panel of distinguished alumni and industry representatives chose what you will watch in an encore of the collection shown to industry insiders in Los Angeles last week. This event is tied to the Chapman Family Homecoming. Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Marion Knott Studios, Folino Theater, 283 N. Cypress St., Orange, (714) 997-6765; chapman.edu/dodge/. Fri., 7 p.m. Free, but RSVP required.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Harry Potter in Concert presents Justin Freer conducting the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Robert Istad leading the Cal State Fullerton University Chorus in music from the 2004 film as it rolls on a big screen. The story involves convicted murderer Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) breaking out of Wizards Prison and coming after Harry (Daniel Radcliffe). Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 556-2787; www.harrypotterinconcert.com. Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. $59-$89; Sat., 0x000A2 p.m., $49-$79.
OC Film Fiesta. Two weeks of films, fun, food and festivities kick off Friday with the Orange County premiere of Chavela, Catherine Fund and Daresha Kyi's new documentary about Mexican ranchera legend Chavela Vargas. Among those who sing the LGBTQ icon's praises are Pedro Almodóvar, Elena Benarroch and Miguel Bosé. Saturday brings the OC premiere of Juana Azurduy: Guerrillera de la Patria Grande, Bolivian master Jorge Sanjinés' award-winning historical epic on the legendary female general in Simon Bolivar's army; Manolo Caro's Mexican comedy La Vida Inmoral de la Pareja Ideal, which concerns unrequired love in romantic San Miguel de Allende; and another local premiere, The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, Phillip Rodriguez's new doc on iconoclastic gonzo writer Oscar Zeta Acosta (with the filmmaker in attendance). On Sunday, it's a series of free events dedicated to a Chicano artist I now know a little bit about thanks to visiting UC Irvine's "From Aztlan to Magulandia" exhibit. Rare and never-before-seen-by-the-public video of the artist is part of "Visions of Magulandia: The California Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert 'Magu' Lujan from Los Four to Mental Menudo." A panel discussion and re-creation of Magu's storied "Mental Menudo" community discussions round out the tribute. See my colleague Aimee Murillo's comprehensive overview on the eighth OC Film Fiesta, which continues through Oct. 15. OC Film Fiesta at Picture Show at Mainplace, 2800 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (888) 906-0340; www.masamedia.org. Chavela, Fri., 8 p.m. $10 (or $40 to also attend the opening-night party). Sat.: Juana Azurduy: Guerrillera de la Patria Grande, 3:30 p.m.; La Vida Inmoral de la Pareja Ideal, 6 p.m.; The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, 8 p.m. $10 per screening. "Visions of Magulandia: The California Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert 'Magu' Lujan from Los Four to Mental Menudo" at Santa Ana College, Fine Arts Building C, Main Art Gallery, 1530 W. 17th St., Santa Ana. Sun., 1 p.m. Free. All-access festival pass, $75.
Victor Crowley. OC Weekly's Friday Night Freakouts entry is set a decade after the events of the original movie, which means . . . happy 10th anniversary, Hatchet! The fourth film in writer/director Adam Green's horror franchise has Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder) mistakenly resurrected, and with nothing better to do, he proceeds to kill once more. Sounds like someone needs a hobby. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; 0x000Athefridacinema.org. Fri., 11 p.m. $7-$10.
The Met Live in HD: Norma. The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Bellini's masterpiece is simulcast into theaters nationwide. Sondra Radvanovsky stars as the Druid princess, while Joyce DiDonato portrays her rival, Adalgisa. Your friendly neighborhood bel canto fan will tell you this is a casting coup. AMC Marina Pacifica, 6346 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 430-8790; 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 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., 9:55 a.m.; Wed., 1 & 6:30 p.m. $18-$24; also at Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573. Wed., 1 (possibly sold out) & 6:30 p.m. $16-$23.
A Golden State of Mind. It's the engaging Chapman University-produced documentary on the late Huell Howser, who for years hosted public television shows such as Visiting, Road Trip and California's Gold. But do you remember him as a KCBS anchorman before that, as I do? (God, I am old!) Popcorn is served as this screening that's part of Chapman's Family Homecoming Celebration. Chapman University, Leatherby Libraries B11/Huell Howser Archives, 1 University Dr., Orange, (714) 532-6027. Sat., 3 p.m. Free, but first-come, first-seated.
International Christian Film Festival. "Spiritually aware" short and feature films from across the globe are presented at the fest that organizers also say champions "love, faith and purpose." What, as if the Saw series doesn't?. Woodbridge Community Church, 5000 Barranca Pkwy., Irvine; woodbridgechurch.org. Sat., 4 p.m. $5.
The Boss Baby. This DreamWorks Animation production from earlier this year is actually quite well-done, thanks to Michael McCullers' inventive adaptation of Marla Frazee's picture book, director Tom McGrath's expert pacing that'll keep the eyes of adults and children on the screen and the vocal talents of Miles Bakshi, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire and especially Alec Baldwin as the title character. Napoli Park, 27682 Napoli Way, Mission Viejo, (949) 859-4348. Sat., activities, 4:30 p.m.; screening, dusk. 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.
National Theater Live: Peter Pan. A staged version of J.M. Barrie's much-loved tale—which produced a complex in men that we continue to deal with today—is broadcast in high definition from London's National Theatre. When Peter Pan, the leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him reattach it. So he invites her to Neverland, where Tinker Bell, Tiger Lilly and Captain Hook await. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 854-4646; www.thebarclay.org. Sun., 2 p.m. $15-$22.
Shaun of the Dead. This 2004—dare I say, "classic"—horror comedy introduced the wonders that are director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to those who had not seen them previously combine forces on the brilliant British TV show Spaced. A bloke (Pegg, who co-wrote the script with Wright) tries to win back his girlfriend, reconcile with his mother and—oh, yeah—fight off the zombies eating every live soul in sight. Regency Directors Cut Cinema at Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8.
Assassination. I remember seeing this 2015 South Korean drama and appreciating the sweep and historical perspective of it, but I can't recall if this is the one that I thought crossed the line in depicting brutality. From writer/director Choi Dong-hoon, the film is set in 1930s Gyeongseong, which we now know as Seoul, where nationalists plotting to kill the Japanese provisional government commander discover there's a mole in their midst. The presenting Center for Critical Korean Studies says the screening includes a "guest visit." UC Irvine, McCormick Hall, Humanities Gateway, First Floor, West Peltason and Campus drives, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Wed., 6 p.m. Free.
Mulholland Drive. David Lynch is one of my all-time-favorite filmmakers, but after viewing the first two of his 18 new episodes of Twin Peaks on Showtime, I need to take in this 2001 neo-noir mystery as a tonic before trudging on. Rita (Laura Harring) is involved in a car crash on Mulholland Drive in Hollywood with two men who are apparently evil. One man dies, yet Rita remembers nothing, not even her name. Perky wannabe starlet Betty (Naomi Watts) helps her search Los Angeles for clues. Chapman University is in Orange, but it is presenting this screening in Santa Ana as part of its "Los Angeles in Film and Fiction" series. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Wed., 7 p.m. $7-$10.
The 39 Steps. Among the films that made Hollywood take notice of brash young British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock was this 1935 thriller about a Londoner (Robert Donat) going on the run to save himself after being falsely accused of killing a counterespionage agent while also trying to stop a spy ring's theft of secret information. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $8.50.
The Long Way Back: The Story of Todd "Z-Man" Zalkins. Here is what a reviewer wrote back in May: "Written by Todd Zalkins and directed by Richard Yelland, The Long Way Back is that rare film that will delight hardcore fans of a band (in this case, Sublime), locals (because of all the Long Beach and Orange County touchstones) and everyone else (because it's just so fucking compelling)." Oh, snap, that was me! And that was while the sobriety-celebrating documentary was on the festival circuit. Now come two LBC screenings to mark The Long Way Back's worldwide release Oct. 17 on video-on-demand platforms, including iTunes and Amazon—with audience Q&As after each showing with Z-Man himself! Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Oct. 12, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $20.
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Beasts of No Nation. Chapman University's Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education presents a community screening of this 2015 film, which is based on Uzodinma Iweala's 2005 novel of the same name. A picture we'll someday laud as among the best of the decade, it charts the tortured path that led young Agu (Abraham Attah) to become a child soldier in an unnamed African country. Shot in Ghana and written, co-produced and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who acted as his own cinematographer, Beasts of No Nation looks like a documentary—albeit one centered on another amazing performance from Idris Elba, who breathes humanity into reprehensible souls like no other. Chapman University, Memorial Hall, (714) 628-7377. Thurs., Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Free.
6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor, Need for Speed) directs and Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down, Penny Dreadful), Sarah Dumont (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Don Jon) and Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion) star in the incredible true story of Eric LeMarque. He was a former Olympic hockey player who got lost snowboarding alone and out of bounds at Mammoth Mountain on Feb. 6, 2004, survived for a week eating pine nuts and needles in a makeshift igloo in the Sierra Nevada wilderness, and after his rescue . . . well, due to the ravages of frostbite, he won't be joining the Joffrey. The film is simulcast in 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. Thurs., Oct. 12, 7 p.m. $10.50-$12.50.
Walking the Waking Journey. Windward Way Recovery, Casa Capri and Newport Academy present this documentary on Lama Tenzin Cheogel's mission to rescue and educate the orphaned and abandoned children of one of the most remote regions of the Himalayas. Sonnee Weedn moderates an audience Q&A with Choegel after the screening. Lido Theater, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, (949) 673-8350. Thurs., Oct. 12, doors open, 6:15 p.m.; screening, 7 p.m. Free, but RSVP through eventbrite.com.
RWBY Volume 5. It's the premiere of the newest episode of the popular western-style anime show that is pronounced "Ruby." Carrying on with the characters of original and now-departed creator Monty Oum, Kerry Shawcross, Miles Luna and Gray G. Haddock drop viewers into the world of Remnant, where Huntresses-in-training Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long must together battle dark forces bent on destroying humanity. The one-night event simulcast in theaters nationwide includes exclusive interviews with the talent behind the global phenomenon. 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 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. Thurs., Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. $12.50.