By Grabthar’s Hammer [Special Screenings, Nov. 21-28]

Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary. Photo courtesy Fathom Events

The Irishman. Martin Scorsese’s new crime bio-drama is based on I Heard You Paint Houses, Charles Brandt’s biography on Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. Both are about a colorful mob hitman (Robert De Niro) recalling his possible involvement in the slaying of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., Nov. 21, 11 a.m., 3:15 & 7:30 p.m. $9.50-$12.50; also at the Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; Wed., 11:30 a.m., 2:30, 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Thurs., Nov. 28, noon. $7.50-$10.50; and the Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Wed.-Thurs., Nov. 28, 2:15 & 6:30 p.m. $9-$12.

Bliss. Joe Begos’ new horror flick is about a brilliant artist (Dora Madison Burge) with a creative block until heavy drugging and partying get her juices—and a desire for blood—flowing. The Frida Cinema; Thurs., Nov. 21, 10 p.m. $7.50-$10.50.

Autism Goes to College. Erik Linthorst’s documentary tells the story of five students—including Cal State Long Beach School of Art alum Jonathan Martin—on the spectrum and dealing with college life. Aubry Mintz, CSULB art school’s director, and Ilene Gonzalez, a campus Autism Services associate, are among the interviewees. An audience Q/A follows. CSULB, UT-108, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach; Thurs., Nov 21, 7 p.m. Free.

Containment. Peter Galison and Robb Moss’ 2015 documentary wonders what society will do with some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced. Everything from 100 million gallons of radioactive sludge left over from the Cold War to the fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster is explored. A Q&A with Harvard professor Galison follows. UC Irvine, McCormick Screening Room, Humanities Gateway 1070, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Thurs., Nov. 21, 7 p.m. Free.

Spirits in the Forest (Trafalgar Releasing)

Spirits in the Forest. Anton Corbijn’s new rockumentary follows Depeche Mode on their 2017-18 Global Spirit Tour. The Frida Cinema; Thurs., Nov. 21-Fri., 8 p.m. $7.50-$10.50.

The Fare. D.C. Hamilton’s 2018 mystery-thriller is about a cabbie (Gino Anthony Pesi) who falls for a fare (Brinna Kelly), but she vanishes once the ride ends. When he resets the meter, she reappears and their romance continues. The Frida Cinema; Fri., 2, 4 & 6 p.m. $7.50-$10.50.

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue. A murder investigation in rural England leads to the discovery that farmers have been using an alternative to pesticide that raises the dead. Who funded Spanish director Jorge Grau’s 1974 zombie flick? Monsanto? The cult classic, presented by Horrible Imaginings, has been restored in 4K. The Frida Cinema; Fri., 10 p.m. $7.50-$10.50.

The Portal. Years ago, I attended a transcendental meditation event in Orange, and the speaker said if 3 million people around the world meditated for peace at the same moment, whichever Middle East quagmire we were in at the time would end. Jacqui Fifer’s new documentary suggests if 7 billion people meditated, the trajectory of the planet could shift. An audience Q&A follows with Tom Cronin, executive producer of the film and creator of the Stillness Project. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. $9-$10.

Ulysses & Mona. Photo courtesy Film Movement

Ulysses & Mona. Sébastien Betbeder’s 2018 French drama is about a meeting between a reclusive retired artist (Eric Cantona) and a young art student (Manal Issa) that changes the lives of both. Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Rd., Dana Point, (949) 496-5517. Sun., 2 p.m. Free.

A Prayer Beyond Borders. Ala’ Khan and Reynaldo Escoto’s new documentary is about the sacred gathering space Muslims and Christians created at the southern U.S. border so families separated by U.S. immigration policies can meet. UC Irvine professor Sherine Hamdy, who teaches “Islam in America,” leads the discussion that follows with executive producer Dustin Craun. UCI, Humanities Center, ALP 1700, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Tues., 9:30 a.m. Free.

Homework. Docunight: Iranian Documentary Series presents Abbas Kiarostami’s 1989 film that was sparked by his son’s difficulties in completing homework. That prompted the filmmaker to ask male students at a local school about their homework woes. A discussion follows the film. UCI, McCormick Screening Room; Tues., 6:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP required.

Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary. How did Galaxy Quest survive a set fire, the loss of a powerful director and a studio that did not understand the 1999 spoof of sci-fi TV shows? Jack Bennett’s new documentary answers that while exploring the comedy’s enduring appeal. The screening event includes a special video introduction and the premiere of ScreenJunkies’ “Galaxy Quest Honest Trailer.” Various theaters; Tues., 7 p.m. $15.

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