Even Smiling Makes My Face Ache [Special Screenings, Oct. 31-Nov. 7]

The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Photo courtesy Rex USA

Halloween Movie Marathon. Scary flicks are part of a holiday celebration that also includes free candy, ghoulish tunes and frightful surprises. The 4th Horseman, Walker Building, 115 W. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 513-3394. Thurs., Oct. 31. Call for time. Free. 21+.

Dolemite Is My Name. Eddie Murphy stars in a new biopic on the legendary Rudy Ray Moore and his success in creating a notable blaxploitation film and character. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Oct 31, 2:30, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. $7-10.50.

Anime Afternoons. Come watch and discuss anime favorites. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs. & Thurs., Oct. 31 & Nov. 7, 6 p.m. Free.

Halloween. In John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic, 6-year-old Michael Myers (Will Sandin) killed his sister on Halloween night 1963. Fast forward 15 years and Myers (Tony Moran) escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill some more. As a teen trying to escape Mikey, Jamie Lee Curtis turned in a career-defining performance. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m. $9-$12; also at the Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. $7-10.50.

One Piece: Stampede. Takashi Otsuka’s new anime is based on a story by Eiichiro Oda, the creator of the franchise celebrating its 20th anniversary. Pirates from around the world gather at the Pirates Expo to hunt for Gol D. Roger’s lost treasure. Presented in Japanese with English subtitles. Starlight Cinema City, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 970-6700; also at Starlight Triangle Cinemas, 1870 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, (714) 650-4300; starlightcinemas.com. Thurs., Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m. $6-$12.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The pioneering midnight movie starts with the car of sweethearts Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) breaking down near the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). The transvestite scientist’s home also hosts a rocking biker (Meat Loaf), a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien) and assorted freaks, including a hunk of beefcake named “Rocky.” Live shadow-cast troupe Midnight Insanity performs. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Oct. 31, 9 p.m.; Sat., 11:55 p.m. $9-$12.

Dolemite. Director D’Urville Martin’s 1975 crime epic, which is regarded as one of Blaxploitation’s greatest achievements, can be seen in the same theater as the capper to a double feature with Dolemite Is My Name starring Murphy (see above). After two years in prison on trumped-up charges, pimp Dolemite (aforementioned rap pioneer/standup comic Moore) returns to the streets to settle scores. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Oct. 31, 10 p.m. $7-$10.50.

First Love. In Takashi Miike’s new crime drama, a terminally ill boxer and a drug-addicted call girl fall passionately in love as two warring gangs spray bullets and blood all around them. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri.-Sat. & Mon.-Thurs., Nov. 7, 10 p.m.; Sun., 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Little Monsters. Photo courtesy Hulu Neon

Little Monsters. In Abe Forsythe’s new indie horror-comedy, a down-and-out fellow (Alexander England) serves as a chaperone for his nephew’s kindergarten-class field trip and falls hard for the group’s teacher (Lupita Nyong’o). But a zombie invasion breaking out has the new couple joining the kindergarteners and an obnoxious children’s TV personality (Josh Gad) in a fight to stay alive. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri.-Sat., 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 8:30 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Bummed. Ryan Bergez’s 2018 drama is about a pregnant widow who accidentally runs her car into a homeless man whom she quickly recognizes is her supposedly dead husband. He does not remember who he—let alone she—is, so she invites him into her home in hopes of jogging his memory. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. $9-$10.

DanTDM Presents the Contest. The YouTube superstar provides fans with an engaging gaming experience and an immersive story. Audience members are encouraged to wear their tribe’s colors as they seek the hoisting of the Mega Cup. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Sat., 12:55 p.m. $15.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Broadcast live into theaters from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is Canelo Alvarez, the face of boxing and the king of the middleweight division, in a title bout against champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Sat., 6 p.m. $20.

OC Film Fiesta. This year’s cinextravaganza concludes with a community screening of Jorge R. Gutiérrez’s 2014 animated comedy The Book of Life. Mexican childhood friends Manolo (voiced by Diego Luna) and Joaquin (Channing Tatum) both want to marry their mutual amiga Maria (Zoë Saldana), but the love triangle is even more complicated by battling husband-and-wife deities. The Source OC, 6988 Beach Blvd., Buena Park; thesourceoc.com. Sun., 6 p.m. Free.

Raging Bull. Martin Scorsese’s 1980 masterpiece is a biopic on boxing champ Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro). Violent in and out of the ring, LaMotta had his inner rage ultimately destroy his life. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon.-Tues., 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Christmas Jars. Jonathan Wright’s new drama is based on Jason F. Wright’s bestselling novel about a reporter (Jeni Ross) who uncovers the secret behind money-filled jars given anonymously to people in need during the holidays. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Mon., 7 p.m. $15.

Borders and Belonging: A Film Series. The UC Irvine Humanities Center and European Languages and Studies kick off a series of three films that explore migration, integration and transformation in the European context. Up first is Andre Segre’s 2011 Italian drama Shun Li and the Poet, which is about the friendship that develops between a Chinese woman (Tao Zhao) and a fisherman (Rade Serbedzija) who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years before. UC Irvine, McCormick Screening Room, Humanities Gateway 1070, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Mon., 7:30 p.m.

Easy A. Teen Movie Night presents Will Gluck’s 2010 rom-dramedy about a high-school student (Emma Stone) who relies on the school’s rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Tues., 6 p.m. Free.

The Deer Hunter. Michael Cimino’s breath-vacuuming 1978 Vietnam War film is about three Pennsylvania deer-hunting pals and steelworkers (Robert De Niro, John Savage and Christopher Walken) having their lives change forever after they enlist, get captured by the Viet Cong and are subjected to great torments. Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Laguna Niguel at Ocean Ranch Village, 32401 Golden Lantern St., Laguna Niguel, (949) 373-7900; also at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Rancho Santa Margarita at Santa Margarita Town Center, 30632 Santa Margarita Pkwy., Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 835-1888. Tues., 7 p.m. $10.

The Public. Photo courtesy Universal Pictures Content Group

The Public. FPL Arthouse presents this 2018 drama about a Cincinnati librarian (Emilio Estevez, who also wrote and directed) helping a group of homeless people take refuge at the free public library to survive a brutal winter night. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Wed., 6 p.m. Free.

The Divine Plan. Robert Orlando’s documentary argues that President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II knew that their lives were spared in assassination attempts six months apart so they would go on to defeat communism and live out the Divine Plan. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Wed., 7 p.m. $12.50.

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. South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Slayer: The Repentless Killogy. In BJ McDonnell and Wayne Isham’s new musical, the tunes of metal legends Slayer are layered over a story about a former neo Nazi (Jason Trost) squaring off against his ex-gang to avenge the death of the girlfriend (Ashley L. Osborne) who was murdered in front of him. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Wed.-Thurs., Nov. 7, 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Mars Attacks! Tim Burton’s 1996 sci-fi comedy is about Earth being invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., Nov. 7, 1 p.m. Free.

Coast Film Festival. See “Films at Laguna Beach’s New Festival and Museum Celebrate Art and Nature.” Thurs., Nov. 7: Los Plástico screening and Greg Long discussion at Hobie Surf Shop, 294 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach; coastfilmfestival.com. 7 p.m. $10; opening-night party at Marine Room Tavern, 214 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach; coastfilmfestival.com. 9 p.m. Free to those 21+ with ticket for Los Plástico. Festival continues through Nov. 9.

L’ora Legale. Italian Movie Night presents a 2017 comedy from co-directors and stars Ficarra & Picone, whose fame in Italy is so vast they can go with one name each like Cher. A Sicilian town’s new mayor promises to bring order and legality, an impossible feat in that town, Sicily and Italy. Presented in Italian with English subtitles. Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Thurs., Nov. 7, 7 p.m. $10.

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last of The Street Survivors Farewell Tour. Shaun Silva’s new rockumentary chronicles the band’s final performance at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2018. Band members share in interviews their experiences on the farewell tour and what performing together has meant to them. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., Nov. 7, 7 p.m. $14-$17.

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