Oscar Nominated Short Films. Separate screenings feature Academy Award-nominated short films in animation, documentary and live-action categories. Best Animated Short Film nominees are: Glen Keane’s Dear Basketball; Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata’s Negative Space; Dave Mullins’ Lou; Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer’s Revolting Rhymes; and Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Claire, Theophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon and Lucas Navarro’s Garden Party. Best Documentary-Short Subject nominees are: Laura Chekoway and Thomas Lee Wright’s Edith+Eddie; Frank Stiefel’s Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405; Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Kerrin Sheldon’s Heroin(e); Thomas Lennon’s Knife Skills; and Kate Davis and David Heilbroner’s Traffic Stop. Best Live Action Short Film nominees are: Reed Van Dyk’s DeKalb Elementary; Derin Seale and Josh Lawson’s The Eleven O’Clock; Kevin Wilson Jr.’s My Nephew Emmett; Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton’s The Silent Child; and Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen’s Watu Wote/All of Us. Oscars are presented March 4. Regency Directors Cut Cinema at Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446; also at Regency South Coast Village, 1561 Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Feb. 15. Call for show times and ticket prices.
The Disaster Artist. Tommy Wiseau’s The Room has been a late-show mainstay at the Frida, so it’s a small wonder that downtown Santa Ana’s cinematic wonderland is now showing James Franco’s acclaimed adaptation of co-star Greg Sestero’s making-of tell-all. Rather than creating a Wiseau hit piece, Franco shows how The Room‘s writer/producer/director/star (whom he also plays) became an unlikely legend. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Feb. 15, 5:30, 7:30 & 9:40 p.m. $7-$10.
Django. It’s a French biopic on jazz great Django Reinhardt, who was at the pinnacle of his career in the Nazi-occupied Paris of 1943. As he performs to packed houses, his gypsy brethren are persecuted throughout Europe. Reinhardt’s life takes a turn for the worse when the Nazi propaganda machine wants him to tour Germany. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Feb. 15, 7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. $8.50-$11.50.
Sunset Blvd. Whether you go for that stylized title as it appeared onscreen or the more formal Sunset Boulevard: A Hollywood Story, the 1950 classic is the first of four films being shown at the Frida as part of Chapman University’s Los Angeles in Film & Fiction class, whose screenings are open to all. The skewering of Tinsel Town fame, which comes from the devilish mind of Billy Wilder, is about a struggling screenwriter (William Holden) who finds the easy life in the mansion of faded silent-film queen Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). Thanks to Norma’s escalating madness, things don’t end so well for the writer, as you’ll discover through a then-unique character-narration storytelling device. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Feb. 15, 7 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m. $7-$10.
Call Me By Your Name. Charming American doctoral student Oliver (The Social Network‘s Armie Hammer) goes to an Italian villa to serve as the annual summer intern for an eminent Greco-Roman culture professor (Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Stuhlbarg). But Oliver and the professor’s son Elio (Timothée Chalamet of Interstellar and Homeland) fall in love. Director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) worked off James Ivory’s script, which was adapted from Andre Aciman’s novel. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Opens Fri., 12:30 p.m., with multiple daily screenings through Thurs., Feb. 22. Check website for show times. $7-$10.
Pressing On: The Letterpress Film. Erin Beckloff and Andrew P. Quinn’s documentary on the printing press and its 500-year-old process that birthed the modern world—and is now in danger of being lost because of its fans’ age. This film, which was created for the designer, type nerd, historian and collector in us all, is presented by Cinema Orange, the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) and the Newport Beach Film Festival partnership that screens art/architecture/design films when museum admission is free. Seating is first restricted to OCMA members, but any that remain just before show time are made available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Food trucks are parked nearby. Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 759-1122. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.
Coming to America. OC Weekly‘s Friday Night Freakouts entry is John Landis’ 1988 comedy starring Eddie Murphy as Akeem, prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda, whose father, the king (James Earl Jones), and mother, the queen (Madge Sinclair), want their boy to enter an arranged marriage. Akeem does not want to, so he and his sidekick Semmi (Arsenio Hall) go to find true love in—where else?—Queens. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11 p.m.; Sun., 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.
Killer of Sheep. Frida’s The Directors series, which for February honors Black History Month, presents Charles Burnett’s 1978 masterpiece about Stan (Henry Gayle Sanders), whose macabre duties in a local slaughterhouse begin to affect his family life. “Rating: 4/4. Burnett’s documentarian empathy, coupled with his easygoing skill as a dramatic essayist, result in a film that doesn’t look, feel or breathe like any American work of its generation,” wrote Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune. Milestone Films, Steven Soderbergh and Turner Classic Movies restored the film that had remained in obscurity for years. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.; Mon.-Tues., noon, 8 & 9:45 p.m. $7-$10.
Chinese Couplets. Spanning two centuries, three countries and four generations of women, Felicia Lowe’s intimate documentary explores the impact of America’s Chinese Exclusion era on her family. Lowe participates in an audience Q&A immediately after the screening. Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Kershaw Auditorium, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600. Sat., 1:30 p.m. Free (but does not include museum admission).
Repo! The Genetic Opera! The costumed shadow cast troupe Addicted to the Knife returns to the Frida to dance and lip-sync to the 2008 horror-musical opus filled with dirty, gory excess, family melodrama, mysterious illnesses, mind-blowing future drugs, designer-organ repossessions, a few surprising cameos, and a superabundance of bloody stabs and slices. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 11:30 p.m. $7-$10.
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 alongside what’s flashed onscreen. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.
The Philadelphia Story. Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies simulcast into theaters nationwide George Cukor’s 1940 rom-com that is the template for witty, fast-talking comedies from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Tracy Lord (Katherine Hepburn), the daughter of a well-to-do Pennsylvania family, is about to embark on her second marriage, this time to staid-but-wealthy George Kittredge (John Howard). Before the big day, Tracy’s first husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Cary Grant), shows up to shield her from the prying eyes of an overly ambitious reporter (James Stewart) assigned to cover the nuptials. The film is presented in its original aspect ratio with specially produced pre- and post-film commentary by favorite TCM hosts. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-4288; 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, (562) 435-5754; 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; wwww.fathomevents.com. Sun. & Wed., 2 & 7 p.m. $12.50.
Masha and the Bear. UC Irvine’s European Languages and Studies’ Russian Film Series continues with Oleg Kuzovkov’s 2014 Russian animated tale. Little Masha lives near the forest, where she embarks on many adventures with her best friend, a former circus bear. UC Irvine, Humanities Instructional Building 208, Campus and West Peltason drives, Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Tues., 5 p.m. Free.
Hello Dolly. Gene Kelly’s 1969 musical has matchmaker Dolly Levi (Barbra Streisand) traveling to Yonkers to find a partner for “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder (Walter Matthau). Dolly convinces Horace’s niece, his niece’s intended and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.
A Monster Calls. The theme for February’s Thursday Matinee film series is “Instant Classics.” From 2016 comes J.A. Bayona’s dark fantasy about a boy (Lewis MacDougall) dealing with a terminally ill mother (Felicity Jones), an absent father (Toby Kebbell) and an imperious grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). The lonely kid finds an unlikely ally in the Monster (Liam Neeson). Attendees are encouraged to bring their own light snacks and covered beverages, but alcohol is not allowed. Fullerton Main Library, Osborne Auditorium, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6333. Thurs., Feb. 22, 1 p.m. Free.
Huntington Beach SoCal Film Festival. The 13th annual event presents 44 films from 20 countries, representing the best of independent filmmaking. About half of the festival’s films this year were made by females, which keeps with the event’s “More Voices. More Stories” theme. Eight films were made by Orange County filmmakers, including some from Surf City. Huntington Beach Library Theater, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach; hbfilmfest.com. Opens Thurs., Feb. 22, 2:30 p.m. and continues daily at various times, with the final screening Sat., Feb. 24, 8:30 p.m. $2.50-$50.
Is Genesis History? Is the Book of Genesis—which posits the universe was created in six days, God made man in his image and a global flood destroyed the world—an accurate record or Old Testament myths? The producers of this doc say the documentary “shines new light on our origins, providing a positive argument for Biblical Creation and the Flood. Two competing views . . . one compelling truth.” Fathom Events and Compass Cinemas simulcast into theaters nationwide a one-year anniversary screening that is followed by host Del Tackett touring the Ark Encounter and discussing topics raised with college students. AMC Downtown Disney, 1565 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, (714) 776-2355; AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, (562) 435-5754; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Big Newport 6, 300 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, 255 W. Birch St., Brea, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, 26602 Towne Center Dr., Foothill Ranch, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16, 9741 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., Feb. 22, 7 p.m. $12.50.
National Theatre Live: Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. Captured live on London’s West End in the fall of 2017 is this revival of Tennessee Williams’ 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner, directed by Benedict Andrews. A family gathers in their Mississippi cotton plantation on a steamy night to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. Brick (Jack O’Connell) and Maggie (Sienna Miller) dance around the secrets that threaten to destroy their marriage. AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, 2457 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; 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., Feb. 22, 7 p.m. $22.
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. To mark the 75th anniversary of the execution of the German college student, the Frida presents this acclaimed 2005 biographical drama on the 21-year-old activist, who is played by Julia Jentsch. She was a member of the White Rose, an anti-Nazi, nonviolent student resistance group that her brother Hans helped found. After another member witnessed Soviet prisoners of war being shot in a mass grave and the extermination of Jews was uncovered, the White Rose distributed pamphlets exposing the Nazi government, which did not take that exposure well. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Feb. 22, 7 p.m. $7-$10.
Tony—The Movie. Homelessness has become such a hot topic in Orange County that it’s now serving as the basis for screenings of films of conscience. Documentarian Dennis Stein follows Tony Rodriguez, who ends up homeless after losing his job as a waiter in San Diego. His search for housing turns into a quest for solutions to homelessness, not just for himself, but also for thousands of people living on the streets across San Diego County. Orange Coast River Park Inc., Newport Beach City Arts Commission, Illumination Foundation and Newport Beach Film Festival present the free screening, followed by an interactive panel discussion on homelessness featuring Stein, Rodriguez and Paul Leon, president and CEO of Illumination Foundation. Marina Park Community Center, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach; www.ocriverpark.org or www.newportbeachca.gov. Thurs., Feb. 22, 7 p.m. Free, but seating is first come, first served.
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