Here’s Johnny! [Special Screenings, Sept. 28-Oct. 5]

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. The Frida’s Wes Anderson tribute concludes with this criminally underappreciated comedy (and I’ll fight any schoolgirl on the playground who says otherwise). Bill Murray inhabits the smarmy title character, who is sort of a Wal-Mart Jacques Cousteau dealing with pirates, kidnapping, a partner-eating Jaguar Shark, his co-producer and estranged wife (Anjelica Huston), a young airline pilot (Owen Wilson) who may or may not be his son, and a beautiful reporter (Cate Blanchett) out to tell Steve’s story while slapping away his advances. Nearly stealing the picture, whether he is the subject of the shot or barely in focus in the background, is Willem Dafoe as loyal deckhand Klaus Daimler. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; Thurs., Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 & 4 p.m. $7-$10.

Last Men in Aleppo. Soka Community Cinema presents Ferris Fayyad’s documentary about the residents of Aleppo preparing for a siege five years into Syria’s war. Daily life, death and struggles in the street are seen through the eyes of the volunteer rescue workers known as the White Helmets. Soka University, Pauling Hall 216, 1 University Dr., Aliso Viejo, (949) 480-4000. Thurs., Sept. 28, 7 p.m. Free.

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, and some of them may be mingling with the students, faculty, alumni, guests and Lyft drivers attending the La-La Land event. DGA Theater Complex, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (714) 997-6765. Thurs., Sept. 28, registration and hors d’ouevres reception, 7 p.m.; screening, 7:30 p.m.; post-screening dessert reception, 9 p.m.. Free (but only if you register).

Steve McQueen: American Icon. The movie star’s life story is told by Harvest Church/Crusade pastor Greg Laurie, who travels around the country in his mint replica of the Bullitt mustang uncovering answers. Laurie claims McQueen spent his final years abandoning fame and fortune for a spirituality quest. The pastor’s prime interview is with Barbra Minty McQueen, the actor’s widow, but other talking heads popping up include Mel Gibson, stuntman Stan Barrett, McQueen biographer Marshall Terrill, and actors Barbra Leigh and Mel Novak. The special event includes a message from Pastor Greg and music from MercyMe. 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; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (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, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Brea Stadium East 12, 155 W. Birch St., Brea, (714) 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; Thurs., Sept. 28, 7 p.m. $12.50.

Black Sabbath: The End of the End. There is mega-truth in advertising here as the documentary chronicles the proto-heavy-metal band’s final performance of their final tour. Shot in HD on Feb. 4 of this year in Birmingham, U.K., which is where Sabbath formed in 1968, the finale includes “Paranoid,” “War Pigs” and, of course, “Iron Man.” Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler also share recollections along the way. Bring your earplugs; Frida plans to crank this sucker LOUD! The Frida Cinema; Thurs., Sept. 28, 8 p.m. $7-$10. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Sept. 28, 9 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Oxidan. Hamed Mohammadi’s religious comedy has Negar (Linda Kiani) about to marry Aslan (Javad Ezzati)—while obsessed with the idea of moving overseas. Friends help her flee from Iran illegally for Europe, while Aslan tries to figure out how to follow her and win her back. That’s when smuggler Agha (Amir Jafari) comes up with a plan to have Aslan pose as a gay Christian in hopes of securing a travel visa. Presented in the original Farsi with English subtitles. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Sept. 28, 9:30 p.m. $13.

Tam Cam: The Untold Story. Veronica Ngo, an actress you know from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Bright with Will Smith, made her directorial debut with 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; Opens Fri. and runs daily through Thurs., Oct. 5. Call for times and ticket prices.


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, 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. Fri.-Wed., 1:30, 4, 6:30 & 9 p.m.; Thurs., Oct. 5, 1:30 & 4 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Outdoor Anime Weekend. The Los Angeles-based Japan Foundation presents different animes that are directed by Mamoru Hosoda, shown in Japanese with English subtitles, and best of all, it’s FREE with FREE popcorn (while supplies last). On Friday, see The Boy and the Beast, in which a gruff beast makes a young orphaned boy living on the streets of Shibuya his apprentice. Saturday brings Wolf Children, which is about the challenges a woman faces raising her half-werewolf children after her werewolf husband dies. The weekend ends Sunday with Summer Wars, in which a student tries to undo the damage done in digital world OZ after he pretends to be the fiancé of his friend at her grandmother’s 90th birthday. CGV Cinemas at the Source OC, 6988 Beach Blvd., Buena Park; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 6:30 p.m. Free.

Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow’s 2015 reboot of the franchise about a theme park with prehistoric creatures created from DNA gone horribly, horribly wrong. The characters of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are tasked with saving guests from a dino-sized assault. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, behind Moe B’s Watersports, 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach, (949) 729-3863. Fri., dusk. Free, but it costs to park on the premises.

Spice World. For clarification, this is NOT OC Weekly‘s Friday Nights Freakouts entry. World-famous pop group the Spice Girls zoom around London in a double-decker tour bus performing for fans and finding adventure. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; Fri., 8 p.m. $7-$10.

The Room. OC Weekly‘s Friday Nights Freakouts entry is this . . . sensual indie thriller—written, directed, produced by and starring Tommy Wiseau—that has an amiable banker (Wiseau) and his fiancée (Juliette Danielle) having a grand old time in a gorgeously shot San Francisco. Everything changes when his conflicted best friend (Greg Sestero) joins in to form a love triangle. The Room has been dubbed “a modern classic” and “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.” The Frida Cinema; Fri., 11 p.m. $7-$10.

The Immigrant. LBOCinema presents the 2014 drama about an innocent immigrant woman tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville in 1921 New York City. She is “saved” by a dazzling magician who promises to reunite her with her sister, who is confined on Ellis Island with an illness. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11 a.m. $10.

The Stalker. Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 masterpiece (and his final Soviet feature) that follows the Scientist (Nikolai Grinko), the Writer (Anatoliy Solonitsyn) and the Stalker (Alexander Kaidanovsky) through an enigmatic, post-apocalyptic landscape. Known as the “Zone,” nothing is what it seems as objects change places, the landscape shifts and rearranges itself, and it seems as if an unknown intelligence is actively thwarting any attempt to penetrate its borders. But somewhere in the Zone there is said to be a bunker with the power to make wishes come true. The Frida Cinema; Sat., 4:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Charlotte’s Web. Family fantasy from 2006 (and based on E.B. White’s children’s book) about Wilbur the pig (voiced by Dominic Scott Kay) hatching a plan with Charlotte the spider (Julia Roberts) to keep from ending up on the dinner table. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, (949) 729-3863. Sat., dusk. Free, but it costs to park on the premises.

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.

Awake: The Life of Yogananda. During the Fullerton Temple of Self-Realization Fellowship’s open house, a short film is shown about the long life of Paramahansa Yogananda, the founder of the fellowship that teaches Kriya Yoga. Fullerton Temple of Self-Realization, 142 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton; Sun., open house, 10 a.m.; screening, 1 p.m. Free.


Three Veils. The Frida Cinema, the LGBT Center OC and the film’s producer, Ahmad Zahra, partner to present a benefit screening, followed by an audience Q&A with Zahra and director Rolla Selbak; a reception at the Center OC follows. The stories of three young Middle Eastern women living in the U.S. unfold, blend with one another and eventually reveal connections. One is engaged to be married, but as the wedding night approaches, she gets cold feet. Another is a devout Muslim dealing with repressed lesbian feelings. The third is acting out her promiscuity as she battles her own demons after a tragic death in her family. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Center OC’s mission to advocate for and provide services to Orange County’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning communities. The Frida Cinema; Sun., 5 p.m. $7-$10. Center OC (a.k.a. Co4), 305 E. Fourth St., Ste. 200, Santa Ana, (714) 953-5428. Free.

Suspiria. A young American student (Jessica Harper) arrives at a German dance academy, where she is thrust into a hallucinatory nightmare of witchcraft and murder. Dario Argento’s 1977 horror flick boasts one of the most memorable scores in the genre’s history. The Frida Cinema; Sun., 7:30, 8:30 & 11 p.m. $7-$10.

Behind the Curtain: Student Documentary Screening and Q&A. Celebrating Chapman’s Discover Research & Arts Week is this Dodge College of Film and Media Arts presentation where a student documentary film is shown, followed by a question-and-answer period with the young filmmaker and a faculty mentor. All are invited to attend and bring a lunch. Chapman University, Argyros Forum, Room 209A, 386 N. Center St., Orange; Mon., 1 p.m. Free.

The World of Us. Center for Critical Korean Studies presents Ga-eun Yoon’s 2016 family film about 10-year-old outcast Sun meeting newcomer Jia during summer vacation, showing her around the neighborhood, and the two becoming best friends. But once school starts, Jia notices the distance between Sun and the other students and tries to fit in with the cool kids. As Jia shuns Sun, both damage and are damaged by each other. UC Irvine, Humanities Gateway, HIB 110, Campus and West Peltason drives, Irvine; Mon., 1:30 p.m. Free.

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 unique The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was at the time. It’s inspired by the Ed Gein murders, by the way. The Frida Cinema; Mon.-Tues., 7:30 p.m.; Wed.-Thurs., Oct. 4-5, 9:30 p.m. $7-$10.

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, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (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, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; Tues.-Thurs., Oct. 3-5, 7 p.m. $10-$14.

The Shining. Stanley Kubrick’s modern horror masterpiece of 1980, adapted from the novel by Stephen King (who does not much like the rewrite), stars Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, who’s brought his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd) to look over the elegant Overlook Hotel deep in the Colorado Rockies in the wintery off-season. Once the family is totally alone there . . . well . . . let’s just say things take a turn. Regency Directors Cut Cinema at Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8.

The Blues Brothers. John Landis’ rock ’em, sock ’em comedy musical begins with the prison release of Jake Blues (John Belushi), who accompanies his brother, Elwood (Dan Aykroyd, who co-wrote the script with Landis), to the home where they were raised. They learn the nuns who run the place will be kicked out unless $5,000 in back taxes is raised in 11 days. And so, Jake and Elwood embark on a “mission from God” to reassemble their blues band and stage a big gig to raise the money. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $8.50.

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 that includes 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; Thurs., Oct. 5, screening, 6:30 p.m.; discussion, 8 p.m. $5.


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. This screening is presented in the original Japanese with English subtitles. A dubbed version is shown Oct. 8. 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; Thurs., Oct. 5, 7 p.m. $12.50.

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