It's Only Forever, Not Long At All [Special Screenings, Aug. 4-11]

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Elliott, little Drew Barrymore's scream and dudes in space suits are back for the ultimate going-home flick. Peppertree Park, 230 W. First St., Tustin, (714) 573-3326. Thurs., Aug. 4, 7:50 p.m. Free.

The Peanuts Movie. Children learn about intense love from Charlie Brown, and the Camp Snoopy bean counters go giddy over souvenir product placements. Grand Park, 6101 City Lights Dr., Aliso Viejo, (949) 243-7750. Fri. Complimentary face painting, 6 p.m.; movie, dusk. Free; also at Krikorian's Buena Park Metroplex 18, 8290 La Palma Ave., Buena Park, (714) 826-2152. Tues., 10 a.m. Free (sponsored by Buena Park Downtown); and Krikorian's San Clemente Cinema 6, 641B Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, (949) 661-7469. Tues., 10 a.m. $1.

Zoolander. Enjoyed this man-model farce with Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell, but not so much that I bothered to catch Zoolander 2. God invented basic cable for those screenings. By the way, have you ever watched a flick for free in a sustainable urban park where Kogi BBQ, Kona Ice and beer are available for purchase? Now you can. The Riverbed, 1426 E. Vermont Ave., Anaheim, (714) 698-9106. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Free.

Dorane Asheghi (Time to Love). Farhang Foundation/UC Irvine's Celebration of Iranian Cinema kicks off with director Alireza Raissian's 2014 drama about a successful women's-rights lawyer taking a curious case that changes the lives of everyone involved. Leila Hatami, Shahab Hosseini and Farhad Aslani star. UCI Student Center, Crystal Cove Auditorium Lobby; Fri., 7 p.m. $10; VIP package (includes three films and opening night reception), $70.

Aladdin. Remember the good old days when folks in the Middle East only had to worry about flying carpets falling from the sky? Pittsford Park, 21701 Pittsford Dr., Lake Forest, (949) 461-3450. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Free.

Descendants. Not to be confused with George Clooney's 2011 film The Descendants is this 2015 Disney TV movie about the benevolent teenage son of King Beast and Queen Belle going up against the trouble-making offspring of classic villains Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar. Placentia Champions Sports Complex, 505 N. Jefferson, Placentia, (714) 993-8232. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. This week's Friday Night Freakout is the animated Japanese cult classic (presented with English subtitles) about the bounty-hunter crew aboard the spaceship Bebop seeking a 300 million woo-long reward by catching the terrorists responsible for unleashing a deadly virus on the Mars populace in 2071. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; Fri., 11 p.m. $8-$10.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Join Arthur, King of the Britons; Sir Lancelot the Brave; and Sir Robin the Not-So-Brave-as-Sir-Lancelot as they follow God's directive to find the Holy Grail in Midnight Insanity's First Friday Cult Classics presentation. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Fri., 11 p.m. Call for ticket price.

Zootopia. Yet another recent toon with funny people voicing animals (or is it vice versa?). San Juan Capistrano Regional Library, 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 493-1752. Sat., 10 a.m. Free.

The Rescuers. Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor and Geraldine Page lend their voices to this 1977 hand-drawn cartoon that was made during the lean animation years between the releases of Disney classics and Pixar blockbusters. Westminster Branch Library, 8180 13th St., Westminster, (714) 893-5057. Sat., 2 p.m. Free.

Hadji Sha (Shiftegi). Farhang Foundation/UC Irvine's Celebration of Iranian Cinema continues with director Zamani Esmati's drama about 50-year-old woman Hadji Sha (Roya Teimoorian), who has been living as a man for 30 years so s/he can be head of the household. When her sister's mentally unstable granddaughter is raped, Hadji must plunge into the male-dominated world to out the rapist. Afsaneh Chehreh and Leila Zareah co-star. UCI Student Center, Crystal Cove Auditorium Lobby; Sat., 4 p.m. $10.

Bridesmaids. Before director Paul Feig faced the firing squad for making an all-female Ghostbusters, he was hailed as the genius behind this all-female wedding comedy. Go figure. Beachfront Cinema at Huntington State Beach, Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach; Sat., 5 p.m. $11.25-$49.

The Good Dinosaur. Is there such a thing? Dirty, stinking, rotten dinosaurs—GOOD RIDDANCE! Knyght Ryder, “the premier '80s (and '90s) tribute band in the U.S.,” performs before the family film rolls. Little Cottonwood Park, 4000 Farquhar Ave., Los Alamitos, (562) 430-1073. Sat. Music, 6:30 p.m.; movie, dusk. Free.

The Outsiders. This underappreciated Francis Ford Coppola flick—likely because it came out after certified classics The Conversation, the first two Godfather movies and Apocalypse Now—is about the 1965 rivalry between poor greasers and rich Socs heating up when one gang member kills another. Being screened is the “Complete Novel” version, which features 22 minutes of footage cut from the 1983 theatrical release of Coppola's adaptation of S.E. Hinton's classic novel. But before being treated to that, enjoy music from LA's Sweet and Tender Hooligans, the “ultimate tribute to Morrissey and the Smiths.” Lola's Outdoor Retro Cinema at Sunnyside Cemetery, 1095 E. Willow St., Long Beach; Sat. Gates open, 6:30 p.m.; music, 7:30 p.m.; movie, 8:30 p.m. $10-$12; card-carrying members of the Frida Cinema, free. Parking and seating are first-come, first served.


Chaharshanbeh, 19 Ordibehesht (Wednesday, May 9). Farhang Foundation/UC Irvine's Celebration of Iranian Cinema concludes with director Vahid Jalilvand's social drama about how people of various means react to a newspaper advertisement that seems to suggest someone needy will be given a substantial sum of money. Veteran Tehran-born actress Niki Karimi leads a cast that includes Amir Aghaei and Vahid Jalilvand. UCI Student Center, Crystal Cove Auditorium Lobby; Sat., 7 p.m. $10.

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; Sat. Preshow, 11:30 p.m.; movie, midnight. $8-$10.

Oliver! The Frida's Calle Cuatro Sunday Matinee series, presented in partnership with the Santa Ana Business Council, continues with Carol Reed's 1968 musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic about an orphan sold to an undertaker because he asked for more food, glorious food. The Frida Cinema; Sun., 11 a.m. $1-$5.

Labyrinth. It's safe to assume that with David Bowie's death, there will be fewer chances to see him in a movie on a big screen. If that's not enough to get you out for this 1986 family adventure film, then how about the chance to ogle Jennifer Connelly before she was old enough to ogle. Perv. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 556-2787; Mon., dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Free.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Saw the original. It was fine as far as toons go. Needed more James Caan, though. Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (949) 425-3861; also at Anaheim Hills 14, 8030 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd., Anaheim Hills, (714) 282-5953; Brea Stadium West 10, 255 W. Birch St., Brea, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Market Place Stadium 10, 13782 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, 26602 Towne Center Dr., Foothill Ranch, (949) 588-9402; Kaleidoscope Stadium 10, 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo, (949) 582-4078; and Metro Pointe Stadium 12, 901 South Coast Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 428-0962. Tues., 10 a.m. $1.

The Croods. Animated flick about prehistoric cave people trekking through a fantastical world. Where? Wal-Mart? Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone and freakazoid Nic Cage supply the voices. La Habra Stadium 16, 1351 W. Imperial Hwy., La Habra, (562) 690-4909. Tues., 10 a.m. $1.

Max. Not to be confused with the semi-historical 2002 film about a youngish Adolf Hitler, this 2015 family adventure drama has a dog helping Marines fighting in Afghanistan. Heel, Hitler! Century Stadium 25, 1701 W. Katella Ave., Orange; Tues., 10 a.m. $1; also at Century 20 Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach; Tues.-Thurs., July 21, 10 a.m. $1.

Shark Tale. If your kids need a counterbalance to the horrors of Shark Week, you could wade over to this 2004 animated flick, in which mob boss shark Robert De Niro tries to get his gentle vegetarian son Jack Black ready for the family business. Hip-hop fish Will Smith figures into the story, too. Regency Charter Centre Cinemas, 7822 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach, (714) 596-3456. Tues., 10:30 a.m. $2.

Dr. Suess' The Lorax. A 12-year-old boy (Zac Efron) must learn about his world's creature protector the Lorax (Danny DeVito) to win the affections of a girl (Taylor Swift), who will no doubt write a damning song about the boy after they break up. La Habra Stadium 16, 1351 W. Imperial Hwy., La Habra, (562) 690-4909. Wed., 10 a.m. $1.

Shaun the Sheep Movie. A mix-up with a farmer, a caravan and a steep hill land animated Shaun and his flock of toons in the Big City. I blame Big Farm-a. Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (949) 425-3861; also at Anaheim Hills 14, (714) 282-5953; Brea Stadium West 10, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Market Place Stadium 10, (844) 462-7342; Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, (949) 588-9402; Kaleidoscope Stadium 10, (949) 582-4078; and Metro Pointe Stadium 12, (714) 428-0962. Wed., 10 a.m. $1.

GEN Silent. Stu Maddux's acclaimed 2010 documentary about six LGBT seniors choosing whether to hide their sexuality to survive in Boston's long-term health-care system. Besides the screening, service providers are on-hand to answer questions at what may be the first official Orange County event geared toward LGBT seniors. Huntington Beach Senior Center, Central Park, 18041 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach; Thurs., Aug. 11, 6 p.m. Free, but email he**********@su*********.org to reserve a seat.


Chasing Gold. San Clemente filmmaker Brent Deal was not a standup paddler when he made his first two documentaries on the sport, H2indO and Decade of Dominance, which made their world premieres at the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival. Since then, Deal has become the go-to SUP filmmaker, and the NBFF presents the screening of his latest, which follows the U.S. team trying to win the Olympics-style, 2015 ISA World SUP and Paddleboarding Championships, neither of which had been won before by any team other than Australia's. Deal participates in an audience Q&A after the screening. Lido Theater, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach; Thurs., Aug. 11, 7 p.m. $15.

Richard III. The Frida presents its first live screening simulcast with London's legendary Almeida Theatre, whose artistic director, Rupert Goold, directs Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare's most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret. The Frida Cinema; Thurs., Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. $8-$10.

The Little Prince. Animation more artsy than you're used to in a family flick helps to tell the story of a little girl pushed to excellence by her mother discovering an extraordinary new world thanks to her elderly neighbor, the Aviator. Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams and Paul Rudd are among the many stars lending their voices. Well, “lending” for big paychecks, no doubt. Camino Real Park, 13602 Parkcenter Lane, Tustin, (714) 573-3326. Thurs., Aug. 11, 7:50 p.m. Free.

Where to Invade Next. El Centro Cultural de México, OC May Day Coalition and the Green Party of Orange County present Michael Moore's subversive comedy that has the creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine playing the role of an “invader” who visits nations to learn how the U.S. can improve its prospects. It turns out the solutions to America's most entrenched problems already exist in the world—they're just waiting to be co-opted. Bring blankets, beach chairs or other portable seating, and you can purchase snacks and refreshments, with donations going toward May Day 2017. Birch Park, 400 W. Third St., Santa Ana. Thurs., Aug. 11, 8 p.m. Free.

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