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Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s new rockumentary looks at the career of the singer who was in her early twenties in the 1960s, when she burst onto the folk-rock music scene. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Opens Thurs., Sept. 12. Call theater for show times and ticket prices. 

Kerry Tribe: Double. The artist’s single-channel video work has five women who nominally resemble one another reflecting on subjects ranging from their impressions of Los Angeles to their participation in this project. Grand Central Art Center, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana; Open Tues.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Through Sept. 22. Free. 

Buñuel In the Labyrinth of the Turtles. The Spanish animated film has Luis Buñuel facing the impact of his artistic ambitions while making a documentary. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; Thurs., Sept. 12, 2, 4 & 6 p.m. $7-$10.50.

¡Átame! (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) A month-long Pedro Almodóvar retrospective includes this 1989 dark comedy about a recently discharged mental patient (Antonio Banderas) who makes an actress (Victoria Abril) his prisoner in a bid to get her to fall in love with him. The Frida Cinema; Thurs., Sept. 12, 2:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 6 & 8:30 p.m. $7-$10.50. 

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. The central theme of Stanley Nelson’s new documentary and the jazz giant’s life was a restless determination to break boundaries and exist on one’s own terms. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Sept. 12, 4 p.m.; Fri., 5 p.m. $9-$12.

Anime Afternoons. Come watch and discuss anime favorites. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6333. Thurs., Sept. 12, 6 p.m. Free.

Tigers Are Not Afraid. Known as Vuelven when I recommended it in December, Issa López’s at times sad, funny, terrifying, compelling and visually stunning drama is about Mexican children who band together to survive after drug-cartel violence leaves them orphans. The Frida Cinema; Thurs., Sept. 12, 8 & 10 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Blink of an Eye. The star-crossed friendship between NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. is explored in Paul Taublieb’s new documentary. Various theaters; Thurs., Sept. 12, 7 p.m. $12.50. 

Downton Abbey. Michael Engler’s continuing story of the Crawley family, which owns a large estate in the English countryside of the early 20th century. Various theaters; Thurs., Sept. 12, 7 p.m. $8.50-$12.50; also Thurs.-Thurs., Sept. 19-26. Visit website for theaters, show times and ticket prices.

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel. This new documentary from directors Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team at its first World Baseball Classic in Seoul. Edwards Westpark 8, 3735 Alton Pkwy., Irvine, (844) 462-7342. Opens Fri. Call theater for show times. $10.20-$13.20. 

Ne Zha. Jiaozi’s animated feature is about a young boy who was born with unique powers and destined by prophecy to bring destruction to the world. A social outcast, Ne Zha must choose between good and evil. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-4288. Opens Fri. Call theater for show times and ticket prices.

Candy Corn. Josh Hasty’s new horror flick is about a group of bullies who find a target for their annual Halloween hazing ritual. Things go horribly awry when the chosen social outcast dies but refuses to rest in peace. The Frida Cinema; Fri.-Thurs., Sept. 19, noon. $7.50.

Friday the 13th Part III. Steve Miner’s 1982 sequel has Jason Voorhees recovering inside a cabin near Crystal Lake from wounds he sustained in Part 2. Wouldn’t you know it? That’s where fresh murder meat (a.k.a. coeds) arrives to vacation. The Frida Cinema; Fri., 2:30, 6 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Depraved. Photo courtesy IFC Midnight

Depraved. Larry Fessenden’s new horror indie updates the Frankenstein legend. An Army medic (David Call) returns from combat and deals with PTSD by cobbling together a life form from various body parts. But his creation (Alex Breaux) sparks a new nightmare. The Frida Cinema; Fri., 2:30, 5:30 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Endless Summer. Talk about the best place to show the late Orange County filmmaker Bruce Brown’s iconic surf film. The globe-trotting picture began as a poster from a photograph taken at Salt Creek Beach, which is the site of this “ending” summer OC Parks Sunset Cinema series. Salt Creek Beach Park, 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point; Fri., 6 p.m. Free.

Despicable Me 3. The animated 2017 hit has the mumble-mouthed Minions want ing back their old crime boss, but the fired Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) considers himself retired as he sets off to meet his long-lost twin brother. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 900 W. La Habra Blvd., La Habra, (562) 383-4205. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.

Friday the 13th. In Sean S. Cunningham’s 1980 low-budget slasher flick, counselors ignore locals’ warnings of Crystal Lake’s history of murders and set up a summer camp where, one by one, young people start disappearing. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Fri., 8 & 10 p.m. $9-$12.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Extended edition, 4K digital prints of all three smash movies are presented to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the third installment from Peter Jackson’s franchise. From 2001 comes The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, in which young Hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood) is entrusted with an ancient ring—before embarking on an epic quest to destroy it. Then comes a 35-minute lunch break before the 2002 sequel The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, with Frodo and Sam (Sean Astin) continuing on to Mordor in their mission to destroy the One Ring. Next comes a 50-minute dinner break before 2003’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, in which Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) lead the World of Men against Sauron’s army to distract from Frodo and Sam approaching Mount Doom with the One Ring. The Frida Cinema; Sat., 11:30 a.m. $20 (food is extra).

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 K.A.O.S. performs a special fifth-anniversary program in Santa Ana, while Midnight Insanity appear in Long Beach. The Frida Cinema; Fri., 11:30 p.m. $13; also at Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $9-$12.

Cambodia Town Film Festival. See “Cambodia Town Film Festival Explores Days Before, During and After the Khmer Rouge.” Art Theatre; Sat.-Sun. Check website for show times. Free-$15; all-inclusive VIP pass, $200.

Uta no Prince-sama—Maji Love Kingdom. Pop idols deliver a concert full of their favorite UtaPri songs. 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, (949) 650-4300; Sat., 4 p.m. $6-$10. 

The Room. In Tommy Wiseau’s bizarre 2003 indie thriller, the writer/producer/director plays an amiable banker having a grand old time in a gorgeously shot San Francisco with his fiancée (Juliette Danielle)—until his conflicted best friend (Greg Sestero) joins in to form a love triangle. The Frida Cinema; Sat., 10 p.m. $7.50-$10.50.

Autfest Film Festival 2019. The third-annual event focuses on autism and family dynamics. Screening features are: White Frog, a dramedy about a 16-year-old on the autism spectrum suffering a family tragedy that changes his life forever; Life, Animated, a documentary from Oscar winner Roger Ross Williams that follows a family communicating with their autistic child through classic animated Disney movies; and Andreas Öhman’s Swedish dramedy Simple Simon, which is about a young man with Asperger’s helping his brother find a girlfriend. Also showing are these shorts: Duke; Best Kept Secret; Everything’s Gonna Be Okay; Hailey Lynaugh; and Aileen Zhu. Visit for more information. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288. Sun., 10 a.m. $10.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Photo courtesy Paramount Pictures

Star Trek: The Motion Picture 40th Anniversary. Director Robert Wise’s 1979 movie-franchise launcher has Commander James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and his old Starship Enterprise crew reassembled to investigate an immense cloud-like object that appears Earth-bound. Various theaters; Sun., 1 & 4 p.m.; Wed., 4 & 7 p.m. $12.50-$14.

El Norte 35th Anniversary. Before Mi Familia and Selena, Gregory Nava made this much-lauded drama about a brother (David Villalpando) and sister (Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez) fleeing Guatemala after a government massacre. After their perilous journey to supposed peace and prosperity in the U.S., they discover Reagan-era El Norte is not exactly welcoming. Various theaters; Sun., 2 p.m. $12.50.

National Theatre Live: The Audience. Moments that shaped Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) are related via her private “audiences” with prime ministers in this 2013 production from the London stage. Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine, (949) 854-4646; Sun., 2 p.m. $17-$22. 

3 From Hell. Rob Zombie’s follow-up to House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects has crazed killers Baby Firefly (Sheri Moon Zombie), Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) and Otis Driftwood (Bill Moseley) returning to unleash bloody mayhem. This unrated version, presented on three different nights, has a special Rob Zombie introduction and a limited number of posters for guests on night one; a 30-minute behind-the-scenes film on night two; and a double feature with the addition of The Devil’s Rejects on night three. Various theaters; Mon.-Wed., 7 p.m. $15.

Tokyo Ghoul S. In Kazuhiko Hiramaki and Takuya Kawasaki’s new action fantasy, A college student (Masataka Kubota) invited to dine with a sketchy ghoul may find himself on the menu. In Japanese with English subtitles. Starlight Cinema City, (714) 970-6700; also at Starlight Triangle Cinemas, (949) 650-4300; Mon. & Wed., 7 p.m. $6-$12.

ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas. Weird: I just saw ZZ Top live for the first time a couple of weeks ago on their 50th-anniversary tour. Sam Dunn’s new documentary is about three oddball teenage bluesmen who became a beloved band. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Mon.-Tues., 7 p.m. $9-$12.

The Game Changers. Oscar winner Louie Psihoyos’ new documentary is about the explosive rise of plant-based diets among professional athletes. James Wilks, an elite Special Forces trainer and The Ultimate Fighter winner, is “fueled by the truth” as he seeks answers about meat, protein and strength. Various theaters; Mon., 7:30 p.m. $12.50.

Murder In the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story. Comedian and former Sacramento metalhead Brian Posehn narrates this new rockumentary on the Baghdad By the Bay scene. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Mon.-Tues., 9 p.m. $9-$12.

Coraline. Henry Selick’s 2009 animated film is about a girl (voiced by Dakota Fanning) who is bored and missing her friends after her family moves from Michigan to Oregon. She discovers a small, blocked off door in her new living room leads to the Other World, which offers an alternative life to the one she knows. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6333. Tues., 6 p.m. Free.

Heather Booth: Changing the World. Lilly Rivlin’s 2017 documentary is on the most influential organizer you may have never heard of. Dramatic Results Studio, 3310 Lime Ave., Signal Hill, (562) 595-4600. Tues., 6:30 p.m. $12.

Back to the Future Part II. Robert Zemeckis’ 1989 blockbuster sequel features teen Marty (Michael J. Fox) traveling forward and backward in time after discovering his own timeline has changed. 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. 

Promare. Image courtesy Fathom Events

Promare. GKIDS and Fathom Events present Hiroyuki Imaishi’s new anime, which is set 30 years after the appearance of Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutants who destroyed half the world with fire. The arrival of an aggressive Mad Burnish group sets up an epic battle with the anti-Burnish Burning Rescue. Included is a featurette on the Studio TRIGGER creative team. Various theaters; Tues., 7 p.m. (dubbed in English); Thurs., Sept. 19, 7 p.m. (English subtitles). $11.49-$14.49.

Weapons of the Spirit 30th Anniversary. It’s a remastered version of Pierre Sauvage’s 1989 documentary on Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a Protestant village in France that accepted Jews from Nazi persecution at a time most of the world closed its doors to them. Sauvage participates in a post-screening discussion with Chapman University Peace Studies chairwoman Dr. Lisa Leitz. Chapman University, Memorial Hall, 1 University Dr., Orange, (714) 628-7377. Tues., 7 p.m. Free.

One Cut of the Dead. Shin’ichirô Ueda’s 2017 feature is a zombie film within a zombie film. A hack director and his eclectic crew are making a low-budget zombie film called One Cut of the Dead when a real zombie outbreak begins. The Frida Cinema; Tues., 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Putney Swope. Celebrate Art House Theater Day with a 4K restoration of Robert Downey Sr.’s 1969 indie skewering of corporate corruption. After the token black man (Arnold Johnson) on an otherwise all-white corporate board is accidentally voted in as the new chairman, he replaces all his white staffers with blacks (except for one token honky). The Frida Cinema; Wed., 2, 4, 6 & 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Volver. Frida’s Pedro Almodóvar retrospective continues with his dark dramedy about hard-working mother Raimunda (Penélope Cruz) in suburban Madrid. She deals with running a restaurant, grieving over her beloved aunt’s death and disposing of her murdered husband. Then Raimunda’s late mother may have been spotted in town. The Frida Cinema;, 2:30 & 6 p.m.; Thurs., Sept. 19, 2:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m. $7-$10.50.

Out of Africa. Sydney Pollack’s 1985 bio-drama on a Danish baroness/plantation owner (Meryl Streep) having a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter (Robert Redford) in 20th-century colonial Kenya. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $10.

In Fabric. Continue celebrating Art House Theater Day with Peter Strickland’s stylish new cinematic nightmare about a lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) who searches for a life-changing dress in a bewitching London store. The artery-red gown fits perfectly—and unleashes unstoppable evil. (A no-return policy?) The Frida Cinema; Wed., 8:30 & 10 p.m. $7-$10.50.

The Blind Side. John Lee Hancock’s 2009 bio-drama is on Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first-round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman (Sandra Bullock) and her family. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6333. Thurs., Sept. 19, 1 p.m. Free.

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