We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat [Special Screenings, June 21-28]

Jaws. Photo courtesy Universal Pictures

Andy Irons: Kissed By God. Surfing champ Andy Irons’ struggles with bipolar disorder and opioid addiction are covered in this documentary. The pride of Hawaii has said he hopes his story will dispel myths about two ferocious diseases. Regency Lido Theater, 3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach, (949) 673-8350. Thurs., June 21. Call for times. $15; also at Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Tues., 6 p.m.; Wed.-Thurs., June 27-28, 7 p.m. $15; Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7 & 9:15 p.m. $15; Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Wed., 7 & 9:15 p.m. $15.

RGB. Betsy West and Julie Cohen present a revelatory documentary on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who at age 85 finds herself an unlikely pop-culture icon. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., June 21, 11:30 a.m., 4:25 & 9:40 p.m. $9.50-$12.50; also at Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., June 21, 1:30, 4, 6:30 & 9 p.m. $8-$11.

Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut. To honor the recently passed Margot Kidder, the original director’s cut of the 1980 sequel in which she played Lois Lane rolls. That’s “original” in that Richard Donner, who directed the 1978 classic Superman, originally helmed the follow-up before he was fired. This version restores much of his footage. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., June 21, noon, 2:30, 5:15 & 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

First Reformed. The latest from writer/director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, Affliction) has Ethan Hawke playing a pastor at a Dutch Reform church in a small upstate New York town, where a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks him to counsel her radical environmentalist husband. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., June 21, 1:30, 4, 6:30 & 9 p.m. $8.50-$11.50; also at Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Thurs., June 21, 1:50 & 6:55 p.m. $9.50-$12.50.

Drums Corps at the Cinema: 2018 DCI Tour Premiere. The eighth-annual event features six of the top ensembles of Marching Music’s Major League in performances broadcast live into movie theaters nationwide. 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, (800) 967-1932; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, 255 W. Birch St., Brea, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 65 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson, Long Beach, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., June 21, 5:30 p.m. $15.

Purple Rain: Free Screening. It’s a rescheduled free screening of Prince’s first motion picture, which was directed by Albert Magnoli and has the Artist playing the Kid, who uses his Minneapolis club band the Revolution to escape a tumultuous home life. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., June 21, 5:45 & 8 p.m. Free, but seating is first-come, first served.

The Square. Film Night features the social/art-world comedy/stinging commentary from the mind of brilliant Swedish writer/director Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure). A Stockholm museum curator and do-gooder (Claes Bang) exposes his own narcissism with a controversial art installation, crime victimization and one-night stand with an American art journalist (Elizabeth Moss). Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971. Thurs., June 21, 7 p.m. Free.

RuPaul’s Drag Race. Drag hostess with the mostest Isabella Xochitl returns for a free unveiling of Episode 11 from the current 10th season of the reality show, and there will be a reason for age 21-and-up attendees to lift a drink purchased from the Frida bar for a toast: VH1 just announced RDR has been renewed for another season. Show up in drag for free popcorn and a medium drink, but you should arrive early because there are only 200 seats. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., June 21, doors open, 10 p.m.; preshow entertainment, 10:30 p.m.; commercial-free screening, 11 p.m. Free.

Scarface. Photo courtesy Universal Pictures

Scarface. Brian De Palma’s 1983 cocaine-cowboy drama was mocked for being widely revered in the age of hip-hop. Tony Montana (Al Pacino) and his close friend Manny Ray (Steven Bauer) are Cuban Boat Lift refugees who rise to become powerful Miami drug lords. Frida presents Scarface remastered in 2K. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 2:30, 6 & 9:30 p.m.; Sat., noon & 4 p.m.; Sun., 3:30 & 7 p.m.; Mon., noon, 4 & 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Despicable Me 3. Swimming and Minioning kick off the summer swim season. First, adults and children ages 3 and older of all swimming abilities are invited to take a group swim lesson to raise awareness for drowning prevention. Then, it’s recreational swimming (under the watch of lifeguards), followed by a screening of the animated 2017 hit. The Minions want their old crime boss, the fired Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell), back, but he considers himself retired as he travels to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother. William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, 4601 Walnut Ave., Irvine, (949) 724-6717; cityofirvine.org/superswim. Fri., Irvine Super Swim Lesson sign-ups, 5:30 p.m.; lesson, 6 p.m.; screening, dusk. Free.

The Greatest Showman. Movie Night In the Backyard presents Michael Gracey’s 2017 bio-musical that is based on the life of P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman). The show-biz visionary rose from nothing to create a worldwide sensation. Bring pillows, blankets or low chairs to watch the film on an outdoor lawn. Blankets, sandwiches, movie snacks and the hotel chef’s barbecued delights can also be bought. Keep your wristband on after the film to partake in the all-night happy hour in Red Bar & Lounge. The Movie Night VIP Experience, which is $55 for two people, includes two movie tickets, reserved seating, unlimited barbecue, a bottle of rosé or prosecco, and valet parking for one car. Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine; www.hotelirvine.com/movienights. Fri., doors open, 6 p.m.; screening, dusk. $10.

The Lion King. The 1994 animated Disney classic is about lion cub prince Simba (voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas) being tricked—by his treacherous uncle (Jeremy Irons)—into thinking he caused his father’s death, prompting him to flee. But as an adult, Simba (Matthew Broderick) learns his identity and responsibilities. Music & Movies, which features live bands and a family film, presents classic rock by Reckless before the flick. Bring blankets and chairs. Food sold on site. Laurel Park, 10862 Bloomfield, Los Alamitos; cityoflosalamitos.org. Fri., music, 6:30 p.m.; screening, 8 p.m. Free; film only at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd., Brea, (714) 973-3160. Sat., 8 p.m. Free; parking’s free after 6 p.m.

Stagecoach. Orange County Great Park’s annual Movies On the Lawn summer series kicks off with this Flashback Friday western starring a couple of deceased OC heavyweights: longtime Newport Beach resident John Wayne, for whom our commercial airport is named, and Claire Trevor, the namesake of UC Irvine’s School of the Arts and the mother of the Irvine Co. chairman Don Bren. In the 1939, double-Oscar winning John Ford flick, stagecoach riders learn about one another and themselves as they are threatened by Geronimo. Bring a picnic, blankets and lawn chairs. Food trucks are on site. Orange County Great Park, Palm Court, 6950 Marine Way, Irvine; ocgp.org. Fri., doors open, 6:30 p.m.; screening, dusk. Free.

Thor: Ragnarok. Photo by Jasin Boland/©Marvel Studios 2017

Thor: Ragnarok. The Source OC’s Outdoor Movie Night continues with the 2017 comedy posing as a comic-book superhero action-adventure flick. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the planet Sakaar yet must race against time to return to Asgard and stop Ragnarök (a.k.a. the destruction of his world) by the powerful and ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). Attendees can take advantage of coupons and discounts to neighboring stores and eateries, but movie seating is first-come, first-served. The Source OC, 6940 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, (714) 521-8858; www.thesourceoc.com. Fri., 7 p.m. Free.

Finding Nemo. Disney Summer Movies presents the animated hit that proves that before Dory, there was the little tiger fish that got away from a kvetching Albert Brooks. Ponderosa Park, 2100 S. Haster St., Anaheim; publicaffairs.disneyland.com/community/celebratesummer. Fri., 7:45 p.m. Free.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie. In the 2017 animated flick based on those little pieces of plastic that clog your vacuum-cleaner bag, a teenager (Dave Franco), who is shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, enlists a sensei (Jackie Chan) and ninja pals to bring down the old man. Bring blankets and chairs. Food and drinks can be bought on site. Stanton Central Park, 10660 Western Ave., Stanton, (714) 890-4270. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.

Paddington 2. In the 2017 live-action/animated mashup, the young bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) is now safe with the Brown family and so popular in his community that he takes odd jobs to buy Aunt Lucy (Imelda Staunton) a 100th birthday present—only to have it stolen. Arovista Park, 415 W. Elm St., Brea, (714) 990-7112. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.

Peter Rabbit. The live-action/animated comedy that was released earlier this year has James Corden voicing the title role. Adapted from the classic Beatrix Potter tale and updated to modern sensibilities, the story still revolves around Peter trying to sneak into the garden of Old Mr. McGregor (Sam Neill). Brio Park, 300 S. Euclid St., La Habra, (562) 383-4205. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.

Westworld. I’m sure I am not the only one who was tickled pink watching a recent episode of the HBO series and seeing in the background a decommissioned robot that resembled Yul Brynner’s gunslinger from writer/director Michael Crichton’s original 1973 sci-fi movie. The latter, which is OC Weekly’s Friday Night Freakouts entry, stars James Brolin and Richard Benjamin as Westworld guests having a grand time hitting saloons and firing guns before things go screwy and a certain robot in a black hat hunts them down. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11 p.m.; Sun., 8 p.m. $7-$10.

Skyscraper Souls. Art Theatre’s Art Deco series continues with Edgar Selwyn’s 1932 drama set at the gigantic Seacoast National Bank Building. But first, John Thomas, past president of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and co-author of Long Beach Art Deco, constructs a short presentation about the set designs and themes of Cedric Gibbons, the picture’s art director. Then comes the film that interweaves the stories of several bank workers, including a secretary who dreams that her boss/lover will divorce his estranged wife, and the secretary’s beautiful but innocent assistant, who is pursued by an extroverted bank teller as well as the boss/lover! Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11 a.m. $8.50-$11.50.

Who Framed Roger Rabbot? Photo courtesy Disney

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Robert Zemeckis’ inventive and influential 1988 blend of live action and animation stars Bob Hoskins as a hard-boiled 1940s gumshoe trying to clear the name of cartoon hero Roger Rabbit (voiced by Charles Fleischer—’member him?), who was framed for the murder of Toontown’s owner. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 11:30 a.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Mon., noon, 3 & 5:30 p.m.; Tues., noon, 3, 5:15, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. $7-$10.

Ferdinand. Movies On the Lawn’s Blockbuster Saturday movie is Carlos Saldanha’s 2017 animated Disney hit about a bull trying to escape from his captors to avoid a date with El Primero, a famous bullfighter who never loses. John Cena and Kate McKinnon are among those who supply voices. Bring a picnic, blankets and lawn chairs. Food trucks are on site. Orange County Great Park, Terraced Lawn; ocgp.org. Sat., doors open, 6:30 p.m.; screening, dusk. Free.

Hellraiser + Hellbound: Hellraiser II. Nostalgic Nebula and Fangoria present a double-feature screening of the Clive Barker horror films with a live strings tribute to composer Christopher Young between the two pictures. The 1987 original, which was written and directed by Barker, has a man (Sean Chapman) opening a puzzle box that unleashes demons known as the Cenobites who take him to hell to torment him for eternity. He escapes but is now a monster (Oliver Smith) with his tormenters on his tail as he encounters his unfaithful wife (Clare Higgins). The sequel, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, was directed by Tony Randel from a Peter Atkins screenplay based on a Barker story about the Cenobites being unleashed again. An audience Q&A with Young follows. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 8 p.m. $15.

The Misandrists. One of this year’s Orange County LGBT Pride closing events is a special advance screening of internationally acclaimed underground queer-cinema filmmaker Bruce LaBruce’s new feature. An injured leftist on the run stumbles upon the remote stronghold of a radical feminist terrorist group whose mission is to usher in a female world order. A member of the Female Liberation Army takes pity on the stranger, whom she hides in the basement, but that is not the only secret that threatens the mission from within. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 10 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.” Shadow cast Midnight Insanity performs in front of the screen. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat., 11:55 p.m. $8.50-$11.50.

West Side Story. Fathom Events and TCM Big Screen Classics bring back to the big screen the 1961 Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim musical that sets Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in the slums of New York in the 1950s. As two teenage gangs—the white, working-class Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks—fight it out in the streets, a former Jet (Richard Beymer) falls for the head Shark’s sister (Natalie Wood). Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz provides special insights into the winner of 10 Oscars, including Best Picture. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Sun. & Wed., 2 & 7 p.m. $12; also at Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, 99 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, (562) 435-5754. Wed., 2 & 7 p.m. $12.

Bandstand. A performance of the Broadway musical subtitled “The Boys Are Back” is beamed into theaters from the Great White Way. After American soldiers return from World War II in 1945, Private First Class Donny Novitski (Corey Cott) tries to rebuild his singer/songwriter career. When he learns NBC is hosting a national competition to find the next musical superstars, Danny forms a band with a motley crew of war veterans. Audiences of the simulcast enjoy never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage. AMC Orange 30 at the Outlets, (714) 769-4288; 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; 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, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Mon. & Thurs., June 28, 7 p.m. $18.

Jaws. HorrorBuzz.com presents Steven Spielberg’s 1975 triple-Oscar winner about a police chief (Roy Scheider) fighting a ravenous shark and his small New England coastal town’s mayor (Murray Hamilton), who fears spooking summer tourists. As bodies become chum, the chief enlists an ichthyologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled sea captain (Robert Shaw) to kill the killer beast. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Mon., 8 p.m. $7-$10.

It Follows. David Robert Mitchell’s 2015 horror flick is about a teen (Maika Monroe Jay) who, after sleeping with her new boyfriend for the first time, is informed by him that she has received a fatal curse that will have a murderous, shape-shifting entity following her until it gets what it wants. “But I still had a really great time. Call me?” The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Tues.-Wed., noon, 2:30, 5, 8 & 10 p.m.; Thurs., June 28, noon, 2:30 & 5 p.m. $7-$10.

Labyrinth. Photo courtesy the Jim Henson Co,

Labyrinth. In this 1986 fantasy adventure and cult favorite from the Jim Henson Co., 15-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) figures that wishing her baby brother away will never lead to anything. But suddenly, she has 13 hours to get the little poop machine back from Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie). Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $8.

Obey Giant. Pow! Wow! Long Beach presents James Moll’s 2017 documentary that explores the life and career of Shepard Fairey, the street artist/illustrator/graphic designer/activist/OBEY Clothing founder. The director and producer/philanthropist Jennifer Howell participate in an audience Q&A afterward that is moderated by Victoria Yarnish, supervising director of Studio Number One. You can only attend if you RSVP by Monday at www.eventbrite.com/e/screening-of-obey-giant-art-theatre-long-beach-tickets-46785966084. Art Theatre, (609) 327-1928. Tues., 8 p.m. Free.

The Master. The Directors series tribute to Paul Thomas Anderson continues with his dark 2012 drama that seems very much like the beginnings of Scientology under founder L. Ron Hubbard, only here it is the Cause under founder Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman). As Dodd’s bond with an angst-ridden alcoholic drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) gets stronger, others in the Cause’s inner circle lash out, including the leader’s troubled wife (Amy Adams). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Wed.-Thurs., June 27-28, 12:30, 3:30 & 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

The Met Live in HD: Il Trovatore. It’s a summer encore presentation with soprano Anna Netrebko singing as the Verdi heroine Leonora, who sacrifices her life for the love of the titular troubadour. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; www.fathomevents.com. Wed., 1 & 7 p.m. $12.50; also at AMC Tustin Legacy at the District, (714) 258-7036; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342. Wed., 7 p.m. $12.50.

The Edge of Tomorrow. Interstellar Adventures: Weekly Movies for Teens presents Doug Limon’s 2014 sci-fi/action-adventure flick starring Tom Cruise as a soldier who relives the same day over and over, fighting aliens until he dies and the day restarts again. Emily Blunt is by his side. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Wed., 4 p.m. Free.

Coco. The 2017 computer-animated Pixar hit has 12-year-old Miguel Rivera (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) taking the famed guitar of his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) before the Day of the Dead talent show in his town’s plaza. But with a single strum, Miguel is sent to the Land of the Dead, where he will remain unless he finds his way back to the Land of the Living before the Day of the Dead ends. Bring blankets and chairs to Costa Mesa’s outdoor screening, which includes food trucks on site. Popcorn and snacks are available for purchase at Orange’s indoor screening. Tewinkle Park, 885 Junipero Ave., Costa Mesa. Wed., doors open, 5:45 p.m.; screening, dusk. Free; also at Orange Public Library, Community Room, 407 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, (714) 288-2400. Thurs., June 28, 2 p.m. Free.

Isle of Dogs. Image courtesy Fox Searchlight

Isle of Dogs. The Wes Anderson animation has, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City exiled to a vast garbage dump called Trash Island. That sends 12-year-old Atari off alone to find his bodyguard dog, Spots. The outdoor-screening event begins with a trivia contest loosely based on the film. (Maximum trivia-team size is six people, and space is limited; sign up at www.4thstreetmarket.com/trivianight.) Surrounding bars, eateries and dessert shops stay open until 9 p.m. to serve you. Organizer the Frida Cinema notes that dogs are welcome, but keep in mind the movie includes many panting, scrapping and barking sounds. 4th Street Market, 201 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Wed., trivia contest, 7 p.m.; screening, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Princess Mononoke. Classic Film Wednesday rolls Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 Studio Ghibli classic that has a young warrior infected with a deadly curse that sends him looking for a cure in the forest. He meets Princess Mononoke, who was raised by wolves. Regency South Coast Village, Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Armageddon. Michael Bay’s 1998 sci-fi action-adventure flick is about a crew of deep-core drillers (played by the likes of Bruce Willis, Steve Buscemi and Ben Affleck) that NASA sends to an asteroid the size of Texas that is hurtling toward Earth. Hurtling toward your tummy are snacks and beverages you are encouraged to bring to the screening, but alcohol is not allowed. Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., June 28, 1 p.m. Free.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season Finale. The 10th-season closer is shown live by your party hostesses Isabella Xochitl, Electra Kute and Eden Apple. Show up in drag for free popcorn and a medium fountain drink. Frida’s bar is open for drag racers ages 21 and older, too. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., June 28, 7:30 p.m. Free.

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