Why’d It Have to Be Snakes? [Special Screenings, July 14-21]

Studio Ghibli Festival. The two-week Frida Cinema run concludes this week with The Wind Rises (Thurs., July 14, 5:30 p.m.); My Neighbor Totoro (Thurs., July 14, 8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. $1-$5); When Marnie Was There (Fri., 5:30 p.m.); Spirited Away (Fri., 8 p.m.); Grave of Fireflies (Sat., noon, $7; Thurs., July 21, 5:30 p.m.); Ponyo (Sat., 2:30 p.m.); Howl’s Moving Castle (Sat., 5 p.m.; Wed., 8 p.m.); Castle In the Sky (Sat. & Tues., 8 p.m.); Kiki’s Delivery Service (Sun., 1:30 p.m.; Mon., 7:30 p.m.); Porco Rosso (Sun., 5 p.m.); The Cat Returns (Sun., 7:30 p.m.); From Up on Poppy Hill (Mon., 5:30 p.m.); Tales From Earthsea (Tues., 5:30 p.m.); Only Yesterday (Wed., 5:30 p.m.); Princess Mononoke (Thurs., July 21, 8 p.m.). The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Daily. Through July 21. $8-$10, unless otherwise indicated.

St. Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome. Luca Viotto’s film is the latest Art & Architecture In Cinema presentation from Fathom Events, SpectiCast, Nexo Digital and documentarian Cosetta Lagani. Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (949) 425-3861. $14.50-$16.35; also at AMC Tustin 14 at the District, 2457 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 258-7036. $15; Century 20 Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach; www.cinemark.com. $13-$15; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 65 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342. $14.50-$16.35; Century Stadium 25, 1701 W. Katella Ave., Orange; www.cinemark.com. $13-$15; and Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson, Long Beach, (844) 462-7342. $14.50-$16.35. Thurs., July 14, 7 p.m.

Kung Fu Panda 3. It takes a village to fight to save kung fu, as Po tells villagers in this movie Jack Black’s kids can watch. Rancho Santa Margarita Library, 30902 La Promesa, Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 549-6094. Fri., 2 p.m. Free.

The Good Dinosaur. Is there such a thing? Dirty, stinking, rotten dinosaurs—GOOD RIDDANCE! Oh, this is a family film. Have a good dinosaur time! Oak Canyon Nature Center, 6700 E. Walnut Canyon Rd., Anaheim, (714) 998-8380. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Free, but $5-per-family donation suggested; also at William R. Mason Regional Park, amphitheater, 18712 University Dr., Irvine, (949) 923-2220. Fri., dusk (approximately 8:02 p.m.). Free; and Carbon Canyon Regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd., Brea, (714) 973-3160. Sat., 7 p.m. Free.

Minions. It’s the movie about mumble-mouthed former henchmen. Montwood Park, 231 E. Montwood Ave., La Habra, (562) 383-4205. Fri., 7:45 p.m. Free; also at Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (949) 425-3861; Anaheim Hills 14, 8030 East 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; Metro Pointe Stadium 12, 901 South Coast Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 428-0962; and San Clemente Cinema 6, 641B Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, (949) 661-7469. $1. Tues., 10 a.m.

Aladdin. Remember the good old days, when folks in the Middle East only had to worry about carpets falling out of the sky? Placentia Champions Sports Complex, 505 N. Jefferson, Placentia, (714) 993-8232. Fri., 8 p.m. Free.

Cars. Owen Wilson voices a cocky animated racecar, as only Owen Wilson can. Arovista Park, 415 W. Elm St., Brea, (714) 990-7112. Fri., 8 p.m. (movie starts at dusk). Free.

Akira. It’s not a Studio Ghibli film, but this 1988 anime was made closer to the Japanese animated film house than any other non-SG movie on this list. Friday Night Freakout presents a newly restored version of director Katsuhiro Otomo’s adaptation of his manga series that has a bike gang leader trying to save his friend from a government program called Akira in 2019 Neo-Tokyo. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 11 p.m. $8-$10.

We Are Twisted Fucking Sister: The Story of the Heavy Metal Icons. Director Andrew Horn goes back to the glitter rockers’ days in New York, New Jersey and Long Island watering holes, before their smash success in MTV’s early days. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Fri., 11 p.m. $8-$11.

Elstree 1976: The Untold Story of Star Wars. Documentary explores the lives of the extras and bit actors who appeared in George Lucas’ original Stars Wars. I’m holding out for the flick on the caterers. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. $8-$11.

Raiders of the Lost Ark. Did you see that Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford are teaming up for a fourth sequel? See the original to see why. Huntington State Beach, Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach; beachfrontcinema.com. Sat., 5 p.m. $11.25-$49.

Lo Spazio Bianco (The White Space). Cinema Italiano presents Francesa Comencini’s 2009 drama about a woman who wants to be alone through an unexpected pregnancy and premature birth—until she realizes she must open up for the sake of the child. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3600. Sun., 2 p.m. $12.

Selena. Before Jennifer Lopez became an “it” girl, she played Tejano music’s it girl. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 556-2787; www.SCFTA.org/moviemondays. Mon., dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Free.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. Alvin (Justin Long) and his pals cross the country to stop music manager Dave (Jason Lee) from marrying an emergency room doctor. Thanks, Obamacare. La Habra Stadium 16, 1351 W. Imperial Hwy., La Habra, (562) 690-4909. Tues., 10 a.m. $1.

The Sandlot. The adventure of a new kid in town who tries to fit in by playing with a ball signed by Babe Ruth himself. Total fantasy; kids don’t play outside. Century Stadium 25, Orange; www.cinemark.com. Tues., 10 a.m.; also at Century 20 Huntington Beach; www.cinemark.com. Tues.-Thurs., July 21, 10 a.m. $1.

Curious George. Irvine’s own Will Ferrell voices a monkey’s adult human overseer in a big hat. You know what they say about big hats? “Big hat, big voice-over check.” La Habra Stadium 16, (562) 690-4909. Wed., 10 a.m. $1.

The Peanuts Movie. Children learn about intense love from Charlie Brown, and the Camp Snoopy bean counters get giddy over souvenir product placements. Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (949) 425-3861; also at Anaheim Hills 14, (714) 282-5953; Brea Stadium West 10, 255 W. Birch St., Brea, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Market Place Stadium 10, Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22, Foothill Ranch, (949) 588-9402; Kaleidoscope Stadium 10, Mission Viejo, (949) 582-4078; and Metro Pointe Stadium 12, Costa Mesa, (714) 428-0962. $1. Wed., 10 a.m.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Teen Book to Movie Club presents the 2004 franchise film that has convicted murderer Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) breaking out of Wizards Prison and coming after Harry (Daniel Radcliffe). I would not want un-convicted Gary Oldman coming after me. Fullerton Public Library, Teen Area, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6334. Wed., 4 p.m. Free.

The Invasion. It’s the fourth film adaptation of Jack Finney’s 1955 novel The Body Snatchers, with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig in the leads, but nowhere near as effective as the first The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Regency South Coast Village, 1561 Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

Stand By Me. Former Meathead Rob Reiner has made several ripping movies, and this 1986 Stephen King adaptation is certainly one of them. Bonus: a pre-insufferable Corey Feldman! Fullerton Public Library, Osborne Auditorium, (714) 738-6334. Thurs., July 21, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Redbelt. Wait, David Mamet made a movie in 2008 set in the martial-arts world and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor; Tim Allen; Emily Mortimer; and usual Mamet players Joe Mantegna, Ricky Jay and Rebecca Pidgeon? Where the hell was I? Tustin Library, Computer Lab, 345 E. Main St., Tustin, (714) 544-7725. Thurs., July 21, 2 p.m. Free.

Inside Out. If this recent Disney picture was live action instead of animated and kids really could see their insides out, now you’ve got a picture! Centennial Park, 14722 Devonshire Ave., Tustin, (714) 573-3326. Thurs., July 21, 7:50 p.m. Free.

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