Best of Summer 4DX Flicks. Special effects come to your theater seat, as you’ll experience wind, fog, rain, lightning, vibrations, snow and scents to match what is onscreen. The lineup: Aladdin; Avengers: Endgame; Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw; John Wick Chapter 3-Parabellum; The Lion King; Spider-Man: Far From Home; Toy Story 4. Edwards Irvine Spectrum, 500 Spectrum Center Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Sept. 5; call theater for times. $10 (regular 4DX pricing for Hobbs & Shaw and The Lion King).
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; www.grandcentralartcenter.com. 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.
The Nightingale. The new thriller from Jennifer Kent (Babadook) has a vengeful young Irish woman (Aisling Franciosi) and an Aboriginal tracker (Baykali Ganambarr) hunting her former prison master (Sam Claflin) through the Australian wilderness. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Sept. 5, 2:30, 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. $7-$10.50.
Anime Afternoons. Come watch and discuss anime favorites. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., Sept. 5 & 12, 6 p.m. Free.
Q Films: Long Beach LGBTQ Film Festival. Q Films: Long Beach LGBT Film Festival opening-night party at the Center Long Beach, 2017 E. Fourth St., Long Beach; qfilmslongbeach.com. Thurs., Sept. 5, 6 p.m. Free to ticket and pass holders. See Aimee Murillo’s “A Guide to Essential Viewing at the 2019 Q Films Long Beach Film Festival” for more info on the movies being shown. Films screen at Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Sept. 5, 7 p.m. Through Sun. Screenings, $11-$13; passes, $50-$130.
Moglie e Marito (Wife & Husband). Italian Movie Night presents Simone Godano’s 2017 comedy about a couple on the brink of divorce finding themselves in each other’s bodies following a failed scientific experiment. Presented in Italian with English subtitles. Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Thurs., Sept. 5, 7 p.m. $10.
Luz. Tilman Singer’s new horror film is about a cab driver (Luana Velis) fleeing from a demonic entity that loves her—and has possessed another woman (Julia Riedler). The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Thurs., Sept. 5, 10:15 p.m. $7-$10.50.
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. First-time director Yang You (a.k.a. Jio Zi) also wrote what is currently the highest-grossing animated feature in China film history. Born with unique powers and destined by prophecy to bring destruction to the world, young boy and 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.
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; thefridacinema.org. Fri., 2, 4 & 6 p.m.; Sat., noon, 2 & 4 p.m., Sun.-Thurs., Sept. 12, 2, 4 & 6 p.m. $7-$10.50.
Lilo & Stitch. A 2002 Disney animated science-fiction comedy-drama about a Hawaiian girl who adopts an unusual pet that turns out to be a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive. Salt Creek Beach Park, 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point; ocparks.com. Fri., 6 p.m. Free.
Tigers Are Not Afraid. Known as Vuelven when I reviewed and 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; thefridacinema.org. Fri. & Mon.-Thurs., Sept. 12, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sat., 6 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.
Rambo Double Feature. It’s 4K restorations of Ted Kotcheff’s First Blood and George P. Cosmatos’ Rambo: First Blood Part II. In the first action movie, drifter John J. Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) puts his Green Beret training to use when he is pushed to his limits by a small-town sheriff (Brian Dennehy). The sequel has Rambo returning to Vietnam to rescue POWs. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Fri.-Sat., 10 p.m.; Sun., 8 p.m. $7-$10.50.
Plácido Domingo Gala. Just to be clear, sexual-harassment allegations against opera superstar Plácido Domingo—which he calls “troubling” and “inaccurate”—are NOT what the gala celebrates. From the Arena di Verona comes a live performance captured on Aug. 4 of Domingo performing to celebrate his first appearance there 50 years ago. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Sat., 12:55 p.m. $18.
Celebration of Iranian Cinema. UC Irvine, the Jordan Center for Persian Studies and UCLA Film & Television Archives present the fourth annual festival. The films are: Abbas Amino’s Hendi & Hormoz, a drama about the struggles a 13-year-old bride (Zohreh Eslami) and her 16-year-old groom (Hamed Alipour) experience after his promised job falls through; Hooman Seyedi’s Maghz-haye Koochak Zang-Zadeh (Sheeple), which is about the violent domestic power struggle that breaks out when brothers (Navid Mohammadzadeh and Farhad Aslani) confront an embarrassing family rumor; Behzad Azadi’s short Temporary, in which the religious establishment condones the exploitation of a young single mother; Maryam Goormaghtigh’s Before Summer Ends, which has three ex-pat bros road-tripping through the French countryside before one must return to Iran; Roozbeh Misaghi’s short Firouzeh (Turquoise), which has residents turning their village upside-down amid a rumor of buried treasure; Ali Jaberansari’s Tehran: City of Love, which has three lonely hearts seeking romance in an alienating urban landscape; and Naghmeh Farzaneh’s short Scent of Geranium, in which a young woman learns to accept her immigrant status through her mother’s gardening lessons. Films are presented in Persian with English subtitles. UCI, Crystal Cove Auditorium, 4113 Pereira Dr., Irvine, (949) 824-6117. Sat.: Hendi & Hormoz, 4 p.m.; Sheeple withTemporary, 7 p.m. Sun.: Before Summer Ends with Turquoise, 4 p.m.; Tehran: City of Love with Scent of Geranium, 7 p.m. Screenings, $12; admission to all films, plus a VIP reception, $75.
The Goonies. A group of misfits seek pirate treasure to save their home in Richard Donner’s 1985 take on Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg’s script. They are so young that you might not recognize Sean Astin, Josh Brolin and Jeff Cohen. Eisenhower Park, Main Street and Ocean Avenue, Seal Beach; moviesintheparksb.com. Sat., 7 p.m. Free.
Electric Dreams. Orange County film collective Flickrhappy presents Steve Barron’s offbeat 1984 rom-com that is a modern twist on Cyrano de Bergerac. A preppy architect (Lenny Von Dohlen) and his computer (voiced by Bud Cort) vie for the affections of a cellist (Virginia Madsen). Madsen, Von Dohlen and screenwriter Rusty Lemorande participate in an audience Q&A afterward. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.50.
Midsummer Scream Screaming Room Award Winners Screening. The 11 short films honored by a jury and the audience at HorrorBuzz.com’s Screaming Room festival are shown. A post-show gathering follows. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Sun., 3 p.m. Free; post-show gathering at the Cauldron, 8028 Beach Blvd., Buena Park.
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool. The central theme of Stanley Nelson’s documentary and Miles Davis’ life is the jazz giant’s restless determination to break boundaries and exist on his own terms. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Mon.-Wed., 5 p.m.; Thurs., Sept. 12, 4 p.m. $9-$12.
Heavy Water. Michael Oblowitz’s new documentary follows big-wave surfer Nathan Fletcher, whose relationship with mountains of seawater has evolved, as has the sport of conquering them. Art Theatre, (562) 438-5435. Mon.-Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9-$12.
The Boxtrolls. In Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi’s 2014 computer-animated comedy, a young orphan (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright), who is being raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors, tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator (Ben Kingsley). Fullerton Public Library, (714) 738-6327. Tues., 6 p.m. Free.
Goodfellas. The mysterious and violent New York Mafia underworld is seen through the eyes of insider Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic that includes stunning performances by Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro. Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Laguna Niguel at Ocean Ranch Village, 32401 Golden Lantern St., Laguna Niguel, (949) 373-7900; 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.
Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas. It’s a literary event captured earlier in the evening, with Margaret Atwood talking about her career and new novel, The Testaments, which is a sequel to 1985’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The latter was adapted into the gripping, Emmy-winning television series. Author Samira Ahmed leads the Q&A. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Tues., 7 p.m. $15.
Resident Evil: Apocalypse. Nostalgic Nebula presents Alexander Witt’s 2004 horror flick. Alice (Milla Jovovich), who wakes up in a hospital after the surrounding Racoon City is overrun by zombies, must get out of town before a mucilage bomb is dropped. T-Virus themed drinks are served and concept art of a B.O.W. (Bio Organic Weapon) could win its creator a prize. An audience Q&A follows with Razaaq Adoti, who plays Sergeant Peyton Wells in the film. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Tues., 7:30 p.m. $15.
Iris: A Space Opera by Justice. Filmed during a live Justice show, there was no audience—but there was highly unusual stagecraft. The Frida Cinema; thefridacinema.org. Tues., 10 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; thefridacinema.org. Wed.-Thurs., Sept. 12, 2:30, 6 & 8:30 p.m. $7-$10.50.
You Are Here: A Come From Away Story. Moze Mossanen’s documentary is on the Newfoundland community where 38 airliners carrying more than 6,500 passengers were forced to land due to the 9/11 attacks. The people of Gander fed, housed and cared for the dislocated souls for five days. Various theaters; www.fathomevents.com. Wed., 7 p.m. $12.50.
The Godfather Part II. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 sequel is equal to if not better than the original, brilliantly crafting the stories of young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) growing up in Sicily and 1910s New York and Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) growing into his role as the family crime boss in the 1950s. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.
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; www.fathomevents.com. Thurs., Sept. 12, 7 p.m. $12.50.
Downton Abbey. The continuing story of the Crawley family, which owns a large estate in the English countryside of the early 20th century, is presented for one show only a week before Michael Engler’s film officially opens. Various theaters; www.fandango.com. Thurs., Sept. 12, 7 p.m. $8.50-$12.50.
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