You're a Good-Looking Fellow, Do You Know That? [Special Screenings, Sept. 29-Oct. 6]

The Hurt Business: A Deeper Look Into MMA. Vlad Yudin's documentary is narrated by Kevin Costner and comes from the producer of Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine and Bigger, Stronger, Faster. The film delves into the lives of various martial-arts superstars, including Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones, and documents the ups and downs of competing in the fastest-growing sport in the world. Besides featuring legends such as Georges St-Pierre and up-and-comers in the sport, the documentary covers the history of mixed-martial-arts fighting, from the coliseums of ancient Greece to modern-day venues such as the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Presented by Fathom Events, the Vladar Co. and Generation Iron Fitness Network, the event includes a special introduction from Rashad Evans; a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the documentary; and appearances by Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey, Georges St-Pierre, Tito Ortiz, Michael Chandler, Chuck Liddell, Ken Shamrock and Holly Holm. AMC Orange 30, 20 City Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-4288; Century Stadium 25, 1701 W. Katella Ave., Orange, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave., Ste. 170, Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Cinemark at the Pike Theaters, 99 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, (800) 967-1932; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, 65 Fortune Dr., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson, Long Beach, (844) 462-7342. Thurs., Sept. 29, 7 p.m. $15.

Star Men. Documentary about four exceptional astronomers—Roger the instrument maker, Donald the theorist, Nick the visionary and Wal the observer—who celebrate 50 years of work and friendship by taking a road trip in the Southwest to recapture youthful adventures and recount one another's influences during the most exciting period in astronomy's history. After the screening, there is an audience Q&A with producer/director Alison E. Rose. Art Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 438-5435. Thurs., Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. $8-$11.

The Greatest Game Ever Played. Here's a movie date night that guarantees foreplay. You and a partner sit in golf carts on a driving range facing a screen showing director Bill Paxton's 2005 film, which is based on the early life of early-1900s golf champion Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf). Your ticket includes golf-cart reservation (two people required, one of whom must have a valid drivers license) and a snack. Additional snacks and a cash bar are available during the movie. El Dorado Park Golf Course, 2400 N. Studebaker Rd., Long Beach, (562) 795-7751, ext. 3. Fri., 7 p.m. $10 per person; $31.80 with three-course salmon and prime rib duet-plate dinner (available starting at 5:30 p.m.). 18+.

Vampyros Lesbos. The OC Weekly Friday Night Freakouts series of cult, genre and horror classics continues with Spanish director Jesus “Jess” Franco's stylish 1971 erotic yarn with an iconic psychedelic score by Manfred Hübler & Siegfried Schwab. Linda Westinghouse (Ewa Stroemberg) is an American living in Istanbul, where she has a recurring dream that has her seduced by a gorgeous lady vampire. Linda is sent by her job to a small island, where she meets and is seduced by Countess Nadine (Soledad Miranda), a dark, beautiful nightclub owner—and the seductress from those dreams. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; Fri., 11 p.m. $8-$10.

The Godfather Live. CineConcerts presents Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 crime-family drama, which is considered one of the best movies of all time, on a big screen as Justin Freer conducts a live orchestra performing the background music in the pit. Based on Mario Puzo's novel, the plot involves the transition of power between Mafioso Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) and his youngest son, Michael (Al Pacino). Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 556-2787; Sat., 1 & 7:30 p.m. $49-$109.

A Golden State of Mind. Open to Chapman University students, faculty, staff and alumni as part of homecoming weekend is this documentary on the late Huell Howser. Before the host of public television's Visiting, Road Trip and California's Gold passed away in 2013, he bequeathed his video library, documents and even real estate to the university, which maintain his archives (and even plucks lost gems out of them). Chapman University, Leatherby Libraries B11 , 1 University Dr., Orange, (714) 532-7760. Sat., 3 p.m. Free, but RSVP required to dc*****@ch*****.edu because of limited space.

Adam Green's Aladdin. Warning from the venue: “On Saturday, Oct. 1, things are gonna get loud and weird at The Frida. . . .” That's when the audience will be treated to a screening of Adam Green's second feature film, followed by a live concert by the artist/musician/filmmaker himself. His movie is a musical interpretation of the Arabian Nights folk tale featuring Macaulay Culkin, Zoe Kravitz, Alia Shawkat, Natasha Lyonne, Devendra Banhart, Har Mar Superstar, Francesco Clemente, Andrew VanWyngarden and Green himself. Green plays Aladdin, who resides with his dysfunctional family in a “regular,” modern-day American town ruled by a corrupt Sultan with a decadent socialite daughter. The Frida Cinema; Sat., 8 p.m. $15.


The Witches. The Calle Cuatro Sunday Matinee comes from acclaimed English director Nicholas Roeg (Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth). Young orphan Luke is brought to Britain to live with his grandmother Helga. Living in a mysterious hotel, Luke discovers a coven of witches hatching a sinister plot that he must try to stop. The Frida Cinema; Sun., 11 a.m. $1-$5.

International Christian Film Festival. Spiritually aware short and feature films from America and around the globe are presented. Past winners have included dramatic, educational, documentary, fantasy, science and animated formats. This festival is family-friendly, and it champions love, faith and purpose. Woodbridge Community Church, 5000 Barranca Pkwy., Irvine, (949) 552-1101. Sun., 2 p.m. $5.

Forbidden Planet. This 1956 sci-fi has Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and his crew sent to investigate the silence from a planet inhabited by scientists, where they find all but two have died. Dr. Morbius and his daughter Altaira (Walter Pidgeon and Anne Francis) have somehow survived a hideous monster that roams the planet. Unknown to Adams, Morbius has made a discovery and has no intention of sharing it (or his daughter!) with anyone. Directors Cut Cinema at Regency Rancho Niguel, 25471 Rancho Niguel Rd., Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-0446. Tues. Call for show time. $8.

Young Frankenstein. Not every comedy Mel Brooks made was a classic. The same can be said of Gene Wilder. But the second two they made together (Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein) are bona-fide classics, and I would argue the first (The Producers) deserves that designation. But the best at displaying Wilder's genius writing and comedic acting is the 1974 black-and-white feature that casts him as young neurosurgeon Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronkensteen”). He reluctantly inherits his disgraced grandfather Dr. Victor von Frankenstein's castle, laboratory and humpback assistant Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore” and played by bug-eyed Marty Feldman). With the help of his hay-rolling lab assistant Inga (Teri Garr) and mysterious castle caretaker (cue the horses) Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman), Freddy follows his grandpappy's instructions to reanimate a monster (Peter Boyle). Of course, as great as Wilder is, the would-be bride of Fronkensteen (Madeline Kahn) nearly steals this picture, as she did with Blazing Saddles. Fathom Events beams the movie into theaters at the same time—but not before a live introduction by Brooks from the 20th Century Fox lot, where he'll show off Mel Brooks Blvd., the Young Frankenstein mural that was unveiled on the film's 40th anniversary and the location of the movie's original shoot. AMC Orange 30, (714) 769-4288; Century Stadium 25, Orange, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; Wed., 5 p.m. $12.50.

The Big Short. A 2015 drama adapted from a nonfiction book by Michael Lewis and directed by Will Ferrell's writing partner is hands-down the best movie to date about the behind-the-scenes events that led up to our most recent mortgage meltdown and global financial crisis. Director Adam McKay, who along with Charles Randolph co-adapted 2010's The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, created an intricately woven, interestingly edited and easy-to-follow story. Films will all-star casts are often messes, but The Big Short features spot-on performances from Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo and Steve Carell (and that thing on his head). Fullerton Main Library, Osborne Auditorium, Room B, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738.6327. Wed., 6 p.m. Free.

Finding Dory. ASIP Films presents the animated Disney flick about a friendly but forgetful blue tang fish that begins a search for her long-lost parents. Cal State Fullerton, Titan Student Union Titan Theatre, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, (657) 278-4219. Thurs., Oct. 6, 4, 7 & 10 p.m. Free.

Intrepido. This Italian Movie Night presentation is Gianni Amelio's 2013 comedy about a middle-aged man in modern-day Milan taking every job he can to achieve self-respect. When Antonio realizes he must do something more concrete in his life, he devotes his time to his young musician son, who often fears of performing in concert. Regency San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, (949) 661-3456. Thurs., Oct. 6, 7 p.m. $11.

To Joey, With Love. It's an encore screening from Fathom Events of the true story of husband-and-wife singing duo Joey+Rory, who wanted more out of life after rising to the top in country music . . . so they chose less. In preparation for the birth of their child, the couple simplified their lives by putting their faith in God and their music career aside, staying at home and planting roots deep in the soil of their small farm and the community they loved. Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Beach, (714) 373-4573; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Thurs., Oct. 6, 7 p.m. $12.50.

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