Animation Show of Shows Dial Code Santa Claus Die Hard Dolls Film Games It's a Wonderful Life L’Atalante Roma Special Screenings The Birdcage The Boss Baby The Deer Hunter The Favourite The House That Jack Built The Nutcracker The Polar Express The Rocky Horror Picture Show The Visitor They Shall Not Grow Old Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Like Riding a Psychotic Horse . . . [Special Screenings, Dec. 20-27]

Like Riding a Psychotic Horse . . . [Special Screenings, Dec. 20-27]
The Birdcage. Photograph courtesy United Artists

Roma. Alfonso Cuarón’s new, semi-autobiographical and (based mostly on the trailers) gorgeously shot black-and-white drama follows a yr within the lifetime of a younger home employee (Yalitza Aparicio) and the middle-class Mexico Metropolis household she works for within the early 1970s. Artwork Theatre, 2025 E. Fourth St., Lengthy Seashore, (562) 438-5435; Thurs., Dec. 20, midday, three, 6 & 9 p.m. $Eight.50-$11.50; additionally at Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Dec. 20, midday, three:15 & 10 p.m. $Eight-$11.

The Favorite. In Yorgos Lanthimos’ new bio-dramedy, Woman Sarah (Rachel Weisz) secretly governs early-18th-century England for her shut pal Queen Anne (Olivia Coleman), who’s in unwell well being and dangerous mood. When servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, a charmed Sarah takes her underneath her wing, which the newcomer sees as giving her a shot at returning to her aristocratic roots. Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Thurs., Dec. 20, 1, four, 7 & 9:55 p.m. $Eight-$11; additionally at Artwork Theatre; Fri.-Thurs., Dec. 27, 1:30, four, 6:30 & 9 p.m. $Eight.50-$11.50.

The 20th Annual Animation Present of Exhibits. 4 of the 15 animated shorts introduced this yr in a 98-minute chunk have certified for Oscar consideration. So as of look are: The Inexperienced Hen (France), directed by Maximilien Bougeois, Quentin Dubois, Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen and Pierre Perveyrie; One Small Step (U.S.), from Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas; Alain Biet’s Grands Canons (France); Barry (U.S.), by Anchi Shen; Tremendous Woman (U.S.), from Nancy Kangas and Josh Kun; Veronica Solomon’s Love Me, Worry Me (Germany); Enterprise Assembly (Brazil), directed by Man Charnaux; Flower Discovered! (The Netherlands), from Jorn Leeuwerink; Bullets (U.S.), by Nancy Kangas and Josh Kun; Nicolás Petelski’s A Desk Recreation (Argentina); Carlotta’s Face (Germany), by Valentin Riedl and Frédéric Schuld; Age of Sail (U.S.), from John Kahrs; Polaris (U.S.), directed by Hikari Toriumi; My Moon (U.S.), by Eusong Lee; and Weekends (U.S.), from Trevor Jimenez. The Frida Cinema, 305 E. Fourth St., Santa Ana; Thurs., Dec. 20, 2, four & Eight p.m. $7-$10.

Die Arduous. John McClane (Bruce Willis, within the position that made him an action-movie celebrity) tries to cease a terrorist plot to take everybody hostage on the firm Christmas social gathering of his ex-wife (Bonnie Bedelia) in a downtown Los Angeles high-rise. Go see it, if solely to find out whether or not you agree with Willis that Die Exhausting isn’t a Christmas film. The Frida Cinema; Thurs., Dec. 20, 2:30, 5 & Eight p.m. $7-$10.

The Boss Child. This 2017 DreamWorks Animation manufacturing is definitely fairly well-done, because of Michael McCullers’ creative adaptation of Marla Frazee’s image ebook; director Tom McGrath’s professional pacing that’ll maintain the eyes of adults and youngsters on the display; and the vocal skills of Miles Bakshi, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire and particularly Alec Baldwin because the title character. Fullerton Public Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, (714) 738-6327. Thurs., Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m. Free.

The Home That Jack Constructed. Lars von Trier’s new horror-thriller seems to be at 5 incidents that formed the event of an American serial killer (Matt Dillon) within the 1970s. The Frida Cinema; Thurs., Dec. 20, 10 p.m. $7-$10.

L’Atalante. Photograph courtesy the Criterion Assortment

L’Atalante. Frida Volunteer of the Month Ruby Velasco’s programming decide is Jean Vigo’s 1934 masterpiece, introduced in a 2017 4K restoration and in French and Russian with English subtitles. A newlywed captain (Jean Dasté) and his harmless country-girl spouse (Dita Parlo) climb aboard his barge L’Atalante to start their new life, accompanied solely by his earthy first mate (Michel Simon) and a multitude of mangy cats. The Frida Cinema; Fri., 2, four & 6 p.m.; Sat., midday, 2, 5 & 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

OC LGBT Satisfaction Presents The Birdcage. The organizers of Orange County’s annual gay-pride celebration return to Frida to current Mike Nichols’ remake of the basic Oscar-nominated French farce La Cage aux Folles. The late, nice Robin Williams stars as the favored Miami drag membership The Birdcage’s homosexual proprietor Armand Goldman, whose son (Dan Futterman) reveals he’s marrying the daughter (Calista Flockhart) of a controversial Republican senator (Gene Hackman). Caught up in a intercourse scandal, the conservative politician and his spouse (Dianne Wiest) determine to cover from the press on the house of Goldman, unaware of his flamboyant husband (Nathan Lane). The Frida Cinema; Fri., 7:30 p.m. $7-$10.

Dolls. Within the 1987 horror flick from Stuart Gordon, teams of individuals discover their automobiles breaking down on a darkish and stormy night time in the midst of the forest. They discover shelter in the identical creepy fort, the place they’re welcomed by the aged proprietor/doll maker (Man Rolfe) and his spouse (Hilary Mason). One customer, a well-mannered woman (Carrie Lorraine), begins enjoying with the dolls, unaware that they’ve minds of their very own and a ugly lack of endurance for impolite and thoughtless individuals corresponding to her mother and father. The Frida Cinema; Fri.-Sat., 10 p.m. $7-$10.

The Polar Categorical. Robert Zemeckis directed and co-wrote (from Chris Van Allsburg’s guide) this 2004 computer-animated household movie. A younger boy embarks on a magical journey to the North Pole on the practice Polar Categorical. Tom Hanks voiced Hero Boy, the daddy, the conductor, a hobo, Scrooge and Santa Claus. Artwork Theatre; Sat.-Solar., 11 a.m. $Eight.50-$11.50.

Wolf Man. Photograph courtesy Arrow Video

The Customer + Wolf Man Double Function Fundraiser Screening. This double-feature screening goals to boost funds that may assist make the nonprofit American Style Movie Archives’ dream of sending the nonprofit Frida Cinema to subsequent yr’s Artwork Home Convergence come true. The annual occasion brings a whole lot of exhibitors, festivals and allied organizations collectively to debate unbiased movies and methods to maintain displaying them. As for the profit flicks, Giulio Paradisi’s psychedelic and psychotic 1979 sci-fi/horror epic The Customer is about a younger woman with telekinetic powers being fought over by God and the Satan. Kazuhiko Yamaguchi’s 1975 karate-horror mashup Wolf Man is about an historic werewolf clan’s solely survivor (Sonny Chiba) clashing with darkish forces that need to harvest his blood and steal his supernatural, crime-solving powers. The Frida Cinema; Sat., 7:30 p.m. $10 (with donations additionally accepted should you can’t attend).

The Rocky Horror Image Present. The pioneering midnight film begins with the automotive of sweethearts Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) breaking down close to the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). The transvestite scientist’s residence additionally hosts a rocking biker (Meat Loaf), a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien) and various freaks, together with a hunk of beefcake named “Rocky.” Reside shadow-cast troupe Midnight Madness performs. Artwork Theatre; Sat., 11:55 p.m. $Eight.50-$11.50.

Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker. Speak about collusion: Captured reside from a same-day efficiency on the Moscow stage and cinemacast in U.S. theaters is the beloved ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s rating. The story begins on Christmas Eve, when Marie’s picket doll transforms into a prince. AMC Orange 30 on the Retailers, 20 Metropolis Blvd. W., Orange, (714) 769-4288; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, 1701 W. Katella Ave., Orange, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Seashore, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Seashore, (800) 967-1932; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, 26701 Aliso Creek Rd., Aliso Viejo, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Massive Newport 6, 300 Newport Middle Dr., Newport Seashore, (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 Lengthy Seashore Stadium 26, 7501 E. Carson, Lengthy Seashore, (844) 462-7342; Regal Backyard Grove Stadium 16, 9741 Chapman Ave., Backyard Grove, (844) 462-7342; Solar., 12:55 p.m. $18; additionally at Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Solar., 1:15 p.m. $14-$17.

It’s a Fantastic Life. In Frank Capra’s 1946 vacation basic, a banker (Jimmy Stewart) is getting ready to suicide after dropping his city’s cash. He finds out what life can be like with out him from an angel with out wings (Henry Travers). The Frida Cinema; Solar., 1:30, four:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Mon., 2 p.m. $7-$10.

Dial Code Santa Claus. Photograph courtesy Lauren Movies

Fangoria Presents Vacation Horror Triple Function. As a part of the day by day Vacation Horror Countdown curated by author/director Sam Wineman (The Quiet Room), three holiday-tinged horror movies are proven again to again to again. The titles of the primary two are a thriller, as are the names of the primary film’s director and the second’s lead actor, who take part in viewers Q&As. The third attraction is American Style Movie Archives’ new restoration of René Manzor’s Dial Code Santa Claus (which is also referred to as Père Noël and Recreation Over). Thought-about a twist on House Alone regardless that it got here out a yr earlier than, the 1989 French horror thriller is about a resourceful boy spending Christmas Eve together with his fragile grandfather when a psychopath dressed as Santa Claus breaks into their mansion. The Frida Cinema; Solar., doorways open, 7 p.m.; first movie, 7:30 p.m.; second movie, 9:30 p.m.; Dial Code Santa Claus, 11:30 p.m.$15 for all.

The Deer Hunter 40th Anniversary. Michael Cimino’s breath-vacuuming 1978 Vietnam Warfare movie is about three Pennsylvania deer-hunting buddies and steelworkers (Robert DeNiro, John Savage and Christopher Walken) whose lives change ceaselessly after they enlist, get captured by the Viet Cong and are subjected to nice torments, together with one fucked-up (and forever-mocked) recreation of Russian roulette. MAO! MAO! The Frida Cinema; Wed.-Thurs., Dec. 26-27, 12:30, four and eight p.m. $7-$10.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Manufacturing unit. See one of many late, nice Gene Wilder’s greatest performances, because the recluse who provides 5 fortunate individuals a probability to win a lifetime provide of Wonka sweet, tour his chocolate manufacturing unit and study his secrets and techniques. Oompa loompa doompety dee, mofos! Regency South Coast Village, (714) 557-5701. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $9.

They Shall Not Develop Previous. Fathom Occasions and Warner Bros. current Peter Jackson’s “most personal” movie, a World Struggle I documentary culled from archival footage and 600 hours of BBC interviews. Via colorization, 3D applied sciences and state-of-the-art restoration, Jackson goals to current the genuine experiences of the British troopers who lived them. The filmmaker recorded a particular introduction, and his movie is adopted by a making-of featurette. Some theaters current each 3D and non-3D variations. AMC Fullerton 20, 1001 S. Lemon St., Fullerton, (714) 992-6962; AMC Orange 30 on the Retailers, (714) 769-4288; AMC Tustin Legacy on the District, 2457 Park Ave., Tustin, (714) 258-7036; Cinemark Century Stadium 25, (714) 532-9558; Cinemark Century 20 Huntington Seashore, (800) 967-1932; Cinemark on the Pike Theaters, 99 S. Pine Ave., Lengthy Seashore, (562) 435-5754; Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Huge Newport 6, 300 Newport Middle Dr., Newport Seashore, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, (714) 672-4136; Edwards Foothill Towne Middle Stadium 22, 26602 Towne Middle Dr., Foothill Ranch, (949) 588-9402; Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Lengthy Seashore Stadium 26, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Market Place Stadium 10, 13782 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (844) 462-7342; Edwards Metro Pointe Stadium 12, 901 South Coast Dr., Costa Mesa, (714) 428-0962; Regal Backyard Grove Stadium 16, (844) 462-7342; Regal La Habra Stadium 16, 1351 W. Imperial Hwy., La Habra, (562) 690-4909; Thurs., Dec. 27, four & 7 p.m. $15.

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