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Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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May 2017

KILL BILL DOUBLE FEATURE: VOL. I + VOL. II

May 26 - June 1
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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Quentin Tarantino's extraordinary saga of vengeance, honor, and sushi returns to the big screen for one week at The Frida Cinema as a double-feature, as we present back-to-back screenings of 2003's Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2004's Kill Bill Vol. 2!

What happens when one of the world's most deadly assassins is betrayed by her comrades, shot in the head, left for dead - then wakes up four years later? If you're the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad - O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu), Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), Budd (Michael Madsen), Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), and ringleader Bill (David Carradine) - you brush up on your knife, sword, and gunplay, and prepare for the battle of your life.

Uma Thurman plays Black Mamba, aka The Bride (you have to wait for Part II for her real name), who has one thing on her mind when she wakes from a coma to find a plate in her head and a scar where her soon-to-be-born infant used to be - tracking down the DVAS and exacting her revenge. With her "Death List Five" and Hattori Hanzo sword in tow, The Bride embarks on a trail of bloodshed that takes her to Japan, Texas, Mexico, and Pasadena to hunt her prey, as her colorful backstory - as well as some of the backstories of her soon-to-be-victims - are revealed with Tarantino's deft application of chronological disorder and alternating film styles (the animation sequence in Vol. 1 is a standout). As The Bride slowly makes her way to her titular target, swords fly, limbs fall, much reckoning is meted out to a phenomenal soundtrack by The RZA and Robert Rodrigues, breathtaking cinematography by Robert Richardson, breakneck editing by the late, great Sally Menke, and of course, a screenplay that expertly balances between the absurd and the poignant by two-time Best Screenplay Oscar-winner Quentin Tarantino.

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COLOSSAL (Extended One More Week!)

May 26 - June 1
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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A hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Nacho Vigalondo's wholly original Colossal stars Anne Hathaway as Gloria, an out-of-work slacker who is kicked out of her New York apartment by her exhausted boyfriend after another night of partying. Depressed and void of ambition, Gloria moves back to her sleepy hometown, where she soon reconnects with old friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), who now runs a local pub. Oscar gives Gloria a job, where she soon befriends the regulars and begins her road to recovery.

And that's when things get weird...

Soon news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea. The world tunes into the news in horror as footage shows the giant Godzilla-like creature wreaking havoc as thousands flee for cover in the street. As Gloria - like the rest of the world - finds herself glued to the news, she gradually comes to a startling realization - there appears to be a strange connection between her and the monster. When she realizes that, quite literally, her every move influences the monster's behavior, she must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world - and what she needs to do to save it.

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THE MALTESE FALCON: Classics – Film Noir

May 27 @ 7:30 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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In this noir classic, based on Dashiell Hammett's 1929 novel of the same name, detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam's partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese Falcon.

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THE MALTESE FALCON: Classics – Film Noir

May 28 @ 1:30 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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In this noir classic, based on Dashiell Hammett's 1929 novel of the same name, detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam's partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese Falcon.

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BLAZING SADDLES: Directors Series – Mel Brooks

May 31 @ 8:00 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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When crafty railroad worker Bart (Cleavon Little) is handed the job of the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge - a frontier town that is traditional, conservative, and decidedly white - he definitely has his hands full. Not only does he have to save the town from the dastardly schemes of a corrupt Governor, but he has to get his community to believe in him and follow his lead. Enter Jim (Gene Wilder), a former gunslinger who has turned to a constant state of inebriation after an unfortunate duel gone wrong. When he meets Bart, Jim finds a new raison d’etre – to help Jim win over the locals and save the day.

A brilliant satire of the Western genre co-written by Brooks and Richard Pryor, Blazing Saddles is widely considered one of the funniest – and most quotable – comedies of all time. The very definition of an un-PC film that would surely have a hard time being produced today (get ready for some uncomfortable laughs...), the 1974 gem is a kaleidoscope of laughs featuring many of Brooks' regulars as supporting players, including Madeline Kahn (nominated for an Oscar for her work as the sultry Lili Von Shtupp), Harvey Korman, and Dom DeLuise.

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June 2017

BLAZING SADDLES: Directors Series – Mel Brooks

June 1 @ 8:00 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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When crafty railroad worker Bart (Cleavon Little) is handed the job of the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge - a frontier town that is traditional, conservative, and decidedly white - he definitely has his hands full. Not only does he have to save the town from the dastardly schemes of a corrupt Governor, but he has to get his community to believe in him and follow his lead. Enter Jim (Gene Wilder), a former gunslinger who has turned to a constant state of inebriation after an unfortunate duel gone wrong. When he meets Bart, Jim finds a new raison d’etre – to help Jim win over the locals and save the day.

A brilliant satire of the Western genre co-written by Brooks and Richard Pryor, Blazing Saddles is widely considered one of the funniest – and most quotable – comedies of all time. The very definition of an un-PC film that would surely have a hard time being produced today (get ready for some uncomfortable laughs...), the 1974 gem is a kaleidoscope of laughs featuring many of Brooks' regulars as supporting players, including Madeline Kahn (nominated for an Oscar for her work as the sultry Lili Von Shtupp), Harvey Korman, and Dom DeLuise.

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CRY NOW

June 4
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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From director Alberto Barboza comes CRY NOW, an exhilarating tale of passion and creativity that takes us on a journey into Los Angeles’ eclectic music and art scenes.

Vincent (Miguel Angel Caballero), a restless street artist in search for inspiration, finally meets his muse, Luzy (Iliana Carter), a tattoo artist, at a backyard party. But when his vengeful ex-girlfriend Sofia (Mina Olivera) finds out, he finds himself over his head as she accuses him of criminal vandalism. With the LAPD in close pursuit, Vincent embarks on a journey where he meets Lobo (Sal Lopez), a sympathetic Norteño band musician, who decides to help Vincent and Luzy get away.
Featuring the last screen performance by veteran character actress Lupe Ontiveros (Selena, Real Women Have Curves) as wise elder Rosario, who provides Vincent with some perspective on love, community, and the nature of inspiration, Cry Now ?is a soulful and sexy look at the rapidly evolving canvas of culture in Los Angeles, featuring an extraordinary soundtrack, and murals by real-life street artist EL MAC.

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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Live Shadow Cast by K.A.O.S.!

June 9 @ 11:30 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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Every 2nd Friday of the month is THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW night at The Frida Cinema, featuring a LIVE performance by the all-costumed, all-dancing, all-lip syncing "shadow cast" troupe K.A.O.S.!!

Pre-Show is at 11:30pm; the legendary Midnight Movie starts - appropriately - at Midnight! Sing and dance along as the longest-running feature film in history comes to life at The Frida Cinema!

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MR RUDOLPHO’S JUBILEE – Premiere Screening, Concert, & Cast & Crew Q&A!

June 10 @ 7:00 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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From Los Angeles filmmakers and musicians Bright Blue Gorilla (Robyn Rosenkrantz and Michael Glover) comes new independent film Mr. Rudolpho's Jubilee!

Mr. Rudolpho's Jubilee is a romantic comedy which tells the story of a world-famous Italian fashion designer who, disillusioned with his shallow life, decides to commit suicide during Berlin Fashion Week. Fortunately, his plan goes wrong and he's taken in by a group of Bohemian artists (The Boheems), who have no idea who he is. Meanwhile, the world outside searches for Rudolpho as the plot thickens, spins and churns with love, music, and comic mayhem!

Featuring musical narration by Bright Blue Gorilla, Mr. Rudolpho's Jubilee is in English, German & Italian, with English subtitles. Shot on location in Berlin, Milan & Florence, this remarkable film was made by 300 artists from 36 different countries.

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BATMAN RETURNS: 25th Anniversary Masquerade Party & Screening! – Presented by Nostalgic Nebula

June 17 @ 5:00 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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Our friends at Nostalgic Nebula return with director Tim Burton's glorious 1992 visual extravaganza BATMAN RETURNS - and they're kicking it off with a political campaign to remember! You are cordially invited to Max Shreck’s ’Max-querade’ Ball in honor of Gotham City mayoral candidate, Oswald Cobblepot!

Join Nostalgic Nebula as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of Batman Returns beneath the streets of Downtown Santa Ana at Bar Ellipsis - located at 220 E 3rd St, Santa Ana, CA 92701 - with live music, dancing, food & drinks, prizes, giveaways and more! Following the celebration, there will be a free screening of Batman Returns exclusively for Masquerade Ball ticket holders at The Frida, where you can cheer along for our Caped Crusader as he fights anarchistic circus performers, the sultry and nimble Catwoman, and a big-city megalomaniac billionaire!

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TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR: OC LGBT Pride Week Screening

June 21 @ 8:00 pm
The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 90271 United States
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OC LGBT Pride Parade & Festival returns to Downtown Santa Ana on Saturday, June 24 - and we're kicking it off with a full week of events during 2017 OC Pride Week! Join us at The Frida Cinema on Wednesday, June 21 for a special screening of the 1995 classic To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar!

To be sure, in the mid-90's folks didn't quite know what to expect when they heard that Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguizamo would be playing a trio of Manhattan drag queens - but that's before we met - and instantly fell in love - with the immortal Vida Boheme, Noxeema Jackson, and Chi-Chi Rodriguez. After Vida and Noxeema impress regional judges in a competition, they secure spots in the prestigious Nationals in Los Angeles. When the two meet pathetic drag novice Chi-Chi, who is broken-hearted at having lost at the same competition, the charmed Vida and Noxeema agree to take the hopeless youngster under their collective wing. Soon the three set off on a madcap road trip across America, meeting new friends and facing new struggles as they desperately try make it to Los Angeles in time.

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