Things to do, movies in LA, OC: LGBTQ dramas, Lady Gaga

Find a movie playing in cinemas, drive-ins, pop-ups and/or streaming online with our weekly curated list of classic movies, cult favourites, film festivals etc. Before you go, remember to check by phone or online for reservation requirements and COVID-19 logs.

‘Better Dead’
John Cusack plays an unhappy high schooler in this surprisingly dark 1985 teen comedy directed by Savage Steve Holland. Diane Franklin and the immortal Curtis Armstrong also star. Brain Dead Studios at the Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., LA, 6 p.m. July 9. $12; Advance purchase required. studios.wearebraindead.com

‘Double Happiness’ with ‘Beau Travail’
Double Bill pairs Mina Shum’s insightful 1994 comedy with Sandra Oh in her breakout role with Claire Denis’ 1999 LGBTQ-themed fable set in East Africa and inspired by Melville’s classic novel Billy Budd. Screening as part of the Summer of Love: 1990s Romances series. Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Ted Mann Theater, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., LA 7:30 p.m. July 9. $7-$12. akademiemuseum.org

‘Giant’
New 4K restoration of Oscar winner George Stevens’ decades-long 1956 saga, set in Texas and based on the novel by Edna Ferber. The stars of James Dean, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor. Fine Arts Theater, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. 4 and 8 p.m. 8.-9. July. $13, $15; Advance booking recommended. fineartstheatrebh.com

‘The Last Waltz’
The band shares the stage with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and other rock luminaries in Martin Scorsese’s seminal 1978 concert documentary. Part of the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Summer Night Cinema series. UCLA Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 7:30 p.m. July 12. For free; no registration required. cinema.ucla.edu

‘Naked’
A misanthropic Brit (David Thewlis) spreads his peculiar brand of toxic masculinity across London in Mike Leigh’s unrelentingly uncomfortable 1993 black comedy. American Cinematheque at Los Feliz 3, 1822 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. 7 p.m. July 9th. $8, $13. americancinematheque.com

Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festival
The 40th anniversary edition of this annual showcase features in-person and virtual screenings of new and classic films, documentaries, shorts, etc., as well as workshops, panel discussions, and more. Different seasons, 14.-24. July. $8-$175. 7920 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood; other venues in the area. outfestla.org

‘playtime’
Comic and filmmaker Jacques Tati reprises his beloved character, Monsieur Hulot, in this dizzying satire of modern life in the City of Light, set in 1967 Paris. Benton Museum of Art, Pomona College, 20 W. Bonita Ave., Claremont. 8 p.m. July 14. For free. pomona.edu

PNB Dance Film Festival
A curated selection of short dance films will be shown on LED screens at Jerry Moss Plaza to coincide with the weekend’s Pacific Northwest Ballet engagement at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Co-presented by Dance Camera West. The Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown LA, 5 p.m. to midnight, December 13-14 July; 3 to 7 p.m. July 15; 5 p.m. to midnight July 16; July 17, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For free. musiccenter.org

‘Persona’
In Ingmar Bergman’s almost impenetrable 1966 psychological drama, a famous actress and her live-in nurse get a little too close for comfort. Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson in the leading roles. In Swedish with English subtitles. The Frida Cinema, Calle Cuatro Plaza, 305 E. 4th St., Santa Ana. July 10, 2:30 p.m., July 11, 7:30 p.m. $5.50, $7.50. thefridacinema.org

Raiders of the Lost Ark with Raiders: The Adaptation
A screening of Steven Spielberg’s hilarious 1981 adventure starring Harrison Ford is followed by a low-budget remake that was shot-for-shot started by three childhood friends in 1982 and wasn’t finished until 2014! Includes a one-hour dinner break between films and a Q&A with director Eric Zala after the second feature film. Secret Movie Club at the Million Dollar Theater, 307 S. Broadway, Downtown LA July 5th and 7:30pm July 9th. $14-24; Advance purchase required. secretmovieclub.com

‘Abbreviations’
Everybody and her brothers co-star in Robert Altman’s masterful 1993 comedy about unlikely Angelenos whose lives intersect in unexpected ways. Starring Matthew Modine, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Robert Downey Jr., Frances McDormand, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, et al. Presented in 70mm. American Cinematheque at Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. 7:30 p.m. July 9. $10, $15. americancinematheque.com

‘A star Is Born’
Which version you ask? Take your pick: The original 1937 melodrama starring Fredric March and Janet Gaynor (2:30 p.m., July 9); the 1954 remake starring James Mason and Judy Garland (7pm, July 9); the 1976 remake starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson (2:30 p.m., July 10); or the 2018 remake starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga (7 p.m., July 10). Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo. $10, $12. oldtownmusichall.org

‘Stroszek’
You are coming to America… today! A trio of misfits from Berlin have a series of misadventures right here in good old USA by A. in Werner Herzog’s 1977 offbeat comedy. American Cinematheque at Los Feliz 3, 1822 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. 7 p.m. July 13. $8, $13. americancinematheque.com

“West Side Story in Concert”
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform Leonard Bernstein’s memorable score to accompany screenings of Steven Spielberg’s 2021 update of the classic Broadway musical. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Avenue, Hollywood. 8 p.m. 12 and 14 July. $1 to $140. hollywoodbowl.com

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