Arthouse movie listings for December 15-21, 2010

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Artists' Television Access. The Superusers: Australia-born, Berlin-based artist Scott Sinclair leads this group in films and performance. Wed., Dec. 15, 8 p.m. $6. "Videocracy": New work from the film department of the City College of San Francisco. Thu., Dec. 16, 7 p.m. $3-$5. "Avant to Live": Other Cinema: Experimental short films. Sat., Dec. 18, 8:30 p.m. $6. "Altered Statehood": Featuring Colby Bird's Books (2009), Kristian Kozul's Benediction of Desire (2008), and Ashleigh Nankivell's Justin Bieber Home Invasion (2010). Sun., Dec. 19, 8 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890,

Castro Theatre. Remember the Night and Mr. Soft Touch: Noir double feature presented by Eddie Muller. Wed., Dec. 15, 7:15 p.m. $10. Tron: Legacy: Sci-fi remake directed by Joseph Kosinski. Fri., Dec. 17, 1, 4, 7 & 9:45 p.m. $10-$12. 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120,

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Santa's Slay: Not that scary. Sun., Dec. 19, 8 p.m. $5. 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987,

Exploratorium. Holiday Memories: Classic Winter Tales of Childhood: Sheldon Cohen's The Sweater (1980) and Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales (1963); from the 16mm film collection. Sat., Dec. 18, 2 p.m. $10-$15. 3601 Lyon (at Marina), 561-0360,

Main Library, Koret Auditorium. The Calling: Documentary about future religious leaders. Wed., Dec. 15, 5:45 p.m. free. How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Thursday noon free movie. Thu., Dec. 16, noon. free. 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4595,

Multiple San Francisco locations. Call for Submissions: Iranian Film Festival: Fest seeks films by and about Iranians; see website for details. Through Aug. 1, 2011. free. multiple addresses.

Oddball Films. "Botborg: Extreme Improvised Synaesthesia": A live performance by the audiovisual group Botborg, which uses a device called the Photosonicneurokineasthograph. Thu., Dec. 16, 8 p.m. $10. "Oddball's Greatest Hits 4": The most popular short films recently screened including The Cat Who Used and Drank Too Much (1987) and Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp (1971). Fri., Dec. 17, 8:30 p.m. $10. "Strange Sinema": Films include Roman Polanski's early darkly comic short, Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958); Ben Turpin's Yukon Jake (1924); and Raymond Garceau's breath-taking Log Drive (1957). Sat., Dec. 18, 8 p.m. $10. 275 Capp (at Mission), 558-8117,

Red Vic Movie House. The Triplets of Belleville: Sylvain Chomet's charmingly weird animated feature. Wed., Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Vincent: A Life in Color: Jennifer Burns' documentary about a Chicago eccentric. Thu., Dec. 16, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie: Michelle Esrick's documentary about the clown and activist. Through Dec. 21. Howl: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's feature about Allen Ginsberg's poem. Fri., Dec. 17, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 18, 2, 4, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m. The Room: Local cult film. Sun., Dec. 19, midnight. Seven Samurai: Akira Kurosawa's classic. Sun., Dec. 19, 2 p.m.; Dec. 19-20, 7:15 p.m. The Nightmare Before Christmas: Henry Selick's animated feature. Dec. 21-22, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 22, 2 p.m. 1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994,

Roxie Theater. Exit Through the Gift Shop: Documentary including British street artist known as Banksy. Through Dec. 15. $6-$10. Howl: Film based on the obscenity trial of Allen Ginsberg that resulted from his landmark poem. Through Dec. 16; Through Dec. 21. $6-$10. No Tomorrow: Documentary on the killing of a foster teen, followed by a panel discussion. Wed., Dec. 15. $6-$10. Soledad Miranda and the Work of Jesus Franco: This event includes the screening of several films starring the late actress Soledad Miranda. Thu., Dec. 16, 6 p.m. $6-$10. Ghost Bird: Documentary on the discovery of living ivory-billed woodpeckers, a species thought to be extinct for decades. Thu., Dec. 16, 7 p.m. $6-$10. Modus Operandi: Story of revenge involving a C.I.A. agent searching for his wife's killer. Dec. 17-18. 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087,

The Vortex Room. Vortex Country Hoedown: Features include Rolling Through New Zealand (1973) with Kenny Rogers. Sat., Dec. 18, 9 p.m. $5. 1082 Howard (at Seventh St.),

VIZ Cinema. Cast Me If You Can: Atsushi Ogata's comedy. Through Dec. 19. $10. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya: Anime by Jun-ichi Mori. Fri., Dec. 17, 7:15 p.m. $10. "Mifune x Kurosawa: A Beautiful Man": Series of seven classic films. Dec. 18-Jan. 6. $10. 1746 Post (at Webster), 525-8600,

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. International Buddhist Film Festival Showcase: Four features. Through Dec. 19. $8. Go to Hell for the Holidays: Unusual horror films throughout December. Through Dec. 18. $8. 701 Mission (at Third St.), 978-2787,

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