Arthouse Movie Listings for April 3-9, 2013

Aquarium of the Bay. Bad Movie Night: Shark Week: The Dark Room Theater's incisive critics/comics sink their teeth into The Asylum's 2012 straight-to-video stinker in which a group of strangers are forced to survive a "horrifying gauntlet" of deadly sharks. Ticket price includes a free drink (beer or wine), popcorn, and Aquarium admission; attendees must be 21+. Wed., April 3, 6 p.m. $16. aquariumofthebay.org/badmovie. Embarcadero, San Francisco, 623-5300, www.aquariumofthebay.com.

Artists' Television Access. An Evening of Films and Discussion on Education in India: The American India Foundation and 3rd i Films present two award-winning short films — Avie Luthra's Lucky and Terrie Samundra's Kunjo — followed by an open discussion. Thu., April 4, 7 p.m. $8. GAZE #4: Bodies, Rest, and Motion: Short films, videos, and animations by female filmmakers including Allison Halter, Christina Kolozsvary, Emily Kuehn, Maria Magnusson, Dolissa Medina, Jillian Peña, Kristin Reeves, Angel Rose, Jamie Walters, and Daniela Zahlner. Fri., April 5, 8 p.m. $6. gazefilmseries.wordpress.com. Other Cinema: Art of the Ridiculous: Film critic Doug Harvey (Patacritical Interrogation Techniques) weighs in on hinterland cinema ranging from Craig Baldwin to Turkish Star Wars. Sat., April 6, 8:30 p.m. $6.66. www.othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

Balboa Theater. Tattoo Nation: Feature documentary about black-and-grey tattoo art narrated by Corey Miller of LA Ink. Thu., April 4, 10 p.m.; Thu., April 11, 10 p.m. $7.50-$10. tattoonation.com. 3630 Balboa St., San Francisco, 221-2184, www.balboamovies.com.

Bottle Cap. Dinner and a Movie: Weekly screenings in the Bottle Cap dining room. Sundays, 7 p.m. 1707 Powell, San Francisco, 529-2237, www.bottlecapsf.com.

California Academy of Sciences. Reel to Real NightLife: The San Francisco Film Society and Prelinger Archives host a series of short film screenings, plus Stones Throw Records honcho Peanut Butter Wolf throws down stone-cold beats with a VJ set. Thu., April 4, 6-10 p.m. $12. www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife. 55 Music Concourse, San Francisco, 379-8000, www.calacademy.org.

The Castro Theatre. Sing-A-Long Beauty and the Beast: Onscreen lyrics help audiences participate in the musical portions of this animated Disney hit that tells a tale as old as time. Wednesdays-Fridays, 7 p.m. Continues through April 5. $10-$15. Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino's bloody (but occasionally funny) tale of slavery and revenge in the antebellum American South. April 7-8. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. Quartet: Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut is a dramedy based on the play of the same name by Ronald Harwood. Daily. The Good Sisters: A witchy indie horror film directed by JimmyO Burril (Chainsaw Sally). Sun., April 7, midnight. $9-$10. 2261 Fillmore St, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: John Carter: Sherilyn Connelly, Mikl-Em, and Mike Spiegelman take on Disney's megamillion-dollar flop about a muscleman who goes to Mars to fight CGI beasties. Is it "bad"? Oh, yes. Sun., April 7, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Upside Down: Class conflict is given a gravitational twist when two lovers (played by Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess) are kept apart by living in separate inverted worlds. Daily. On the Road: Jack Kerouac's landmark Beat Generation novel hits the big screen, with Control's Sam Riley portraying Sal Paradise/Jack Kerouac and Garrett Hedlund playing Dean Moriarty/Neal Cassady. Daily. From Up on Poppy Hill: Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away) produced this hand-drawn Japanese animation film about teenage lovers in 1963 Yokohama. English-language voice talent includes Gillian Anderson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, and many more. Through April 5. www.landmarktheatres.com. Ginger & Rosa: A coming-of-age story about two teenage girls in early-1960s London. Daily. The Place Beyond the Pines: Director Derek Cianfrance reunites with his Blue Valentine star Ryan "Hey Girl" Gosling for this dark crime drama also featuring Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, and Ray Liotta. Starting April 5. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/EmbarcaderoCenterCinema.htm.

The Emerald Tablet. Movie Lab: Make a Film from Public Archives: University of the Commons invites the public to remix and re-edit the Internet Archives' collection of copyright-free videos to create a new work of their own. Includes five weekly workshop sessions followed by final screenings on May 11. Starting April 9. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.; Sat., May 11, 7 p.m. Continues through May 7. free. 80 Fresno St., San Francisco, 500-2323, www.emtab.org.

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Iraq n' Roll: Israeli rocker Dudu Tassa seeks to renew the lost legacy of his grandfather, a popular Iraqi musician in the 1930s who became marginalized after moving to Israel in the 1950s. Mon., April 8, 7 p.m. $8-$12. 3200 California, San Francisco, 292-1200, www.jccsf.org.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Emperor: Tommy Lee Jones portrays General Douglas MacArthur, who's caught in the middle of Japan's transitional troubles following the end of WWII. Directed by Girl With a Pearl Earring's Peter Webber. Daily. Barbara: It's a tough choice between love and paranoia in this drama set in 1980 East Germany. Daily. The Silence: A copycat kidnapping committed 23 years after the original stirs up bad memories and more in this subtitled European thriller. Through April 4. Gimme the Loot: An energetic, lighthearted look at the lives of two ambitious NYC graffiti writers by director Adam Leon. April 5-11. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

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