Arthouse Movie Listings August 14-20, 2013

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful: Documentary film about Keiko Fukuda, the most accomplished woman in the history of judo. Thu., Aug. 15, 7 p.m. free with museum admission. 200 Larkin, San Francisco, 581-3500, www.asianart.org.

Balboa Theater. Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story of the VHS Collector: A new documentary about Quirky Young People Who Cherish Obsolete Media Formats (Video Edition). Sat., Aug. 17, 10 p.m. $7.50-$10. adjustyourtracking.com. 3630 Balboa St., San Francisco, 221-2184, www.balboamovies.com.

The Castro Theatre. Midnites for Maniacs: Double feature screening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn. Ticket stub also grants you $5 admission to the 11:45 p.m. screening of Dario Argento's Tenebre at the Roxie Theater. Groovy. Fri., Aug. 16, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $12. midnitesformaniacs.com. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Century San Francisco Centre 9 and XD. RiffTrax Live: Starship Troopers: Tape-delayed broadcast of MST3K vets Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett comically excoriating Paul Verhoeven's bug-splattering 1997 sci-fi romp starring Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey, and Neil Patrick Harris. Thu., Aug. 15, 8 p.m. $10.50-$12.50. 845 Market St., San Francisco, 538-8422, www.cinemark.com/theatre-detail.aspx?node_id=1672.

Clay Theatre. Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen's latest dramatic comedy, set in San Francisco and starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett. Daily. Willow: After playing Ewok hero Wicket Wystri Warrick in Return of the Jedi, actor Warwick Davis could barely wait to take another "W" role as the titular star of Willow, the cult 1980s swords-and-sorcery flick directed by Ron Howard, with Val Kilmer also along for some fantasy fun. Aug. 16-17, 11:59 p.m. $10. 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Punisher: War Zone: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Mike Spiegelman, and Tristan Buckner battle their way through the latest botched film portrayal of Marvel Comics' vigilante crime fighter, Frank "The Punisher" Castle. Sun., Aug. 18, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Exploratorium. Saturday Cinema: Weekly thematic film screenings presented in the Kanbar Forum by the Exploratorium's Cinema Arts program. Saturdays, 12, 2 & 4 p.m. free with museum admission. Pier 15, San Francisco, 528-4360, www.exploratorium.edu.

Grand Lake Theater. Hopes Identity: Red carpet premiere of writer/director Christopher L. Ellis' new film about interracial relations in the Bay Area, with the cast and crew on hand for a Q&A session after the movie. Wed., Aug. 14, 8 p.m. $10. facebook.com/HopesIdentity. 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland, 510-452-3556, www.renaissancerialto.com.

Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. Valor with Honor: Feature-length documentary about Japanese-Americans who served in World War II, based on interviews with surviving veterans. Sun., Aug. 18, 1 p.m. free with phone RSVP. 567-5505. 1840 Sutter, San Francisco, www.jcccnc.org.

New People. Turkish Film Festival: Four films, three days, zero dollars. Through Aug. 15. Free. turkishfilmfestivals-usa.com. 1746 Post (at Webster), San Francisco, 525-8630, www.newpeopleworld.com.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Prince Avalanche: American indie adaptation of the Icelandic film Either Way starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, with music by post-rock band Explosions in the Sky. Daily. Before Midnight: What was once just the blush of young romance has matured into thoughtful middle-age wisdom in Before Midnight, the third installment of Richard Linklater's series starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Daily. The Act of Killing: Documentary titans Errol Morris and Werner Herzog co-produced this unique look at Indonesian death squads. Through Aug. 15. The Hunt: Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Flame and Citron, TV's Hannibal) stars in this intense Danish drama where false accusations lead to a hysterical witch hunt. Daily. Hannah Arendt: Biopic about the influential modern philosopher who conceived the famous idea of the "Banality of Evil." Daily. The Artist and the Model: An aging European artist whose creative juices have stopped flowing suddenly rediscovers his muse when he meets a beautiful young woman. No, it's not La Belle Noiseuse, Part Deux — it's The Artist and the Model, the latest film by Belle Époque director Fernando Trueba. Starting Aug. 16. Daily. Europa Report: The found-footage suspense genre meets Kubrickian slow-burn sci-fi in this stylish new indie film about a mission to seek possible life on a Jovian moon. Aug. 16-22. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Pacific Film Archive. Castles in the Sky: Masterful Anime from Studio Ghibli: Retrospective of films from one of Japan's most heralded animation studios, including cherished titles like My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the recent From Up on Poppy Hill, and others. Sundays. Continues through Aug. 25. $5.50-$9.50. bampfa.berkeley.edu. 2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, 510-642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.

Roxie Theater. Kid-Thing: Coming-of-age film (humorously described by one reviewer as "Spirit of the Beehive [set] in Napoleon Dynamite country") produced, written, and directed by the Zellner Bros. and featuring music by indie popsters The Octopus Project. Through Aug. 15. The Canyons: Take director Paul Schrader, Brat Pack writer Bret Easton Ellis, professional fuck-up Lindsay Lohan, indie porn dood James Deen, and filmmaker-turned-actor Gus Van Sant. Mix them all together and you get this sultry psychodrama set in Los Angeles. Through Aug. 15. Frances Ha: A new indie comedy from the director of The Squid and the Whale. Through Aug. 14. Great Hymn of Thanksgiving: Feature film adaptation of the Nonsense Company's avant-garde theatrical work, with director H.P. Mendoza in attendance. Wed., Aug. 14, 7 p.m. Angel and Vice Squad: A double-shot of trashy 1980s exploitation flixx about Hollywood hookers and pimps. Thu., Aug. 15. Portrait of Jason: Restored version of Shirley (The Connection) Clarke's 1967 cinematic interaction with Jason Holliday, a charismatic gay black man whose expository tales bring up as many questions as they answer. Aug. 16-22. Tenebre: Uncut 35mm print of Dario Argento's bloody 1982 serial killer thriller. Fri., Aug. 16, 11:45 p.m. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

 
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