Arthouse Movie Listings August 21-27, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Periwinkle Cinema: Sound and Image: The gay video series hosts a night of films and noises, including live soundtracks provided by Annah Anti-Palindrome, Nomy Lamm, Beastiary, and other soundmakers. Wed., Aug. 21, 8:07 p.m. $7. facebook.com/PeriwinkleCinema. GAZE Screening #5: Transgressions: ATA's women's film series showcases boundary-crossing creations by Jessica Bardsley, Hannah Piper Burns, Sonia Gonzalez, Adla Isanovic, Dolissa Medina, Nooshin Rostami, and Sable Elyse Smith. Sat., Aug. 24, 8 p.m. $6-$10. gazefilmseries.wordpress.com. Noble Gases: The EFFPortland 2013 Director's Picks: An hourlong program of avant-garde short films from PDX's Experimental Film Festival, including works by Matt McCormick, Tyler Lynch, Brenda L. Burmeister, Gina Marie Napolitan, Pablo Mazzolo, Caroline Monnet, and more. Sun., Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m. effportland.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

Cafe Royale. Terrible Movie Night: Sharknado: Steve "Ian Ziering" Sanders and Tara Reid get into a spot of trouble with some magic sharks and a rather confused weather system. Mon., Aug. 26, 8 p.m. 800 Post, San Francisco, 441-4099, www.caferoyale-sf.com.

The Castro Theatre. Showgirls: Night of 1,000 Showgirls: Not all that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — witness Showgirls, the ultra-tawdry cult classic that returns to San Francisco for its 16th annual screening with hostess Peaches Christ. In true S.F. style, of course, there will also be a drag spectacle featuring multiple incarnations of Elizabeth "Nomi Malone" Berkley played by Sister Roma, Lady Bear, Honey Mahogany, Peggy L'eggs, and more. Sat., Aug. 24, 8 p.m. $22-$45. peacheschrist.com. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Century San Francisco Centre 9 and XD. Sinbad: Make Me Wanna Holla: Comedy's biggest proponent of parachute pants stars in a live concert film. Thu., Aug. 22, 8 p.m. $10-.50-$12.50. fathomevents.com. 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. Fight Club: Trim your nails, slip into your favorite Hustler mesh tee, and spend two late nights with David Fincher's snazzy black comedy that proves not all DIY soapmakers are twee artisanal hipsters. Of course, you must remember the first rule of Fight Club, which is: You don't make that overplayed joke about the first rule of Fight Club. Aug. 23-24, 11:59 p.m. $9-$10. 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Ninja Assassin: Hosts Jim Fourniadis, Mikl-Em, and John Hell learn what the rest of us knew all along, i.e., that mononymic K-pop music superstar Rain is actually an unstoppable killer trained by '80s ninja-flick icon Sho Kosugi. Well, duh. Sun., Aug. 25, 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.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. 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. Daily. The Act of Killing: Documentary titans Errol Morris and Werner Herzog co-produced this unique look at Indonesian death squads. 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. Daily. Hannah Arendt: Biopic about the influential modern philosopher who conceived the famous idea of the "Banality of Evil." Daily. Cutie and the Boxer: Documentary about Pop/Neo-Dada artists Noriko and Ushio Shinohara (the latter of whom would occasionally "box" his canvases with paint-soaked gloves), their tempestuous marriage, and the role their respective art creations continue to play in their lives. Aug. 23-29. ushioandnorikofilm.info. 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. 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. Through Aug. 22. 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. Through Aug. 22. Frances Ha: A new indie comedy from the director of The Squid and the Whale. Through Aug. 22. Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary: Feature-length documentary about America's most high-profile political prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal, with on-camera support coming from Angela Davis, Alice Walker, Cornel West, and more. Aug. 23-29. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

 
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