Arthouse Movie Listings September 11-17, 2013

Adobe Books. Valencia: Film adaptation of Michelle Tea's novel about lesbian punk love in the as-yet-ungentrified Mission District. Proceeds benefit Adobe Books and Tea's RADAR Productions. Thu., Sept. 12, 8 p.m. $10-$15. facebook.com/events/157511787785203. 3130 24th St., San Francisco, 864-3936.

Artists' Television Access. Other Cinema: Information Wars: ATA's fringe film series returns from its summer vacation with some Orwellian shorts guaranteed to make you wonder who's watching you now. Sat., Sept. 14, 8:30 p.m. $6. othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

The Castro Theatre. Pasolini: A Film Series: This erotically charged tribute to Italian renegade filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini takes place over two days at the Castro Theatre (Sept. 14) and Roxie Theater (Sept. 15). Today's screenings include Mamma Roma, Medea, and The Decameron. Sat., Sept. 14, 4, 6:30 & 9:30 p.m. $12. pasolinifilm.com. The Singularity: Theatrical premiere of documentary director Doug Wolens' look at what may happen when artificial intelligence merges with human intelligence. Mon., Sept. 16, 4 & 8 p.m. $11. thesingularityfilm.com. Morrissey 25: Live: The former Smiths frontman seems to have an infinite disregard for San Francisco — having cancelled his last six S.F. shows in a row — making this 2013 concert film (shot in Los Angeles) perhaps the only way to see him sing within the city limits. Tue., Sept. 17, 2:30, 4:45, 7 & 9:15 p.m. morrissey25live.com. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen's latest dramatic comedy, set in San Francisco and starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett. Daily. The Room: Tommy Wiseau's cinematic bomb is every bit as bad as it's cracked up to be. You'll crack up as well at this riotous midnight screening with lots of Rocky Horror-style audience participation. Second Saturday of every month, 11:59 p.m. 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Beautiful Creatures: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Mike Spiegelman, and Ira Emsig get gothic with this witchy coming-of-age film. Sun., Sept. 15, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Davies Symphony Hall. Williams and Spielberg: Maestros of the Movies: John Williams conducts the S.F. Symphony with special guest host Steven Spielberg. Musical selections — many with accompanying film clips — include memorable themes and soundtracks from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Schindler's List, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and more. Mon., Sept. 16, 8 p.m. $15-$152. 201 Van Ness, San Francisco, 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org.

Delancey Street Theater. San Francisco Dance Film Festival: Kinda like the Sundance film festival, only with actual onscreen dancing. Sept. 13-15, 7 p.m. $13-$15. sfdancefilmfest.org. 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco, 512-5153, www.delanceystreetfoundation.org.

The Emerald Tablet. Dominic Angerame: The local experimental filmmaker presents a handful of 16mm shorts and new digital videos. Mon., Sept. 16, 7 p.m. $5. 80 Fresno St., San Francisco, 500-2323, www.emtab.org.

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, 528-4444, www.exploratorium.edu.

Lost Weekend Video. Fresh Like Cadaver: A monthly horror-themed, live movie riffing comedy show in the spirit of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Second Friday of every month, 8 p.m. $10. facebook.com/FreshLikeCadaver. 1034 Valencia St., San Francisco, 643-3373, www.lostweekendvideo.com.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Thérèse: Audrey Tautou stars in the title role of French director Claude Miller's final film, set in the 1920s Sud-Ouest. Through Sept. 12. Far Out Isn't Far Enough: Documentary about subversive artist and children's author Tomi Ungerer. Through Sept. 12. Hannah Arendt: Biopic about the influential modern philosopher who conceived the famous idea of the "Banality of Evil." Daily. Blackfish: Documentary about orca whales in captivity. Through Sept. 12. I Give It a Year: Post-wedding rom com starring Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Minnie Driver, and more. Written and directed by Dan Mazer (Borat, Brüno). Daily. Populaire: French tribute to 1950s Hollywood romantic comedies. Sept. 13-19. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Pacific Film Archive. Dark Matters: The Films of William Friedkin: This BAM/PFA retrospective includes screenings of To Live and Die in L.A., Tne French Connection, The Boys in the Band, Sorcerer, Cruising, and Killer Joe (with director Friedkin in attendance for the last two on Sept. 21). Thu., Sept. 12; Sat., Sept. 14; Sun., Sept. 15; Thu., Sept. 19; Sat., Sept. 21. 2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, 510-642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.

Roxie Theater. Drinking Buddies: Indie rom com set in a Chicago craft brewery and starring Jake Johnson (The New Girl) and Olivia Wilde (Tron: Legacy). Through Sept. 12. Spark: A Burning Man Story: It's been a whole coupla days since the Burn. Here's a documentary to help ease your withdrawal pains. Through Sept. 12. Creativity Explored Film Night: Two separate programs include short films, animations, and the world premiere of Clown (featuring former CE artist Gordon Shepard). Wed., Sept. 11, 7 & 9:15 p.m. $7. San Francisco Dance Film Festival: Opening Night: The SFDFF's first evening features a collection of screendance shorts from around the globe. Thu., Sept. 12, 7 p.m. $13-$15. sfdancefilmfest.org. Our Nixon: Super 8 home movies take on an entirely new level of importance when the home in question is the White House — and the amateur filmmakers are Nixon Administration insiders H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin. Sept. 13-19. Good Ol' Freda: Freda Kelly may not be a famous name, but the decade she spent as The Beatles' secretary gave her unique access to one of history's most important rock bands. This is her story. Fri., Sept. 13, 7 p.m. goodolfreda.com. Fifth Annual Atheist Film Festival: A collection of documentaries and feature films celebrate reason and critical thinking — not touchy-feely spirituality — at this self-proclaimed "film festival you can believe in." Sat., Sept. 14, noon. $10-$12. sfatheistfilmfestival.org. Pasolini: A Film Series: This erotically charged tribute to Italian renegade filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini takes place over two days at the Castro Theatre (Sept. 14) and Roxie Theater (Sept. 15). Today's screenings include Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom; Arabian Nights; and The Canterbury Tales. Sun., Sept. 15, 2, 4:30, 7:15 & 9:45 p.m. $12. pasolinifilm.com. Free the Mind: Buddhism meets neuroscience in this documentary about the effects of meditation upon the brain. Tue., Sept. 17, 7 & 9 p.m. $6.50-$10. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

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