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Arthouse Movie Listings October 23-29, 2013 

Wednesday, Oct 23 2013
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4-Star Theatre. Space Battleship Yamato: The long-time-coming live action adaptation of the classic 1970s anime series finally reaches American shores. Sat., Oct. 26, 6 p.m. $10. 2200 Clement, San Francisco, 666-3488, www.lntsf.com/4-star-theatre.html.

Artists' Television Access. The Beast in Heat: Special screening of the supernatural indie drama shot in San Francisco by local filmmaker Anthony A. Russell. Thu., Oct. 24, 8 p.m. $6. Frenkel Defects: Short program of 16mm films by the Process Reversal Collective and other groups. Fri., Oct. 25, 8 p.m. $6-$10. Other Cinema: Halloween Hellabaloo: A night of vintage horror cinema and trickery. Sat., Oct. 26, 8:30 p.m. $6. othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

Balboa Theater. Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin': Filmmaker Bob Smeaton presents his new PBS American Masters documentary about the legendary guitarist — which features previously unseen live footage — ahead of its televised premiere on November 5. Sun., Oct. 27, 7 p.m. $7.50-$10. Old Timey Halloween Horrors: Double feature screening of Nosferatu (1922) and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920). Tue., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. $10. 3630 Balboa St., San Francisco, 221-2184, www.balboamovies.com.

The Castro Theatre. James of All Trades: An Evening with James Franco: The Commonwealth Club welcomes the Hollywood actor (and Bay Area native) to the Castro stage. Sun., Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. $15-$95. commonwealthclub.org. I Am a Ghost: Filmmaker H.P. Mendoza — winner of SF Weekly's Best New Horror Director award in 2012 — and cast members will be on hand for a Q&A session at the 8:00 screening of Mendoza's acclaimed indie spooker. Tue., Oct. 29, 8 p.m. $10. 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 Rocky Horror Picture Show: The Bawdy Caste performs onstage while the film plays in the background. Last Saturday of every month, 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: Exorcist: The Beginning: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Mikl-Em, and Dan Foley join the chorus of boos that originally greeted this botched prequel starring Stellan Skarsgård. Sun., Oct. 27, 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. Spooky Celluloid: Accordion maestro Rob Reich performs live music to accompany 16mm film screenings of classic animated Halloween shorts like Silly Symphonies Skeleton Dance and more. Sun., Oct. 27, noon. Free with museum admission. Pier 15, San Francisco, 528-4444, www.exploratorium.edu.

Multiple Bay Area Locations. United Nations Association Film Festival 2013: Individual to Universal: This international documentary fest focuses its lens on human rights, with 70 film screenings in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Atherton, and various venues around the Stanford University campus. Through Oct. 27. $10-$180. unaff.org. Bronze Venus: 2013 International Black Women's Film Festival: Includes screenings at the Brava Theater Center (Oct. 25), Hub Oakland (Oct. 26), and SFSU Student Center (Oct. 27). Oct. 25-27. ibwff.com. San Francisco, N/A.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Mother of George: The pressures of family and tradition weigh upon Danai Gurira and Isaach De Bankolé in this new drama by Nigerian filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu. Daily. Zaytoun: A downed Israeli fighter pilot and a young Palestinian refugee forge a tentative alliance in this new movie by director Eran Riklis (The Syrian Bride). Daily. Wadjda: Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia's first female filmmaker, tells the affecting story of a feisty young girl, a highly coveted bicycle, and a society that wants to limit what women are allowed to dream. Daily. Muscle Shoals: This music documentary looks at the history of FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where many hugely iconic rock and soul songs — including the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar," Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally," and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird" — were recorded. Daily. When Comedy Went to School: Documentary about legendary Jewish comedians from the Borscht Belt era. Daily. The Trials of Muhammad Ali: Documentary about the backlash that followed the boxing champ's refusal to fight in Vietnam based on conscientious objections. Starting Oct. 25. Daily. Torn: Starting Oct. 25. Daily. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. Zero Charisma: Through Oct. 23. After Tiller: Through Oct. 24. S.F. Art & Film for Teenagers Fest: A collection of 17 award-winning short films produced by students ages 13-20. Thu., Oct. 24, 7 p.m. $15. Informant: Documentary about activist-turned-FBI-informer Brandon Darby. Oct. 25-31. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

Vogue Theatre. Broadway Idiot: Through Oct. 24. 3290 Sacramento, San Francisco, 346-2288, www.voguesf.com.

The Vortex Room. The Satanic Rites of the Vortex Room: Double feature screening of Poor Devil (1973) and To Hell with the Devil (1981). Thu., Oct. 24, 9 p.m. $10. 1082 Howard, San Francisco, N/A, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vortex-Room/217115454982128.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Films by Fassbender: 10-film retrospective of provocative German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder; see the YBCA website for titles and showtimes. Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 21. $8-$10. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 978-2787, www.ybca.org.

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