Arthouse Movie Listings November 20-26, 2013

4-Star Theatre. Sake-Bomb: San Francisco premiere of Junya Sakino's road trip comedy about two young Asians — one from L.A. and the other "fresh off the boat" from Japan — on their way to Petaluma in search of a girl. Nov. 20-21. sakebombmovie.com. 2200 Clement, San Francisco, 666-3488, www.lntsf.com/4-star-theatre.html.

The Castro Theatre. Godard Film Series: The French directorial legend is honored with a month of midweek screenings that include Breathless (Nov. 6), Weekend (Nov. 13), Band of Outsiders (Nov. 27), and a special 50th anniversary restoration of Contempt (Nov. 20). Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Nov. 27. $8.50-$11. 9 to 5: Before Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda hit the screen in their 1980 battle-of-the-sexes workplace comedy, Peaches Christ, Heklina, and Pandora Boxx pay drag tribute in a new stage production, "Workin'." Sat., Nov. 23, 8 p.m. $25-$55. peacheschrist.com. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. Oldboy: With the Spike Lee remake about to hit American theaters, you might want to see the original Park Chan-wook revenge film on the big screen one last time before your memories are altered by Hollywood. Nov. 22-23, 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: Highlander 2: The Quickening: Hosts Jim Fourniadis, Mikl-Em, and Dan Foley lose their heads over the sequel that left everyone muttering, "There can be — or at least there should have been — only one." Sun., Nov. 24, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Blue Is the Warmest Color: French coming-of-age love story (based on the cult graphic novel) that won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Daily. Dallas Buyers Club: Matthew McConaughey continues his run of challenging roles in this true-life tale of a 1980s Texas cowboy who's diagnosed as HIV positive. Daily. The Armstrong Lie: Documentary king Alex Gibney gets a front-row view of the scandal that led to Lance Armstrong's ignominious fall from public favor. Daily. 12 Years a Slave: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Brad Pitt star in director Steve McQueen's powerful drama set in antebellum America. Daily. Nebraska: Bruce Dern and Will Forte star in a poignant Midwestern road movie shot in black-and-white by director Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways). Starting Nov. 22. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/EmbarcaderoCenterCinema.htm.

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.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen's latest dramatic comedy, set in San Francisco and starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett. Daily. How I Live Now: Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) directs Saoirse Ronan in this adaptation of Meg Rosoff's YA novel. Daily. Le Joli Mai: 50th anniversary digital restoration of the 1963 documentary about Paris. Daily. Spinning Plates: Documentary offering behind-the-scenes looks at three very different American restaurants. Daily. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. American Promise: This DIY documentary follows a middle class African-American family over the course of 12 years as their son tries to get ahead in a NYC private school. Through Nov. 21. Third Annual CCSF Festival of the Moving Image: City College's Cinema and Broadcast Electronic Media Arts departments team up for a one-night microfest showcasing student works. Thu., Nov. 21, 7 & 8:45 p.m. $6.50-$10. facebook.com/festivalofthemovingimage. Cinema by the Bay: After a fall season spent focusing on Hong Kong, Zurich, Taiwan, France, and Italy, the San Francisco Film Society brings it all back home for its fifth annual festival by, for, and about Bay Area filmmakers. Nov. 22-24. $10-$25. sffs.org. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

SFSU Campus/Fine Arts Building. Hungarian Film Festival S.F.: The Hungarian Film in San Francisco collective presents its second roundup of contemporary features, documentaries, shorts, and animations over three free evenings in SFSU's Coppola Theater. Nov. 22-24. Free. facebook.com/hungarianfilmSF. 1600 Holloway, San Francisco, 338-6535, www.sfsu.edu.

Swedish American Hall. Thomas Dolby: The Invisible Lighthouse Live: The synth-pop pioneer turns his attention to film for this transmedia event that combines documentary movie footage, live narration, and — naturally — electronic music and sound design. Thu., Nov. 21, 8 p.m. $25-$60. 2174 Market, San Francisco, 861-5016, www.swedishamericanhall.com.

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.

Yoshi's San Francisco. John Waters: This Filthy World: The trash cinema icon discusses his unique ethos in this spoken word show. Sat., Nov. 23, 8 & 10 p.m. $30-$40. 1330 Fillmore, San Francisco, 655-5600, www.yoshis.com.

 
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