Arthouse Movie Listings November 27-December 3, 2013

Aquarium of the Bay. Who Cares About Kelsey?: Documentary about the struggles of children with behavioral disabilities, followed by a Q&A session with director Dan Habib. Mon., Dec. 2, 5 p.m. free. danhabib.eventbrite.com. Embarcadero, San Francisco, 623-5300, www.aquariumofthebay.com.

Artists' Television Access. Other Cinema: U.K. Synthpop: Screening of the Synth Britannia electronic music documentary, preceded by live music from John Davis, Lana Voronina, and Headboggle. Sat., Nov. 30, 8:30 p.m. $8. othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

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. We Were Here: The devastating effect of AIDS on the San Francisco gay community is the focus of this documentary, originally premiered at the Castro in 2011 and now screening in solemn celebration of World AIDS Day. Sun., Dec. 1, 7 p.m. $8.50-$11. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. 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. The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The Bawdy Caste performs onstage while the ultimate cult 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: Santa Claus: The Movie: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Tristan Buckner, and Maura Sipila kick off their holiday season with the 1985 film that tried to steal all the magic from Christmas. Sun., Dec. 1, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. 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. 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 Midwestern road movie shot in black-and-white by director Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways). 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.

Multiple San Francisco Locations. Another Hole in the Head: SF IndieFest's lowbrow film festival is back for its 10th year of bloody awesome horror, fantasy, and science fiction oddities from the underground. Expect subjects ranging from A(liens) to Z(ombies) to splatter their way across movie screens at the Balboa Theater and New People Cinema over the course of the fest's three weird weeks. Nov. 29-Dec. 19. sfindie.com. multiple addresses, San Francisco, N/A.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen's latest dramatic comedy, set in San Francisco and starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett. Daily. Broken Circle Breakdown: Bluegrass may be unique to the USA, but heartbreak is universal, as witnessed by this Americana-infused film by Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen. 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. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Public Works. Licks: Mixologi presents the S.F. premiere of a new independent drama in which a young Oakland man tries to reintegrate himself into his community after a two-year stint in prison. Fri., Nov. 29, 8 p.m. $10. 161 Erie, San Francisco, 932-0955, www.publicsf.com.

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. 27. Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: Super-serious political activist-slash-linguist Noam Chomsky may seem a strange match for ultra-quirky film director Michel Gondry, but the latter's vibrant animations liven up Chomsky's thoughts and philosophies in this unique documentary film. Nov. 29-Dec. 5. Keep the Promise: The Global Fight Against AIDS: In honor of World AIDS Day, the HIV Story Project and AIDS Healthcare Foundation present the Bay Area premiere of this new documentary that chronicles a 2012 protest in Washington, D.C., in advance of the 19th International AIDS Conference. Sun., Dec. 1, 7 p.m. $10. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.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.

 
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