Arthouse Movie Listings Dec. 11-17, 2013

ABCo Art Space. Huckleberry's Ol' Time Movie Nite: Screenings of vintage films starring Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Woody Woodpecker, Popeye, and other icons — all silent, save for the clickety-clacking sound of the old reel-to-reel projector. Thu., Dec. 12, 8 p.m. 3135 Filbert St., Oakland, www.abcoartspace.com.

Artists' Television Access. The Book of Jane: San Francisco premiere of the new feature film by local writer and director Antero Alli. Thu., Dec. 12, 8 p.m. $6-$10. verticalpool.com/bookofjane.html. Other Cinema: Incredibly Strange Religion: Short cinematic looks at Unarians, Mormons, and other folks who live on the religious fringes. Sat., Dec. 14, 8:30 p.m. $6.66. othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

Bindlestiff Studio. Facine Bente: The 20th Annual Filipino American Cine Festival: This yearly showcase of contemporary Filipino movies is the longest running event of its kind in the U.S., with this year's festival showing 33 works over the course of its six days and nights. Through Dec. 14. $10-$12. facinesf.com. 185 6th St., San Francisco, 255-0440, www.bindlestiffstudio.org.

The Castro Theatre. Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 8: The Prelinger Archives' latest round of short films about San Francisco days gone by. Tue., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets sold out. longnow.org. 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 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: The Nutcracker in 3-D: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Mikl-Em, and Tim Kay don their holiday goggles to watch the movie that The Onion A.V. Club called a "$90 million pain in the retinas." Sun., Dec. 15, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Philomena: Irish dramedy starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears. 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. 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. 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. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/EmbarcaderoCenterCinema.htm.

Exploratorium. Teeming and Tenuous/Fleeting and Alive: Film Performances by Alex MacKenzie: The avant-garde filmmaker appears in person to project three of his multi-screen experimental cinema works. Wed., Dec. 11, 7 p.m. $5-$10. 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.

Main Library, Koret Auditorium. B.O.S.S. (Break Out Student Showcase) Film Festival: Free screenings of works by film students at the Art Institute of California–San Francisco, followed by a Q&A session. Fri., Dec. 13, 1 p.m. free. 100 Larkin, San Francisco, 557-4595, www.sfpl.org.

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. Through Dec. 19. sfindie.com. multiple addresses, San Francisco, N/A.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Sweet Dreams: Documentary about women from a Rwandan drumming troupe who try to open the country's first (and only) ice cream shop. Daily. Bettie Page Reveals All: A documentary about Bettie Page? Hold our calls. Daily. Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen's latest dramatic comedy, set in San Francisco and starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett. Daily. The Great Beauty: Fellini-esque Italian drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Daily. The Last Days on Mars: Sci-fi thriller starring Liev Schreiber and Elias Koteas. Starting Dec. 13. Daily. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. The Punk Singer: Documentary about Bikini Kill vocalist and Riot Grrrl icon Kathleen Hanna, with director Sini Anderson appearing in person for the 7 p.m. screening on Saturday, Dec. 7. Through Dec. 12. At Berkeley: Settle in and make yourself comfortable if you choose to view this four-hour documentary about the famed East Bay university with a focus on its day-to-day administrative labors. Through Dec. 12. Sign Painters: Documentary about sign painters. Were you expecting something different? Thu., Dec. 12, 7 & 9:30 p.m. signpaintermovie.blogspot.com. Ms. 45: Uncut, X-rated new transfer of Abel Ferrara's early 1980s rape 'n' revenge exploitation cult hit. Dec. 13-16. Persistence of Vision: Documentary about Who Framed Roger Rabbit? animation director Richard Williams and his ill-fated dream project, The Thief and the Cobbler. Fri., Dec. 13, 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 15, 2 & 3:45 p.m. Wrap Your Arms Around a Stranger: Roxie Holiday Fundraiser 2013: A Christmas party played the Roxie way — i.e., with a lot of kitschy weirdness — featuring holiday films, seasonal TV specials, dating games, beer, and other activities for Bad Santas. Sat., Dec. 14, 7 p.m. 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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