Arthouse Movie Listings December 18-24, 2013

Artists' Television Access. Periwinkle Cinema: Voyeurs & Exhibitionists: The queer video series gets X-tra sexy for Xmas. Wed., Dec. 18, 8 p.m. $7. Shorts from the SFSU Cinema Department: S.F. State's Experimental Documentary Workshop present short films from the 2013 fall semester. Thu., Dec. 19, 7 p.m. CCSF Motion Picture Directing: Student Film Showcase: Screenings of final projects by City College film students. Fri., Dec. 20, 8 p.m. $6. Other Cinema: Avant to Live: New experimental works. Sat., Dec. 21, 8:30 p.m. $7. othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

The Castro Theatre. Noir City Xmas: There are no guarantees for a happy holiday when Noir City's Eddie Muller presents a dark cinema double-feature that includes Blast of Silence (1961) and Christmas Eve aka Sinner's Holiday (1947). Wed., Dec. 18, 7 p.m. Midnites for Maniacs: M4M skips its usual kitsch for a rare double-shot of melodrama with Home for the Holidays and Love Actually. Fri., Dec. 20, 7:15 p.m. midnitesformaniacs.com. 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. Die Hard: The only non-horror Christmas movie with a body count. Dec. 20-21, 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: Black Christmas: Hosts Jim Fourniadis, Ira Emsig, and Alexia Staniotes take a "slay ride" with the 2006 holiday horror also-ran. Sun., Dec. 22, 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. Philomena: Irish dramedy starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears. 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. Inside Llewyn Davis: Oscar Isaac occupies the title role in this Coen Brothers film about a Greenwich Village folkie set in the early '60s. Starting Dec. 19. 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.

Lost Weekend Video. Scary Cow Bargain Film Night: Cheap screenings from the local indie film co-op. Sun., Dec. 22, 8 p.m. $5. scarycow.com. 1034 Valencia St., San Francisco, 643-3373, www.lostweekendvideo.com.

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. 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. Daily. Bettie Page Reveals All: A documentary about Bettie Page? Hold our calls. Daily. Sweet Dreams: Documentary about women from a Rwandan drumming troupe who try to open the country's first (and only) ice cream shop. Daily. Go for Sisters: Lone Star director John Sayles returns to the dusty southern border of America for this drama starring LisaGay Hamilton, Yolanda Ross, and Edward James Olmos. Starting Dec. 20. 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. Through Dec. 19. 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. Through Dec. 18. Piaf: Her Story ... Her Songs: The Alliance Française de San Francisco presents a documentary/concert film screening — starring French jazz singer Raquel Bitton, who will also be in attendance tonight — to benefit the AFSF's French Cinema Club. Thu., Dec. 19, 8:15 p.m. $25-$40. Lenny Cooke: Documentary about the once-hyped hoops player whose star never rose higher than high school. Dec. 20-26. lennycookemovie.com. 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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