Arthouse Movie Listings January 1-7, 2014

The Castro Theatre. Midnites for Maniacs: Nicolas Cage's 50th Birthday Extravaganza: Put those nasty Wicker Man memories to rest with a double feature of vintage Nic flicks Valley Girl and Raising Arizona. Fri., Jan. 3, 7:20 & 9:20 p.m. midnitesformaniacs.com. Sing Along The Little Mermaid: Join Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian, and the rest of the Disney fishes in this cinematic sing-along featuring subtitled song lyrics. Jan. 5-10. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. The Past (Le Passé): A new dramatic mystery from Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation). Daily. 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. Akira: As promised by the movie's poster, Neo-Tokyo does indeed e-x-p-l-o-d-e (um, spoiler alert!) in this classic 1988 science fiction anime, presented here with the original Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. Jan. 3-4, 11:59 p.m. $9-$10. 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Contemporary Jewish Museum. Fiddler on the Roof: The Fiddler at 50 celebration opens with this free screening of the 1971 Fiddler on the Roof film adaptation starring Chaim Topol. Tue., Jan. 7, 2 p.m. Free. fiddlerat50.com. 736 Mission, San Francisco, 655-7800, www.thecjm.org.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Snakes on a Plane: Hosts Jim Fourniadis, Mikl-Em, and Rose Lacy kick off 2014 with Samuel L. Jackson and some motherfucking snakes on a motherfucking plane. Sun., Jan. 5, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Inside Llewyn Davis: Oscar Isaac occupies the title role in this Coen Brothers film about a Greenwich Village folkie set in the early '60s. 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. 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. 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. 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. Reaching for the Moon: Miranda Otto stars in this biopic about American poet Elizabeth Bishop's lesbian relationship with Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Daily. The Great Beauty: Fellini-esque Italian drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Daily. Caught in the Web: Director Chen Kaige (The Last Emperor, Farewell My Concubine) focuses on high-tech modern China in this Internet-centric drama. Starting Jan. 3. Daily. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. I Am Divine: Documentary about the legendary drag queen, singer, and star of Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and other classic John Waters films. Through Jan. 2. The Punk Singer: Documentary about Bikini Kill vocalist and Riot Grrrl icon Kathleen Hanna. Through Jan. 2. 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 Jan. 2. A Touch of Sin: Four characters discover the downside of China's surging capitalist society in this new drama from Still Life director Jia Zhangke. Jan. 3-9. Shane Carruth: Hard Science & Human Nature: Double feature screening of Primer and Upstream Color, with the director making a personal appearance between movies via Skype. Mon., Jan. 6, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. Northern Lights: Director Rob Nilsson presents a new 35mm print of his 1978 drama about struggling farmers in 1915 North Dakota. Tue., Jan. 7, 7 p.m. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

 
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