Arthouse Movie Listings January 8-14, 2014

The Castro Theatre. Sing Along The Little Mermaid: Join Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian, and the rest of the Disney fishes in this sing-along featuring subtitled song lyrics. Through Jan. 10. The Little Tramp at 100: A Charlie Chaplin Centennial Celebration: The San Francisco Silent Film Festival doffs its dusty bowler hat at a cinematic legend via feature screenings of The Kid and The Gold Rush (featuring live music by the S.F. Chamber Orchestra), a sequence of three short films (with piano accompaniment by Jon Mirsalis), and a Chaplin look-alike contest. Sat., Jan. 11, 1 p.m. $10-$22. silentfilm.org. 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. Parsifal: Filmed version of the Wagner opera that was staged at London's Royal Opera House in 2013. Thu., Jan. 9, 5 p.m. 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: Iron Man 3: Hosts Jim Fourniadis, Mike Spiegelman, and Alexia Staniotes wish they had indestructable armor around their brains. Sun., Jan. 12, 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. Philomena: Irish dramedy starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears. 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. 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. The Invisible Woman: Ralph Fiennes stars in and directs this biopic about Charles Dickens' midlife love affair with a teenage girl who must remain secret. Starting Jan. 10. 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.

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. Merola Goes to the Movies: The Merola Opera Program teams up with the Marx Brothers to spend A Night at the Opera that's both funny and free (albeit actually in the afternoon). Sat., Jan. 11, 1 p.m. free. merola.org. 100 Larkin, San Francisco, 557-4595, www.sfpl.org.

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. Caught in the Web: Director Chen Kaige (The Last Emperor, Farewell My Concubine) focuses on high-tech modern China in this Internet-centric drama. 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. Liv & Ingmar: Documentary about the fertile creative relationship between Swedish director Ingmar Bergman and actress Liv Ullman. Starting Jan. 10. Daily. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. 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. Through Jan. 9. The Infamous T and A Self-Made Man: Free LGBT documentary double feature presented by Frameline Encore. Thu., Jan. 9, 7 p.m. free. frameline.org. I Was a Teenage Teenager: Join SF IndieFest for a return to your acne-ridden youth with five days of teensploitation films, documentaries, TV melodramas, and more. Jan. 10-14. sfindie.com. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

Temescal Arts Center. Shapeshifters Cinema: Free monthly film series featuring experimental image manipulators and ambient sound shamans. Second Sunday of every month, 8 p.m. Free. shapeshifterscinema.com. 511 48th St., Oakland, 510-923-1074, www.temescalartscenter.org.

Viz Cinema at New People. Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo: Two screenings of the latest film episode in the ongoing mecha series, with the early (7 p.m.) film being shown in Japanese with English subtitles and the late (9:15 p.m.) screening being fully overdubbed in English. Fri., Jan. 10, 7 & 9:15 p.m. 1746 Post, San Francisco, 525-8600, www.newpeopleworld.com/films.

 
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