Arthouse Movie Listings February 12-18, 2014

518 Valencia. 11th Annual Big Lebowski Party: Costume party hosted by SF IndieFest, with the Coen Brothers' cult comedy screening at midnight. Sat., Feb. 15, 8 p.m. $10. sfindie.com. 518 Valencia, San Francisco, 863-9977, www.518valencia.org.

Artists' Television Access. Sistah Sinema: A Queer Women of Color Valentine's: Screenings of the short films Sisters in the Life and A Luv Tale. Fri., Feb. 14, 8 p.m. $7-$12. sistahsinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

The Castro Theatre. Purple Is the Warmest Color: Valentine's Day celebration of The Color Purple with actress Margaret "Shug" Avery appearing live in person. Fri., Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. $11-$35. Sing-Along Annie: Feb. 15-16, 1 p.m. $10-$16. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

City College of San Francisco. Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement: Documentary film screening in celebration of Black History Month, followed by a discussion led by CCSF's Jessica Nelson-Lundy. Thu., Feb. 13, 1 p.m. free. 50 Phelan, San Francisco, 239-3000, www.ccsf.edu.

Clay Theatre. Stranger by the Lake: Award-winning gay erotic thriller from French director Alain Guiraudie. Daily. Romeo and Juliet: Filmed version of the Broadway drama starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. Thu., Feb. 13, 7 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 16, 11 a.m. Harold and Maude: Feb. 14-16, 11:59 p.m. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Man of Steel: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Mike Spiegelman, and Tristan Buckner invite you to bring some kryptonite in preparation for the latest Superman reboot, Man of Steel. Sun., Feb. 16, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Davies Symphony Hall. S.F. Symphony: A Night at the Oscars: Constantine Kitsopoulos conducts the SFS as they play musical themes to accompany 35mm screenings of scenes from Gone with the Wind, Ben-Hur, Citizen Kane, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Wizard of Oz, and more. Sat., Feb. 15, 8 p.m. $31-$146. 201 Van Ness, San Francisco, 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Be the smartest cinephile at your friends' Academy Awards party by seeing all the nominees in the categories of Best Animated Short, Best Live Action Short, and more. Through Feb. 13. theoscarshorts.shorts.tv. 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. 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. Gloria: Paulina García has won wide acclaim for her lead performance in this character study of a middle-aged Chilean woman who lives life on her own terms. Daily. Philomena: Irish dramedy starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears. Daily. Tim's Vermeer: Teller (of Penn & Teller fame) directed this documentary about Tim Jenison's quest to discover the secret behind Vermeer's uncanny knack for verisimilitude. Starting Feb. 14. 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, San Francisco, 643-3373, www.lostweekendvideo.com.

Museum of the African Diaspora. Right On!: Poetry on Film: Screening of the 1970 film featuring performances by the Original Last Poets (Gylan Kain, Felipe Luciano, and David Nelson). Thu., Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. 685 Mission, San Francisco, 358-7200, www.moadsf.org.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. The Great Beauty: Fellini-esque Italian drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino. 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. Daily. The Past (Le Passé): A new dramatic mystery from Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation). Daily. Like Father, Like Son: The latest drama from director Hirokazu Kore-Eda (Still Walking), which was nominated for the Palme d'Or and won the Jury Prize at Cannes. Starting Feb. 14. Daily. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. 16th SF IndieFest: They're calling this year's San Francisco Independent Film Festival their "Sweet 16," but SF IndieFest is more grown up than that teenage designation might imply. With its wide variety of art-house dramas, apocalyptic comedies, animated features, thrillers, theme parties, sing-alongs, and other tangential events, the 2014 IndieFest has a lot to offer film fans — even those who are well past having parentally imposed curfews. Most screenings take place at the Roxie, with some extra shows at the Brava Theater Center (2781 24th St., SF) and New Parkway Theater (474 24th St., Oakland). Through Feb. 20. sfindie.com. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

Vogue Theatre. Mostly British Film Festival: Stiffen that upper lip, chap: The MBFF features two dozen new and classic movies from Great Britain and elsewhere around the Commonwealth, including spotlights on romance films, British noir, and a special tribute to Michael York. Feb. 13-20. $10-$12.50 per film (or $100-$135 for festival pass). mostlybritish.org. 3290 Sacramento, San Francisco, 346-2288, www.voguesf.com.

 
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