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Arthouse Movie Listings February 19-25, 2014 

Wednesday, Feb 19 2014
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Artists' Television Access. The Cinema of Narcisa Hirsch: S.F. Cinematheque showcase of short films by the Argentina-based experimental filmmaker. Wed., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. sfcinematheque.org. Other Cinema: Flix Remix: Found footage appropriations, video mash-ups, and more. Sat., Feb. 22, 8:30 p.m. $6. othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

Balboa Theater. Balboa's 88th Birthday Bash: Featuring a screening of Frank Capra's 1926 silent comedy The Strong Man with live musical accompaniment by Frederick Hodges. Sun., Feb. 23, 7 p.m. $7.50-$10. 3630 Balboa St., San Francisco, 221-2184, www.balboamovies.com.

Brava Theater Center. Just Us: Debut screening of Nyjia Jones' documentary about the cycle of generational incarceration, plus a panel discussion featuring S.F. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and Public Defender Matt Gonzalez. Thu., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. Free. justusthefilm.com. 2781 24th St., San Francisco, 641-7657, www.brava.org.

California Academy of Sciences. Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit: Daily screenings of Ken Burns' documentary about the United States' first national park. Through Feb. 23. Free with museum admission. 55 Music Concourse, San Francisco, 379-8000, www.calacademy.org.

The Castro Theatre. Midnites for Maniacs: Kreative Killers: Triple bill featuring Clue, Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Abel Ferrara's The Driller Killer. Fri., Feb. 21, 7:20 p.m. $12. midnitesformaniacs.com. Sing-Along Mary Poppins: Sat., Feb. 22, 2 & 7 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 23, 2 p.m. $8.50-$11. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. Stranger by the Lake: Award-winning gay erotic thriller from French director Alain Guiraudie. Daily. Magic Magic: The San Francisco Film Society presents a special one-show-only screening of this psychological thriller by SFFS artist-in-residence Sebastián Silva. Thu., Feb. 20, 7 p.m. $10-$12. sffs.org. Omar: This Palestinian drama set in the Israeli-occupied territories is one of the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars. Starting Feb. 21. Daily. The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The Bawdy Caste performs onstage while the ultimate cult film plays in the background. Last Saturday of every month, 11:59 p.m. $9-$10. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: World War Z: Hosts Jim Fourniadis, Alexia Staniotes, and Tim Kay discuss the relative merits of writing a zombie novel versus being Brad Pitt. Sun., Feb. 23, 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. 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. Daily. Philomena: Irish dramedy starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears. 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. 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. The Wind Rises: Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated masterpiece for Studio Ghibli, shown in both subtitled and dubbed versions (the latter featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead role). Starting Feb. 21. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/EmbarcaderoCenterCinema.htm.

Exploratorium. Off the Screen: Wavemakers: Screening of Caroline Martel's documentary about the rare 1920s electronic music instrument known as the ondes Martenot, followed by a Q&A session with the director and a live demonstration/performance by Geneviève Grenier. Thu., Feb. 20, 7 p.m. Free with museum admission. Pier 15, San Francisco, 528-4444, www.exploratorium.edu.

Nourse Theatre. Philip Seymour Hoffman Movie Marathon: In remembrance of the late actor, City Arts & Lectures presents two (very) full days of free film screenings, starting with Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia on Saturday morning and culminating with Hoffman's Oscar-winning turn in Capote on Sunday night. See the City Arts website for specific movie titles and showtimes. Sat., Feb. 22, 10 a.m.; Sun., Feb. 23, noon. Free. cityarts.net. 275 Hayes, San Francisco, 563-2463, www.cityarts.net/the-nourse.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. 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. 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. Daily. The Great Beauty: Fellini-esque Italian drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino. 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 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 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. Love & Air Sex: Indie comedy about love, loss, and the immensely subtle art of performing at the Air Sex World Championship in Austin, TX. Feb. 21-25. Raze: San Francisco premiere of Josh C. Waller's female fightsploitation flick starring Zoë Bell. Feb. 21-24. Hank: Five Years from the Brink: Documentary about former Goldman Sachs CEO Hank Paulson by director Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost). Feb. 21-27. Future Filmmakers: TILT: Showcase of works by members of the Ninth Street Independent Film Center's TILT (Teaching Intermedia Literacy Tools) program. Sat., Feb. 22, noon. $7.50. ninthstreet.org/tilt_youth. Docunight #1: The Iranian documentary film series makes its S.F. debut with a screening of My Name Is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns. Tue., Feb. 25, 7 p.m. $9. docunight.com. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

San Francisco Art Institute. Women on the Land: Creating Conscious Community: Documentary about a group of back-to-the-land female farmers on the Mendocino Coast, followed by a Q&A session with filmmakers Carmen Goodyear and Laurie York. Tue., Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. Free. womenontheland.com. 800 Chestnut, San Francisco, 771-7020, www.sfai.edu.

Victoria Theatre. Legends of the Knight: Documentary about the inspirational power of Batman. (No, seriously.) Ticket proceeds benefit the S.F. Make-A-Wish Foundation. Fri., Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. $11. wearebatman.com. What Difference Does It Make?: Red Bull Music Academy presents its "film about making music," in which artists as diverse as Brian Eno, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Erykah Badu, Philip Glass, Q-Tip, Richie Hawtin, James Murphy, and more discuss what drives them to create. The documentary screening is preceded by a presentation featuring NYC house music icon François Kevorkian (who also spins later that night at Public Works). Sat., Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. Free with RSVP. rbmafilm.eventbrite.com. 2961 16th St., San Francisco, 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org.

Vogue Theatre. Mostly British Film Festival: Two dozen new and classic movies, including spotlights on romance films, British noir, and a special tribute to Michael York. Through Feb. 20. $10-$12.50 per film (or $100-$135 for festival pass). mostlybritish.org. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival's WinterFest: The SFJFF hosts its first-ever winter mini-festival featuring five movies, including the West Coast premiere of A Short History of Decay starring Bryan Greenberg. Sun., Feb. 23, noon. $10-$12 per film (or $30-$40 for full-day pass). sfjff.org. 3290 Sacramento, San Francisco, 346-2288, www.voguesf.com.

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