Arthouse Movie Listingsfor April 2-8, 2014

Artists' Television Access. Other Cinema: Planet Rock: A screening of Kerry Laitala's 16mm look at New Hampshire's once-iconic Old Man of the Mountain (R.I.P.), plus cinematic glimpses at Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, and more. Sat., April 5, 8:30 p.m. $6. othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

Brava Theater Center. Guitarra de Palo: Flamenco documentary screening followed by live performance featuring Antón Jiménez, Jerry González, Jorge Pardo, Raimundo Amador, Javier Colina, Israel Suárez ("El Piraña"), Rafita Jiménez, and David Paniagua. Sun., April 6, 6 p.m. $25-$65. bayareaflamenco.org. 2781 24th St., San Francisco, 641-7657, www.brava.org.

California Academy of Sciences. Reel to Real NightLife: To celebrate this year's upcoming S.F. International Film Festival (April 24-May 8), the San Francisco Film Society hosts an evening of short films, animal documentaries, planetarium shows, and other forms of cinematic entertainment, plus cocktails (of course!) and music by the Sweater Funk DJs. Thu., April 3, 6-10 p.m. $10-$12. sffs.org. 55 Music Concourse, San Francisco, 379-8000, www.calacademy.org.

The Castro Theatre. Sing Along Beauty and the Beast: Costumes are encouraged for these sing-along screenings of the enduring Disney musical. Through April 4, 7 p.m.; Sun., April 6, 2:30 p.m. $10-$16. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Center for New Music. Film @ C4NM: Avant Rock: Documentary screenings of Frank Zappa: Phase II - The Big Note, Approximately Nels Cline, and The Art of the Stompbox. Sun., April 6, 2 p.m. $7-$10. 55 Taylor, San Francisco, 275-2466, www.centerfornewmusic.com.

Center for Sex & Culture. How to Lose Your Virginity: This new documentary from Therese Shechter (I Was a Teenage Feminist) casts a questioning eye on the issue of purity versus promiscuity in American society. Sat., April 5, 8 p.m. $8-$25 sliding scale. virginitymovie.com. 1349 Mission, San Francisco, 902-2071, www.sexandculture.org.

Clay Theatre. The Lunchbox: Warm-hearted romantic drama from first time Indian director Ritesh Batra. Daily. On My Way: Legendary French beauty Catherine Deneuve ambles across the screen in this road movie whose primary goal seems to be simply spending as much time with the cinematic icon as possible. Starting April 4. Daily. Sharknado: Even by the SyFy Channel's abysmal standards, this low budget made-for-TV thriller about a storm that flings sharks around Los Angeles is beyond awful — so awful, in fact, that it has an 82% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Because it's flippin' hilarious, that's why. April 4-5, 11:59 p.m. $10. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Alexia Staniotes, and Tim Kay kick off a month of Mel Gibson flicks with the movie that, if nothing else, bequeathed the name of its titular battle arena to a Burning Man camp. Sun., April 6, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Ernest & Celestine: This Oscar-nominated French animated film — about the unlikely friendship between a mouse and a bear — is shown in both dubbed and subtitled versions. Daily. Particle Fever: The Large Hadron Collider didn't open up an apocalyptic black hole when it was turned on in 2008, but filmmaker Mark Levinson made his own kind of Emmerich-free excitement in this acclaimed documentary about the scientists behind that enormous particle accelerator. Daily. Jodorowsky's Dune: daily. Le Week-End: A middle-aged British couple journey to Paris in an attempt to rekindle romance in this dramedy directed by Notting Hill's Roger Michell. Daily. Nymphomaniac: Volume I: 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). Daily. Rob the Mob: starting April 4. Daily. Nymphomaniac: Volume II: starting April 4. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/EmbarcaderoCenterCinema.htm.

Exploratorium. Bay Area Student Filmmaking Showcase: The San Francisco Film Society presents works by creative young upstarts from the Bay Area Video Coalition, California College of the Arts, SFAI, Stanford, UC Berkeley, USF, and more. Sat., April 5, 4 p.m. Free with museum admission. Pier 15, San Francisco, 528-4444, www.exploratorium.edu.

First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco. Leaving Fear Behind: Filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen is still being imprisoned by Chinese officials for "subversion of state power" by making this 25-minute documentary about Tibet. Today his wife Lhamo Tso and the Dui Hua Foundation's John Kamm show the film and discuss the issues surrounding it at an event presented by Amnesty International USA Group 30. Sun., April 6, 2 p.m. $5 suggested donation. aigroup30.org. 1187 Franklin, San Francisco, 292-4892, www.uusf.org.

Mechanics' Institute Library. CinemaLit Film Series: Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Mechanics' Institute Library honors the late Oscar winner with a month of weekly screenings, including Capote (April 4), The Savages (April 11), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (April 18), and Doubt (April 25). Starting April 4. Fridays, 6 p.m. Continues through April 25. $10. milibrary.org/events/cinemalit-film-series. 57 Post, San Francisco, 393-0100, www.milibrary.org.

Multiple San Francisco Locations. Crossroads 2014: San Francisco Cinematheque — along with experimental co-conspirators like 23five Incorporated, Artists' Television Access, Oddball Films, Shapeshifters Cinema, and others — pushes the boundaries of film with this four-day festival of avant-garde shorts, video projections, and art installations at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission), Victoria Theatre (2961 16th Street), and Kadist Art Foundation (3295 20th Street). April 3-6. $5-$10. sfcinematheque.org. Multiple addresses, San Francisco, N/A.

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