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Arthouse Movie Listings April 9-15, 2014 

Wednesday, Apr 9 2014
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Artists' Television Access. Konrad Steiner & Leslie Scalapino's Way: Screening of Konrad Steiner's feature-length video montage created to accompany Scalapino's recording of her book-length poem. Thu., April 10, 8 p.m. $7-$10. Other Cinema: Outsider Life: Screening of experimental filmmaker Ben Rivers' first feature-length documentary, Two Years at Sea, plus his shorts Origins of the Species and A World Rattled of Habit. Sat., April 12, 8:30 p.m. $6. othercinema.com. Transparent Things: Music/Film Conversations Between Rick Bahto & Paul Clipson: Bahto and Clipson share and discuss their avant-garde film collaborations with experimental musicians. Sun., April 13, 8 p.m. $7-$10. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

The Castro Theatre. Castro Theatre Celebrates Harold Ramis: In a not-too-serious tribute to the late comedy actor and director, the Castro presents a Friday night double feature of Groundhog Day and Caddyshack, followed by a Saturday evening triple feature of National Lampoon's Vacation, Stripes, and Animal House. April 11-12. Disney's Frozen Sing-A-Long: The latest animated smash from Walt Disney Pictures gets the matinee sing-along treatment for three weekends in April. Starting April 12. Saturdays, 1 p.m.; Sun., April 20, 1 & 5 p.m.; Sun., April 27, 1 p.m. Continues through April 27. $10-$16. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. 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. Daily. 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, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Conspiracy Theory: Hosts Jim Fourniadis, Ira Emsig, and Tristan Buckner stock up on tinfoil to watch Mel Gibson's most paranoid movie (besides the one playing permanently inside his head). Sun., April 13, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Davies Symphony Hall. City Lights: See the Chaplin classic with a live score performed by the S.F. Symphony. Sat., April 12, 8 p.m. $31-$146. 201 Van Ness, San Francisco, 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. 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. 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. The Lunchbox: Warm-hearted romantic drama from first time Indian director Ritesh Batra. Daily. Nymphomaniac: Volume I: Charlotte Gainsbourg is the titular character in this sure-to-be-divisive new feature by Lars von Trier, which is being released in two installments. Daily. Jodorowsky's Dune: The most psychedelic sci-fi film of all time was never actually made, but this documentary recounts the wild history behind Alejandro Jodorowsky's failed attempt to bring Frank Herbert's novel Dune to the big screen with help from Salvador Dalí, Pink Floyd, H.R. Giger, Moebius, and other mind-melters. Daily. Rob the Mob: Bonnie and Clyde meet the Gambino family in this comical crime caper set in a pre-Giuliani, pre-gentrified NYC. Daily. Nymphomaniac: Volume II: The conclusion of Lars von Trier's two-part film that — despite whatever breathless things you may have heard (or imagined) — is less about on-screen eroticism than the head games and logistics surrounding sex and relationships. Daily. The Gálapagos Affair: With a subtitle like "Satan Came to Eden," you know things will almost certainly go awry in this documentary about pre-WWII Europeans who attempted to escape society in the wilds of the Gálapagos Islands — but soon learned you can never truly escape the human beast. April 11-17. 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: Hayden Greif-Neill, Erik Krasner, and Allison Mick riff on Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive. Fri., April 11, 8 p.m. $10. facebook.com/FreshLikeCadaver. 1034 Valencia, San Francisco, 643-3373, www.lostweekendvideo.com.

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). Fridays, 6 p.m. Continues through April 25. $10. milibrary.org/events/cinemalit-film-series. 57 Post, San Francisco, 393-0100, www.milibrary.org.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Afternoon of a Faun: Documentary about Tanaquil Le Clercq — the great ballerina paralyzed by polio — that is only as tragic as the ballerina herself decided it would be. Daily. The Missing Picture: Using an unorthodox combination of clay mini-figures, dioramas, and propaganda films, filmmaker Rithy Panh attempts to recreate his memories of what it was like to live in Cambodia during the bloody reign of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge. Through April 10. 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. 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. It Felt Like Love: Young newcomer Gina Piersanti stars in Eliza Hittman's impressionistic indie debut in which teenage love and sex are hardly the stuff sentimental dreams are made of. Through April 10. Child's Pose: This riveting drama is an Eastern European spin on the old-fashioned "women's weepies" genre in which long-suffering mothers sacrifice their own happiness for the sake of their often bratty, unappreciative children. Through April 10. Arab Shorts: The Arab Film Festival presents three consecutive Wednesday evenings of short films — both fictional and documentary — about contemporary Arab life. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Continues through April 23. $10 (or $25 for series pass). arabshorts.org. Interior. Leather Bar.: James Franco and Travis Matthews create their own imaginary version of the rumored "lost footage" from William Friedkin's 1980 serial killer flick Cruising, whose gay S&M subcultural setting surrounded the film in controversy from the get-go. April 11-15. The Smash Brothers: This documentary series about Super Smash Bros. gamers could be the best competitive videogame doc since The King of Kong — although it is noticeably, sadly lacking in epic mullets. Sun., April 13, 2 p.m. $10-$15. goodgamesf.com/smash. 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.

Victoria Theatre. San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival: Some film festivals like to aim for the big-name titles, but this fringe cinema party (hosted by Peaches Christ and Sam Sharkey) roots for the little guy, screening almost 40 weird and wild short films over the course of three programs, with live bands and drag performances adding extra entertainment value. Sat., April 12, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $15-$20. peacheschrist.com. 2961 16th St., San Francisco, 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014: The YBCA's annual documentary series returns with a half-dozen feature-length films that touch upon issues of homophobia, sexism, political imprisonment, and other forms of injustice around the world. Starting April 10. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through April 27. $8-$10. ybca.org/human-rights-watch. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 978-2787, www.ybca.org.

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