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Arthouse Movie Listings April 16-22, 2014 

Wednesday, Apr 16 2014
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Artists' Television Access. Periwinkle Cinema: Bits & Pieces: A night of short films by LGBT artists. Wed., April 16, 8 p.m. $7. facebook.com/PeriwinkleCinema. Sistah Sinema: The cinema series for queer women of color hosts a screening of The New Black, a documentary about struggles within the African-American community to come to terms with homosexuality and the fight for gay rights. Fri., April 18, 8 p.m. $7-$12. sistahsinema.com. Other Cinema: Psychedelic Eye: Erik Davis presents a slideshow delving into the life of psychedelic poster and underground comic artist Rick Griffin. Sat., April 19, 8:30 p.m. $6. othercinema.com. Landscapes/Durations/Distances: Films of Lois Patiño: The avant-garde filmmaker appears in person to screen a selection of his short works at this event co-promoted by SF Cinematheque and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Sun., April 20, 7:30 p.m. $5-$10. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

Brava Theater Center. San Francisco Bulgarian Film Festival: This second annual weekend of Bulgarian culture includes five feature films, three documentaries, and short art programs and live performances during the intermissions. Tickets for any of the features allow you to see the documentaries for free. April 18-20. $15 for feature films. 2781 24th St., San Francisco, 641-7657, www.brava.org.

The Castro Theatre. Midnites for Maniacs: Kill or Be Killed: Arnold Schwarzenegger's campy adaptation of Stephen King's The Running Man kicks off this double bill of survival-by-any-means-necessary action flicks, followed by Japanese teen splatterfest Battle Royale. Fri., April 18, 7:20 p.m. $12. midnitesformaniacs.com. 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. 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.

Center for New Music. Film @ C4NM: Beyond Coltrane: Screening of Electric Ascension, which captures the Rova Orkestrova — including Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Nels Cline, Ikue Mori, Carla Kihlstedt, Fred Frith, Hamid Drake, and others — reinterpreting John Coltrane's Ascension. Sat., April 19, 2 p.m. $7-$10. 55 Taylor, San Francisco, 275-2466, www.centerfornewmusic.com.

Clay Theatre. Finding Vivian Maier: John Maloof and Charlie Siskel's documentary is a portrait of a shy, emotionally troubled nanny who also happened to be a highly talented photographer whose art remained a secret until after her death. Daily. The Big Lebowski: Three nights of White Russians, nihilists, bathrobes, bowling, and quotable lines out the yin-yang. April 18-20, 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: Lethal Weapon 4: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Mikl-Em, and Dan Foley are getting too old for this shit. Sun., April 20, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. 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. Through April 17. 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. 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. The Lunchbox: Warm-hearted romantic drama from first time Indian director Ritesh Batra. 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. The Railway Man: Colin Firth stars in this screen adaptation of British Army officer Eric Lomax's memoir about struggling to overcome memories of wartime torture at the hands of the Japanese. Starting April 18. Daily. Alan Partridge: After many years on BBC radio and television, Steve Coogan's proto-Ron Burgundy character finally hits the big screen in this British comedy. Starting April 18. Daily. Only Lovers Left Alive: Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton play longer-than-longtime lovers in Jim Jarmusch's atmospheric art-house take on the vampire movie genre. Starting April 18. 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. High Dudgeon: Natasha Muse, Emily Epstein White, Ivan Hernandez, Andre Parker, and George Chen riff on the old (by which we mean young) Nicolas Cage vamp flick, Vampire's Kiss. Wed., April 16, 8 p.m. $10. 1034 Valencia, San Francisco, 643-3373, www.lostweekendvideo.com.

Main Library, Koret Auditorium. Watershed: The San Francisco Green Film Festival presents a free Earth Day screening and discussion of this Robert Redford-narrated documentary about the Colorado River and the ethical dilemmas surrounding humanity's use and exploitation of its resources. Tue., April 22, 6 p.m. Free. sfgreenfilmfest.org. 100 Larkin, San Francisco, 557-4595, www.sfpl.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). Fridays, 6 p.m. Continues through April 25. $10. milibrary.org/events/cinemalit-film-series. 57 Post, San Francisco, 393-0100, www.milibrary.org.

Oddball Films. Birdstravaganza: Fine Feathered Films: Short films with avian themes provide opportunities for an altogether different type of bird watching. Thu., April 17, 8 p.m. $10. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 558-8112, www.oddballfilms.com.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. 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. 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. 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 Great Beauty: Fellini-esque Italian drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Daily. Watermark: Photographer Edward Burtynsky reunited with Manufactured Landscapes director Jennifer Baichwal to create this globetrotting exploration of humanity's interaction with the most important natural resource of all: water. Burtynsky will also appear in person at the 4:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. screenings on Friday, April 18. April 18-24. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. 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. Through April 17. Mistaken for Strangers: Ostensibly a documentary about indie rock band The National, this tour movie — filmed by the singer's schlumpier younger brother — also ends up being a story about the funny frustrations endemic to sibling rivalries the world over. Through April 17. 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. A Fragile Trust: Documentary about disgraced reporter Jayson Blair, whose plagiarized and falsified stories for The New York Times stained the Gray Lady's reputation and raised serious questions about journalistic ethics in today's media environment. Thu., April 17, 7 p.m. Faust: Russian Ark director Aleksandr Sokurov sets Goethe's damnation tragedy in the early 19th century in his lush and painterly latest film. April 18-24. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. Grand Opera Cinema Series: The S.F. Opera presents a filmed recording of its 2009 production of George and Ira Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Mon., April 21, 7:15 p.m. $10.25-$14. sfopera.com. 1881 Post, San Francisco, 346-3243, www.sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html.

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. 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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