Arthouse Movie Listings July 2-8, 2014

Balboa Theater. The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground: Documentary about the Grammy-winning klezmer band. Thu., July 3, 7:30 p.m. $7.50-$10. 3630 Balboa, San Francisco, 221-2184, www.balboamovies.com.

The Castro Theatre. Midnites for Maniacs: Triple bill featuring all three films in the Back to the Future trilogy. Sat., July 5, 5 p.m. $12. midnitesformaniacs.com. Scary Cow Film Festival: The indie filmmaker co-op presents its 23rd showcase of short films made by its members. Sun., July 6, 2 p.m. $10-$30. scarycow.com. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

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.

Main Library, Koret Auditorium. A Streetcar Named Desire: The Merola Opera Program piques your interest in their upcoming opera adaptation of the famous Tennessee Williams play by hosting this free screening of the classic 1951 film version starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh. Sun., July 6, 1 p.m. Free. merolaopera.com. 100 Larkin, San Francisco, 557-4595, www.sfpl.org.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Citizen Koch: If you thought William Randolph Hearst had too much influence over American politics, wait until you see what David and Charles Koch get up to in this new documentary from directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin. Daily. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia: A reverential documentary about the infamously witty writer and Lefty icon by newcomer Nicholas Wrathall. Daily. Korengal: The director of Restrepo returns to Afghanistan for another hard look at soldiers' lives in this companion piece to his Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary. Through July 3. A Coffee in Berlin: This Jarmuschian black-and-white slacker drama brings an American indie/mumblecore aesthetic to the German capital city (and was able to bring home a heap of major German film awards while doing it). Daily. Le Chef: French cuisine and comedy share the menu in Daniel Cohen's film starring Michaël Youn and Jean Reno. Starting July 4. Daily. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. Breathing Earth: Documentary profile of artist Susumu Shingu, whose kinetic sculptures are powered by wind and water. Through July 3. The Dance of Reality: 2014 is rapidly turning out to be the Year of Jodorowsky: First there was the Dune documentary, and now the cult director unveils his first new feature film in nearly a quarter-century — an autobiographically inspired movie that, despite its title, contains nearly as much surrealist magic as it does quotidian reality. Through July 3. Docunight #5: The Iranian documentary series presents two films by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Lady of the Roses and Back Vocal. Wed., July 2, 7 p.m. $10. docunight.com. Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #4: Screening of independent short films, followed by a filmmaker Q&A session. Thu., July 3, 7 p.m. $10. The Internet's Own Boy: July 4-10. Hellion: Young Josh Wiggins makes his feature film debut in this drama about teenage delinquency and familial dissolution set in Texas. July 4-8. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Brakhage, Brakhage, Brakhage!: The YBCA pays tribute to famed experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage via a trio of screenings. Sun., July 6, 2 p.m.; Thu., July 10, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., July 13, 2 p.m. $8-$10. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 978-2787, www.ybca.org.

 
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