Arthouse Film Listings For Dec. 29 – Jan. 4, 2017

Showtimes and dates of films playing in San Francisco this week.

Off The Rails

Alamo Drafthouse. What Have I Done To Deserve This?: In this delirious, kitsch-punk entertainment explosion, incredible Almodovar muse Carmen Maura delivers a go-for-broke performance as a Madrid housewife who decides to take her terminally dramatic life into her own hands. Easy parallels can be drawn to John Waters’ work of the same period, but the touches of neorealism and French New Wave (heck, even Roald Dahl and Truman Capote!) point to the filmmaker we know and love today. Mon., Jan. 2, 7:45 p.m. Pulp Fiction: Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece scrambles the lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits. It’s not often that you can say that a movie changed cinema, but these four tales of violence and redemption changed everything. Mon., Jan. 2, 10:45 p.m. Feast: Patrons locked inside a bar are forced to fight monsters. Tue., Jan. 3, 10:30 p.m. Under The Skin: A mysterious woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. Events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery. Wed., Jan. 4, 10:45 p.m. 2550 Mission St, San Francisco, 415-549-5959, https://drafthouse.com/sf/theater/new-mission.

Artists’ Television Access. Other Cinema: An ongoing series of experimental cinema. Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. $7. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 415-824-3890, atasite.org.

Balboa Theatre. Balboa Classics: Classic movies every week. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Popcorn Palace: Every Saturday at 10 a.m. $10 gets ticket plus popcorn and drink! Saturdays, 10 a.m. 3630 Balboa, San Francisco, 415-221-2184, balboamovies.com.

Castro Theatre. Sound Of Music Sing-Along: A screening of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in glorious widescreen, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character for the costume contest. Thu., Dec. 29, 7 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 30, 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 31, 1 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 1, 1 & 7 p.m. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 415-621-6120, castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. 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, 415-267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/san-francisco/clay-theatre.

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, 415-528-4444, exploratorium.edu.

Roxie Theater. Off The Rails: The life of Darius McCollum, a man whose obsession with mass transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating drivers, conductors, token booth clerks, and track repairmen. Through Dec. 29. Gleason: Diagnosed with ALS, former NFL football player Steve Gleason starts to record video journals for his unborn son. Through Jan. 5, 2017, 4:30 p.m. Más Almodóvar: All About My Mother: All About My Mother is a story of love and friendship that is born of significant loss. After losing her son in an unfortunate accident after attending a production of A Streetcar Named Desire, a single mother seeks solace from her grief. Along the way she rediscovers pieces of her past as she reunites with the boy’s transvestite father, meets an old friend, and realizes new friendships with a nun who runs a shelter for battered prostitutes and with the stage actress her son so admired. Thu., Dec. 29, 7 p.m. Kiki: El Amor Se Has (Kiki: Love to Love): Five stories of love and sex unfold over one hot summer in Madrid, when the protagonists discover strange and unusual sources of sexual indulgence with unpronounceable names: Dacryphilia, Eliphilia, Somnophilia, Polyamori, Harpaxophilia… Taboos are broken one by one as our horny couples enter into a thrilling liberation in which no pleasure is denied, whatever form it takes. Thu., Dec. 29, 9:15 p.m. Hunter Gatherer: Andre Royo stars as Ashley Douglas, an unreasonably optimistic man recently released from prison. Returning to his stagnant neighborhood to win back his girlfriend, he quickly finds that everyone in his old life has done what they always wanted to do – forget he exists. Finding a fellow loner in Jeremy (George Sample III), they embark on a ‘business’ of dumping unwanted refrigerators for cash, which Jeremy hopes will help his ailing grandfather. When the unlikelihood of their expectations set in, the two friends are left with little choice than to test their own fate. Dec. 30-Jan. 5. Más Almodóvar: Volver: Almodóvar’s glorious, gaudy, ghostly ‘women’s picture’ managed to charm just about everyone who sat in front of it. Even though the director claimed the film contained elements of autobiography, he gave it another delicious personal twist by casting long-time muse Carmen Maura as the mother of his glamorous future muse, Penélope Cruz. A beautifully written tale of betrayal, murder, independence and sisterhood set in a dusty suburb of Madrid, it charts three generations of women attempting to overcome the various troubles – men, money, ghosts – that have been heaped upon them. While Almodóvar’s control as a director is a joy to behold, there’s no denying that it’s Cruz who makes the film her own: the scene in which she sings the song of the title (‘Volver’ or ‘to return’), clad in a ridiculously tight red-and-white striped dress, probably stands at the pinnacle of her acting CV. Fri., Dec. 30, 7 p.m. Long Way North (Tout En Haut Du Monde): In the 19th century, a young Russian girl (Christa Théret) embarks on an adventure-filled quest to find her grandfather at the North Pole. Dec. 31-Jan. 5. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 415-863-1087, roxie.com.

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