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Arthouse Film Listings For Oct. 13-19, 2016 - By sf-weekly-staff - October 12, 2016 - SF Weekly
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Arthouse Film Listings For Oct. 13-19, 2016

4-Star Theatre. Ordinary World: Billie Joe Armstrong leads an all-star cast in the candid and heartwarming comedy, Ordinary World. Perry, a former punk rocker, is ten years into his band’s “indefinite hiatus” and is struggling with his adjustment to the real world, which includes working in his family’s hardware store. When Perry’s hotshot attorney wife and precocious young daughter forget his 40th birthday, his brother takes pity and gives him the money to throw a huge rockstar blowout in a fancy New York hotel. Starting Oct. 14. Daily. 2200 Clement, San Francisco, 415-666-3488, lntsf.com/4-star-theatre.html.

Alamo Drafthouse. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart: Building on three critically acclaimed records and a reputation for phenomenal live shows, the band seemed poised to cement its reputation as one of the great American rock groups. So how is it that one year later, with completed record in hand, the band found itself rejected by its corporate label and missing two of its original members? First-time filmmaker and award-winning photographer Sam Jones was on hand, chronicling this turbulent chapter in Wilco’s history as it unfolded. Mon., Oct. 17, 10:15 p.m. Good Burger: In the single greatest ’80s movie of the mid-’90s, two zany teens (Keenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell) take summer jobs at a small independent burger joint and suddenly they find themselves trying to save their thriving mom-and-pop restaurant from the encroachment of the evil corporate Mondo Burger! Of course, outrageous hijinks ensue, including spy maneuvers and insane asylum breakouts. Wed., Oct. 19, 8:15 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.

Clay Theatre. Command and Control: Chilling documentary about the little-known, deadly accident at a Titan II nuclear missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. Starting Oct. 14. Daily. Spirited Away: Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning masterpiece helped redefine the possibilities of animation. In Japanese with English subtitles. Fri., Oct. 14, 11:55 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 15, 11:55 p.m. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 415-267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/san-francisco/clay-theatre.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. American Honey: Star, a free-spirited teenager on the brink of adulthood, leaves her troubled home in the American Midwest and hits the road with a mag crew — itinerant laborers who peddle publications door-to-door for long hours during the day and party hard at night, never certain where the job will lead next. Led by hard-driving manager Krystal and her seductive enforcer Jake, the crew becomes a surrogate family to Star, offering hope, love and the freedom that comes from being on the road. Daily. Denial: When university professor Deborah E. Lipstadt includes World War II historian David Irving in a book about Holocaust deniers, Irving accuses her of libel and sparks a legal battle for historical truth. With the burden of proof placed on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team fight to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Based on the book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.” Daily. Don’t Think Twice: Mike Birbiglia’s comedy about an improv group presents a hilarious and honest look at the lives of professional funny people. Daily. A Man Called Ove: Based on the worldwide best-seller by Fredrik Backman. Misery hates company. Starting Oct. 14. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 415-267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/san-francisco/embarcadero-center-cinema.

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.

Oddball Films. Killer Science: Nature’s Horror Show: An evening of vintage 16mm science and nature films from the 1930s-1970s highlighting the dark, grisly, and deadly aspects of Mother Nature’s wrath. From man-eating sharks to killer hurricanes to hungry bugs and battling squids, it’s one night of nature’s fury you won’t want to miss. Films include Leonard Nimoy in In Search of Hurricanes, The Shark Menace (1955), The Battle of the Centuries (1938), Demons of the Deep (1932) and more. Thu., Oct. 13, 8-10 p.m. $10. oddballfilms.blogspot.com/2016/10/killer-science-natures-horror-show-thur.html. Bay Area Bizarre – SF’s Strangest Amateurs, Indies, Smut, and Home Movies: The San Francisco Media Archive and Oddball Films presents Bay Area Bizarre – SF’s Strangest Amateurs, Indies, Smut, and Home Movies in conjunction with the 14th Annual Worldwide Home Movie Day. This night of 16mm cinema from the 1930s-1970s includes swimming horses, drag fairy tales, children acting as adults, homegrown erotica, psychedelic animation and rare films by hometown heroes George Kuchar, Chick Strand, and Vince Collins. Fri., Oct. 14, 8-10 p.m. $10. oddballfilms.blogspot.com/2016/10/bay-area-bizarre-sfs-strangest-amateurs.html. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 415-558-8112, oddballfilms.blogspot.com.

Opera Plaza Cinema. Cameraperson: A highly-personal memoir collage by famed cinematographer Kirsten Johnson, who has shot footage in conflict zones for 25 years. Daily. The Dressmaker: Accused of murder when she was a child, a dressmaker (Kate Winslet) returns to her small Australian town to seek revenge on the locals who did her wrong. Daily. Hell or High Water: Toby is a divorced father who’s trying to make a better life for his son. His brother Tanner is an ex-convict with a short temper and a loose trigger finger. Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that’s about to foreclose on their family ranch. Standing in their way is Marcus, a Texas Ranger who’s only weeks away from retirement. As the siblings plot their final robbery, they must also prepare for a showdown with a crafty lawman who’s not ready to ride off into the sunset. Starting Oct. 14. Daily. Hunt For the Wilderpeople: Comedy about a national manhunt that ensues when a defiant boy and his cantankerous foster uncle run off into the New Zealand bush. Starting Oct. 14. Daily. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 415-267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Presidio Theatre. Operation Mekong: Two Chinese commercial vessels are ambushed while traveling down the Mekong River in the waters of the Golden Triangle, one of the largest drug-manufacturing regions in the world. 13 sailors are executed at gunpoint, and 900,000 methamphetamine pills are recovered at the scene. Daily. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: Rolling Stone investigative reporter Greg Palast busted Jeb Bush for stealing the 2000 election by purging Black voters from Florida’s electoral rolls. Now Palast is back to take a deep dive into the Republicans’ dark operation, Crosscheck–designed to steal a million minority votes by November–and the billionaires who finance it. Starting Oct. 14. Daily. 2340 Chestnut, San Francisco, 415-776-2388, lntsf.com.

Roxie Theater. Ixcanul: A young indigenous woman does not want to live in the modern world until it saves her life during a pregnancy complication. Oct. 15-18. Shin Godzilla (Godzilla Resurgence): It’s a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. At first, they suspect only volcanic activity, but one young executive dares to wonder if it may be something different – something alive. His worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and begins tearing through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. As the government scrambles to save the citizens, a rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster’s weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side – the greatest catastrophe to ever befall the world is about to evolve right before their very eyes. Sat., Oct. 15, 4 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 16, 1:30 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 17, 7 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 18, 7 p.m. SF Shorts: Mixed-genre programs of short films. For topics and films, see roxie.com. Oct. 16-15. Double Feature: Return to Oz & Babe: Pig in the City: A double feature of the films “Return to Oz” and “Babe: Pig in the City.” Sun., Oct. 16, 4 p.m. $15. FACINE 23: the 23rd Annual Filipino International Cine Festival: Films include “Pamilya Ordinaryo (Ordinary People),” “Laut,” “Barber’s Tales,” and more. For a full list of films and showtimes, see roxie.com Oct. 19-22. RoxCine: The Weekend Sailor: In 1973, with almost no experience, Mexican captain Ramon Carlin raced against the superstars of sailing in a 9 month deadly round the world regatta winning the overall prize. Featuring a Q&A via Skype with director Bernardo Arsuaga following the screening. Wed., Oct. 19, 7 p.m. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 415-863-1087, roxie.com.

Sundance Kabuki 8 Cinema. The Accountant: Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a mathematics savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Using a small-town CPA office as a cover, he makes his living as a freelance accountant for dangerous criminal organizations. With a Treasury agent (J.K. Simmons) hot on his heels, Christian takes on a state-of-the-art robotics company as a legitimate client. As Wolff gets closer to the truth about a discrepancy that involves millions of dollars, the body count starts to rise. Starting Oct. 14. Daily. Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie Event: Featuring the introduction of an all-new, and heroic Yo-kai named Hovernyan, our protagonist must travel back in time and team up with his grandfather (as a child) to stop an evil Yo-kai from taking over the world. Sat., Oct. 15, 11 a.m. 1881 Post St., San Francisco, 415-931-9800, www.sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html.