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Arthouse Film Listings For October 20 - 26, 2016 - By sf-weekly-staff - October 20, 2016 - SF Weekly
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Arthouse Film Listings For October 20 – 26, 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. Through Oct. 20. 2200 Clement, San Francisco, 415-666-3488, lntsf.com/4-star-theatre.html.

Alamo Drafthouse. The Nightmare on Elm Street Marathon: Spend a whole harrowing night experiencing seven chapters of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise. Sun., Oct. 23, noon. The Cure in Orange: The British rock band does “Piggy in the Mirror” and 22 more at the Theatre Antique d’Orange in France. Mon., Oct. 24, 10:15 p.m. Candyman: Skeptical graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) befriends Anne-Marie McCoy (Vanessa Williams) while researching superstitions in a housing project on Chicago’s Near North Side. From Anne-Marie, Helen learns about the Candyman (Tony Todd), a knife-wielding figure of urban legend that some of her neighbors believe to be responsible for a recent murder. After a mysterious man matching the Candyman’s description begins stalking her, Helen comes to fear that the legend may be all too real. Tue., Oct. 25, 10:15 p.m. Oasis: Supersonic: Despite the fact that rock band Oasis had eight number one albums in the UK and had sold an estimated 70 million records by 1999, the band embarked on its final tour in 2008. Wed., Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Blade: A half-mortal, half-immortal is out to avenge his mother’s death and rid the world of vampires. The modern-day technologically advanced vampires he is going after are in search of his special blood type needed to summon an evil god who plays a key role in their plan to execute the human race. Wed., Oct. 26, 8 p.m. Hell House: Filmmaker George Ratliff explores the bizarre phenomenon of Halloween “hell houses”: evangelical fright fests that use grisly skits to demonstrate the consequences of homosexuality, abortion, drug use and other condemned behaviors. This documentary chronicles a full performance season at the original hell house in Dallas — which boasts an annual audience of more than 10,000 people — and investigates whether its organizers go too far in their attempt to save souls. Wed., Oct. 26, 10:15 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.

Castro Theatre. Annie Sing Along: Bring your vocal chops to the show and join in with such memorable numbers as “Tomorrow,” “Hard Knock Life,” and “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here.” In addition to belting out the tunes, audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character for the costume contest. Sun., Oct. 23, 2:30 p.m. $11-$16. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 415-621-6120, castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. Miss Hokusai: The daughter of a famous artist is constantly overshadowed by him. Starting Oct. 21. Daily. Halloween: In John Carpenter’s immortal classic, an escaped mental patient terrorizes his home town on Halloween night. Fri., Oct. 21, 11:55 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 22, 11:55 p.m. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 415-267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/san-francisco/clay-theatre.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. American Pastoral: An all-American family’s idyllic existence is shattered by social and political turmoil across several decades. Daily. A Man Called Ove: Based on the worldwide best-seller by Fredrik Backman. Misery hates company. Daily. 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. 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. 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. Certain Woman: Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart and Michelle Williams star as three women striving to forge their own paths in the American Northwest. Starting Oct. 21. 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. Cults, Sects and Mind-Control: A program of vintage films, trailers, original news footage and TV specials about the extremities of beliefs that can lead to brainwashing, violence and even murder. It’s October, and that means it’s time to examine the darker reaches of our souls, beginning with the tenuous grasp we each have on our own self-will. This program will investigate many of the most famous, most destructive cults of the 20th century, many of whom had their roots in San Francisco. Thu., Oct. 20, 8-10 p.m. $10. oddballfilms.blogspot.com/2016/10/cults-sects-and-mind-control-thurs-oct.html. Stop-Motion Explosion!: A program of mind-blowing 16mm stop-motion animation from the 1930s to the 1990s. In a world saturated with CGI, Oddball Films opens the vaults to celebrate when historical, fantastical and anthropomorphic creatures were hand-sculpted and manipulated into “life.” This program features stop-motion heavy-hitters Ray Harryhausen, George Pal, Rankin/Bass, Art Clokey, Will Vinton, Jiri Trnka, Hermann and Ferdinand Diehl, and Eliot Noyes Jr., with tons of new finds and a few all-time favorites. Fri., Oct. 21, 8-10 p.m. $10. oddballfilms.blogspot.com/2016/10/stop-motion-explosion-fri-oct-21st-8pm.html. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 415-558-8112, oddballfilms.blogspot.com.

Opera Plaza Cinema. 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. 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. 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. The Battle of Algiers: Paratrooper commander Colonel Mathieu (Jean Martin), a former French Resistance fighter during World War II, is sent to 1950s Algeria to reinforce efforts to squelch the uprisings of the Algerian War. There he faces Ali la Pointe (Brahim Haggiag), a former petty criminal who, as the leader of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale, directs terror strategies against the colonial French government occupation. As each side resorts to ever-increasing brutality, no violent act is too unthinkable. Starting Oct. 21. 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. Daily. 2340 Chestnut, San Francisco, 415-776-2388, lntsf.com.

Roxie Theater. 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 Through Oct. 22. Creepy: A year after a botched hostage negotiation with a serial killer turned deadly, ex-detective Koichi (Hidetoshi Nishijima), and his wife move into a new house with a deeply strange new neighbor (Teruyuki Kagawa). His old cop colleagues come calling for his help on a mysterious case, which may be related to the strange goings-on next door, in this insidiously-constructed narrative that braids plot twists on top of plot twists and shock on top of shock. Oct. 21-27. Do Not Resist: Filmed over two years in 11 states, this film examines the increasingly disturbing realities of the rapid militarization of police forces in the United States. Oct. 21-27. 35th Annual Black Maria Film Festival Tour: Award-winning shorts include animation, narrative, experimental, and documentary. Sun., Oct. 23, 5 p.m. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 415-863-1087, roxie.com.

Sundance Kabuki 8 Cinema. Christine: In Sarasota, Fla., circa 1974, an ambitious, 29-year-old reporter is relentlessly motivated to succeed. She knows she has talent, but being a driven career woman in the ’70s comes with its own challenges, especially when competition for a promotion and a tumultuous home life lead to a dissolution of self. With ratings in the cellar, the station manager issues a mandate to deliver juicier and more exploitative stories, a story firmly at odds with her serious brand of issue-based journalism. Starting Oct. 21. Daily. 1881 Post St., San Francisco, 415-931-9800, www.sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html.

Tenderloin Museum. Invasion of the Body Snatchers: On Location in the Tenderloin: Invasion of the Body Snatchers is the seminal SF Science Fiction film. Shot on location around the city, (including key scenes in the Tenderloin) the film beautifully captures 1978 San Francisco. 7×7 has described the film as, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the 1978 version) is perhaps the quintessential San Francisco movie.” Thu., Oct. 20, 6:30-9 p.m. $5. https://www.facebook.com/events/1832121797007740/. 398 Eddy, San Francisco, 415-830-4640, tenderloinmuseum.org.