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Arthouse Film Listings For September 22-28, 2016 - By sf-weekly-staff - September 21, 2016 - SF Weekly
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Arthouse Film Listings For September 22-28, 2016

4-Star Theatre. Kampai! For The Love of Sake: Discover the art of sake. An age-old staple of Japanese culture and cuisine, the fermented rice wine has recently been winning fans all over the world. Kampai! For the Love of Sake journeys from rice paddies in Japan to breweries around the globe as it chronicles three passionate exponents of the increasingly popular beverage: a British ex-pat who has become Japan’s first foreign master brewer, an American journalist known as the “Sake Evangelist,” and a fifth-generation Japanese brewer determined to shake up the industry. Starting Sept. 23. Daily. 2200 Clement, San Francisco, 415-666-3488, lntsf.com/4-star-theatre.html.

Alamo Drafthouse. Stanley Kubrick in Color: This series of Stanley Kubrick’s films includes The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, 2001; A Clockwork Orange and Eyes Wide Shut. See website for dates and showtimes. Through Sept. 24. Phantasm with Livestream Q&A: Two men (Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin) join forces to defeat the evil, dimension-hopping Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) once and for all. Following the film there will be a Q&A with writer/director Don Coscarelli. Sat., Sept. 24, 6:25 p.m. Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four excavates the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez — four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of gang-raping two little girls in San Antonio, Texas. The film begins its journey inside a Texas prison, after these women have spent nearly a decade behind bars. They were 19 and 20 years at the time that allegations surfaced. Using the women’s home video footage from 21 years ago combined with recent verité footage and interviews, the film explores their personal narratives and their search for exculpatory evidence to help their losing criminal trials. 15 years into their journey, director Deborah S. Esquenazi captures an on-camera recantation by one of the initial outcry victims, now 25 years old although 7 at the time of the investigation. This brings the filmmaker into the role of investigator along with attorneys at the Innocence Project, who are just beginning their quest for truth in this case. Sun., Sept. 25, noon. Mars Attacks!: A fleet of Martian spacecraft surrounds the world’s major cities and all of humanity waits to see if the extraterrestrial visitors have, as they claim, “come in peace.” U.S. President James Dale (Jack Nicholson) receives assurance from science professor Donald Kessler (Pierce Brosnan) that the Martians’ mission is a friendly one. But when a peaceful exchange ends in the total annihilation of the U.S. Congress, military men call for a full-scale nuclear retaliation. Sun., Sept. 25, 7 p.m. Troll 2: When young Joshua (Michael Stephenson) learns that he will be going on vacation with his family to a small town called Nilbog, he protests adamantly. He is warned by the spirit of his deceased grandfather that goblins populate the town. His parents, Michael (George Hardy) and Diana (Margo Prey), dismiss his apprehensions, but soon learn to appreciate their son’s warnings. Guided by his grandfather’s ghost, will Joshua and his family stand a chance in fighting off these evil beings? Tue., Sept. 27, 10:15 p.m. Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie: Tim & Eric blew a billion dollars making a movie, and now the Schlaanng Corporation is pissed and wants their money back! Our heroes have one shot at paying back their debt – by rehabilitating an old mall. Wed., Sept. 28, 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. Anna Magnani – A Film Series: See on the big screen four brilliant 35 mm prints of the most acclaimed movies of Nannarella. Presented by Istituto Luce Cinecittà and The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, with the support of The Leonardo da Vinci Society. Organized by Cinema Italia SF. Sat., Sept. 24. Quadruple Zemeckis: Back to the Future Trilogy and Used Cars: Experience the future all over again with Robert Zemeckis’ time-travelling trilogy! Join Marty McFly, Doc Brown and their suped-up DeLorean for the adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space-time continuum! Following the trilogy, watch Used Cars, starring Kurt Russell as a devious car salesman who goes to work for affable but monumentally unsuccessful used car dealer Jack Warden. Warden’s principal rival is his more prosperous twin brother (also played by Warden) who schemes to take over the “good” brother’s lot. Sun., Sept. 25, 2:30, 4:15, 6:30 & 8:45 p.m. $10-$13. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie: Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina and Patsy (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more! Tue., Sept. 27, 3, 5, 7 & 9 p.m. $9.50-$12.50. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 415-621-6120, castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. The Dressmaker: In 1950s Australia, beautiful, talented dressmaker Tilly returns to her tiny hometown to right wrongs from her past. As she tries to reconcile with her mother, she starts to fall in love while transforming the fashion of the town. Starting Sept. 23. Daily. Rats: Inspired by Robert Sullivan’s New York Times bestselling book, the Discovery Documentary Film Rats goes deep beneath the surface to explore the lives of man’s greatest parasite. Oscar-nominated director Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) unveils a new form of documentary horror storytelling, journeying around the world to bring viewers face to face with rats while delving into our complicated relationship with these creepy creatures. Fri., Sept. 23, 11:55 p.m. 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.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World: Werner Herzog chronicles the breadth of the virtual world. Starting Sept. 23. 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. Starting Sept. 23. Daily. Florence Foster Jenkins: In the 1940s, New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) dreams of becoming a great opera singer. Unfortunately, her ambition far exceeds her talent. The voice Florence hears in her head is beautiful, but to everyone else it is quite lousy. Her husband St. Clair goes to extreme lengths to make sure his wife never finds out how awful she truly is. When Florence announces her plans for a concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair soon realizes that he’s facing his greatest challenge yet. Starting Sept. 23. 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 Sept. 23. Daily. Operation Avalanche: Elaborate, improvised, faux documentary thriller about the greatest conspiracy theory of all: that NASA faked the moon landing. Starting Sept. 23. 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. Car-Toons: High-Octane Animation from the ’50s and ’60s: An evening of 16mm animated shorts from the 50s and 60s – the golden age of car culture – with the need for speed. From road rage explosions to educational treasures, mid-century predictions for the future of cars, and stylish children’s shorts, it’s a night of animation in the fast lane from Canada, England, the former Czechoslovakia, Walt Di$ney and Italy. Films include Motor Mania, Mr. Rossi Buys a Car, the Mole and the Car, Freeway Phobia, Automania 2000, What on Earth?, Miss Esta Maude’s Secret, Hot Rod Huckster and more! Thu., Sept. 22, 8-10 p.m. $10. oddballfilms.blogspot.com/2016/09/car-toons-high-octane-animation-thurs.html. The Menstrual Show: A Puberty Pajama Party: A night of hilarious and uncomfortable 16mm menstrucational short films from the buttoned-up 1940s through the frank and awkward 1980s – handpicked from our massive stock footage archive. Films include Linda’s Film on Menstruation, Di$ney’s The Story of Menstruation, Dear Diary, The Facts for Girls, Growing Girls, Cramps! and more. $2.00 off for anyone in full pajamas. Fri., Sept. 23, 8-10 p.m. $10. oddballfilms.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-menstrual-show-puberty-pajama-party.html. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 415-558-8112, oddballfilms.blogspot.com.

Opera Plaza Cinema. Ixcanul: A hypnotically beautiful fusion of fact and fable, about an indigenous Mayan family living on the slopes of an active volcano. Starting Sept. 23. Daily. Indignation: In 1951, a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey is tested when he travels to a small, conservative college in Ohio. Starting Sept. 23. Daily. Tanna: This visually breathtaking Romeo-and-Juliet love story is set on the lush tropical island of Tanna in the South Pacific and performed by its natives. Starting Sept. 23. Daily. Best Fake Friends: Best Fake Friends is a unique dark comedy that shows how the dangerous world of cliques can still exist long after one leaves high school. Lauren Bowles (Holly on “True Blood”) plays Joy, our hero, who gives up her career and moves for the third time to support her husband’s escalating career. Now a stay-at-home mom with a preteen girl and younger son, she tries to find her way in a dangerous new world of suburban wealth and bored housewives. Starting Sept. 23. Daily. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 415-267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. Samuel Fuller: A Fuller Life: Sam Fuller lobbed brave and angry messages at his audience, spelling out prejudice, hypocrisy, ignorance and misogyny in the big, bold headline form perfected in his days as a beat reporter, but always wrapped in an irresistible yarn spun by a master raconteur. Featuring recognized gems and infrequently unspooled rarities. For full showtimes and films, visit roxie.com Sept. 23-25. Banned Movie Week: In honor of our courageous librarians and the annual Banned Books Week, the Roxie will be showing a series of films that have also been banned. Films are usually banned or censored for the very same prudish or political reasons as books. Artful yet controversial, banned movies feature everything from the classic The Tin Drum to the shocking Sweet Movie. For films and showtimes, visit roxie.com. Sept. 25-28. Cine + Mas San Francisco Latino Film Festival: A selection of films including Mirar Morir (Watch Them Die), Cafe Amargo (Bitter Coffee), Magallanes, and more. Films are in Spanish with English subtitles. For full showtimes and dates see roxie.com Sept. 26-29. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaa is the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph. Like most Studio Ghibli films, there is neither good nor evil, but conflicting viewpoints, weaknesses, and power struggles. Throughout the film, Miyazaki’s animation is awe-inspiring; the depiction of the poisoned forest in particular is a thing of transcendent beauty. Wed., Sept. 28, 9:15 p.m. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 415-863-1087, roxie.com.

San Francisco State University. A Symposium in Honor of the 20th Anniversary of Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman: This symposium honors the 20th anniversary of Cheryl Dunye’s film, “The Watermelon Woman” (1996). The first feature film directed by and starring a Black lesbian, the production of this film marked a watershed moment for Black cinema, feminist cinema, lesbian cinema, and new queer cinema. There will be 1 1/2 days of film screenings, panels, performances, readings and art planned. Fri., Sept. 23, 3-8:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. apps.chss.sfsu.edu/newsletters/thewatermelonwoman/index.html. 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, 415-338-1111, www.sfsu.edu.

Sundance Kabuki 8 Cinema. The Beatles: Eight Days A Week: Filmmaker Ron Howard examines the early years of the Beatles, from their club dates in Liverpool, England, to their concert tours in Europe and the rest of the world. Daily. 1881 Post St., San Francisco, 415-931-9800, www.sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html.