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Arthouse Film Listings For September 30-October 5, 2016 - By sf-weekly-staff - September 28, 2016 - SF Weekly
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Arthouse Film Listings For September 30-October 5, 2016

Alamo Drafthouse. OJ: Made In America: OJ Made in America revisits – and redefines – it all. The domestic abuse. The police investigation. The white Bronco chase. The trial of the century. The motive, the blood, the glove. The verdict. The aftermath. Drawing upon more than seventy interviews- from longtime friends and colleagues of Simpson to the recognizable protagonists of the murder investigation to observers and commentators with distinct connections to the story – the docu-event is an engrossing, compelling, and unforgettable look at a tantalizing saga. Because at the end of what seems like a search for the real truth about O.J. Simpson, what’s revealed just as powerfully is a collection of indelible, unshakeable, and haunting truths about America, and about ourselves. Sun., Oct. 2, 10 a.m. Idiocracy: In 2005, average in every way private Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson) is selected to take part in a secret military experiment to put him in hibernation for a year along with a woman named Rita (Maya Rudolph). The slumbering duo is forgotten when the base they are stored on is closed down and are left in stasis until 2505. When they finally wake up, they discover the average intelligence of humans has decreased so much that Joe is now the smartest man in the world. Tue., Oct. 4, 6:45 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 5, 4 & 7 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.

Bernal Heights Branch Library. Best of Bernal: Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema presents a free encore screening of this year’s three award-winning films, together with an opportunity to meet the filmmakers. The Library will close its doors to the public that evening to host closing night, traditionally known as the Best of Bernal screening. Thu., Sept. 29, 7-9 p.m. Free. bhoutdoorcine.org. 500 Cortland, San Francisco, 415-355-2810, www.sfpl.org.

Castro Theatre. Lawrence of Arabia: Undisputedly one of the grandest, most compelling epics in cinema, David Lean’s multi-Award winning blockbuster tells the fascinating tale of enigmatic adventurer T.E. Lawrence and his adventures in Palestine circa WWI. Sat., Oct. 1, 2 & 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 2, 7 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Mascots: Chronicling the competition for the World Mascot Association’s Gold Fluffy Award, Mascots is an inspired showcase for the comic genius of Christopher Guest and company. Tue., Oct. 4, 7 p.m. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 415-621-6120, castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. The Lovers and the Despot: After the collapse of their glamorous romance, a famous director and actress are kidnapped by movie-obsessed dictator Kim Jong-il. Forced to make films in the world’s weirdest state, they get a second chance at love, but only one chance at escape. Starting Sept. 30. Daily. Aliens: After floating in space for 57 years, Lt. Ripley’s (Sigourney Weaver) shuttle is found by a deep space salvage team. Upon arriving at LV-426, the marines find only one survivor, a nine year old girl named Newt (Carrie Henn). But even these battle-hardened marines with all the latest weaponry are no match for the hundreds of aliens that have invaded the colony. Fri., Sept. 30, 11:55 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 1, 11:55 p.m. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 415-267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/san-francisco/clay-theatre.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Demon: Peter (Itay Tiran) receives a piece of land as a gift for his upcoming wedding. While preparing the property to build a home for his new family, he finds human remains in the ground. He decides to keep the discovery to himself so that all of the wedding arrangements can go on as planned. However, the deeper he tries to keep his secret, the more he seems to be under control of something — or rather someone — and from then on very strange things begin to happen. Daily. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World: Werner Herzog chronicles the breadth of the virtual world. 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. 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. 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. 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. The 1940s and the Rise of the American Woman: A riveting night of 16mm films from the 1940s featuring the flood of women out of the home and into the workplace, the cockpit, the wrestling ring, leading the band, getting behind the camera, and into the modern era. The collection kicks off with Woman Speaks (1940s), a rare and fascinating series profiling pioneering ladies of the 1940s. Katherine Hepburn heralds the rise of women in the workplace during WWII in the Eleanor Roosevelt penned Women in Defense (1941). Thu., Sept. 29, 8-10 p.m. $10. oddballfilms.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-1940s-and-rise-of-american-woman.html. Schoolhouse Schlock! – Insane Educational Shorts from the Archive: A ridiculous night of campy, trashy, antiquated, bizarre, and hilarious 16mm educational films from the archive. From the 1940s-1980s, with creepy puppets, evangelical batmobiles, children dancing like toasters, outdated science, and musical numbers galore, it’s the best (and worst) educational film has to offer! Films include Perc! Pop! Sprinkle!, Keeping Clean and Neat, Magnetism, Blind as a Bat, I’m Mad at Me, 3 is the Magic Number, and more. Fri., Sept. 30, 8-10 p.m. $10. oddballfilms.blogspot.com/2016/09/schoolhouse-schlock-insane-educational.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. Daily. Operation Avalanche: Elaborate, improvised, faux documentary thriller about the greatest conspiracy theory of all: that NASA faked the moon landing. 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. 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. Daily. Cameraperson: A highly-personal memoir collage by famed cinematographer Kirsten Johnson, who has shot footage in conflict zones for 25 years. Starting Sept. 30. 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. Starting Sept. 30. Daily. L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasites: A long time ago, a determined King Zhou, supported by his concubine Daji, sets his mind on conquering the Middle Kingdom. After years of slaughter, the unyielding Adept tribes have been eliminated in succession. Jiang and General Ji from Qishan are King Zhou’s longstanding opponents. Fri., Sept. 30. 2340 Chestnut, San Francisco, 415-776-2388, lntsf.com.

Roxie Theater. 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 Through Sept. 29. Danny Says: A documentary on the life and times of music manager and publicist Danny Fields, who worked with some of the biggest acts in the 1960s and ’70s, including the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins, the Stooges and the Ramones. Sept. 30-Oct. 6. Spa Night: A portrait of forbidden sexual awakening set in the nocturnal world of spas and karaoke bars in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. David Cho (Joe Seo in a breakthrough performance), a timid 18-year-old living with his financially-struggling immigrant parents, chances upon a secret cruising spot when he takes a job at an all-male spa. There he begins to realize hidden desires that threaten his life as a dutiful son and student. Sept. 30-Oct. 6. All My Trees: Environment and environmental activities have become popular topic in the recent years in Iran. From the Orumiyeh lake to Zayanderoud to dust storms, there are many reasons and reminders to be more active about the environment in Iran. The role of women in Iran has been a topic of interest more than before in the recent years. There’s one woman who has been active in this area longer than any of us. Wed., Oct. 5, 7 p.m. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 415-863-1087, roxie.com.

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. Queen of Katwe: Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), a missionary who teaches children how to play chess. Phiona becomes fascinated with the game and soon becomes a top player under Katende’s guidance. Her success in local competitions and tournaments opens the door to a bright future and a golden chance to escape from a life of poverty. Starting Sept. 30. Daily. 1881 Post St., San Francisco, 415-931-9800, www.sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html.