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Arthouse Film Listings For September 8-14, 2016 - By sf-weekly-staff - September 7, 2016 - SF Weekly
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Arthouse Film Listings For September 8-14, 2016

4-Star Theatre. Hey Monster, Hands Off My City: A film adaptation of Michael Meehan’s one-man play (Fringe Festival 2011). A monster/detective comedy with social commentary on corporate greed, civic malfeasance and the evil of meter maids. (Heavily featuring the fine city of San Francisco, its local comedic treasures, and other family members.) Thu., Sept. 8, 8 p.m. $10. 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. Klown Forever: When Casper (Casper Christensen) attempts to break into Hollywood, his estranged friend Frank (Frank Hvam) follows him to Los Angeles, seeing an opportunity to salvage their strained relationship. As the guys come face-to-face with a number of LA’s denizens — including Isla Fisher, Adam Levine and “Game of Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau — it’s clear that they’re equally ready and willing to take on Hollywood, but is Hollywood prepared for Casper and Frank? Thu., Sept. 8, 1 p.m. Batman: Having witnessed his parents’ brutal murder as a child, millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton) fights crime in Gotham City disguised as Batman, a costumed hero who strikes fear into the hearts of villains. But when a deformed madman who calls himself “The Joker” (Jack Nicholson) seizes control of Gotham’s criminal underworld, Batman must face his most ruthless nemesis ever while protecting both his identity and his love interest, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger). Sat., Sept. 10, noon. The Ultimate Willy Wonka Party: A screening of the 1971 film and a full Q&A afterwards with Mike TeeVee (Paris Themmen) and Veruca Salt (Julie Dawn Cole). Mon., Sept. 12, 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.

Castro Theatre. 19th Annual California Independent Film Festival: Featuring world-class films, filmmakers, and international celebrities. Including the films “Kiss Me, Kill Me,” “What’s the Matter With Gerald?,” “King Cobra,” and more. For more information see caiff.org. Sat., Sept. 10, 1-9 p.m. The Big Parade with Bruce Loeb live on the organ: A long-recognized masterpiece, King Vidor’s WWI film accomplishes what few war epics ever do: it captures the immense sweep of cataclysmic events while maintaining its focus on the ordinary people whose lives are changed forever by those events. John Gilbert stars in his finest performance, as a young American soldier who finds peace with a French woman (Renee Adoree) amid the horrors of trench warfare. Sun., Sept. 11, 1:30 p.m. $10-$13. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 415-621-6120, castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. The Room: Tommy Wiseau’s cinematic bomb is every bit as bad as it’s cracked up to be. You’ll crack up as well at this riotous midnight screening with lots of Rocky Horror-style audience participation. Second Saturday of every month, 11:59 p.m. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 415-267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/san-francisco/clay-theatre.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Author: The JT Leroy Story: On January 9, 2006 The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked “it boy” wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about a sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn’t actually exist. He was the creative expression of 40-year-old San Francisco former phone-sex operator turned housewife, Laura Albert. Author: The JT LeRoy Story takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert – like a Cyrano de Bergerac on steroids – breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade. Albert’s epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events, and the Cannes red carpet where LeRoy becomes a mysterious sensation. Fri., Sept. 9, 7 p.m. The Moneychangers: A feature-length documentary film that, for the first time, examines the evolution, viability, and morality of America’s because (spoiler alert!) – unlike most fictional motion pictures or documentaries you’ve seen – bankers are not portrayed as the bad guys! Wed., Sept. 14, 6:30-8:45 p.m. $14. www.moneychangersfilm.com/. 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.

Great Star Theater. My Life in China: A film screening of “My Life in China” following a Q&A with the Ken Eng, the director. “My Life in China” follows the life and times of the director’s father who escaped China in the 60s and built a life in Boston with his wife and children. Sat., Sept. 10, 1 p.m. $10. chsa.org/event/my-life-in-china-film-screening/. 630 Jackson, San Francisco, 415-793-9594.

The Knockout. Cyberpunk Cinema: Thrillhouse Records presents a classic sci-fi flick every month, preceded by an episode of Cowboy Bebop. Second Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Free. cyberpunkcinema.tumblr.com. 3223 Mission, San Francisco, 415-550-6994, theknockoutsf.com.

Oddball Films. The Trip Back: The Original San Francisco Psychedelic Freakout: An evening of 16mm short films shot in San Francisco in the late 1960s drenched in hippies and hallucinogens. This one of a kind program of rare experimental documents of the Summer of Love and beyond includes appearances by Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jefferson Airplane, Diggers, banana skin smokers and more! The homegrown hallucinations include “Be-In”, “S.F. Trips Festival: An Opening”, “Trojan Horse”, “Nowsreal”, “Jefferson Airplane in Golden Gate Park”, “Banana Skin Freaks”, and Vince Collins’ “Fantasy”. Thu., Sept. 8, 8-10 p.m. $10. oddballfilms.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-trip-back-original-san-francisco.html. Retro-Tech – Vintage Computer Shorts from the Archive: A program of 16mm films from the 60s-80s about the rise of computer technology and the early predictions for an automated future. From William Shatner explaining microprocessors to killer-computers, the original computer dates, animation and more, take a look at the future of technology through the eyes of the past. Fri., Sept. 9, 8-10 p.m. $10. oddballfilms.blogspot.com/2016/09/retro-tech-vintage-computer-shorts-from.html. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 415-558-8112, oddballfilms.blogspot.com.

Roxie Theater. Chatty Catties: A comedy set in an alternate world in which cats are able to communicate with humans. Sassy tabby Leonard (voiced by John Autry) is at odds with his human roommate, Shelby (Megan Hensley), whose own emotional problems limit her abilities to provide for the most basic of Leonard’s needs. But, when Shelby begins a relationship with kind-hearted musician, Nate (Matthew Grathwol), Leonard sees a brighter future for both him and his owner, but it won’t come without a few emotional fireworks along the way. Thu., Sept. 8, 7 p.m. One More Time With Feeling: A unique cinema event directed by Andrew Dominik that will be the first ever opportunity anyone will have to hear Skeleton Tree, the sixteenth studio album from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Thu., Sept. 8, 7, 9:20 & 11:40 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 9, 9:15 p.m. Yoga Hosers: 15-year-olds Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp) are on their smartphones constantly, sing in a small band, and take yoga classes. The girls will do just about anything to receive an invitation to a senior party. But when they discover the leader of a Nazi splinter group has been raising an army of monsters beneath the store where they work, the teens team up with a legendary man-hunter (Johnny Depp) to stop the world-threatening uprising. Thu., Sept. 8, 9 p.m. Transpecos: A character driven thriller starring Gabriel Luna, Johnny Simmon and Clifton Collins Jr. For three Border Patrol agents working a remote desert checkpoint, the contents of one car will reveal an insidious plot within their own ranks. The next 24 hours will take them on a treacherous journey that could cost them their lives. Sept. 9-15. For The Love of Spock: Actors William Shatner, George Takei, Simon Pegg and others discuss the lasting legacy of Leonard Nimoy and his iconic portrayal of Mr. Spock on the television series “Star Trek.” Sept. 9-14, 7 p.m. Holy Week: A young woman’s attempt to bond with both her 8-year-old son and her new boyfriend on a beach vacation becomes a strained exercise in adulthood and class dynamics. Instead of bringing them closer, their beach holiday brings out things in each of them that threaten to pull this emerging family apart. Filled with moments of humor and irony as well as isolation and nostalgia, it plunges us into the difficulties of the young, post-modern family where staying relevant, staying high, and remaining independent are all too important. Sept. 9-15, 7 p.m. Popcorn for Breakfast: Saturday Cartoons: The Roxie presents an assortment of great classic cartoons (in both black & white and full color) for Saturday-morning slackers of all ages. Second Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 415-863-1087, roxie.com.

Sundance Kabuki 8 Cinema. Other People: After breaking up with his boyfriend, a struggling New York writer (Jesse Plemons) returns to Sacramento, Calif., to take care of his terminally ill mother (Molly Shannon). Starting Sept. 9. Daily. 1881 Post St., San Francisco, 415-931-9800, www.sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html.

Temescal Arts Center. Shapeshifters Cinema: Free monthly film series featuring experimental image manipulators and ambient sound shamans. Second Sunday of every month, 8 p.m. Free. shapeshifterscinema.com. 511 48th St., Oakland, 510-923-1074, temescalartscenter.org.

Tenderloin Museum. Pornograhy in Denmark: Legal pornography in the United State was born in the Tenderloin. This is the first feature length pornographic film to get past obscenity laws in the US- Pornography in Denmark: A New Approach. Filmmaker and porn historian Mike Stabile will be on hand to discuss filmmaker Alex de Renzy, his Screening Room in the Tenderloin, and how this film sparked a revolution in pornography in the US. Wed., Sept. 14, 6:30-9 p.m. $10. https://www.facebook.com/events/650329841801081/. 398 Eddy, San Francisco, 415-830-4640, tenderloinmuseum.org.