Artists' Television Access. Other Cinema: (In)Visible War: Short films provide an independent, non-MSM perspective on the war in Afghanistan. Sat., May 3, 8:30 p.m. $6. othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.
Balboa Theater. Super Duper Alice Cooper: Amoeba Music co-presents this one-night-only San Francisco premiere of a new "doc opera" about the original shock rocker. Thu., May 1, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $7.50-$10. superduperalicecooper.com. 3630 Balboa St., San Francisco, 221-2184, www.balboamovies.com.
The Castro Theatre. Disney's Frozen Sing-A-Long: The latest animated smash from Walt Disney Pictures gets the matinee sing-along treatment. Sun., May 4, 1 p.m.; Sun., May 11, 1 p.m. $10-$16. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.
Clay Theatre. Finding Vivian Maier: John Maloof and Charlie Siskel's documentary portrait of a shy, emotionally troubled nanny who also happened to be a highly talented photographer whose art remained a secret until after her death. Daily. Locke: Tom Hardy (Bronson, The Dark Knight Rises) owns the screen in this tightly focused drama from the man who penned Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things. Starting May 2. Daily. The NeverEnding Story: Go watch this movie and see if you can figure out why mall-bro metalcore band Atreyu named themselves after a character in it, because we sure as hell can't find a logical connection. May 2-3, 11:59 p.m. $10. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.
Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Jack the Giant Slayer: With hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Mikl-Em, and Tristan Buckner. Sun., May 4, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.
Embarcadero Center Cinema. On My Way: daily. Alan Partridge: daily. Jodorowsky's Dune: daily. Only Lovers Left Alive: daily. Le Week-End: daily. The Railway Man: daily. The German Doctor: daily. The Gálapagos Affair: daily. Fading Gigolo: starting May 2. Daily. For No Good Reason: May 2-8. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/EmbarcaderoCenterCinema.htm.
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, 528-4444, www.exploratorium.edu.
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Mark Cantor's Giants of Jazz on Film: Broadway to Hollywood and All That Jazz: Screenings of performance clips by the Gershwins, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, and more. Sat., May 3, 8 p.m. $25. 3200 California, San Francisco, 292-1200, www.jccsf.org.
Mechanics' Institute Library. Above San Francisco: This 47-minute aerial documentary captures 1960s San Francisco in a more, well, elevated way than the usual Summer of Love retreads you're probably used to seeing on TV. Tue., May 6, 6 p.m. $15. 57 Post, San Francisco, 393-0100, www.milibrary.org.
Multiple Bay Area Locations. 57th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival: The San Francisco Film Society may have a new Executive Director this year, but they're not dialing back on their main attraction: SFIFF57 brings well over 150 films to the Bay Area, counting more than a dozen premieres among its varied array of features, documentaries, and short films from 56 different countries. In addition to its Centerpiece movie — Gia Coppola's adapation of the James Franco book Palo Alto — highlights include live music events with Stephin Merritt and Thao Ngyuen, the presentation of the Founder's Directing Award to Richard Linklater, two prize competitions, and a lot more. Through May 8. sffs.org. San Francisco, N/A.
Oddball Films. What the F(ilm)?! 5: Cine-insanity from the Archive: Surreal safety films, a dental hygiene rock opera, a Mae West episode of Mister Ed, and other shorts bring you to the very edge of madness. Fri., May 2, 8 p.m. $10. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 558-8112, www.oddballfilms.com.
Opera Plaza Cinemas. Dancing in Jaffa: through May 1. The Lunchbox: daily. Watermark: daily. Teenage: through May 1. Particle Fever: daily. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.
Paramount Theatre. Project YouthView: 10th Annual Film Screening & Awards Night: Showcase of a dozen short films created by young filmmakers from across the region. Fri., May 2, 7 p.m. $7-$20. 2025 Broadway, Oakland, 510-465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com.
Red Poppy Art House. Red Reels: Journey Through the Impossible: The 1904 George Méliès silent film gets an original soundtrack performed live by La Pêche. Fri., May 2, 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. 2698 Folsom, San Francisco, 826-2402, www.redpoppyarthouse.org.
Roxie Theater. The Unknown Known: through April 30. Next Goal Wins: through May 1. Third Annual PlayGround Film Festival: Two programs of short films made by adapting 11 of PlayGround's best theatrical works. Thu., May 1, 6:45 & 8:15 p.m. $10-$20. playground-sf.org/filmfest. Synesthesia Film Festival: Screening #2: The second round of eclectic short films from around the world. Thu., May 1, 7 p.m. $7. synesthesiafilmfestival.com. The M Word: May 2-8. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.
Tides Theatre. Des Voix ... Found in Translation Biennial 2014: Cinema Series: Cutting Ball Theater and the Playwrights Foundation present screenings of French films corresponding with the Des Voix ... Found in Translation festival of new French plays. Sun., May 4, 5:30 & 8 p.m.; Sun., May 18, 5:30 & 8 p.m.; Sun., May 25, 5:30 p.m. $10. desvoixfestival.com. 533 Sutter, San Francisco, 399-1322, www.tidestheatre.org.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli: Monthlong 35mm retrospective of the beloved Japanese filmmaker, with all your favorite cat buses, wolf gods, sky castles, and other fantastic creations paying a visit. Thu., May 1; Sat., May 3; Sun., May 4; Thu., May 8; Sat., May 10; Sun., May 11; Thu., May 15; Sat., May 17; Sun., May 18; Thu., May 22; Sat., May 24; Sun., May 25; Thu., May 29; Sat., May 31; Sun., June 1. $8-$10. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 978-2787, www.ybca.org.