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Arthouse Movie Listings July 31-August 6, 2013 

Wednesday, Jul 31 2013
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18 Reasons. Fish Meat: Ted Caplow documentary about modern fish farming. Wed., July 31, 7 p.m. $12. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/414406. 3674 18th St., San Francisco, 241-9760, www.18reasons.org.

Bottle Cap. Dinner and a Movie: Weekly screenings in the Bottle Cap dining room. Sundays, 7 p.m. 1707 Powell, San Francisco, 529-2237, www.bottlecapsf.com.

The Castro Theatre. Trapped in the Closet Sing-Along: R. Kelly's bizarre, romantically tangled "hip-hopera" video series may not be easy to follow in terms of plot, but this sing-along party provides lyrical subtitles to at least help you follow along with the words. Costumes encouraged. Aug. 2-4, 8 p.m. $10-$15. Sing-Along Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: If there's a polar opposite of the R. Kelly Trapped in the Closet Sing-Along — also screening this weekend at the Castro — it's this Disney kids' musical about a sweet family and its even sweeter flying car. Aug. 3-4, 2 p.m. $9-$12. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Century San Francisco Centre 9 and XD. Sunshine Daydream: Third Annual Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies: Live concert film shot in August 1972 during that patchouli paradise known as the Oregon Country Fair. Thu., Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m. $10.50-$12.50. fathomevents.com. 845 Market St., San Francisco, 538-8422, www.cinemark.com/theatre-detail.aspx?node_id=1672.

Clay Theatre. The Hunt: Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Flame and Citron, TV's Hannibal) stars in this intense Danish drama where false accusations lead to a hysterical witch hunt. Daily. Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen's latest dramatic comedy, starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett. Starting Aug. 2. Daily. A Nightmare to Remember: Volume One: Miss Misery hosts a midnight survey of indie horror shorts by Sherezada Windham-Kent, Maureen "Mo" Whelan, Dave Reda, Bo Campbell, Waylon Bacon, Reyna Young, and Tonjia Atomic. Sat., Aug. 3, 11:59 p.m. $9-$10. facebook.com/pages/A-Nightmare-to-Remember-Volume-one/349865828450358. 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: The Raid: Redemption: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Mikl-Em, and Rose Lacy kick off August's "Ultraviolence" theme with this Indonesian martial arts movie that, unlike most Bad Movie Night selections, actually kicks ass — unless you were looking for, y'know, subtle dialogue or something. Sun., Aug. 4, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Davies Symphony Hall. S.F. Symphony: Music from the Movies: Mark Hamill hosts an evening of iconic film scores — written by titans like John Williams, Bernard Herrmann, and Danny Elfman — including suites, overtures, medleys, and main titles from movies such as E.T., Beetlejuice, Psycho, Titanic, Ben-Hur, and beyond. Sun., Aug. 4, 4 p.m. $25-$100. 201 Van Ness, San Francisco, 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org.

Multiple Bay Area Locations. 33rd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Life Through a Jew(ish) Lens: This nearly three-week-long festival features almost 75 films at venues around the Bay Area — and everyone is welcome, whether or not you're "Jewish (religious, secular, or somewhere in-between), Jew-curious, Jewy, or just guilty by association." Venues include: The Castro Theatre (429 Castro, S.F.); Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (3200 California, S.F.); RayKo Photo Center (428 Third St., S.F.); Smith Rafael Film Center (1118 Fourth St., San Rafael); California Theatre (2113 Kittredge, Berkeley); New Parkway Theater (474 24th St., Oakland); Grand Lake Theater (3200 Grand Ave., Oakland); Piedmont Theatre (4186 Piedmont, Oakland); and CineArts at Palo Alto Square (3000 El Camino Real, Palo Alto). See sfjff.org for showtimes, tickets, and information. Through Aug. 12. sfjff.org. San Francisco, N/A.

New People. 2013 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco: As part of the J-Pop Summit Festival, the JFF presents a cross-section of contemporary cinema from Japan, including local and national premiere screenings of new anime action flicks, live-action manga adaptations, dramas, documentaries, and more for the discriminating Japanese cinephile. Through Aug. 4. $13 per film. jffsf.org. 1746 Post (at Webster), San Francisco, 525-8630, www.newpeopleworld.com.

Oddball Films. Polanski and the Polish Avant-Garde: Striking short films and animations from the Polish art underground circa Khrushchev. Thu., Aug. 1, 8 p.m. $10. Stand Your Ground: A trio of films pitting hippies and hipsters against their old conformist foes, headlined by 1974's Last Free Ride, a prophetically titled look back at a bohemian houseboat enclave in (then yuppie-free) Sausalito. Fri., Aug. 2, 8 p.m. $10. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 558-8112, www.oddballfilms.com.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Crystal Fairy: Indie film icon Michael Cera meets young hippie chick Gaby Hoffmann on a Chilean road trip with some psychedelic twists. Daily. Computer Chess: Set in 1982, this nostalgic comedy features geeky young Bill Gates wannabes who compete to create the ultimate computer chess program, thus enabling them to win the big tech-conference chess tournament and — they hope — the heart of the only available girl in their midst. Through Aug. 1. Frances Ha: A new indie comedy from the director of The Squid and the Whale. Daily. Still Mine: Longtime character actor James Cromwell (L.A. Confidential) scores his first starring role in this mature love story. Daily. Before Midnight: What was once just the blush of young romance has matured into thoughtful middle-age wisdom in Before Midnight, the third installment of Richard Linklater's series starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Daily. Hannah Arendt: Biopic about the influential modern philosopher who conceived the famous idea of the "Banality of Evil." Starting Aug. 2. Daily. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Pacific Film Archive. Castles in the Sky: Masterful Anime from Studio Ghibli: Retrospective of films from one of Japan's most heralded animation studios, including cherished titles like My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the recent From Up on Poppy Hill, and others. Sundays. Continues through Aug. 25. $5.50-$9.50. bampfa.berkeley.edu. 2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, 510-642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.

Roxie Theater. Plimpton!: Documentary about George Plimpton — literary icon, amateur sportsman, journalist, actor, celebrity friend, father of Martha Plimpton from The Goonies, and many other interesting things. Through Aug. 1. Triple Fisher: The Lethal Lolitas of Long Island: Early '90s tabloid trash + made-for-TV junk + Final Cut Pro = metafictional melodrama. Thu., Aug. 1. Downloaded: Thanks to Shawn Fanning, Napster, and the Internet, nobody pays talented and creative people to record music (or write newspaper stories) anymore. Director Alex Winter tries to describe how this horrible situation became the grim reality we live in today. Aug. 2-8. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

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