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Arthouse Movie Listings March 26-April 1, 2014 

Wednesday, Mar 26 2014
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AMC Van Ness 14. Goldfrapp: Tales of Us: The music of English electronic duo Goldfrapp has often had an ethereal, cinematic quality to it, so for the release of the group's new album, Tales of Us, singer Alison Goldfrapp and director Lisa Gunning created a half-hour short film inspired by the album's lyrical themes. In addition to the short film, this theatrical program also includes 50 minutes of live performance footage. Thu., March 27, 8 p.m. $7-$12. goldfrapp.com/film. 1000 Van Ness, San Francisco, 674-4630, www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/amc-van-ness-14.

Artists' Television Access. Gaze #7: Generation Loss: The women's independent film series hosts short works by C&A Projects, Talia Feder, Penny Lane, Jesse McLean, Kate Rhoads, Amy Ruhl, Meredith Sward, Gemma Syme, and Meraz Tzur. Thu., March 27, 8 p.m. $7-$10. gazefilmseries.wordpress.com. Other Cinema: Hollywood Strikes Back: Christian Divine presents Imperial '80s Cinema, a super-mashup clip show of jingoistic flicks from the Reagan Era. Sat., March 29, 8:30 p.m. $6. othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

The Castro Theatre. Castro Theatre Remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014): Wednesdays in March (plus a bonus Thursday and Friday at the end of the month) feature double-bill showings of the late actor's films. Wednesdays; Thu., March 27; Fri., March 28. Continues through March 28. Sing Along Beauty and the Beast: Costumes are encouraged for these sing-along screenings of the enduring Disney musical. Sun., March 30, 2:30 p.m.; March 30-April 4, 7 p.m.; Sun., April 6, 2:30 p.m. $10-$16. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Center for New Music. Film @ C4NM: Improvapalooza!: Screening of Derek Bailey's miniseries about improvisation, On the Edge. Sun., March 30, 2 p.m. $7-$10. 55 Taylor, San Francisco, 275-2466, www.centerfornewmusic.com.

Clay Theatre. The Lunchbox: Warm-hearted romantic drama from first time Indian director Ritesh Batra. Daily. Don Giovanni: Filmed version of the Royal Opera's February 2014 staging of the Mozart opera in London. Thu., March 27, 7 p.m.; Sun., March 30, 11 a.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, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Red Dawn: Hosts Jim Fourniadis, Mike Spiegelman, and Maura Sipila revisit Patrick Swayze's jingoistic '80s teen-action flick for the 10th time. It's just that bad/good/bad. Sun., March 30, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Le Week-End: A middle-aged British couple journey to Paris in an attempt to rekindle romance in this dramedy directed by Notting Hill's Roger Michell. Daily. Nymphomaniac: Volume I: Charlotte Gainsbourg is the titular character in this sure-to-be-divisive new feature by Lars von Trier, which is being released in two installments. Daily. Anita: Documentary about Anita Hill and her landmark 1991 sexual harrassment testimony against Supreme Court then-nominee Clarence Thomas. Daily. Dallas Buyers Club: Matthew McConaughey continues his run of challenging roles in this true-life tale of a 1980s Texas cowboy who's diagnosed as HIV positive. Daily. The Wind Rises: Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated masterpiece for Studio Ghibli, shown in both subtitled and dubbed versions (the latter featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead role). Daily. Particle Fever: The Large Hadron Collider didn't open up an apocalyptic black hole when it was turned on in 2008, but filmmaker Mark Levinson made his own kind of Emmerich-free excitement in this acclaimed documentary about the scientists behind that enormous particle accelerator. Daily. Jodorowsky's Dune: The most psychedelic sci-fi film of all time was never actually made, but this documentary recounts the wild history behind Alejandro Jodorowsky's failed attempt to bring Frank Herbert's novel Dune to the big screen with help from Salvador Dalí, Pink Floyd, H.R. Giger, Moebius, and other mind-melters. Starting March 28. Daily. Ernest & Celestine: This Oscar-nominated French animated film — about the unlikely friendship between a mouse and a bear — is shown in both dubbed and subtitled versions. Starting March 28. Daily. 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.

Marina Theatre. I Am Hardwell: Documentary about the popular house music DJ. Thu., March 27, 7:45 p.m. $15. Leave the World Behind: Documentary following the Swedish House Mafia on the DJ trio's farewell tour. Tue., April 1, 8 p.m. $15. 2149 Chestnut, San Francisco, 345-1323, www.lntsf.com.

Mechanics' Institute Library. Mystique of the City: Films Shot in San Francisco: The M.I.L.'s CinemaLit Film Series spends Fridays in March spotlighting four movies set in and around the city, including After the Thin Man (March 7), Experiment in Terror (March 14), Foul Play (March 21), and Tucker: The Man and His Dream (March 28). Fridays, 6 p.m. Continues through March 28. $10. 57 Post, San Francisco, 393-0100, www.milibrary.org.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Child's Pose: This riveting drama is an Eastern European spin on the old-fashioned "women's weepies" genre in which long-suffering mothers sacrifice their own happiness for the sake of their often bratty, unappreciative children. Daily. The Great Beauty: Fellini-esque Italian drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Daily. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me: Documentary about the brassy star of stage and screen. Daily. Afternoon of a Faun: Documentary about Tanaquil Le Clercq — the great ballerina paralyzed by polio — that is only as tragic as the ballerina herself decided it would be. Daily. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. I Wake Up Dreaming 2014 Benefit: This fundraising party for the Roxie's I Wake Up Dreaming film noir festival kicks off with a screening of ultra-rare 1948 noir The Argyle Secrets, followed by the S.F.-set classic D.O.A., and capped by a live performance from Oakland singer Dayna Swoonz. Wed., March 26, 7 p.m. $25. Cheap Thrills: Escalating dares lead to escalating violence in this black comedy from director E.L. Katz. March 27-April 3. Valencia: Frameline Encore hosts a free screening of the 2013 Michelle Tea novel adapation. Thu., March 27, 7 p.m. Free. frameline.org. Mistaken for Strangers: Ostensibly a documentary about indie-rock band The National, this tour movie — filmed by the singer's schlumpier younger brother — also ends up being a story about the funny frustrations endemic to sibling rivalries the world over. March 28-April 3. Czech That Film: Touring showcase of contemporary Czech cinema that includes Jan Hebejk's Honeymoon, Jií Menzel's Don Juans, Milan Cieslar's Colette, and Roman Kašparovský's Lousy Bastards. March 30-April 2. czechthatfilm.com. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Design & Architecture Films Showcase: These 12 recent documentaries about architecture and urban planning are not just films that consider the enormous challenges of practical aesthetics. They're also necessarily films about people, those close inspectors of urban spaces, rural spaces, head spaces, who would presume to extract order — and beauty — from the chaos of contemporary life. Thu., March 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 30, 2 p.m. $8-$10. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 978-2787, www.ybca.org.

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