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Arthouse Movie Listings March 5-11, 2014 

Wednesday, Mar 5 2014

Aquarium of the Bay. 11th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival: The world's wettest film fest brings almost fifty films — ranging from four-minute shorts about whales to feature-length ecological documentaries — to the Bay Theater at Fisherman's Wharf. March 5-9. Embarcadero, San Francisco, 623-5300,

Artists' Television Access. Mission Eye & Ear #4: New experimental film and sound collaborations by Suki O'Kane & John Davis, Jason Hoopes & Azin Seraj, Marielle Jakobsons & Kirthi Nath, and more. Fri., March 7, 8 p.m. $7-$10. Other Cinema: Rrriot Girls: Screening of the 2013 documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, preceded by a 20-minute solo drum performance by Suki O'Kane. Sat., March 8, 8:30 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890,

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. Clueless: This, like, oh-so-'90s teen comedy starring San Francisco's very own Alicia Silverstone is treated to a special drag pre-show with Peaches Christ, Mahlae Balenciaga, and Willam Belli. Cake boys, rejoice! Sat., March 8, 8 p.m. $30-$85. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120,

Clay Theatre. Omar: This Palestinian drama set in the Israeli-occupied territories is one of the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars. Daily. The Lunchbox: starting March 7. Daily. 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, 267-4893,

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: The Lone Ranger: Hosts Jim Fourniadis, Mikl-Em, and Ira Emsig won't let Johnny Depp (or his stupid bird hat) off the hook in this lambasting of Gore Verbinski's 2013 bomb. Sun., March 9, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Philomena: Irish dramedy starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears. Daily. Tim's Vermeer: daily. Gloria: Paulina García has won wide acclaim for her lead performance in this character study of a middle-aged Chilean woman who lives life on her own terms. 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. 12 Years a Slave: daily. Dallas Buyers Club: daily. Bethlehem: An action movie with sociopolitical overtones — or is it vice versa? — focusing on an Israeli Secret Service officer and a young Palestinian informant. Starting March 7. Daily. Visitors: Cult director Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi) presents his latest visual rumination with music by Philip Glass. March 7-13. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 267-4893,

Exploratorium. Exploratorium After Dark: Extended Cinemas: This month's edition of the Xplo's monthly adult (18+) party gets cinematic with interactive film installations, fog projections, a "smell-o-vision" presentation, and other activities inspired by the science of moving images. Thu., March 6, 6-10 p.m. $10-$15. 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,

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). Starting March 7. Fridays, 6 p.m. Continues through March 28. $10. 57 Post, San Francisco, 393-0100,

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Nebraska: Bruce Dern and Will Forte star in a Midwestern road movie shot in black-and-white by director Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways). Daily. If You Build It: Documentary about the behind-the-scenes struggle to teach a hands-on construction and design class to kids in North Carolina's poorest county. Daily. The Great Beauty: Fellini-esque Italian drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Daily. The Rocket: Uplifting coming-of-age drama about a young Laotian refugee who enters a rocketry contest. March 7-13. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 777-3456,

Roxie Theater. Stranger by the Lake: Award-winning gay erotic thriller from French director Alain Guiraudie. Through March 6. 7 Boxes: Paraguayan caper film that Indiewire merrily described as "The Fast and the Furious with wheelbarrows." Through March 6. The Men's Story Project: Out Loud!: Director Josie Lehrer makes a personal appearance to discuss her documentary (presented in Spanish with English subtitles) about men who share revealing, emotional stories in front of live audiences in Chile. Wed., March 5, 7 p.m. $10. Groove Move: Surfing flick presented by the Sunset District's Mollusk Surf Shop. Thu., March 6, 7:30 p.m. $7. Wes Anderson in 35mm: High-fidelity retrospective of the indie director's filmography (minus Rushmore) leading up to the release of his newest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel. March 7-13. Jonas Reinhardt: Ganymede: The local electronic musician goes deeper into kosmische territory than ever before on his new album/DVD, which includes a series of experimental films that launch his psychedelic/ambient space disco into Jovian orbit. Mon., March 10, 9:15 p.m. $10. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087,

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. 511 48th St., Oakland, 510-923-1074,

UC Berkeley, Wheeler Auditorium. Cesar Chavez: Special advance screening of Diego Luna's upcoming biopic starring Michael Peña, Rosario Dawson, and John Malkovich, with the director appearing in person to discuss the film afterwards. Wed., March 5, 7 p.m. Free. Sather Road, Berkeley.

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