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  • Arthouse Film Listings For July 21 - 27, 2016

    Alamo Drafthouse. Star Trek Beyond: A surprise attack in outer space forces the Enterprise to crash-land on a mysterious world. The assault came from Krall (Idris Elba), a lizard-like dictator who derives his energy by sucking the life out More >>
  • The Blackout Experiments

    The Blackout Haunted House is an "extreme immersive horror experience" in which all manner of degradation and torture is consensually committed upon the patron, who is given both a safeword and a waiver to sign beforehand promising not to sue More >>
  • Breaking a Monster

    Depending on your point of view, Luke Meyer's fly-on-the-wall documentary Breaking a Monster is either about the breakthrough and rise of a heavy metal band, or about their capture and taming. The band in question is Unlocking the Truth, comprised More >>
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 36

    For its 36th year, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival brings a week and a half of delicious cinematic noshes to the Castro Theatre and beyond. Highlights include Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, a documentary about the legendary More >>
  • Arthouse Film Listings For July 14 - 20, 2016

    Alamo Drafthouse. Ghostbusters: Paranormal researcher Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Also More >>
  • From This Day Forward

    One of the more positive cultural shifts in recent years is the increased visibility and acceptance of transgender youth. And that's important, but Sharon Shattuck's very personal From This Day Forward looks at her aging father, Trisha, who came out More >>
  • Microbe & Gasoline

    Michel Gondry's Microbe & Gasoline is a teen buddy movie that's charming enough, though not up to Gondry's usual levels of inventiveness. Daniel (Ange Dargent), nicknamed Microbe due to his diminutive stature, is unhappy at both school and home, and More >>
  • Seoul Searching

    Benson Lee's Seoul Searching is a funny and often poignant meditation on both ethnic identity and drinking games. In 1986, a group of Korean teenagers born and raised abroad arrive at the Seoul Summer Camp, created by the Korean government More >>
  • Zero Days

    Whenever the power goes out, it's hard not to wonder in the back of your mind if it'll ever come back on. The newest film by the Church of Scientology's least-favorite documentarian, Alex Gibney's Zero Days demonstrates that it's easier More >>
  • Nuts!

    Well, that was quick: A few months after Beth Harrington's The Winding Stream made it clear that the border radio station XERA needs its own documentary, that documentary appears in the shape ofPenny Lane's Nuts! It tells the too-strange-to-not-be-true story More >>

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