Arthouse Movie Listings May 14-20, 2014

Artists' Television Access. SFSU Experimental Cinema & Experimental Documentary Workshop Screenings: Instructors Greta Snider and Natalie Tsui present two programs of student experimental film works. Thu., May 15, 7 & 9 p.m. Free. Other Cinema: Optronica: Electronic/experimental music & film night with Headboggle, Tommy Becker, Visión Nocturna, excerpts from I Dream of Wires, and more. Sat., May 17, 8:30 p.m. $7. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890,

The Castro Theatre. An Evening with Ken Burns: Public television's prime documentary filmmaker offers a sneak preview of his new seven-part, 14-hour PBS series, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. Wed., May 14, 7:30 p.m. $20-$25. Eighth Annual Epidemic Film Festival: Showcases of work by students from the Academy of Art's School of Acting and School of Motion Pictures & Television. Fri., May 16, 4-8 p.m. free. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120,

Center for New Music. Henry Kaiser's Surprise Videos with/or About Music: The avant-improv guitarist screens short videos and films guaranteed to be full of obscure, odd, or just plain awesome music. Sat., May 17, 2 p.m. $7-$10. 55 Taylor, San Francisco, 275-2466,

Clay Theatre. Locke: Tom Hardy (Bronson, The Dark Knight Rises) owns the screen — no, really, he's the only one on it for the entire length of the movie — in this tightly focused drama from the man who penned Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things. Daily. God's Pocket: starting May 16. Daily. Dirty Harry: Remember when the Niners actually played in San Francisco? How about when Kezar Stadium was an honest-to-goodness professional sports arena? This movie will make you remember … or else Clint Eastwood just might shoot ya, punk. Sat., May 17, 11:59 p.m. $10. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 267-4893,

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Mike Spiegelman, and Dan Foley discover that the Uncanny Valley exists even in the icy vacuum of space. Sun., May 18, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Fading Gigolo: John Turturro and Woody Allen star in Turturro's new comedy that is, despite initial appearances, not actually a Woody Allen film. Daily. Only Lovers Left Alive: Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton play longer-than-longtime lovers in Jim Jarmusch's atmospheric art-house take on the vampire movie genre. Daily. The Railway Man: Colin Firth stars in this screen adaptation of British Army officer Eric Lomax's memoir about struggling to overcome memories of wartime torture at the hands of the Japanese. Daily. Belle: Austenesque costume drama meets the decidedly inelegant subject of 18th century slavery in this true-life tale of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a British Admiral. Daily. The German Doctor: Director Lucía Puenzo adapts her own speculative novel about what might have happened while notorious concentration camp doctor Josef Mengele lived under an assumed name in 1960s South America. Daily. Palo Alto: If you missed its debut at this year's S.F. International Film Festival, here's another chance to catch young Gia Coppola's moody cinematic adaptation of James Franco's book about an adolescence spent in you-know-where. Starting May 16. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 267-4893,

Exploratorium. Saturday Cinema: Weekly thematic film screenings by the Exploratorium's Cinema Arts program. Saturdays. Free with museum admission. Pier 15, San Francisco, 528-4444,

Nourse Theatre. Pop-Up Magazine: Includes the premiere of Sam Green's live film The Measure of All Things, plus guest authors and storytellers. Thu., May 15, 8 p.m. Sold out. 275 Hayes, San Francisco, 563-2463,

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Jeune et Jolie (Young & Beautiful): Marine Vacth stars as a secret teenage call girl in the latest drama from French director François Ozon. Through May 15. The Lunchbox: Warm-hearted romantic drama from first time Indian director Ritesh Batra. Daily. The Gálapagos Affair: With a subtitle like “Satan Came to Eden,” you know things will almost certainly go awry in this documentary about pre-WWII Europeans who attempted to escape society in the wilds of the Gálapagos Islands — but soon learned you can never truly escape the human beast. Daily. 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. Tasting Menu: European ensemble comedy for those with light appetites. Starting May 16. Daily. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 777-3456,

Roxie Theater. Now: In the Wings on a World Stage: Director Sam Mendes rejoins his American Beauty star Kevin Spacey in this behind-the-scenes look at Spacey's epic touring version of Shakespeare's Richard III. Through May 15. Documented: Filmmaker (and Pulitzer-winning journalist) Jose Antonio Vargas appears in person to present a sneak preview of his documentary about being a gay — and undocumented — Filipino-American. Thu., May 15, 8 p.m. $7.50-$10. I Wake Up Dreaming 2014: Dark Treasures from the Warner Archive: The Roxie turns back the clock for 10 days of rare film noir and vintage crime movies from 1932-1965. May 16-25. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087,

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. Godzilla: The Japanese Original: With a new reboot about to hit American cinema screens, this newly restored 60th anniversary edition of the first Godzilla represents Toho's original Japanese version of the story, complete with anti-nuke message (and no dubbing or Raymond Burr). Through May 15. 1881 Post, San Francisco, 346-3243,

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 18, 5:30 & 8 p.m.; Sun., May 25, 5:30 p.m. $10. 533 Sutter, San Francisco, 399-1322,

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 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,

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