Arthouse Film Listings For August 18-24

4-Star Theatre. Paths of the Soul: Eleven Tibetans prostrate themselves every few steps during a 1,200-mile pilgrimage that lasts for seven months. Daily. Under the Sun: An ordinary family in Pyongyang is followed for a year. Daily. Hunt For the Wilderpeople: Comedy about a national manhunt that ensues when a defiant boy and his cantankerous foster uncle run in the bush. Starting Aug. 19. Daily. 2200 Clement, San Francisco, 415-666-3488,

Artists’ Television Access. Other Cinema: An ongoing series of experimental cinema. Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. $7. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 415-824-3890,

Balboa Theatre. Balboa Classics: Classic movies every week. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Popcorn Palace: Every Saturday at 10 a.m. $10 gets ticket plus popcorn and drink! Saturdays, 10 a.m. Experiment in Terror: Kelly Sherwood (Lee Remick) is a bank teller who is terrorized by murderer “Red” Lynch (Ross Martin). Red, whose asthmatic voice is heard through his many terrifying phone calls, threatens to kill Kelly if she doesn’t steal a large sum of money from the bank. In an attempt to ensure her compliance, Red begins to threaten those closest to Kelly. Despite her terror, Kelly involves the F.B.I., including Agent Ripley (Glenn Ford), who works to capture Red before the villain can get to Kelly. Wed., Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m. 3630 Balboa, San Francisco, 415-221-2184,

Castro Theatre. Double Feature: Halloween and It Follows: A double feature of the 1978 film “Halloween” at 7:30 p.m. and the 2014 film “It Follows” at 9:15 p.m. Fri., Aug. 19, 7:30 & 9:15 p.m. Double Feature: Casablanca and High Sierra: A double feature of the 1942 film “Casablanca” and the 1941 film “High Sierra”. Sat., Aug. 20, 3, 5, 7 & 8:55 p.m. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 415-621-6120,

Clay Theatre. Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World: Werner Herzog chronicles the breadth of the virtual world. Starting Aug. 19. Daily. My Neighbor Totoro: Two sisters encounter a mythical forest sprite and its woodland companions when they move to rural Japan. Subtitled. Fri., Aug. 19, 11:55 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 20, 11:55 p.m. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 415-267-4893,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Don’t Think Twice: Mike Birbiglia’s comedy about an improv group presents a hilarious and honest look at the lives of professional funny people. Daily. Indignation: A Jewish college student (Logan Lerman) falls for a young woman (Sarah Gadon) while clashing with his dean (Tracy Letts) in 1951 Ohio. Daily. Cafe Society: Set in the 1930s, writer/director Woody Allen’s bittersweet romance follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life. Daily. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie: To avoid scandal, Patsy and Edina flee to the French Riviera. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 415-267-4893,

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, 415-528-4444,

Marina Theatre. Florence Foster Jenkins: A legendary New York heiress and socialite (Meryl Streep) obsessively pursues her dream of becoming a great singer, despite little talent. Starting Aug. 19. Daily. 2149 Chestnut, San Francisco, 415-345-1323,

Oddball Films. Cinema Soiree – Form and Frenzy with Zach Von Joo: This month, Zach Von Joo will present several of his recent films in tandem with evocative works from the archive that resonate on similar film frequencies. Von Joo’s approach to filmmaking ranges from the hyper-kinetic to the pensive and dreamy with an ethereal feeling of other-timeliness and vintage nostalgia. Thu., Aug. 18, 8-10 p.m. $10. Learn your Lesson’s Final Exam – Shockucation’s Last Hurrah: The 41st and final in a monthly series of programs highlighting the most ridiculous, insane, and camptastic educational films, mental hygiene primers and TV specials of the collection. After 40 months of sex, drugs, and schlock and roll, Oddball Films is retiring everyone’s favorite educational programming with one final explosion of weird. Fri., Aug. 19, 8-10 p.m. $10. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 415-558-8112,

Opera Plaza Cinema. Our Little Sister: Three sisters travel to the Japanese countryside for their estranged father’s funeral, where they meet their shy, now-orphaned teenage half-sister. Daily. Little Men: The friendship of two boys in Manhattan is tested by the conflict between their parents over a rent increase for the dress shop run by one of their moms. Starting Aug. 19. Daily. Older Than Ireland: This funny and heartwarming documentary reveals a hundred years of a life as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish centenarians. Starting Aug. 19. Daily. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 415-267-4893,

Presidio Theatre. Billionaire Ransom: Students at a school for troubled kids fight back when their campus is taken over by criminals. Starting Aug. 19. Daily. 2340 Chestnut, San Francisco, 415-776-2388,

Roxie Theater. Vita Activa – The Spirit of Hannah Arendt: This documentary offers an intimate portrait of the whole of Hannah Arendt’s life, traveling to places where she lived, worked, loved, and was betrayed, as she wrote about the open wounds of modern times. Through Aug. 18. Embers: After a global neurological epidemic, those who remain search for meaning and connection in a world without memory. Five interwoven stories explore different facets of life without memory in a future that has no past. Through Aug. 18. Ovarian Psycos: An unapologetic bicycle crew of young, Latina misfits rides the streets. Aug. 19-25. Eva Hesse: Artist Eva Hesse utilizes latex, fiberglass and plastics to create pioneering sculptures in the 1960s. Aug. 19-25. BAVC Youth Screening: This showcase features the best short films from Bay Area Video Coalition’s Youth Filmmaking Programs. Watch as talented up-and-coming filmmakers tackle topics that matter to them, including the under-sexualization of disabled people, female sexual pleasure and exploration, unconventional families, immigration, pressures of senior year and environmental justice. Sat., Aug. 20, 4:30 p.m. Fithy Gorgeous, The Trannyshack Story: Sean Mullens and Deena Davenport-Conway’s documentary goes behind the scenes of the legendary drag nightclub Trannyshack. Birthed by infamous Icelandic queen Heklina in 1996, the club shocked and entertained thousands every Tuesday night for 12 years. Heklina recalls 1995 as the height of the deaths of her friends and “Trannyshack rose out of the ashes of all that grief.” The show pushed the boundaries of subversive drag and provided a platform for many performers to be as outrageous or as glamorous as they wanted. The stage at the Stud was graced by many soon to be stars like Lady Gaga, Ru Paul and Ana Matronic as well many soon to be local legends like Juanita More, The Steve Lady, Glamamore and Peaches Christ. Sat., Aug. 20, 9:15 p.m. Mod Night at the Movies with Quadrophenia and Dance Craze: A double feature showing with Quadrophenia and Dance Craze, plus DJ Fendi, a contest for the most mod guy and girl, and more. Sun., Aug. 21, 7 p.m. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 415-863-1087,

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