Alamo Drafthouse. The 18th Annual Animated Show of Shows: 12 charming family-friendly films including “About a Mother,” a new folktale with echoes of Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” Disney/Pixar’s sweet “Piper,” and the latest in 360º storytelling in Google’s touching father-and daughter-journey “Pearl” by Academy Award winner Patrick Osborne. The show also features a late-night bonus of four provocative shorts exclusively for mature audiences. Fri., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Elf Movie Party: Will Ferrell as North Pole pole dweller Buddy the Elf trying to figure out Manhattan just might be his funniest role. “Watch out! The yellow ones don’t stop.” This Elf Movie Party features all sorts of fun props, a themed contest before the film, and a “real” snowball fight in the theater! There will be jingle bells for everyone, bubbles for a few key scenes, and a special scratch n’ sniff card so you can even Smell-Along with Buddy and his family! Mon., Dec. 5, 7 p.m. Night of the Comet: After a rare comet sighting, teen sisters Regina (Catherine Mary Stewart) and Samantha (Kelli Maroney) find that they’re among the only survivors of a zombie attack. The girls partner with another survivor, Hector (Robert Beltran), but as they try to avoid the zombies, they’re sought by scientists who want to experiment on their bodies in the hope of finding an antidote. Dodging both the doctors and the undead, they keep moving in the hope that they can continue to stay alive. Tue., Dec. 6, 10:30 p.m. 2550 Mission St, San Francisco, 415-549-5959, drafthouse.com/sf/theater/new-mission.
Artists’ Television Access. Other Cinema: An ongoing series of experimental cinema. Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. $7. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 415-824-3890, atasite.org.
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. 3630 Balboa, San Francisco, 415-221-2184, balboamovies.com.
Castro Theatre. A Day of Silents: One day, six silent films, all with live musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra and Donald Sosin. Films include Chaplin at Essanay, So This is Paris, Strike, Different From the Others, The Last Command, and Sadie Thompson. Sat., Dec. 3, 10 a.m. Robin Hood: The classic story of the bandit of Sherwood Forest is given a classic Walt Disney Animation twist—all the characters are animals. Robin Hood is a fox, as is Maid Marian. Little John is a very big bear, Friar Tuck is a badger, and Prince John is a scrawny lion who tries to usurp the throne and oppress the good citizens of Nottingham while his brother, King Richard, is away on the Crusades. It is only through the intervention of clever Robin Hood—and some robbing of the rich to give to the poor—that the kingdom is saved, and the good king can reclaim his throne. Sun., Dec. 4, 1 & 3 p.m. Lost Landscapes of San Francisco: The 11th annual feature-length program shows San Francisco’s neighborhoods, infrastructure, celebrations, and people from the early 1900’s through the 1970s. As always, the audience makes the soundtrack! Come prepared to identify places, people and events, to ask questions, and to engage in spirited real-time repartee with fellow audience members. Tue., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 415-621-6120, castrotheatre.com.
Clay Theatre. Princess Mononoke: Hayao Miyazaik’s epic animated story of conflict between humans, gods and nature is a landmark of unsurpassed power and beauty. Fri., Dec. 2, 11:55 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 11:55 p.m. RSC Live: King Lear: Antony Sher returns to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare. Sun., Dec. 4, 11 a.m.; Mon., Dec. 5, 7 p.m. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 415-267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/san-francisco/clay-theatre.
Embarcadero Center Cinema. The Duelist: In 19th-century Saint Petersburg, a retired officer returns from exile and takes up arms as a duelist’s representative for hire. Starting Dec. 2. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 415-267-4893, landmarktheatres.com/san-francisco/embarcadero-center-cinema.
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, exploratorium.edu.
Oddball Films. Cinema Soiree: “Celluloid Scopophilia: The Sensual Dimensions of the Human Body” with Kerry Laitala and Live Music by Wobbly: A film program that examines the fetishization of the human body through rare medical and first aid films as well as vintage fetish shorts, Laitala’s own handmade films, and live musical accompaniment from Wobbly. Celluloid Scopophilia is a program that treads the line between visual pleasure and pain in the context of Scopophilia, (the pleasure of looking). Through the camera’s gaze, the pleasure imparted by the extraction and isolation of body parts is explored and dwelled upon, sucking the viewer into this seductive, unseemly form of compelling cinema. Thu., Dec. 1, 8-10 p.m. $10. oddballfilms.blogspot.com/2016/11/cinema-soiree-celluloid-scopophilia.html. The Spectre of Fascism – Echoes from Totalitarianism: A program of international 16mm short films, documentaries and animation reflecting on the 20th century’s history of fascism and it’s repercussions both artistic and humanitarian. With subversive stop-motion animation from Poland and the former Czechoslovakia, dark allegories of political conformity and rebellion, Alain Resnais’ definitive Holocaust documentary short “Night and Fog”, and even Donald Duck as a Nazi, it is a powerful night giving testament to the power of the indomitable human spirit in the face of fascism. Fri., Dec. 2, 8-10 p.m. $10. oddballfilms.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-spectre-of-fascism-echoes-from.html. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 415-558-8112, oddballfilms.blogspot.com.
Opera Plaza Cinema. Daughters of the Dust: At the dawn of the 20th century, a family in the Gullah community of coastal South Carolina — former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions — suffers a generational split. Young Haagar (Kaycee Moore) wants to move to the mainland away from tradition-bound matriarch Nana (Cora Lee Day). Former prostitute Yellow Mary (Barbara-O) gets a cold shoulder when she returns to the island with her female lover, especially from her sister Viola (Cheryl Lynn Bruce). Starting Dec. 2. Daily. Man Down: When U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia LaBeouf) returns from Afghanistan, he finds the place he once called home is no better than the battlefields he fought on overseas. Accompanied by his best friend, a hard-nosed Marine whose natural instinct is to shoot first and ask questions later, Gabriel searches desperately for his estranged son and his wife, leading to a suspect who has vital information about their location. Starting Dec. 2. Daily. Ovation!: A theater actress must choose between her heart and her mind when she meets a charming TV star. Starting Dec. 2. Daily. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 415-267-4893, landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.
Presidio Officers’ Club. Remember the Night: The 1940 holiday classic featuring Barbara Stanwyck as a shop-lifting New Yorker who gets whisked to Fred MacMurray’s Indiana home when we realize he’s responsible for her being in jail during Christmas. The film is preceded by Q&A with Fred MacMurray and June Haver’s daughter Kate MacMurray, who will share her father’s Hollywood home movies. Also, featuring festive trailers and holiday snipes from the Academy Film Archive/Packard Humanities Institute collection to put everyone in a celebratory mood. Presented in partnership with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Thu., Dec. 1, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. presidio.gov/events/holiday-film-screening-remember-the-night. 50 Moraga, San Francisco, 415-561-4000, presidioofficersclub.com.
Roxie Theater. One More Time With Feeling: A unique one night only cinema event directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly), One More Time With Feeling will be the first ever opportunity anyone will have to hear Skeleton Tree, the sixteenth studio album from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Dec. 1-3. The Eyes of My Mother: In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be unfazed by death. One afternoon, a mysterious visitor horrifyingly shatters the idyll of Francisca’s family life, deeply traumatizing the young girl, but also awakening some unique curiosities. Though she clings to her increasingly reticent father, Francisca’s loneliness and scarred nature converge years later when her longing to connect with the world around her takes on a distinctly dark form. Dec. 2-8. The Love Witch: Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However her spells work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved drives her to the brink of insanity and murder. Fri., Dec. 2, 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 3, 6:45 p.m.; Mon., Dec. 5, 9:30 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 7, 9 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Talkies at the Roxie: An ol’ west style variety revue featuring alternative comedy, live music, oddball performances, and short films every first Friday of the month. First Friday of every month, 10 p.m. I Am Not Angry: Navid deprived of continuing his studies at the university because of his activities and beliefs, is trying not to get angry while confronting the social abnormalities. He’s suffering a lot just to make the very basic living standards and not lose his love, Setareh. Sat., Dec. 3, 2 p.m. Gimme Danger: Iggy Pop & The Stooges: Emerging from Ann Arbor, Mich., amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive style of rock ‘n’ roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960s. Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz, the band planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed. Jim Jarmusch’s documentary presents the context of The Stooges’ emergence. Sat., Dec. 3, 4 & 6:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 3 & 8:45 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 6, 8:45 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 8, 9:30 p.m. Desert Migration: Long-term AIDS and HIV survivors form a community in Palm Springs. Sat., Dec. 3, 4:30 p.m. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 415-863-1087, roxie.com.
Tenderloin Museum. Gay San Francisco: Lost Film, 1965-1970: A screening of Gay San Francisco by Jonathan Raymond, a previously lost documentary depicting queer life in San Francisco five decades ago. Shot between 1965-1970, Gay San Francisco features a collection of incredible footage of San Francisco’s thriving LGBTQ culture, with a focus on the Tenderloin, San Francisco’s first queer neighborhood. This screening compliments the Tenderloin Museum’s first major temporary exhibition, The Unseen World of the Tenderloin: Rare Historic Photographs 1907-71. Thu., Dec. 1, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. facebook.com/events/1813752048909640/. 398 Eddy, San Francisco, 415-830-4640, tenderloinmuseum.org.