Arthouse Film Listings For Dec. 22-28, 2016

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. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Christmas perennial, Frank Capra’s classic stars Jimmy Stewart as a family man at the end of his rope who is shown by a friendly angel what life would be like without him. Thu., Dec. 22, 2, 5 & 8 p.m. Sound Of Music Sing-Along: A screening of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in glorious widescreen, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character for the costume contest. Mon., Dec. 26, 1 & 7 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 27, 7 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 28, 1 & 7 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 29, 7 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 30, 7 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 31, 1 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 1, 1 & 7 p.m. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 415-621-6120, castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened: Chronicle of Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince’s Merrily We Roll Along. Thu., Dec. 22, 4:15 p.m. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 415-267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/san-francisco/clay-theatre.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Jackie: A grieving Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) examines her husband’s (John Carroll Lynch) legacy as the nation mourns his death. Thu., Dec. 22. Moonlight: A young man deals with his dysfunctional home life and comes of age in Miami during the “War on Drugs” era. The story of his struggle to find himself is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality. Thu., Dec. 22. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 415-267-4893, www.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.

Marina Theatre. Fences: Now working as a garbage collector in 1950s Pittsburgh, a former baseball star (Denzel Washington) creates tension in his family when he squashes his son’s (Jovan Adepo) dream of playing college football. Starting Dec. 25. Daily. 2149 Chestnut, San Francisco, 415-345-1323, www.lntsf.com.

Opera Plaza Cinema. Miss Sloane: In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win. But when she takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds that winning may come at too high a price. Thu., Dec. 22. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 415-267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. Off The Rails: The life of Darius McCollum, a man whose obsession with mass transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating drivers, conductors, token booth clerks, and track repairmen. Dec. 23-29. Gleason: Diagnosed with ALS, former NFL football player Steve Gleason starts to record video journals for his unborn son. Dec. 23-Jan. 5, 4:30 p.m. Crank and Crank High Voltage Double Feature: What better way to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of CRANK than to watch both films, back-to-back with no breaks!? Jason Statham is this generation’s Charles Bronson and it’s time we stop taking him for granted. Fri., Dec. 23, 7 p.m. Tokyo Godfathers: One Christmas Eve, a runaway girl Miyuki, a trans woman and former drag queen Hana, and middle-aged alcoholic Gin discover an abandoned newborn while looking through the garbage. Deposited with the unnamed baby is a note asking the finder to take good care of her and a bag containing clues to the parent’s identity. The unlikely trio sets off on a race through Tokyo to find the baby’s parents before Christmas is over in the most quirky and heartwarming Christmas story ever imagined. (Japanese with English subtitles) Sun., Dec. 25, 6 p.m. Brazil: Terry Gilliam’s 1985 film is a surrealist nightmare of a low-level bureaucrat in a dismal world of the near future. Sun., Dec. 25, 8 p.m. Belladonna of Sadness: A peasant woman is banished from her village and makes a deal with the devil to gain magical powers. Mon., Dec. 26, 9:15 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 27, 9:15 p.m.; Wed ., Dec. 28, 9:15 p.m. Más Almodóvar: The Flower of my Secret: Leo Macias writes sentimental novels with great success but hidden under a pseudonym, Amanda Gris. She is unhappy with her professional life and with her husband, a soldier working in Brussels and Bosnia that is never at home. She will try anything to change her life. Wed., Dec. 28, 7 p.m. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 415-863-1087, roxie.com.

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