4-Star Theatre. Sugar Mountain: Deep in debt to a local thug (Jason Momoa), Miles persuades his girlfriend Lauren and brother Liam to help fake a disappearance in the Alaskan wilderness. While the town works together to find Miles, the local sheriff (Cary Elwes) begins to suspect foul play. As he closes in on the truth, Liam struggles to conceal the hoax, and in the process exposes a secret that rocks him and Lauren to the core. Now the two are struggling to stay one step ahead of a sadistic thug and the tenacious cops before Miles is gone for good. Starting Dec. 9. Daily. All We Had: Deep in debt to a local thug (Jason Momoa), Miles persuades his girlfriend Lauren and brother Liam to help fake a disappearance in the Alaskan wilderness. While the town works together to find Miles, the local sheriff (Cary Elwes) begins to suspect foul play. As he closes in on the truth, Liam struggles to conceal the hoax, and in the process exposes a secret that rocks him and Lauren to the core. Now the two are struggling to stay one step ahead of a sadistic thug and the tenacious cops before Miles is gone for good. Starting Dec. 9. Daily. 2200 Clement, San Francisco, 415-666-3488, lntsf.com/4-star-theatre.html.
Alamo Drafthouse. Crispin Glover Live: What Is It?: Crispin Hellion Glover performs a one hour dramatic narration of eight different profusely illustrated books. The images from the books are projected behind Mr. Glover during his performance. Thu., Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Gremlins: A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the “mogwai” but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve. Mon., Dec. 12, 7 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 13, 7:15 p.m. Silent Night, Deadly Night: An orphan raised by nuns (Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick) grows up to be a killer toy-store Santa Claus. Tue., Dec. 13, 10:15 p.m. $3. 2550 Mission St, San Francisco, 415-549-5959, https://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. La La Land: The story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Withdirector Damien Chazelle and co-stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and John Legend in person. Thu., Dec. 8, 8:30 p.m. The 24 Hour War: Automobile magnates Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari develop a fierce rivalry at the Le Mans during the 1960s. Mon., Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Noir City Xmas 2016: The Film Noir Foundation celebrates the holidays by tossing aside the Christmas treacle for a headlong dive into a double bill of danger and darkness. Films include Cash on Demand and Ice Harvest. Wed., Dec. 14, 7 p.m. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 415-621-6120, castrotheatre.com.
Clay Theatre. The Eagle Huntress: The Eagle Huntress follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Daily. The Room: Tommy Wiseau’s cinematic bomb is every bit as bad as it’s cracked up to be. You’ll crack up as well at this riotous midnight screening with lots of Rocky Horror-style audience participation. Second Saturday of every month, 11:59 p.m. Royal Opera House: Le Contes D’Hoffmann: Charismatic Italian tenor Vittorio Grigòlo is Hoffmann—compelled to tell the story of his lovers who, he believes, have all been stolen by a succession of arch villains (all four performed by baritone Thomas Hampson). The music includes the famous ‘Barcarolle’ and the stunning showpiece numbers are perfect vehicles for the vocal virtuosity of Sofia Fomina as the clockwork doll Olympia, Christine Rice as the courtesan Giulietta and Sonya Yoncheva as Hoffmann’s last love Antonia. Mon., Dec. 12, 7 p.m. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 415-267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/san-francisco/clay-theatre.
Embarcadero Center Cinema. 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. Daily. Jackie: A grieving Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman) examines her husband’s (John Carroll Lynch) legacy as the nation mourns his death. Daily. Lion: Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Daily. Elle: A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her. Daily. Loving: Interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving fell in love and were married in 1958. They grew up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was the state of Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. Richard and Mildred relocated with their children to the inner city of Washington, D.C., but the family ultimately tries to find a way back to Virginia. Daily. 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.
The Knockout. Cyberpunk Cinema: Thrillhouse Records presents a classic sci-fi flick every month, preceded by an episode of Cowboy Bebop. Second Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Free. cyberpunkcinema.tumblr.com. 3223 Mission, San Francisco, 415-550-6994, theknockoutsf.com.
Opera Plaza Cinema. Old Stone: Lao Shi fights for justice after a drunk passenger grabs the steering wheel, causing an accident that put a person into a coma. Because the victim’s family is destitute, Lao Shi pays the hospital bills and the insurance company refuses to cover the costs because of a technicality. Now Lao Shi needs the testimony of his passenger, who angrily refuses to cooperate. On his quest to find who’s responsible for his plight, Lao Shi ends up becoming a perpetrator himself. Starting Dec. 9. Daily. 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. 9. Daily. Mifune: The Last Samurai: A feature-length documentary about the life and films of legendary actor Toshiro Mifune, weaving together film clips, archival stills, and interviews with such luminaries as Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Narrated by Keanu Reeves. Starting Dec. 9. Daily. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 415-267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.
Roxie Theater. Burn Country: An exiled Afghan journalist moves to Northern California. When he tries to rise above his menial job on a police blotter by covering a local crime, he’s drawn into a world of violence. Dec. 8-15. 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. Thu., Dec. 8, 7 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. Thu., Dec. 8, 9:30 p.m. Evolution: In a hospital on an island populated solely by women and boys, Nicholas is subjected to a medical procedure. He senses everyone is lying to him, and with help from a young nurse, he learns the secret of what the women do on the beach at night. Dec. 9-15. Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare): Situated 150 miles south of Sicily, Lampedusa has hit headlines as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to make a new life in Europe. After spending months living on the island and engaging with its inhabitants, Rosi accumulated an incredible array of footage, portraying the history, culture and daily lives of the islanders. Focusing on 12-year-old Samuele, as he explores the land and attempts to gain mastery of the sea, the film slowly builds a breathtakingly naturalistic portrait of the Lampedusan people and the events that surround them. Dec. 9-15. Popcorn for Breakfast: Saturday Cartoons: The Roxie presents an assortment of great classic cartoons (in both black & white and full color) for Saturday-morning slackers of all ages. Second Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. Daughter: A young girl leaves her hometown in south of Iran for a half day trip without permission of his strict father to attend a close friend’s goodbye party. In her way back home hazy weather changes all she planned. Sat., Dec. 10, 4:45 p.m. I (Man): While under growing police scrutiny, Azar (Leila Hatami), a mysterious criminal hustler involves herself in various criminal pursuits from smuggling refugees to million dollar land sales. Sun., Dec. 11, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 415-863-1087, roxie.com.
Temescal Arts Center. Shapeshifters Cinema: Free monthly film series featuring experimental image manipulators and ambient sound shamans. Second Sunday of every month, 8 p.m. Free. shapeshifterscinema.com. 511 48th St., Oakland, 510-923-1074, temescalartscenter.org.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Roald Dahl at 100: Author Roald Dahl was best known for his darkly comic novels for children. Dahl did not trust adults or any form of sentimentality, and never condescended to his young readers. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth, YBCA presents these six delightfully malevolent adaptations of his most famous books (plus the weirdest-ever James Bond film, for which he wrote the screenplay), including The Witches, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, You Only Live Twice, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG, and Matilda. Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 18. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 415-978-2787, ybca.org.