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Arthouse Movie Listings April 23-29, 2014 

Wednesday, Apr 23 2014

Artists' Television Access. Selected III: British touring collection of short films and video co-curated by Videoclub and the Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN). Fri., April 25, 8 p.m. $7-$10. Other Cinema: Google Boondoggle: The S.F. Tenants Union is on hand for a night of Google Bus protest videos and other San Fran-centric short films. Sat., April 26, 8:30 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890,

The Castro Theatre. Disney's Frozen Sing-A-Long: The latest animated smash from Walt Disney Pictures gets the matinee sing-along treatment for three weekends in April. Saturdays, 1 p.m.; Sun., April 27, 1 p.m. Continues through April 27. $10-$16. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120,

Century San Francisco Centre 9 and XD. Peter Gabriel: Back to Front: Concert film recorded in October 2013 at London's O2 Arena. Wed., April 23, 7:30 p.m. Shatner's World: Wonder what's going on inside the mind of Capt. James T. Kirk? This filmed version of William Shatner's one-man stage show will give you some clue. Thu., April 24, 7:30 p.m. 845 Market St., San Francisco, 538-8422,

Clay Theatre. Finding Vivian Maier: John Maloof and Charlie Siskel's documentary is a 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. The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The Bawdy Caste performs onstage while the ultimate cult film plays in the background. Last Saturday of every month, 11:59 p.m. $9-$10. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 267-4893,

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Hamlet: Hosts Jim Fourniadis, Mike Spiegelman, and Alexia Staniotes suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous Mel Gibson as he takes his turn portraying the Not-So-Fresh Prince of Denmark. Sun., April 27, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987,

Delancey Street Theater. REEL Recovery Film Festival: San Francisco Bay Area Edition: This touring four-day festival brings together documentary films about alcohol and drug addiction, treatment, and recovery. April 24-27. $5 per session (or $25 for festival pass). 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco, 512-5153,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. 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. Le Week-End: A middle-aged British couple journey to Paris in an attempt to rekindle romance in this dramedy directed by Notting Hill's Roger Michell. Daily. Jodorowsky's Dune: The most psychedelic sci-fi film of all time was never actually made, but this documentary recounts the wild history behind Alejandro Jodorowsky's failed attempt to bring Frank Herbert's novel Dune to the big screen with help from Salvador Dalí, Pink Floyd, H.R. Giger, Moebius, and other mind-melters. 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. On My Way: Legendary French beauty Catherine Deneuve ambles across the screen in this road movie whose primary goal seems to be simply spending as much time with the cinematic icon as possible. 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. Starting April 25. Daily. Alan Partridge: After many years on BBC radio and television, Steve Coogan's proto-Ron Burgundy character finally hits the big screen in this British comedy. Starting April 25. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 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, 528-4444,

Mechanics' Institute Library. CinemaLit Film Series: Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Mechanics' Institute Library honors the late Oscar winner with a month of weekly screenings, including Capote (April 4), The Savages (April 11), Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (April 18), and Doubt (April 25). Fridays, 6 p.m. Continues through April 25. $10. 57 Post, San Francisco, 393-0100,

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Muestra de Cine Venezolano: Venezuelan cinema showcase featuring Reveron, Cenizas Eternas, and Koridel. Sat., April 26, 2 & 4:30 p.m. $10. 2868 Mission, San Francisco, 821-1155,

Multiple Bay Area Locations. 57th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival: The San Francisco Film Society may have a new Executive Director this year, but they're not dialing back on their main attraction: SFIFF57 brings well over 150 films to the Bay Area, counting more than a dozen premieres among its varied array of features, documentaries, and short films from 56 different countries. In addition to its Centerpiece movie — Gia Coppola's adapation of the James Franco book Palo Alto — highlights include live music events with Stephin Merritt and Thao Ngyuen, the presentation of the Founder's Directing Award to Richard Linklater, two prize competitions, and a lot more. April 24-May 8. San Francisco, N/A.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. The Lunchbox: Warm-hearted romantic drama from first time Indian director Ritesh Batra. Daily. Nymphomaniac: Volume II: The conclusion of Lars von Trier's two-part film that — despite whatever breathless things you may have heard (or imagined) — is less about on-screen eroticism than the head games and logistics surrounding sex and relationships. Daily. Watermark: Photographer Edward Burtynsky reunited with Manufactured Landscapes director Jennifer Baichwal to create this globetrotting exploration of humanity's interaction with the most important natural resource of all: water. Through April 24. Particle Fever: The Large Hadron Collider didn't open up an apocalyptic black hole when it was turned on in 2008, but filmmaker Mark Levinson made his own kind of Emmerich-free excitement in this acclaimed documentary about the scientists behind that enormous particle accelerator. Daily. Afternoon of a Faun: Documentary about Tanaquil Le Clercq — the great ballerina paralyzed by polio — that is only as tragic as the ballerina herself decided it would be. Daily. Dancing in Jaffa: Palestinians and Israelis may not see eye-to-eye at the political bargaining table, but their children learn to go toe-to-toe in a far more amicable way in this well-received ballroom dancing documentary. April 25-May 1. Teenage: Documentary about how those krazy kids are always stirring up trouble, inspired by the book Teenage: The Prehistory of Youth Culture by England's Dreaming author Jon Savage. April 25-May 1. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 777-3456,

Roxie Theater. The Unknown Known: Errol Morris' latest documentary takes us inside the mind of Donald Rumsfeld. That's right, we said "documentary" — not "horror movie." Through April 24. Faust: Russian Ark director Aleksandr Sokurov sets Goethe's damnation tragedy in the early 19th century in his lush and painterly latest film. Through April 24. Arab Shorts: The Arab Film Festival presents three consecutive Wednesday evenings of short films — both fictional and documentary — about contemporary Arab life. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Continues through April 23. $10 (or $25 for series pass). Next Goal Wins: Documentary about soccer coach Thomas Rongen's attempts to train the world's worst football squad for a run at the 2014 World Cup (or at least just one winning game). April 25-May 1. Future Filmmakers: Pictures of Bayview: BAYCAT (Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology) premieres its new youth-produced film, Endangered: A Healthy Bayview for All. Sat., April 26, 2 p.m. Rubén Salazar: Man in the Middle: Benefit for El Tecolote newspaper featuring Phillip Rodriguez's documentary about Los Angeles Times journalist Rubén Salazar — who was killed by L.A. police under suspicious circumstances — with a discussion following the film. Sat., April 26, 7 p.m. $10. San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festival: The SFIFF isn't the only international cine-fest in town, as this biennial showcase takes over the Roxie for two days and nights featuring more than 20 narrative, documentary, and experimental films. April 27-28, 2:30 p.m. $10. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087,

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2014: The YBCA's annual documentary series returns with a half-dozen feature-length films that touch upon issues of homophobia, sexism, political imprisonment, and other forms of injustice around the world. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through April 27. $8-$10. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 978-2787,

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