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Arthouse Movie Listings for April 3-9, 2013 

Wednesday, Apr 3 2013
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Aquarium of the Bay. Bad Movie Night: Shark Week: The Dark Room Theater's incisive critics/comics sink their teeth into The Asylum's 2012 straight-to-video stinker in which a group of strangers are forced to survive a "horrifying gauntlet" of deadly sharks. Ticket price includes a free drink (beer or wine), popcorn, and Aquarium admission; attendees must be 21+. Wed., April 3, 6 p.m. $16. aquariumofthebay.org/badmovie. Embarcadero, San Francisco, 623-5300, www.aquariumofthebay.com.

Artists' Television Access. An Evening of Films and Discussion on Education in India: The American India Foundation and 3rd i Films present two award-winning short films — Avie Luthra's Lucky and Terrie Samundra's Kunjo — followed by an open discussion. Thu., April 4, 7 p.m. $8. GAZE #4: Bodies, Rest, and Motion: Short films, videos, and animations by female filmmakers including Allison Halter, Christina Kolozsvary, Emily Kuehn, Maria Magnusson, Dolissa Medina, Jillian Peña, Kristin Reeves, Angel Rose, Jamie Walters, and Daniela Zahlner. Fri., April 5, 8 p.m. $6. gazefilmseries.wordpress.com. Other Cinema: Art of the Ridiculous: Film critic Doug Harvey (Patacritical Interrogation Techniques) weighs in on hinterland cinema ranging from Craig Baldwin to Turkish Star Wars. Sat., April 6, 8:30 p.m. $6.66. www.othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

Balboa Theater. Tattoo Nation: Feature documentary about black-and-grey tattoo art narrated by Corey Miller of LA Ink. Thu., April 4, 10 p.m.; Thu., April 11, 10 p.m. $7.50-$10. tattoonation.com. 3630 Balboa St., San Francisco, 221-2184, www.balboamovies.com.

Bottle Cap. Dinner and a Movie: Weekly screenings in the Bottle Cap dining room. Sundays, 7 p.m. 1707 Powell, San Francisco, 529-2237, www.bottlecapsf.com.

California Academy of Sciences. Reel to Real NightLife: The San Francisco Film Society and Prelinger Archives host a series of short film screenings, plus Stones Throw Records honcho Peanut Butter Wolf throws down stone-cold beats with a VJ set. Thu., April 4, 6-10 p.m. $12. www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife. 55 Music Concourse, San Francisco, 379-8000, www.calacademy.org.

The Castro Theatre. Sing-A-Long Beauty and the Beast: Onscreen lyrics help audiences participate in the musical portions of this animated Disney hit that tells a tale as old as time. Wednesdays-Fridays, 7 p.m. Continues through April 5. $10-$15. Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino's bloody (but occasionally funny) tale of slavery and revenge in the antebellum American South. April 7-8. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Clay Theatre. Quartet: Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut is a dramedy based on the play of the same name by Ronald Harwood. Daily. The Good Sisters: A witchy indie horror film directed by JimmyO Burril (Chainsaw Sally). Sun., April 7, midnight. $9-$10. 2261 Fillmore St, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: John Carter: Sherilyn Connelly, Mikl-Em, and Mike Spiegelman take on Disney's megamillion-dollar flop about a muscleman who goes to Mars to fight CGI beasties. Is it "bad"? Oh, yes. Sun., April 7, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Upside Down: Class conflict is given a gravitational twist when two lovers (played by Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess) are kept apart by living in separate inverted worlds. Daily. On the Road: Jack Kerouac's landmark Beat Generation novel hits the big screen, with Control's Sam Riley portraying Sal Paradise/Jack Kerouac and Garrett Hedlund playing Dean Moriarty/Neal Cassady. Daily. From Up on Poppy Hill: Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away) produced this hand-drawn Japanese animation film about teenage lovers in 1963 Yokohama. English-language voice talent includes Gillian Anderson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, and many more. Through April 5. www.landmarktheatres.com. Ginger & Rosa: A coming-of-age story about two teenage girls in early-1960s London. Daily. The Place Beyond the Pines: Director Derek Cianfrance reunites with his Blue Valentine star Ryan "Hey Girl" Gosling for this dark crime drama also featuring Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, and Ray Liotta. Starting April 5. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/EmbarcaderoCenterCinema.htm.

The Emerald Tablet. Movie Lab: Make a Film from Public Archives: University of the Commons invites the public to remix and re-edit the Internet Archives' collection of copyright-free videos to create a new work of their own. Includes five weekly workshop sessions followed by final screenings on May 11. Starting April 9. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.; Sat., May 11, 7 p.m. Continues through May 7. free. 80 Fresno St., San Francisco, 500-2323, www.emtab.org.

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Iraq n' Roll: Israeli rocker Dudu Tassa seeks to renew the lost legacy of his grandfather, a popular Iraqi musician in the 1930s who became marginalized after moving to Israel in the 1950s. Mon., April 8, 7 p.m. $8-$12. 3200 California, San Francisco, 292-1200, www.jccsf.org.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Emperor: Tommy Lee Jones portrays General Douglas MacArthur, who's caught in the middle of Japan's transitional troubles following the end of WWII. Directed by Girl With a Pearl Earring's Peter Webber. Daily. Barbara: It's a tough choice between love and paranoia in this drama set in 1980 East Germany. Daily. The Silence: A copycat kidnapping committed 23 years after the original stirs up bad memories and more in this subtitled European thriller. Through April 4. Gimme the Loot: An energetic, lighthearted look at the lives of two ambitious NYC graffiti writers by director Adam Leon. April 5-11. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. Wrong: Quentin Dupieux (aka Mr. Oizo) wrote and directed this surreal adventure of a man searching for his lost dog. Through April 4. $6.50-$10. Birdemic 2: The Resurrection: Director James Nguyen follows up his infamously awful/awesome first film with another tale of computerized flying menace. Angry birds, indeed. Wed., April 3, 7 p.m. $6.50-$10. Thale: One-night-only screening of the 2012 Norwegian horror flick about a mute young woman with a prehensile tail and an origin shrouded in mystery. Thu., April 4, 9:15 p.m. $6.50-$10. Roman Polanski Retrospective: A three-night look back at the career of the controversial film director, with Polanski himself talking to the audience via Skype hookup on Saturday afternoon. Friday night's screenings include 1965's Repulsion and 1976's The Tenant; Saturday promises two showings of 1974's Chinatown — the first preceding Polanski's appearance and the latter followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Robert Towne — plus a screening of 1988's Frantic; and Sunday's schedule is TBD. April 5-7. Hands on a Hard Body: If we said you had a beautiful (truck) body, would you hold it against us? This 1997 documentary explores the endurance of contest competitors who attempt to keep their hands on a pickup truck longest. April 8-9, 7 & 9 p.m. $6.50-$10. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). The Clock: Christian Marclay's 24-hour-long film is an acclaimed, epic montage of movie clips cut and reassembled to unfold in real time. April 6-June 2. www.sfmoma.org/about/press/press_exhibitions/releases/942. 151 3rd St., San Francisco, 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org.

USF Presentation Theater. 11th Annual Human Rights Film Festival: This free three-day festival focuses on topics including gender issues, the environment, land use, free speech, and more. Titles include: Dear Mandela, Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1, Reportero, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, The Harvest/La Cosecha: The Story of the Children Who Feed America, In Shopian, Justice for My Sister, The Invisible War, 5 Broken Cameras, and Transgender Tuesdays: A Clinic in the Tenderloin, plus USF student shorts. April 4-6, noon. free. www.usfca.edu/artsci/hrff. 2350 Turk, San Francisco, 422-2434, www.usfca.edu.

The Vortex Room. Assault on Vortex 13: Fear Is the Key and Action, U.S.A.: Double feature of retro/cult action films. Thu., April 4, 9 p.m. $10 donation. The Street Fighter and Return of the Street Fighter: A brutal one-two punch of Sonny Chiba's legendary martial arts classix featuring violent action and gore galore. Directed by Shigehiro Ozawa. Sun., April 7, 8 p.m. $10 donation. 1082 Howard, San Francisco, N/A, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vortex-Room/217115454982128.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Thai Dreams: The Films of Pen-ek Ratanaruang: Featuring the local premiere of his newest film and five earlier works. Some of the themes he consistently revisits include the frailty of human relationships, multiple levels of consciousness, urban vs. natural landscapes, and shifting identities. April 4-21. $8-$10. www.ybca.org. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 978-2787, www.ybca.org.

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