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Arthouse Movie Listings January 15-21, 2014 

Wednesday, Jan 15 2014

Clay Theatre. The Past (Le Passé): A new dramatic mystery from Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (A Separation). Daily. 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 267-4893,

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly (aka SF Weekly's film critic) and Jim Fourniadis lambaste popular movies whose quality ranges from so-so to seriously awful. Sundays, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Inside Llewyn Davis: Oscar Isaac occupies the title role in this Coen Brothers film about a Greenwich Village folkie set in the early '60s. Daily. 12 Years a Slave: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Brad Pitt star in director Steve McQueen's powerful drama set in antebellum America. Daily. Nebraska: Bruce Dern and Will Forte star in a Midwestern road movie shot in black-and-white by director Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways). Daily. The Invisible Woman: Ralph Fiennes stars in and directs this biopic about Charles Dickens' midlife love affair with a teenage girl who must remain secret. Daily. Dallas Buyers Club: Matthew McConaughey continues his run of challenging roles in this true-life tale of a 1980s Texas cowboy who's diagnosed as HIV positive. Daily. Philomena: Irish dramedy starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears. 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,

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen's latest dramatic comedy, set in San Francisco and starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett. Daily. Caught in the Web: Director Chen Kaige (The Last Emperor, Farewell My Concubine) focuses on high-tech modern China in this Internet-centric drama. Daily. Liv & Ingmar: Documentary about the fertile creative relationship between Swedish director Ingmar Bergman and actress Liv Ullman. Daily. The Great Beauty: Fellini-esque Italian drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Daily. Blue Is the Warmest Color: French coming-of-age love story (based on the cult graphic novel) that won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Daily. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456,

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