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Arthouse Movie Listings March 12-18, 2014 

Wednesday, Mar 12 2014
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Artists' Television Access. Seventh Annual Druid Underground Film Festival: Don your cloaked hood — but fly your freak flag high — for this night of quirky, crazy, or just plain head-shakingly WTF short films. Fri., March 14, 8 p.m. $10. druidundergroundfilmfestival.com. Other Cinema: Radical Writers: Short films focus on the creatively transgressive lives of William Burroughs, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and more. Sat., March 15, 8:30 p.m. $6. othercinema.com. 992 Valencia, S.F., 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

The Castro Theatre. Castro Theatre Remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014): Wednesdays in March (plus a bonus Thursday and Friday at the end of the month) feature double-bill showings of the late actor's films. Wednesdays; Thu., March 27; Fri., March 28. Continues through March 28. Putting on the Ritz: An all-day celebration of Rita Moreno's career with special guests Matthew Martin, Marga Gomez, D'Arcy Drollinger, and the star herself live in person. Sat., March 15, 1 p.m. $20-$60. 429 Castro, S.F., 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Center for New Music. Film @ C4NM: Jazz Masters: Screenings of Who's Crazy? (featuring Ornette Coleman in the studio) and The Art Ensemble of Chicago: Live (self-explanatory) make this an afternoon of primo avant-garde jazz on film. Sat., March 15, 2 p.m. $7-$10. 55 Taylor, S.F., 275-2466, www.centerfornewmusic.com.

Clay Theatre. The Lunchbox: Warm-hearted romantic drama from first time Indian director Ritesh Batra. Daily. Bottle Rocket: The '90s indie comedy that — for better or worse — launched the careers of Wes Anderson, Luke Wilson, and Owen Wilson. March 14-15, 11:59 p.m. 2261 Fillmore, S.F., 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: R.I.P.D.: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Mike Spiegelman, and Maura Sipila take aim at the supernatural cop movie that proves even Jeff Bridges phones it in sometimes. Sun., March 16, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, S.F., 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. 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. Visitors: Cult director Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi) presents his latest visual rumination with music by Philip Glass. Through March 13. 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. Philomena: Irish dramedy starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears. Daily. Bethlehem: An action movie with sociopolitical overtones — or is it vice versa? — focusing on an Israeli Secret Service officer and a young Palestinian informant. Daily. Tim's Vermeer: Teller (of Penn & Teller fame) directed this documentary about Tim Jenison's quest to discover the secret behind Vermeer's uncanny knack for verisimilitude. Daily. The Wind Rises: Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated masterpiece for Studio Ghibli, shown in both subtitled and dubbed versions (the latter featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead role). Daily. The Face of Love: Annette Bening and Ed Harris star in this romantically inclined drama about a widow who becomes obsessed with a man resembling her dead husband. Starting March 14. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F., 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/EmbarcaderoCenterCinema.htm.

The Emerald Tablet. Pig: SF in SF hosts a screening of this twisty indie/sci-fi film from 2012, with producer Mark Stolaroff in the house for a Q&A session after the movie. Sat., March 15, 7 p.m. $5-$10 suggested donation. sfinsf.org. 80 Fresno, S.F., 500-2323, www.emtab.org.

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, S.F., 528-4444, www.exploratorium.edu.

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Grease Sing-Along: Tip: Whenever John Travolta addresses Olivia Newton-John in this 1978 musical, see if he actually pronounces the name "Sandy" correctly. Sat., March 15, 2 & 7:30 p.m. $18. 3200 California, S.F., 292-1200, www.jccsf.org.

Lost Weekend Video. Fresh Like Cadaver: A monthly horror-themed, live movie riffing comedy show in the spirit of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Second Friday of every month, 8 p.m. $10. facebook.com/FreshLikeCadaver. 1034 Valencia, S.F., 643-3373, www.lostweekendvideo.com.

Mechanics' Institute Library. Mystique of the City: Films Shot in San Francisco: The M.I.L.'s CinemaLit Film Series spends Fridays in March spotlighting four movies set in and around the city, including After the Thin Man (March 7), Experiment in Terror (March 14), Foul Play (March 21), and Tucker: The Man and His Dream (March 28). Fridays, 6 p.m. Continues through March 28. $10. 57 Post, S.F., 393-0100, www.milibrary.org.

Multiple Bay Area Locations. CAAMFest 2014: Now in its fourth decade, the Center for Asian American Media's film festival just keeps getting more ambitious, now with screenings in three cities — S.F., Oakland, and Berkeley — plus extracurricular parties, music showcases, food-themed events, and other celebrations of culture from the Asian diaspora. March 13-23. caamfest.com. S.F.

Oddball Films. Learn Your Lesson ... With Puppets: A Dangerously Squeaky Shockucation: A collection of bizarre old educational short films that somehow thought kids would take advice from creepy sub-muppets. Fri., March 14, 8 p.m. $10. 275 Capp, S.F., 558-8112, www.oddballfilms.com.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Gloria: Paulina García has won wide acclaim for her lead performance in this character study of a middle-aged Chilean woman who lives life on her own terms. Daily. The Great Beauty: Fellini-esque Italian drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Daily. Omar: This Palestinian drama set in the Israeli-occupied territories was one of the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars. Daily. The Rocket: Uplifting coming-of-age drama about a young Laotian refugee who enters a rocketry contest. Through March 13. Love and Demons: Locally sourced indie comedy about a San Francisco couple and their (quite literal) demons that haunt and harass them. Starting March 14. Daily. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me: Documentary about the brassy star of stage and screen. Starting March 14. Daily. 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. Starting March 14. Daily. 601 Van Ness, S.F., 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. 12 O'Clock Boys: Encore screenings of the documentary about teenage dirtbike riders in inner-city Baltimore. Through March 13. Wes Anderson in 35mm: High-fidelity retrospective of the indie director's filmography (minus Rushmore) leading up to the release of his newest movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Through March 13. Awful Nice: Alex Rennie and James Pumphrey are two scuffling brothers who struggle to fix up an inherited vacation home in this indie comedy by Todd Sklar. Through March 13. 7 Boxes: Paraguayan caper film that Indiewire merrily described as "The Fast and the Furious with wheelbarrows." Through March 13. 3117 16th St., S.F., 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

The Variety Preview Room (The Hobart Building). Rough Cuts: S.F.'s documentary-in-progress screening series presents 3 Still Standing, which profiles local comedians Larry Brown, Will Durst, and Johnny Steele. Tue., March 18, 7:30 p.m. $9. sfroughcuts.com. 582 Market, S.F., 781-3893, www.varietync.org/screening-room.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Design & Architecture Films Showcase: These 12 recent documentaries about architecture and urban planning are not just films that consider the enormous challenges of practical aesthetics. They're also necessarily films about people, those close inspectors of urban spaces, rural spaces, head spaces, who would presume to extract order — and beauty — from the chaos of contemporary life. Thu., March 13, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 16, 2 & 4 p.m.; Thu., March 20, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 22, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 23, 2 p.m.; Thu., March 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 30, 2 p.m. $8-$10. 701 Mission, S.F., 978-2787, www.ybca.org.

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