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Arthouse Film Listings For August 4 - 10, 2016 


Alamo Drafthouse. Burt Reynolds Mystery Marathon: A free screening of The Bandit, followed by a ticketed mystery marathon of Burt Reynolds and Hal Needham classics and a bonanza of 35mm trailers. Sat., Aug. 6, 10 a.m. Free. 2550 Mission St, San Francisco, 415-549-5959,

Artists' Television Access. Other Cinema: An ongoing series of experimental cinema. Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. $7. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 415-824-3890,

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,

Clay Theatre. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You: A look at the life, work and political activism of one of the most successful television producers of all time, Norman Lear. Starting Aug. 5. Daily. Batman: In gloomy Gotham City the caped crusader Batman (Michael Keaton) must engage in a battle-to-the-death with the villainous Joker (Jack Nicholson): a madman orchestrating a wave of crime and murder that has paralyzed the town. During the course of the struggle, Batman learns the truth about his own mysterious past, and the role played by the Joker in shaping his life when he was a boy. Fri., Aug. 5, 11:55 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 6, 11:55 p.m. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 415-267-4893,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie: To avoid scandal, Patsy and Edina flee to the French Riviera. Daily. Gleason: Former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason puts his life in order after being diagnosed with ALS and given two to five years to live. Daily. Cafe Society: Set in the 1930s, writer/director Woody Allen's bittersweet romance follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life. Starting Aug. 5. Daily. Don't Think Twice: Mike Birbiglia's comedy about an improv group presents a hilarious and honest look at the lives of professional funny people. Starting Aug. 5. Daily. Indignation: A Jewish college student (Logan Lerman) falls for a young woman (Sarah Gadon) while clashing with his dean (Tracy Letts) in 1951 Ohio. Starting Aug. 5. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 415-267-4893,

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, 415-528-4444,

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. 3223 Mission, San Francisco, 415-550-6994,

Multiple Bay Area Locations. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: The 36th Annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is first and most prestigious festival of its kind in the world. SFJFF celebrates excellence in Jewish & independent cinema with three weeks of groundbreaking film, memorable festival guests and exciting special events. Films will be screened in San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Rafael, Berkeley, and Oakland. For full listings and showtimes, see Through Aug. 7. 415-621-0523. Multiple addresses, San Francisco, N/A.

Oddball Films. Cinematic Synesthesia: A Sensory Overload: An evening of fascinating science docs divulging the secrets of the human senses and a handful of hyper-kinetic experimental shorts designed to overload your senses with barrages of sublime imagery. Enjoy the science spectacular Gateways to the Mind: The Story of the Human Senses (1958) - from the Bell Science series - about the glory and pitfalls of the human senses, hosted by Dr. Frank Baxter and featuring mind-bending sensory-deprivation animation from the legendary Chuck Jones. Thu., Aug. 4, 8-10 p.m. $10. 415-558-8117. The Oddball OlympiXXX - 16mm Sports and Smut: A nutty night of antique bizarro sports newsreels, animated Lego Olympians, and sexy snippets from yesteryear. There will be baby races, dolphin basketball, scantily clad archers, figure skating penguins, naked pogo jumping, rollerskating chimps, bald head contests, nudie cuties, lady judo fighters, skinny dipping swimmers, gondola-jousting, and more stupid sports people did before the internet! Fri., Aug. 5, 8-10 p.m. $10. 415-558-8117. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 415-558-8112,

Opera Plaza Cinema. Our Little Sister: Three sisters travel to the Japanese countryside for their estranged father's funeral, where they meet their shy, now-orphaned teenage half-sister. Daily. Hunt For the Wilderpeople: Comedy about a national manhunt that ensues when a defiant boy and his cantankerous foster uncle run in the bush. Starting Aug. 5. Daily. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 415-267-4893,

Roxie Theater. The Witness: The name 'Kitty Genovese' became synonymous with apathy after news that she was stabbed to death while 38 witnesses did nothing. Fifty years later, her brother uncovers a lie that transformed his life, condemned a city and defined an era. Through Aug. 4; Wed., Aug. 31, 9 p.m. The Lost Arcade: The story of Chinatown Fair, the legendary arcade located in the heart of New York's Chinatown. This documentary explores how the arcade became a shelter to a community as diverse as the city surrounding it and changed lives in doing so. Aug. 5-11. RoxCine: All Of Me (Llévate mis amores): Mexico and the United States share the greatest border between the first and the third world. That makes it a bridge for thousands of migrants who expose themselves to every danger as they travel through the country on a train called "The Beast." That's where they meet the Patronas, a group of Mexican women who, every day since 1995, make food and toss it to the helpless as the train rushes by. This documentary is an intimate approach, a personal diary that draws a border between the life they were given and the life they chose. In the midst of a country at war, in a world where all hope seems lost, the Patronas breathe life into a human value that seems to be fading with each day: love for one another. Aug. 5-11. Talkies at the Roxie: An ol' west style variety revue featuring alternative comedy, live music, oddball performances, and short films every first Friday of the month. First Friday of every month, 10 p.m. Barcode: During the period of sanctions, some companies used their connections to make great fortunes. Hamed's father, who is employed by one such company, gets involved in the corruption, gets framed and goes to prison. He has no evidence to prove his innocence. However, Hamed and his friend Milad devise a plan to trap the main culprit, who has been the source of all the trouble, and thus to avenge Hamed's father. Sat., Aug. 6, 4:45 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 7, 4:45 p.m. Dr. Caligari: Mrs. Van Houten has shown signs of losing touch with reality, and her husband discusses possible treatment with Dr. Caligari, who says Mrs. Van Houten has a disease of the libido. The staff want Dr. Caligari removed from their facility due to her controversial experiments with electroshock and hypothalamus injections. As Dr. Caligari continues experimenting with her patients, her daughter and son-in-law attempt to stop her. Sat., Aug. 6, 9:20 p.m. Weepah Way For Now: Two sisters on the cusp of adulthood, Elle and Joy, spend their last week before embarking on their next music tour visiting friends and preparing for the going away party they intend to host. Their apprehensions about throwing the party are universally validated when their divorced mother and father as well as both of their ex-boyfriends converge on the party, leaving tragedy in the wake of what they had envisioned as a unifying celebration. In the aftermath of this fateful night, Elle and Joy are left with the sobering yet liberating truth that they can only rely on one another. Mon., Aug. 8, 7 p.m. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 415-863-1087,


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