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Arthouse Film Listings For July 21 - 27, 2016 


Alamo Drafthouse. Star Trek Beyond: A surprise attack in outer space forces the Enterprise to crash-land on a mysterious world. The assault came from Krall (Idris Elba), a lizard-like dictator who derives his energy by sucking the life out of his victims. Krall needs an ancient and valuable artifact that's aboard the badly damaged starship. Left stranded in a rugged wilderness, Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and the rest of the crew must now battle a deadly alien race while trying to find a way off their hostile planet. Daily. Ghostbusters: Paranormal researcher Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Also joining the team is Patty Tolan, a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out. Armed with proton packs and plenty of attitude, the four women prepare for an epic battle as more than 1,000 mischievous ghouls descend on Times Square. Daily. 2550 Mission St, San Francisco, 415-549-5959,

AMC Van Ness 14. Batman: The Killing Joke: Batman: The Killing Joke reunites the foundation of Batman: The Animated Series with Bruce Timm returning as executive producer, and actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their seminal roles as Batman and the Joker, respectively. Mon., July 25, 7:30 & 10 p.m. 855-473-4612. 1000 Van Ness, San Francisco, 415-674-4630,

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. The Secret Life Of Pets: A terrier named Max regularly invites his friends to hang out at his place while his owner is gone, but his quiet life is upended when said owner also takes in Duke, a stray mutt whom Max instantly dislikes. Daily. Finding Dory: The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way. Daily. 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. The Innocents: At the end of WWII, a young French doctor in Poland is summoned to a local convent where she discovers several nuns in various states of pregnancy. Daily. The Princess Bride: Director Rob Reiner's comic fantasy of a perpetually kidnapped and rescued princess features an all-star cast. Fri., July 22, 11:55 p.m.; Sat., July 23, 11:55 p.m. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 415-267-4893,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. 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. Daily. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie: To avoid scandal, Patsy and Edina flee to the French Riviera. 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. Daily. 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. Starting July 22. 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,

Multiple Bay Area Locations. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: The 36th Annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the first and largest Jewish film festival in the world. Films will be screened in San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Rafael, Berkeley, and Oakland. For full listings and showtimes, see July 21-Aug. 7. Multiple addresses, San Francisco, N/A.

Oddball Films. Humanimation - Stop-Motion Pixilation: A super fun and funny program of stop-motion animation utilizing human actors as puppets, animated one frame at a time. Films include four shorts from Academy Award winning luminary Norman McLaren and the National Film Board of Canada: Neighbors (1952) Two Bagatelles (1953), A Chairy Tale (1957) featuring music by Ravi Shankar, and Opening Speech (1961). From Leo Janson and Chuck Menville come four more raucous shorts Stop Look And Listen (1967), Blaze Glory (1969), Vicious Cycles (1967) and Captain Mom (1972), plus more! Thu., July 21, 8-10 p.m. $10. 415-558-8117. Vintage Burlesque Bonanza!: A titillating night of burlesque beauties, oddities, and even animation from the 1930s-1950s all screened on 16mm film from the archive. These erotic and exotic artifacts of yesterday are tame by today's standards, but offer us a view into the buttoned-up sexuality of the mid-century man. The night features an array of lovely ladies (and a few strapping men) including the burlesque queens Sally Rand, Faith Bacon, Lili St. Cyr, Betty Dolan and more with more bubble and fan dances than you can handle. Fri., July 22, 8-10 p.m. $10. 415-558-8117. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 415-558-8112,

Opera Plaza Cinema. Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words: Choice archival footage is culled from the performer's 30-year career. Daily. Weiner: Still reeling from the sex scandal that ended his political career two years earlier, Anthony Weiner mounts a campaign for New York City mayor. Daily. Breaking a Monster: A chronicle of the break-out year of the heavy metal/speed punk band Unlocking the Truth and its amazingly talented 12- and 13-year-old members. Starting July 22. Daily. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 415-267-4893,

Roxie Theater. From This Day Forward: A moving portrayal of an American family coping with one of the most intimate of transformations. When director Sharon Shattuck's father came out as transgender and changed her name to Trisha, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. Her father's transition to female was difficult for her straight-identified mother, Marcia, to accept, but her parents stayed together. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon's wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents' marriage survived the radical changes that threatened to tear them apart. Daily. Frozen Film Festival: Featuring films from independent filmmakers, youth, filmmakers of conscience, and artists from underserved communities. For a full lineup of the films, see Fri., July 22; Sat., July 23. $20 for a festival pass. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 415-863-1087,

Sundance Kabuki 8 Cinema. Finding Dory: Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory now knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save mom and dad from captivity. Daily. The Infiltrator: In 1986, federal agent Robert Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes under cover to infiltrate the trafficking network of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Working with fellow agents Emir Abreu (John Leguizamo) and Kathy Ertz (Diane Kruger), Mazur poses as a slick, money-laundering businessman named Bob Musella. Gaining the confidence of Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt), Escobar's top lieutenant, Mazur must navigate a vicious criminal underworld where one wrong move could cost him everything. Daily. 1881 Post St., San Francisco, 415-931-9800,

Bay Theater. It Ain't Pretty: A film about the participation of women in ocean sports mostly dominated by men. "It Ain't Pretty" follows local female surfers who ride the powerful waves off San Francisco's Ocean Beach, and some who venture out to big wave spots like the world-famous Maverick's. The showing will be followed by a discussion with the film's director and some of the surfers featured in the film. Thu., July 21, 5:30-9 p.m. $10, includes program, light food, and one drink. 2 Beach, San Francisco, 415-623-5300,


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