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Arthouse Film Listings For March 24 - 30, 2016 


4-Star Theatre. Where To Invade Next: An expansive, rib-tickling, and subversive comedy in which Michael Moore, playing the role of "invader," visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine is back with this hilarious and eye-opening call to arms. Turns out the solutions to America's most entrenched problems already exist in the world—they're just waiting to be co-opted. Daily. 2200 Clement, San Francisco, 415-666-3488,

Alamo Drafthouse. Hang 'Em High: After a gang of men unsuccessfully attempts to lynch him for a cattle rustling crime he did not commit, Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood) is saved by marshal Dave Bliss (Ben Johnson) and judge Adam Fenton (Pat Hingle). The lawmen offer him a job as a federal marshal with the caveat that he not abuse his new power to seek revenge against his tormentors. But, when Cooper finds that some of the men who attacked him are involved in another set of crimes, he fights to bring them to justice. Fri., March 25, 9 p.m. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice: It's been nearly two years since Superman's (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel. Daily. The Invitation: While attending a dinner party at his former house, a man (Logan Marshall-Green) starts to believe that his ex-wife (Tammy Blanchard) and her new husband (Michiel Huisman) have sinister plans for the guests. Wed., March 30, 8 p.m. 2550 Mission St, San Francisco, 415-549-5959,

AMC Metreon 16. Deadpool: A cheeky-but-faithful adaptation of the Marvel Comics anti-hero, keeping the off-color meta humor that fans expect while delivering the action and laughs to a wider audience. Seriously, this movie's going to make Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) the next household name when it comes to superheroes—presuming that household doesn't mind a smidge of bad words or a smattering of excessive violence by an masked lunatic mercenary. In Deadpool, Wade Wilson undergoes an experiment that leaves him with a warped appearance, wicked sense of humor and personal vendetta against the scientist who disfigured him. It's going to take all three, along with the help of some X-Men, to exact his revenge... but it'll be a fun ride getting there. Through March 24. The Bronze: A spoiled and largely forgotten Olympic medalist (Melissa Rauch) takes action when a promising young gymnast (Haley Lu Richardson) threatens her status as a local celebrity. Daily. London Has Fallen: After the death of the British prime minister, the world's most powerful leaders gather in London to pay their respects. Without warning, terrorists unleash a devastating attack that leaves the city in chaos and ruins. Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) springs into action to bring U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) to safety. When Asher falls into the hands of the sinister organization, it's up to Banning to save his commander in chief from a horrible fate. Daily. 10 Cloverfield Lane: A young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is forced to cope with her new life after waking up from a nearly fatal accident in this thriller from director Dan Trachtenberg. After narrowly avoiding serious injuries in a car wreck, Michelle (Winstead) awakens in the care of a man who claims to have found her at the scene, and who brought her to his home after a catastrophic chemical attack devastated the surrounding area. Daily. 101 Fourth St., San Francisco, 415-369-6207,

Balboa Theatre. Lady In The Van: In 1973 London, playwright Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) develops an unlikely friendship with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a homeless woman who lives in a van in his driveway for the next 15 years. Through March 24. Dazed and Confused: Presented by San Franpsycho, with a beer pairing with Anchor Brewing. Reception of beer and pizza starts at 6:30 pm, film starts at 7:30 pm. Thu., March 24, 6:30 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,

Castro Theatre. The Little Mermaid Sing Along: Hosted by Sara Moore & Laurie Bushman. This interactive presentation of Disney's classic has been customized with on-screen lyrics for all the songs so that audiences can sing along! Your hosts will introduce each performance and warm up the audiences' vocal chords. In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character from the film! Thu., March 24, 7 p.m.; Fri., March 25, 7 p.m.; Sat., March 26, 2:30 & 7 p.m.; Sun., March 27, 2:30 & 7 p.m.; Mon., March 28, 7 p.m.; Tue., March 29, 7 p.m. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 415-621-6120,

Clay Theatre. Trapped: This documentary follows the struggles of clinic workers and lawyers fighting to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women. Through March 31. The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The Bawdy Caste performs onstage while the ultimate cult film plays in the background. Last Saturday of every month, 11:59 p.m. $9-$10. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 415-267-4893,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Hello, My Name Is Doris: After a lifetime of being overlooked and ignored, a woman of a certain age (Sally Field) finds her world turned upside down by a handsome new co-worker. Through March 31. Eye In The Sky: A dispute reaches the highest levels of the U.S. and British governments over the moral, political and personal implications of a planned bombing mission. Through March 31. Krisha: A woman's attempts at reconciliation with her family over the course of a turbulent Thanksgiving reveal long-buried secrets and deep-seated resentments. March 25-31. 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,

Oddball Films. Strange Sinema 98 - "Ecstatic Motion"- High-Wire Feats, Wild Horses, & Speed Wizards: Strange Sinema 98: "Ecstatic Motion" - High-Wire Feats, Wild Horses, & Speed Wizards features a sampling of films that stretch the boundaries of cinema while serving to bring a sublime ecstasy to the viewer. From Claude LeLouche's mad dash through the early morning streets of Paris in Rendezvous (1976) to the legendary high wire artist Philippe Petit's High Wire (1984), Leni Reifenstahl's Olympia Diving Sequence (1935) and more! Thu., March 24, 8-10 p.m. $10. Coming Attractions from Hell: Horror, B-Movie and Exploitation Trailers: Oddball Films presents Coming Attractions from Hell: Horror, B-Movie and Exploitation Trailers a 16mm program of rare B-Movie, "Art Film", Horror, Suspense, and vintage XXX trailers from the 1920's to the 1970's. Many of these films sank without a trace, but their garish promotional trailers live on in the massive archives of Oddball Films. Ranging from 30 seconds to several minutes in length, these promotional shorts for coming attractions were often much more entertaining than the features they promote. Fri., March 25, 8-10 p.m. $10. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 415-558-8112,

Opera Plaza Cinema. Embrace of the Serpent: The heart of the Amazonian jungle is the setting for this blistering and poetic tale of a shaman who serves as a guide to ethnographic explorers. March 24-31. Spotlight: Tense investigative thriller about a team of Boston Globe reporters investigating allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church. Academy Award winner! March 25-31. Son of Saul: A Hungarian Jew, forced to work at a WWII prison camp, tries to secure a proper burial for the body of a boy he believes to be his son. Academy Award nominee. Daily. Brooklyn: A young Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan), navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn, must choose between two countries when her new vivacity is disrupted by her past. Daily. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 415-267-4893,

Presidio Theatre. Zootopia: From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder. Daily. 2340 Chestnut, San Francisco, 415-776-2388,

Roxie Theater. Here Come The Videofreex: In the 1960s and 70s, a group of renegade journalists known as the Videofreex democratized the future of the media as they deployed the first handheld video cameras to report and observe the world around them. In HERE COME THE VIDEOFREEX, directors Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin tap into a treasure chest of restored tapes shot by the Freex, including interviews with icons like murdered Black Panther Fred Hampton and legendary activist Abbie Hoffman, charting the path of this underground video collective from their assignment on the counterculture beat for CBS News to their rupture with the network and creation of a radical pirate television station in upstate New York. An official selection at the prestigious Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and BAMcinemaFest, the documentary captures the pure enthusiasm and revolutionary use of technology of the Videofreex as they changed the nature of journalism through the power of portable video, forging a legacy that has evolved to become today's all-access media environment. Through March 24. Bleed: It seemed perfect – a new marriage, a new house, and a child on the way. But when Sarah and Matt invite their friends to celebrate, an innocent ghost hunt turns deadly as they explore the remains of a burned-out prison. The ill-fated group encounters horrors of this world and beyond. No one is safe – not even the unborn. March 25-31. Eisenstein in Guanajuato: Venerated filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (Elmer Bäck) travels to Mexico to shoot his new film after being shunned by Hollywood. There he has a sensual experience that becomes a significant turning point in his life and career. March 25-31. Fastball: This film celebrates baseball's signature pitch and aims to definitively answer the age-old debate: who threw the fastest fastball of all-time? The result is a fascinating dive into the history, physics and mythology of the pitch – full of gorgeous slow-mo pitching footage, interviews with over 20 Hall of Famers including Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Goose Gossage, Bob Gibson and Derek Jeter; a rare appearance by fastball cult figure Steve Dalkowski; and enough chalkboard math equations to earn the viewer a Ph.D. in baseball science. March 25-31. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 415-863-1087,

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2: Parenting and marriage is becoming tougher and tougher for Toula (Nia Vardalos) and her husband Ian. Not only has their relationship lost some of its spark, but they're also dealing with a rebellious teenage daughter who clashes with Greek traditions. On top of that, Toula must contend with aging parents and the endless needs of cousins and friends. When a shocking family secret comes to light, the entire Portokalos clan makes plans to come together for an even bigger wedding than before. Starting March 25. Daily. The Divergent Series: Allegiant: Tris (Shailene Woodley) escapes with Four (Theo James) to journey beyond the wall that encloses Chicago. For the first time, they leave the only city and family they have ever known to find a peaceful solution. Once outside, they learn shocking new truths that render old discoveries meaningless. As the ruthless battle threatens humanity, Tris and Four quickly decide who to trust to survive. Tris must ultimately make difficult choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. Starting March 25. Daily. 1881 Post, San Francisco, 415-346-3243,

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. "The Sprawl": A video installation covering the propaganda of misinformation on the internet. Through April 3. $10. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 415-978-2787,


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