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Arthouse Film Listings For March 24 - 30, 2016 


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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,


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