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Arthouse Film Listings For March 31 - April 6, 2016 


4-Star Theatre. Cemetery of Splendor: A group of soldiers in a small town on the Mekong River in northern Thailand are struck with a bizarre sleeping illness. April 1-7. Kill Your Friends: In the late 1990s, a drug-addled nihilist (Nicholas Hoult) resorts to murder to climb the ladder of the London music industry. April 1-7. 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. BBC Shakespeare: As You Like It: Celebrate William Shakespeare's 400th anniversary with BBC Worldwide. After love at first sight is threatened by a brother's betrayal, the lovers Orlando and Rosalind are separately banished to the Forest of Arden. But will their hearts know who's who when Rosalind disguises herself as a young man? Vanessa Redgrave made her breakout performance in this Royal Shakespeare Company production filmed for the BBC in 1963. Sun., April 3, 11 a.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. 2550 Mission St, San Francisco, 415-549-5959,

AMC Metreon 16. Chongqing Hot Pot: Three high school classmates open a hotpot restaurant in an old bomb shelter in Chongqing. The business turns out a glorious failure. They find a buyer for the restaurant, but must first "enlarge the space." Digging, they emerge in the vault of the bank next doors. Now they must devise a plan to sneak into the bank and fix the hole. (English subtitles, Mandarin) Starting April 1. 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. God's Not Dead 2: After answering a student's (Hayley Orrantia) question about Jesus, a junior high-school teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) faces an epic court case that could end her career. 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. Ben Hur: Charlton Heston plays a Palestinian Jew who is battling the Roman empire at the time of Christ. His actions send him and his family into slavery, but an inspirational encounter with Jesus changes everything. Heston finally meets his rival in a justly famous chariot race and rescues his suffering family. Thu., March 31, 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,

Castro Theatre. City of Women: This surreal exploration of male and female sexuality follows Snaporaz (Marcello Mastroianni), an Italian train passenger who pursues a beautiful woman. Trailing the lovely lady through a forest, Snaporaz ends up at a hotel populated by women gathered for a feminist conference. He soon realizes that he is an unwelcome presence and must evade hostile women, with some aid provided by the seemingly kind Donatella (Donatella Damiani). Can Snaporaz escape this strange ultra-feminine reality? Thu., March 31, 6 & 8:45 p.m. The Hateful Eight: In post Civil War Wyoming country, a bounty hunter and his prisoner (Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh) are stranded in a blizzard bound mountain cabin with a small group of strangers. As they get to know one another, tensions are set to boil over as each individual's agenda is revealed. Fri., April 1, 7 p.m.; Sat., April 2, 3 & 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. Fargo: A debt-ridden man (William H. Macy) hired two thugs to kidnap his wife for a ransom from her rich father, with unexpected results. Fri., April 1, 11:55 p.m.; Sat., April 2, 11:55 p.m. I Saw The Light: Tom Hiddleston stars as legendary country singer and songwriter Hank Williams, whose meteoric rise and fall has become part of American folklore. April 1-7. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 415-267-4893,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. 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 April 7. 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 April 7. 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. Through April 7. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 415-267-4893,


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