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Arthouse listings for June 11-17, 2015 


4-Star Theatre. Police Story: Lockdown: In this second start-from-scratch reboot of the Hong Kong Police Story series, recently widowed police captain Zhong Wen (Jackie Chan) seeks to make amends with his estranged daughter Miao (Tian Jing) in the nightclub owned by Miao's douchey boyfriend Wu (Liu Ye), but Wu has other plans: to hold Wen and the other patrons hostage in exchange for the release of a convicted murderer. Chan takes a fair amount of abuse for a man pushing 60, though he understandably doesn't engage in the same intense stunt work as he used to, and Police Story: Lockdown is more of a drama than an action film. Daily. 2200 Clement, San Francisco, 666-3488,

Brava Theater Center. 11th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival: The Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project presents another big — and free — weekend of short films and documentaries chronicling the lives of queer and trans people of color, split into a series of thematic programs: Love & Stardust (Friday, 7:30 p.m.), Emerging Radiance (Saturday, 7 p.m.), Homing Instinct (Sunday, 2 p.m.), and Boundless Bodies (Sunday, 6 p.m.). Saturday afternoon also features a 3 p.m. screening of Cincinnati Goddamn, a 2014 feature-length documentary about police brutality and institutionalized racism, followed by a community conversation. June 12-14. Free. 2781 24th St., San Francisco, 641-7657,

Center for Sex & Culture. No Tears for the Creatures of the Night: The Vacant Closet Collective shines a light on the queer punk underground with a showing of Kevin Hegge's documentary She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column, 8mm short films by Will Munro, and a photo slideshow by Martin Sorrondeguy (Los Crudos/Limp Wrist) and Don Pyle (Trouble in the Camera Club). Fri., June 12, 7:30 p.m. $8-$10. 1349 Mission, San Francisco, 902-2071,

Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. Welles 100: Part One (1941-1948): The first half of the Smith Rafael Film Center's Orson Welles retrospective focuses on the singular director's early Hollywood works, including the 1946 imposturous Nazi noir The Stranger (June 7), his notoriously edited 1942 adaptation of The Magnificent Ambersons (June 14), the San Francisco-set 1947 crime thriller The Lady from Shanghai (June 21), his moody Macbeth (June 28), and starting with the one and only Citizen Kane (May 31). Sun., June 14, 4:15 & 7 p.m.; Sun., June 21, 4:30 & 7 p.m.; Sun., June 28, 7 p.m. $11. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael, 454-1222,

Clay Theatre. The Room: Tommy Wiseau's cinematic bomb is every bit as bad as it's cracked up to be. You'll crack up as well at this riotous midnight screening with lots of Rocky Horror-style audience participation. Second Saturday of every month, 11:59 p.m. Testament of Youth: This new film version of Vera Brittain's memoir, which has been a seam in the fabric of British cultural history ever since its publication in 1933, is elegant and absorbing, with the quiet command that's sort of standard-issue British miniseries stuff. Less standard, and crucial, is the film's central perspective: It's a war story as told by a woman, who's a pacifist. Starting June 12. Daily. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 267-4893,

DNA Lounge. Industrial Soundtrack for the Urban Decay: RE/Search's V. Vale will be on hand to provide the live intro to this screening of a new documentary about the raw and transgressive early years of industrial music, including Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire, SPK, Test Dept., and other '70s and '80s innovators. DJ CZ (aka Chris Zaldua) spins experimental techno and subterranean electronic beats before and after the film. Wed., June 17, 8 p.m. $12-$15. 375 11th St., San Francisco, 626-1409,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. When Marnie Was There: A dreamy combination of gothic ghost story, bumpy adolescent coming-of-age, and sweet pastoral romance, this glorious new animated adaptation of Joan G. Robinson's 1967 book from Studio Ghibli director Hiromasa Yonebayashi is the story of an asthmatic self-loathing prepubescent foster child with abandonment issues. Sent away to a relative's house by the seaside, she meets Marnie, an ethereal blonde girl who apparently lives in an abandoned marsh-side mansion; a bit of mystery and some very intense bonding ensues. Daily. I'll See You in My Dreams: You might go in expecting a heart-on-sleeve handout to middle-class women of retirement age, but I'll See You in My Dreams isn't charity, and director Brett Haley doesn't seem so interested in demographic premeditation. It's light touches all around, with everybody — especially our protagonist, a retiree and widow played with truth and grace by Blythe Danner — seeming to have gotten the emotional availability memo. Neither a feel-good bromide nor a cynical comeback thereto, I'll See You in My Dreams seems patiently to be working out an equation which allows getting older on one side of the equal sign and keeping calm on the other. Daily. The Connection: Because in French, they don't need to call it The French Connection. The fact-based tale of cops versus smack smugglers in 1970s Marseille may be familiar from a certain celebrated American film, but this take, made with gusto by director Cédric Jimenez, doesn't seem daunted at all. Even if Jimenez hasn't exactly broken the period-crime-thriller mold, he's built a solid entertainment, with techniques well absorbed from the American movie tradition. Daily. Wild Tales: A cornucopia of comeuppance, this exuberant pulp anthology from Argentine writer-director Damián Szifrón would like to point out how ready and willing humans still are to act like animals. The tales include a perhaps deservedly unlucky assembly of airplane passengers; a dish of revenge best served at a late-night diner; a bribery spiral spinning out of control from a drunken rich kid's hit-and-run; an elaborate road-rage duel that'll be the envy of Tarantino; a demolitionist getting his own blow-up button pushed by parking-enforcement bureaucracy; and one catastrophically tacky wedding. Daily. Live from New York!: By definition, Bao Nguyen's feature-length documentary can't come close to telling the full story of Saturday Night Live, which would require a weeklong miniseries to truly do it justice. But Nguyen's film does deserve credit for not only not shying away from its subject's darker moments, but addressing them head-on in the first act, as the show's history of racism and sexism are discussed by people who experienced it firsthand. Starting June 12. Daily. Far from the Madding Crowd: Tonight's episode of The Dating Game comes to you from 19th-century England, where our bachelorette has just come into possession of some land and multiple options for new suitors: a steadfast shepherd, a volatile soldier, and a middle-aged fellow farmer who once wouldn't give her the time of day but now can't get her out of his mind. Director Thomas Vinterberg's tastefully lush adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel may not be the most innovative literary update, but as a new episode of an old game show, it's a swoon-worthy knockout. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 267-4893,


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