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Arthouse Movie Listings December 4-10, 2013 

Wednesday, Dec 4 2013

Artists' Television Access. Other Cinema: Puppet Animation: Short films celebrate the art of stop-motion animators from the pre-pixel era. Sat., Dec. 7, 8:30 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890,

Balboa Theater. Art Gods: Two premiere screenings of a documentary about the old Tower Records art department — and the creative weirdos who worked there — from the era back when people actually bought recorded music. Dec. 6-7, 10 p.m. Movie Singalong & Holiday Marketplace: Fundraiser for Sunset Cooperative Nursery School and the Balboa Theater featuring screenings of The Jungle Book and Frosty the Snowman, plus local vendors, snacks for sale, and other holiday activities. Sat., Dec. 7, noon. $7.50-$10. 3630 Balboa St., San Francisco, 221-2184,

Bindlestiff Studio. Facine Bente: The 20th Annual Filipino American Cine Festival: This yearly showcase of contemporary Filipino movies is the longest running event of its kind in the U.S., with this year's festival showing 33 works over the course of its six days and nights. Dec. 9-14. $10-$12. 185 6th St., San Francisco, 255-0440,

The Castro Theatre. Sing-A-Long Sound of Music: Because there's no better way to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season than by singing along to a love story/Nazi drama in a lovely old theater full of Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer fans. Through Dec. 5; Through Dec. 8. $10-$15. Eighth Annual Quickies Short Erotic Film Competition: Good Vibrations celebrates sexy short-form cinema with hosts Trixxie Carr, Hugz Bunny, D'Arcy Drollinger, and Dr. Carol Queen. Fri., Dec. 6, 8 p.m. $10. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120,

Century San Francisco Centre 9 and XD. RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett revisit an old MST3K clunker (originally riffed by Joel Hodgson) with all-new commentary for updated Yuletide yuks. Thu., Dec. 5, 8 p.m. $10.50-$12.50. 845 Market St., San Francisco, 538-8422,

Clay Theatre. Blue Is the Warmest Color: French coming-of-age love story (based on the cult graphic novel) that won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Daily. Labyrinth: This much-loved Jim Henson fantasy film starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie isn't really meant for adults, but don't tell that to the people waiting in line for these two midnight screenings. Dec. 6-7, 11:59 p.m. 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 267-4893,

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: It's a Wonderful Life: ... but it's a mawkish movie. Sun., Dec. 8, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987,

Davies Symphony Hall. A Symphonic Night at the Movies: Singin' in the Rain: Two screenings of the 1952 musical film with live orchestral score by the S.F. Symphony. Dec. 6-7, 7:30 p.m. $25-$80. 201 Van Ness, San Francisco, 864-6000,

Ed Roberts Campus. Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement: East Bay premiere of a new documentary about human enhancement technologies (especially vis à vis disability), preceded by a performance from AXIS Dance Company members. Thu., Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m. $13. 3075 Adeline, Berkeley, 510-225-6300,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Philomena: Irish dramedy starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears. Daily. Dallas Buyers Club: Matthew McConaughey continues his run of challenging roles in this true-life tale of a 1980s Texas cowboy who's diagnosed as HIV positive. Daily. Nebraska: Bruce Dern and Will Forte star in a Midwestern road movie shot in black-and-white by director Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways). Daily. 12 Years a Slave: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Brad Pitt star in director Steve McQueen's powerful drama set in antebellum America. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 267-4893,

Exploratorium. Saturday Cinema: Weekly thematic film screenings presented in the Kanbar Forum by the Exploratorium's Cinema Arts program. Saturdays, 12, 2 & 4 p.m. Free with museum admission. Pier 15, San Francisco, 528-4444,

Multiple San Francisco Locations. Another Hole in the Head: SF IndieFest's lowbrow film festival is back for its 10th year of bloody awesome horror, fantasy, and science fiction oddities from the underground. Expect subjects ranging from A(liens) to Z(ombies) to splatter their way across movie screens at the Balboa Theater and New People Cinema over the course of the fest's three weird weeks. Through Dec. 19. multiple addresses, San Francisco, N/A.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen's latest dramatic comedy, set in San Francisco and starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett. Daily. The Armstrong Lie: Documentary king Alex Gibney gets a front-row view of the scandal that led to Lance Armstrong's ignominious fall from public favor. Daily. The Great Beauty: Fellini-esque Italian drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Through Dec. 5. Sweet Dreams: Documentary about women from a Rwandan drumming troupe who try to open the country's first (and only) ice cream shop. Starting Dec. 6. Daily. Bettie Page Reveals All: A documentary about Bettie Page? Hold our calls. Starting Dec. 6. Daily. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456,

Roxie Theater. Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: Super-serious political activist-slash-linguist Noam Chomsky may seem a strange match for ultra-quirky film director Michel Gondry, but the latter's vibrant animations liven up Chomsky's thoughts and philosophies in this unique documentary film. Through Dec. 5. A Journey to Planet Sanity: A comical documentary with an eye for debunking superstitious beliefs and paranormal balderdash. Wed., Dec. 4, 7 p.m. Seventh-Gay Adventists: Frameline Encore presents a free screening of this documentary about queer members of the Seventh-day Adventist church. Thu., Dec. 5, 7 p.m. free. At Berkeley: Settle in and make yourself comfortable if you choose to view this four-hour documentary about the famed East Bay university with a focus on its day-to-day administrative labors. Dec. 6-12. The Punk Singer: Documentary about Bikini Kill vocalist and Riot Grrrl icon Kathleen Hanna, with director Sini Anderson appearing in person for the 7 p.m. screening on Saturday, Dec. 7. Dec. 6-12. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087,

The Social Study. Impresa!: If the phrase "silent film" makes you think about Charlie Chaplin wobbling down the sidewalk, think again: This locally shot, dialogue-free short fiction film looks at East African entrepreneurs in contemporary San Francisco through the eyes of a young protagonist, accompanied by bilingual text slides and music. Tue., Dec. 10, 6 p.m. free. 1795 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, 292-7417.

Temescal Arts Center. Shapeshifters Cinema: Free monthly film series featuring experimental image manipulators and ambient sound shamans. Second Sunday of every month, 8 p.m. Free. 511 48th St., Oakland, 510-923-1074,

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Films by Fassbender: 10-film retrospective of provocative German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder; see the YBCA website for titles and showtimes. Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 21. $8-$10. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 978-2787,

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