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Arthouse Movie Listings for Jan. 14-20, 2016 

Wednesday, Jan 13 2016

4-Star Theatre. Daddy's Home: Brad Taggart (Will Ferrell) is a kindhearted radio executive who wants to be the best possible stepfather to his wife's (Linda Cardellini) two children. When her freewheeling ex-husband Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) breezes back into town, Brad's feeling of insecurity quickly develops into an inferiority complex. As Dusty demonstrates his flair for athletics, home repair and bad-boy charisma, Taggart finds himself in a no-holds-barred battle to one-up his rival and win the approval of his family. Daily. 2200 Clement, San Francisco, 666-3488,

Alamo Drafthouse. The David Bowie Music Video Celebration: Come laugh, cry and sing your heart out to the music of David Bowie. There will be very few subtitles but you know the words, right? Wham bam, thank you ma'am! Thu., Jan. 14, 10:55 p.m. The Look of Silence: Joshua Oppenheimer's footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. Starting Jan. 14. Daily. Weird Wednesday: Raw Force: Welcome to Warrior's Island, burial ground of disgraced martial arts masters! When the Burbank Kung Fu Club travels to this mysterious island, they find themselves facing the bloodthirsty vengeance of flesh-ripping, kung-fu-fighting zombies, gun-toting white slave traders, and a band of sinister monks, who may be the only key to explaining the madness. Edward Murphy's RAW FORCE is a virtual smorgasbord of over-the-top sleaze -- mixing zombies, cannibals, outrageous action, gore, copious amounts of nudity, and starring exploitation greats, Cameron Mitchell and Vic Diaz. Wed., Jan. 20, 10 p.m. 2550 Mission St, San Francisco, (415) 549-5959,

AMC Metreon 16. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi: Based on the 2014 non-fiction journalistic account written by Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team. The film tells the harrowing story of the attack of the CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, which killed four Americans. After the invasion, an American Special Ops team is sent to the Annex to protect the lives of those still alive who were caught within the compound. Thu., Jan. 14. Creed: Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there's no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed's legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Daily. Ride Along 2: Rookie lawman Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) aspires to become a detective like James Payton (Ice Cube), his future brother-in-law. James reluctantly takes Ben to Miami to follow up on a lead that's connected to a drug ring. The case brings them to a homicide detective and a computer hacker who reveals evidence that implicates a respected businessman. It's now up to James and Ben to prove that charismatic executive Antonio Pope is actually a violent crime lord who rules southern Florida's drug trade. Starting Jan. 14. Daily. 101 Fourth St., San Francisco, 369-6207,

Balboa Theatre. Scarface (1932): Key lieutenant of South Side Chicago crime boss Johnny Lovo (Osgood Perkins), Tony Camonte (Paul Muni) is an ambitious and reckless gangster who ignores warnings not to mess with Irish gangs on the North Side. When the North Side retaliates, Tony essentially massacres them, leaving him on top of the world. Worried about Tony's overconfidence, however, Johnny orders him killed, but this also backfires, and Tony finds himself even closer to becoming king of the city. Thu., Jan. 14, 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, 221-2184,

Castro Theatre. The 20th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival: Goethe-Institut San Francisco presents America's largest festival of new cinema from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Featuring appearances by: actor Tom Schilling, comedienne Anke Engelke, and Berlin-based electronic/acoustic band ALP. Jan. 14-17. Double Feature: Labyrinth and a Secret Film: Labyrinth: Jim Henson, George Lucas and Monty Python's Terry Jones joined forces for this fable of a young girl (Jennifer Connelly) who must rescue her baby brother from the Goblin King (David Bowie) by midnight. Numerous bizarre characters are encountered as she makes her way through the King's maze, with its ruler appearing regularly and providing the occasional toe-tapping tune. The showing of Labyrinth will be followed by a secret film. Mon., Jan. 18, 7 p.m. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120,

Clay Theatre. The Dark Crystal: This masterpiece of puppetry and animation from Muppets creator Jim Henson is a timeless tale of good vs. evil set in a fantastical world. Fri., Jan. 15, 11:59 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 16, 11:59 p.m. Youth: A poignant tale of how we each find our own passion in life, starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda and Paul Dano. Daily. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 267-4893,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. 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. Carol: Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star as women from different backgrounds who find themselves feeling a forbidden attraction in 1950s Manhattan. Daily. The Danish Girl: A love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener, as they navigate Lili's journey as a transgender pioneer. 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. Free with museum admission. Pier 15, San Francisco, 528-4444,

Opera Plaza Cinema. Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict: The incredible, dramatic life of art icon Peggy Guggenheim is revealed in this fascinating portrait. Daily. Mustang: Five Turkish sisters must fight back against harsh societal restrictions when a seemingly innocent act is blown out of proportion. Starting Jan. 14. Daily. Room: Brie Larsen stars in a remarkable and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. Daily. Beasts of No Nation: Idris Elba stars in the gripping tale of a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country. Daily. Trumbo: In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Starting Jan. 14. Daily. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 267-4893,

Presidio Theatre. Spotlight: In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson, reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Matt Carroll and Sacha Pfeiffer interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents. The reporters make it their mission to provide proof of a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. Daily. The Big Short: A story of a family across four generations, centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Facing betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, Joy becomes a true boss of family and enterprise in a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy's inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Daily. 2340 Chestnut, San Francisco, 776-2388,

Roxie Cinema. Band of Robbers: Comedy starring Kyle Gallner, Adam Nee, Matthew Gray Gubler, Hannibal Burress, Melissa Benoist, Eric Christian Olsen and Stephen Lang. Mark Twain's young heroes Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn spring vividly back to life, this time as modern-day grown men. When Huck is released from prison he hopes to leave his criminal past behind. But his lifelong friend and corrupt cop, Tom, has other plans, having formed the Band of Robbers, a group of misfits dedicated to locating the hidden treasure that eluded the boys in childhood. Jan. 15-21. L A M B: Follows the self-discovery of David Lamb in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and takes Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her into the beauty of the mountain wilderness. The journey shakes them in ways neither expects. Jan. 15-21, 7 p.m. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087,

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas. The Hateful Eight: While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John "The Hangman" Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man who claims to be a sheriff. Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. Greeted there by four strangers, the eight travelers soon learn that they may not make it to their destination after all. Daily. The Revenant: While exploring the uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home to his beloved family. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. Starting Jan. 14. Daily. 1881 Post, San Francisco, 346-3243,

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Hard to be a God: Game of Thrones meets Salo in this mind-blowing total immersion into chaos and insanity. The final film by brilliant Russian auteur Aleksei German, this is a phantasmagoric adaptation of the revered sci-fi novel by the Strugatsky brothers (authors of the source novel for Tarkovsky's Stalker). A scientist from Earth travels to observe the planet Arkanar, which is in the midst of its own Middle Ages, and is swept into an epic descent into human hell. Thu., Jan. 14, 7 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 16, 7 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 17, 2 p.m. Calculating Odds and the Possibility of Miracles: Kevin T. Allen's film works are as deeply invested in the lives of material objects as in the persons and places they intimately depict. Screening are Allen's Real West, on South Dakota ghost towns; Luthier, a portrait of an instrument builder; and Bridge, a sensory document of urban infrastructure. The works of Finley and Muse are "powered by the friction between despair and its antidote." Falsework explores the restoration of the Presidio Pet Cemetery. Fat Chance, documents a shipwreck at Point Reyes. Manhole 452 speculates on the submerged histories of Geary Street. Imperfect City/Imperfect State archives vernacular roadside memorials. Fri., Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m. "The Sprawl": A video installation covering the propaganda of misinformation on the internet. Through April 3. $10. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 978-2787,

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