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Arthouse Movie Listings for Jan. 7-13, 2016 

Wednesday, Jan 6 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 feelings of insecurity quickly develop 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. Theeb: In 1916, Theeb lives with his Bedouin tribe in a remote part of the Ottoman Empire. When his older brother has to escort a British officer across the desert, Theeb tags along for the adventure. Daily. 2200 Clement, San Francisco, 666-3488,

AMC Metreon 16. Sisters: When their parents place the family home on the market, siblings Maura (Amy Poehler) and Kate (Tina Fey) learn that they have one weekend to clean out the junk from their old bedroom. Unhappy with the news, the recently divorced Maura and her hotheaded sister make plans to throw one final bash to recapture their glory days with their former classmates. As the raging party begins to spiral out of control, the gals soon realize that there may not be a house left to sell once the dust settles. Daily. 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. Surprise: The day-to-day misadventures of a character called Dachui Wang as he navigates though various modern and classic situations. The little monster Wang Dachui, who was born with sharp ears and simple magic, made him different from the ordinaries. The local monster king, he thought he was. But to his surprise, on the one hand, his fate has changed since the encounter with Tang Monk, Monkey King, Piggy & Sand Monk. On the other hand, the meeting with Wang Dachui also should have been the great 82nd disaster to the fore. (English Subtitles, Mandarin) Daily. 101 Fourth St., San Francisco, 369-6207,

Balboa Theatre. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Thirty years after defeating the Galactic Empire, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his allies face a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and his army of Stormtroopers. Daily. 3630 Balboa, San Francisco, 221-2184,

Clay Theatre. 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,

Opera Plaza Cinema. Room: Brie Larsen stars in a remarkable and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. Daily. Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict: The incredible, dramatic life of art icon Peggy Guggenheim is revealed in this fascinating portrait. 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. Hitchcock/Truffaut: In 1962, François Truffaut persuaded Alfred Hitchcock to sit for an interview in which the great British director would share the secrets of his cinema. 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. Joy: A story of a family across for 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. Encore Series: A free series of screenings and discussions for the queer community. Features films such as Queen of Earth, The Mend, and Approaching the Elephant. Daily. 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. 1881 Post, San Francisco, 346-3243,

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. "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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