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Arthouse Movie Listings July 23-29, 2014 

Wednesday, Jul 23 2014
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Artists' Television Access. Sistah Cinema: Celebrating Black Lesbian Motherhood: A touring trio of short films, including If She Grows Up Gay, Brooklyn's Bridge to Jordan, and Crossover. Fri., July 25, 8 p.m. $7-$10 suggested donation. sistahsinema.com. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.

Balboa Theater. The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights: Jack & Meg White bring Detroit rock to the masses of Canada in this film documenting the duo's 2007 tour up north. Thu., July 24, 7:30 p.m. $7.50-$10. 3630 Balboa, San Francisco, 221-2184, www.balboamovies.com.

The Castro Theatre. 34th Annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: July 24-Aug. 3. sfjff.org. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.

Century San Francisco Centre 9 and XD. Best Movie Fest Ever!: The event name may be a more than a little hyperbolic, but if you like musical films with exclamation points in their titles, then dance your way down to see digitally restored versions of Oklahoma!, Moulin Rouge!, and Hello, Dolly! at the mall. Sat., July 26; Tue., July 29. 845 Market, San Francisco, 538-8422, www.cinemark.com.

Clay Theatre. Yves Saint Laurent: Pierre Niney portrays the titular fashion designer in this biopic by French director Jalil Lespert. Daily. Magic in the Moonlight: Woody Allen's latest romantic comedy stars Colin Firth as a 1920s magician who tries to expose psychic medium Emma Stone as a phony, but she may have a few tricks of her own up her sleeve. Starting July 25. Daily. The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The Bawdy Caste performs onstage while the ultimate cult film plays in the background. Last Saturday of every month, 11:59 p.m. $9-$10. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Begin Again: Writer/director John Carney's follow-up to Once stars Mark Ruffalo as a frustrated record exec who takes young songstress Keira Knightley under his wing. Daily. Obvious Child: Writer-director Gillian Robespierre makes a winning debut with this fresh and unfiltered abortion comedy (no, seriously) starring Jenny Slate. Daily. Boyhood: Richard Linklater spent 12 years filming this acclaimed coming-of-age tale in which the actors grow up right before your eyes during the film's 165-minute running time. Daily. Land Ho!: What sets this amiable comedy apart from other bros-on-a-road-trip flicks is not only the sexegenarian age of its stars, but the fact that the road itself is in remote Iceland. Starting July 25. Daily. A Most Wanted Man: Anton Corbijn (Control) adapts John le Carré's espionage novel into a slow-fuse spy thriller, with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman leading a cast that also features Willem Dafoe, Rachel McAdams, and Robin Wright. Starting July 25. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/EmbarcaderoCenterCinema.htm.

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, www.exploratorium.edu.

Multiple Bay Area Locations. 34th Annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: With eight world premieres among its five dozen films — and many more that have never been screened in the Bay Area before — SFJFF34 arrives just in time to provide a much-needed creative distraction from the current political crisis in Israel. Here dramas coexist peacefully with comedies, serious documentaries run alongside lighthearted nighttime parties, and there's even a special day dedicated to "healing the world, one film at a time." You won't have to cross any international borders to experience this, but you may have to drive a little: The SFJFF takes place in numerous cities around the region, including San Francisco (Castro Theatre), Oakland (Grand Lake Theater, New Parkway), Berkeley (California Theatre, Berkeley Rep), San Rafael (Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center), and Palo Alto (CineArts). July 24-Aug. 10. Regular programs $12-$14 (festival pass $295). sfjff.org. San Francisco, N/A.

New People. 2014 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco: The J-Pop Summit Festival hosts this weeklong series of screenings that features multiple premieres among its selection of dramas, comedies, documentaries, anime films, music videos, and more. Through July 27. $13-$15. jffsf.org. 1746 Post, San Francisco, 525-8630, www.newpeopleworld.com.

NIMBY. 20th Annual Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival: Short films of the "weird, unusual, and just plain great" variety (e.g., Bulimia: The Musical) get the outdoor screening treatment at this yearly festival that combines the al fresco appeal of drive-in movies with the lo-fi vibe of a backyard party. Through July 26, 9 p.m. $12. brainwashm.com. 8410 Amelia, Oakland, 510-633-0506, www.nimbyspace.org.

Nourse Theatre. An Evening with Alec Baldwin: City Arts & Lectures presents the actor in conversation with Steven Winn, accompanied by screenings of film clips from his long career in movies and television. Mon., July 28, 7:30 p.m. $35. cityarts.net. 275 Hayes, San Francisco, 563-2463, www.cityarts.net/the-nourse.

Oddball Films. Smokehouse Films' Cinematic Cabinet of Wonders: Surreal shorts, experimental oddities, animations, and more by Jan Svankmajer, Ladislas Starevich, Man Ray, Gus Van Sant, and others. Fri., July 25, 8 p.m. $10. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 558-8112, www.oddballfilms.com.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Le Chef: French cuisine and comedy share the menu in Daniel Cohen's film starring Michaël Youn and Jean Reno. Daily. Venus in Fur: Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric star in Roman Polanski's screen adaptation of the Broadway hit inspired by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's erotic fiction. Daily. Siddarth: A father searches for his missing (and possibly kidnapped) son among the desperately impoverished streets of India in this independent drama from director Richie Mehta. Through July 24. Life Itself: After decades of reviewing movies about other people, late cinema critic Roger Ebert finally gets a movie about himself in the form of this documentary from Hoop Dreams director Steve James. Daily. Code Black: Without regular access to healthcare, many Americans don't visit a doctor unless it's a dire emergency — and this documentary filmed at a Los Angeles trauma center illustrates just how dire things can get. Daily. Mood Indigo: Expect as much fizz and whimsy as you can handle when director Michel Gondry floats Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris around Paris in his surrealistically sweet-toothed adaptation of Boris Vian's novel. July 25-31. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.

Roxie Theater. Video Games: The Movie: Feature documentary about the rise of video games from geek pastime to billion-dollar industry. Through July 24. Llyn Foulkes One Man Band: Documentary portrait of the musician and visual artist that proves him to be as conflicted as he is creative. Through July 24. llynfoulkesfilm.com. Pop/Rox: This Is Noise Pop!: Revisit the origins of San Francisco's hippest indie rock festival with this music documentary from 2011. Thu., July 24, 7:15 p.m. $7.50-$10. This Must Be the Place: End of the Underground 1991-2012: The Roxie's series of documentaries covering punk/independent/underground music reaches its conclusion by chronicling how scenes once relegated to playing in basements have now gained arena-sized popularity. Film subjects include Sonic Youth, Nirvana, G.G. Allin, Fugazi, Matador Records, Morrissey, and more, finally arriving at LCD Soundsystem's sold-out farewell concerts at Madison Square Garden. July 25-27. Marketa Lazarová: San Francisco Cinematheque presents a 35mm print of František Vláil's "experimental action film" that recreates ancient pagan conflicts with striking B+W cinematography. July 26-29. $10. sfcinematheque.org. Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro: Screening of Hayao Miyazaki's directorial debut as part of the Roxie Kids family film series. Sun., July 27, 2 p.m. $7.50 (free for kids under 12). 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.

St. Philip's Church. Reel San Francisco Stories: Author Christopher Pollock illustrates how films have helped preserve the memory of now-vanished city locations (e.g., Sutro Baths, Embarcadero Freeway) in this lecture presented by the San Francisco History Association. Tue., July 29, 7:30 p.m. $5. sanfranciscohistory.org. 725 Diamond, San Francisco, 282-0141, www.saintphilipparish.org.

The Vortex Room. Thursday Film Cult: Bad Vibrations: Double feature screenings of Summertime Killer (1973) and Punk Vacation (1990). Thu., July 24, 9 p.m. 1082 Howard, San Francisco, N/A, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vortex-Room/217115454982128.

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