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Arthouse Movie Listings July 9-15, 2014 

Wednesday, Jul 9 2014

518 Valencia. Black & White and Dead All Over: LaborFest and FilmWorks United present a documentary about the declining economic fortunes of the newspaper industry and its effect on investigative journalism's ability to expose injustice and corruption. Thu., July 10, 7 p.m. donation. 518 Valencia, San Francisco, 863-9977,

Artists' Television Access. Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton: Revisit the weird and wonderful life of the radical San Francisco poet, transgressive filmmaker, ecstatic lover, SFAI teacher, and Sister of Perpetual Indulgence via this appropriately playful documentary. Thu., July 10, 8 p.m. $7-$10. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890,

Balboa Theater. Rage: 20 Years of Punk Rock: Documentary about the West Coast punk scene that includes appearances by Jello Biafra, Keith Morris, Don Bolles, Jack Grisham, and more. Thu., July 10, 7:30 p.m. $7.50-$10. 3630 Balboa, San Francisco, 221-2184,

The Castro Theatre. The Wizard of Odd: Sharon Needles and Peaches Christ star alongside Suppositori Spelling, Raya Light, Cousin Wonderlette, Peggy L'Eggs, and Heklina in this adults-only (ages 13+) drag show preceding two screenings of The Wizard of Oz. Sat., July 12, 3 & 8 p.m. $30-$105. The Prince of Darkness: Gordon Willis (1931–2014): The famed late cinematographer gets his due over the course of this three-night tribute, starting with a double feature of Woody Allen's Manhattan and Alan Pakula's Klute (July 15), continuing with Coppola's The Godfather (July 16), and concluding with a double feature of Herbert Ross' Pennies from Heaven and Hal Ashby's The Landlord (July 22). Tue., July 15, 7 & 8:50 p.m.; Wed., July 16, 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Tue., July 22, 7 & 9:05 p.m. $8.50-$11. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120,

Century San Francisco Centre 9 and XD. RiffTrax Live: Sharknado: Sure, you 'n' your buddies are hilarious while quaffing bottles of beer and lobbing jokes in the direction of the SyFy Channel's most monstrous bomb, Sharknado. But now's the time to step aside and let professionals do the job right, as MST3K veterans Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett bring their well-honed riffing skills to bear upon the movie that is a Category 5 storm of stupid. Thu., July 10, 8 p.m. $10.50-$12.50. 845 Market, San Francisco, 538-8422,

Clay Theatre. Yves Saint Laurent: Pierre Niney portrays the titular fashion designer in this biopic by French director Jalil Lespert. Through July 10. 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. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 267-4893,

Delancey Street Theater. The House I Live In: Free screening of Eugene Jarecki's 2012 documentary about the U.S. War on Drugs and its role in fostering the prison-industrial complex, followed by a community discussion on the topics covered in the film. Fri., July 11, 6 p.m. free. 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco, 512-5153,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. 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. 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. Belle: Austenesque costume drama meets the decidedly inelegant subject of 18th century slavery in this true-life tale of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a British Admiral. 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,

Lost Weekend Video. Fresh Like Cadaver: Shanti Charan, Spencer Devine, Aly Jones, and Andrew Moore head back into the shadows of the subconscious as they crack wise about Freddy Krueger and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Fri., July 11, 8 p.m. $10. 1034 Valencia, San Francisco, 643-3373,

Opera Plaza Cinemas. A Coffee in Berlin: This Jarmuschian black-and-white slacker drama brings an American indie/mumblecore aesthetic to the German capital city (and was able to bring home a heap of major German film awards while doing it). Daily. Ida: Director Pawel Pawlikowski returns to his native Poland for this solemn drama that's haunted by the spectres of its nation's complicitous history. Daily. Citizen Koch: If you thought William Randolph Hearst had too much influence over American politics, wait until you see what David and Charles Koch get up to in this new documentary from directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin. Daily. Le Chef: French cuisine and comedy share the menu in Daniel Cohen's film starring Michaël Youn and Jean Reno. Daily. The Grand Seduction: This new comedy from Canada's Don McKellar is actually a remake of a previous Canadian film, La Grande Séduction, only this time in English. 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. Starting July 11. 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. July 11-17. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 777-3456,

Roxie Theater. The Internet's Own Boy: San Francisco premiere of a new documentary about the tragic story of Internet activist Aaron Swartz. Through July 10. Pop/Rox Split Single: Noise Pop co-presents two documentaries: Apocalypse: Bill Callahan (about the lo-fi indie songwriting pioneer aka Smog) and In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey (about the cult avant-folk guitarist). Wed., July 9, 7:15 p.m. $12. Pop/Rox: 20,000 Days on Earth: This highly cinematic quasi-documentary about Nick Cave chronicles the 20,000th day in the life of the revered Australian bandleader, composer, screenwriter, and novelist. Thu., July 10, 7:15 p.m. A Special Weekend with Don Murray: The Roxie honors "the best American actor you've never heard of" with a three-day spree of his feature films from 1955-'81, including live in-person interviews with the man himself on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Preview clips from the upcoming documentary Don Murray: Unsung Hero are included as well. July 11-13. $10-$12. Ballin' at the Graveyard: Director Basil Anastassiou participates in a Skype Q&A session following this San Francisco debut of his documentary about pickup basketball. Mon., July 14, 7 p.m. $7.50-$10. Following the Ninth: A cinematic ode to the "Ode to Joy" (aka Beethoven's Ninth Symphony) and its sociopolitical impact on people around the world. Tue., July 15, 7 p.m. $7.50-$10. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087,

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,

Union Square Park. Film Night in the Park: Free outdoor screening of Disney's latest ubiquitous musical hit, Frozen. Sat., July 12, 8 p.m. free. 333 Post, San Francisco, 831-2700,

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Brakhage, Brakhage, Brakhage!: The YBCA pays tribute to famed experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage via a trio of screenings. Thu., July 10, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., July 13, 2 p.m. $8-$10. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 978-2787,

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