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Arthouse Movie Listings June 25-July 1, 2014 

Wednesday, Jun 25 2014

Artists' Television Access. Rotterdam VHS Festival: Compilation program featuring a wide range of short films and videos by over 30 artists from the Netherlands and beyond. Thu., June 26, 8 p.m. $7-$10. Mission Eye & Ear #5: Live experimental film/music collaborations by Dominique Leone & Brenda Contreras, Kyle Bruckmann & John Slattery, and Gino Robair & Bryan Boyce. Fri., June 27, 8 p.m. $10. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890,

Balboa Theater. Holding on to Jah: Reggae documentary with a strong focus on the genre's Rastafarian influences. Thu., June 26, 7:30 p.m. $7.50-$10. 3630 Balboa, San Francisco, 221-2184,

The Castro Theatre. Frameline38: The largest, most widely recognized LGBT film festival in the world returns for its 38th year. Through June 29. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120,

Clay Theatre. 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. 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,

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Red Tails: Hosts Jim Fourniadis, Mikl-Em, and Alexia Staniotes train their sights on the 2012 Lucasfilm biopic about the Tuskegee Airmen that, despite its laudable subject matter, has been alternately criticized as "corny," "dull," and "a blackface, slapped-together remake of Top Gun." Sun., June 29, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Ivory Tower: Filmmaker Andrew Rossi questions whether college is really worth the insane tuition rates in this documentary about the American higher education system. 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. 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. Fed Up: Director Stephanie Soechtig and producer/narrator Katie Couric take on the American food industry in this documentary that boldly aims to "change the way you eat forever." Daily. Violette: Martin Provost (Séraphine) directs this biopic about French writer Violette Leduc, with an extended focus on her longtime relationship with Simone de Beauvoir. Starting June 27. 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,

Noe Valley Branch Library. The Golden Age of San Francisco Rock, Vol. 2: Richie Unterberger screens vintage performance clips of Big Brother & The Holding Company, Country Joe & The Fish, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, and more. Sat., June 28, 2 p.m. free. 451 Jersey, San Francisco, 355-5707,

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). Through June 26. Borgman: Jan Bijvoet weirds his way through the title role in this Dutch home-invasion drama that aims to disturb. Through June 26. Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon: You may not recognize the name Shep Gordon, but lots of rock stars, Hollywood actors, and celebrity chefs do — which has led Mike Myers to make a case for him as the ultimate showbiz scenemaker in this lighthearted documentary. Daily. Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia: A reverential documentary about the infamously witty writer and Lefty icon by newcomer Nicholas Wrathall. 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. Starting June 27. Daily. Korengal: The director of Restrepo returns to Afghanistan for another hard look at soldiers' lives in this companion piece to his Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary. June 27-July 3. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 777-3456,

Roxie Theater. Frameline38: The largest, most widely recognized LGBT film festival in the world returns for its 38th year. Through June 29. Ping Pong Summer: Set in the 1980s, this nostalgic teen comedy is sweet, if not altogether deep. Through June 26. Breathing Earth: Documentary profile of artist Susumu Shingu, whose kinetic sculptures are powered by wind and water. June 27-July 3. Future Filmmakers: The Factory: Showcase of short films from The Factory, the Bay Area Video Coalition's film production program for teenagers. Sat., June 28, 2 p.m. $7.50. Roxie Kids: Panda! Go, Panda!: The Roxie kicks off its new "age-appropriate film series for families and film lovers alike" with this early animation by future Studio Ghibli masterminds Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. While Panda! Go, Panda! (aka The Adventure of Panda and Friends) lacks the surreal magical interludes of Miyazaki's later work, the film is still a fun inauguration for the Roxie Kids series. Sun., June 29, 2 p.m. $7.50 (free for kids under 12). 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087,

SOMA StrEat Food Park. The Road to Europa: Free screening of the 2013 sci-fi thriller Europa Report, followed by a discussion with astrobiologist Dr. Chris McKay. Mon., June 30, 7 p.m. free. 428 11th St., San Francisco,

Victoria Theatre. Frameline38: The largest, most widely recognized LGBT film festival in the world returns for its 38th year. Through June 29. 2961 16th St., San Francisco, 863-7576,

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