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Arthouse Movie Listings March 19-25, 2014 

Wednesday, Mar 19 2014

Artists' Television Access. Periwinkle Cinema: Screening of Hans Scheirl's wildly bizarre, colorful, campy, and queer sci-fi feature, Dandy Dust. Wed., March 19, 8 p.m. $7. Sistah Sinema: The queer women of color film series presents the documentary Thick Relations. Fri., March 21, 8 p.m. $7-$12. Other Cinema: Pop Unconscious: Prof. David Cox hosts a screening of the 2012 Slavoj iek film The Pervert's Guide to Ideology. Sat., March 22, 8:30 p.m. $6. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890,

The Castro Theatre. Castro Theatre Remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014): Wednesdays in March (plus a bonus Thursday and Friday at the end of the month) feature double-bill showings of the late actor's films. Wednesdays; Thu., March 27; Fri., March 28. Continues through March 28. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120,

Center for New Music. Film @ C4NM: Musical Culture Gets Funky: Go global with screenings of the documentaries Fabricating Tom Zé and Brass Unbound. Sat., March 22, 2 p.m. $7-$10. 55 Taylor, San Francisco, 275-2466,

Clay Theatre. The Lunchbox: Warm-hearted romantic drama from first time Indian director Ritesh Batra. Daily. Repo! The Genetic Opera: Beautiful looking — but not always beautiful sounding — sci-fi rock opera starring Spy Kids' Alexa Vega, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton, Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre, and more. Sat., March 22, 11:59 p.m. $10. 2261 Fillmore, San Francisco, 267-4893,

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: The Wolverine: Hosts Jim Fourniadis, Dan Foley, and Alexia Staniotes sharpen their adamantium claws to take on Hugh Jackman's latest portrayal of the Angriest X-Man. Sun., March 23, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Dallas Buyers Club: daily. The Face of Love: Annette Bening and Ed Harris star in this romantically inclined drama about a widow who becomes obsessed with a man resembling her dead husband. Daily. 12 Years a Slave: daily. Particle Fever: daily. The Wind Rises: daily. Le Week-End: starting March 21. Daily. Anita: starting March 21. Daily. Nymphomaniac: Volume I: starting March 21. 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,

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Mark Cantor's Giants of Jazz on Film: Showtime at the Apollo: Performance clips of Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, and more in full swing at the legendary Harlem music hall. Sat., March 22, 8 p.m. $25. 3200 California, San Francisco, 292-1200,

Main Library, Koret Auditorium. Love Me Tenderloin: Henri Quenette premieres his heartfelt documentary about residents in the city's most maligned downtown neighborhood. Tue., March 25, 5:45 p.m. free. 100 Larkin, San Francisco, 557-4595,

Mechanics' Institute Library. Mystique of the City: Films Shot in San Francisco: The M.I.L.'s CinemaLit Film Series spends Fridays in March spotlighting four movies set in and around the city, including After the Thin Man (March 7), Experiment in Terror (March 14), Foul Play (March 21), and Tucker: The Man and His Dream (March 28). Fridays, 6 p.m. Continues through March 28. $10. 57 Post, San Francisco, 393-0100,

Multiple Bay Area Locations. CAAMFest 2014: Now in its fourth decade, the Center for Asian American Media's film festival just keeps getting more ambitious, now with screenings in three cities — S.F., Oakland, and Berkeley — plus extracurricular parties, music showcases, food-themed events, and other celebrations of culture from the Asian diaspora. Through March 23. $12. San Francisco, N/A.

Multiple San Francisco Locations. The Disposable Film Festival: Dedicated to films made using non-traditional cameras (e.g., cell phones, point-and-shoot pocket cams, webcams, etc.), this intentionally unfancy festival kicks off with a showcase of short films at the Castro Theatre, then moves on to a series of workshops, panel discussions, and other events at venues around town. March 20-23. multiple addresses, San Francisco, N/A.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. Gloria: daily. Bethlehem: daily. Love and Demons: daily. The Great Beauty: daily. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me: Documentary about the brassy star of stage and screen. Daily. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, 777-3456,

Roxie Theater. Breadcrumb Trail: Documentary about influential (but elusive) indie-rock band Slint, with director Lance Bangs and guitarist Brian McMahan appearing in person. Thu., March 20, 7:15 & 9:45 p.m. Lance Bangs: Immortal Volume 1: The indie music filmmaker — in town to promote his documentary about the band Slint — screens videos, short films, live clips, etc., featuring artists like Arcade Fire, Elliott Smith, Belle & Sebastian, Cat Power, The White Stripes, and many more. Fri., March 21, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cinema: Ruth Asawa School of the Arts Media Showcase & Benefit: Showcase of works by SOTA Media Department students from the past 10 years. Sat., March 22. $10-$50. The Wrath of Film Cult: William Shatner Birthday Celebration: The Vortex Room co-presents a triple-bill tribute to the Overacting Master with screenings of The Horror at 37,000 Feet; Impulse; and — just so they don't all suck — Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Sat., March 22, 7 p.m. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087,

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Design & Architecture Films Showcase: These 12 recent documentaries about architecture and urban planning are not just films that consider the enormous challenges of practical aesthetics. They're also necessarily films about people, those close inspectors of urban spaces, rural spaces, head spaces, who would presume to extract order — and beauty — from the chaos of contemporary life. Thu., March 20, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 22, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 23, 2 p.m.; Thu., March 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 30, 2 p.m. $8-$10. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 978-2787,

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