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Arthouse Movie Listings October 1-7, 2014 

Tuesday, Sep 30 2014
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4-Star Theatre. Jealousy: Philippe Garrel is one of the lesser-known of the French New Wave filmmakers compared to Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut, but he's never stopped working, and his new Jealousy — shot in glorious widescreen black-and-white — wouldn't have felt out of place in New Wave's 1960s heyday. Daily. 2200 Clement, 666-3488, lntsf.com/4-star-theatre.html.

Artists' Television Access. Other Cinema: Psycho-Geography: San Francisco archivist extraordinaire Rick Prelinger turns his attentions to the Motor City in his new vintage film program, Yesterday and Tomorrow in Detroit. Sat., Oct. 4, 8:30 p.m. $8. othercinema.com. Suggestive Gestures: Feature-length experimental film by David Finkelstein. Tue., Oct. 7, 8 p.m. $7-$10. 992 Valencia, 824-3890, atasite.org.

Castro Theatre. The Castro Theatre Remembers Lauren Bacall: Celebrate the late Hollywood icon with this series of three double-feature screenings: To Have and Have Not with Dark Passage (Oct. 1), Key Largo with Harper (Oct. 12), and How to Marry a Millionaire with Written on the Wind (Oct. 19). Wed., Oct. 1, 7:05 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 12, 2:45 & 7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 19, 3:03 & 7 p.m. $8.50-$11. 429 Castro, 621-6120, castrotheatre.com.

Century San Francisco Centre 9 and XD. The Liberator: Alberto Arvelo's big, sprawling biopic about legendary revolutionary Simón Bolívar makes no attempt to avoid the well-worn clichés of its genre, but it's beautifully shot and features a strong performance by Édgar Ramírez as the charismatic but grounded leader. Starting Oct. 3. Daily. 845 Market, 538-8422, cinemark.com.

Clay Theatre. My Old Lady: Israel Horovitz adapts his own stage play to make his directorial film debut in this drama about an American (Kevin Kline) who thinks he's inherited a Parisian apartment, only to find that an elderly mother and her daughter (Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas, respectively) are already living in it. Daily. 2261 Fillmore, 267-4893, landmarktheatres.com.

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Psycho III: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Mikl-Em, and Chris Rockey kick off a month of Halloween horror "threequels" with Anthony Perkins, everybody's (least?) favorite mama's boy. Sun., Oct. 5, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, 401-7987, darkroomsf.com.

El Rio. Bike Smut 8: Come Again: The bicycle erotica film series returns to S.F. for another night of pedal-powered porno shorts. Thu., Oct. 2, 8 p.m. $10 suggested donation. bikesmut.com. 3158 Mission, 282-3325, elriosf.com.

Embarcadero Center Cinema. Boyhood: Richard Linklater spent 12 years filming this universally acclaimed coming-of-age tale in which the actors grow up right before your eyes during the film's 165-minute running time. Daily. Pride: Organized around the not­-quite-­radical idea that plucky nonthreatening homosexuals and provincial Welsh workingmen's wives are equally and universally adorable, this year's best hope for a movie from the U.K. to please crowds in the U.S.A. is an ensemble uplifter about the London gay and lesbian activists who raised money to pitch in for the National Union of Mineworkers strike of 1984. Daily. Tracks: Robyn Davidson's nine-month 1977 trek across the Australian desert is recreated with formal grace and frustrating detachment in this cinematic adaptation of her bestselling memoir. Though quite lovely from an aesthetic point of view, unfortunately there's nothing but surface to this Into the Wild-by-way-of-Walkabout material. Daily. Love Is Strange: When longtime lovers and cohabitants John Lithgow and Alfred Molina finally tie the knot after New York legalizes gay marriage, it paradoxically leads to them losing their Chelsea apartment and being forced to live apart in this new drama from director Ira Sachs. Daily. The Trip to Italy: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon pack up their appetites and hit the road again for more droll dinner conversation in this sequel to Michael Winterbottom's 2011 comedy The Trip. Daily. Men, Women & Children: You'll definitely want to double-check that your iPhone is switched off for the latest drama from Juno director Jason Reitman, which examines the emotional damage done to teenagers and their families by the ubiquity of the internet and our inability to communicate without the mediation of digital devices. Starting Oct. 3. Daily. 1 Embarcadero Center, 267-4893, landmarktheatres.com.

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, 528-4444, exploratorium.edu.

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema: Best of Bernal Nite: Retrospective of fan favorites from this year's Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema film crawl in September. Tue., Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Free. bhoutdoorcine.org. 2868 Mission, 821-1155, missionculturalcenter.org.

Multiple Bay Area Locations. Mill Valley Film Festival: You know it's out there when you have to take a bridge to get to it. But the true seekers of independent and world cinema who venture into the North Bay will have their inquisitiveness amply rewarded. One of the festival's many highlights includes Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary, a Robert Redford-narrated documentary tribute to the art of turning life, and death, into an experiment. Screenings are held at the Rafael Film Center (1118 Fourth St., San Rafael); CineArts at Sequoia (25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley); Century Cinema (41 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera); Town Center at Corte Madera (Madera Blvd., Corte Madera); 142 Throckmorton Theatre (142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley); and Lark Theater (549 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur). Oct. 2-12. $14 per program. mvff.com. Multiple addresses, N/A.

New Parkway Theater. APAture Film Showcase: Shiyan Feng's Cold Spring, a half-hour drama about a Chinese father attempting to be reconciled with his daughter, is the centerpiece of this presentation of short works by emerging Asian Pacific American filmmakers. Sun., Oct. 5, noon. $10-$15. 474 24th St., Oakland.

Oddball Films. Aqua Frolics: Underwater Adventures: A selection of watery short films that swim from Jules Verne to Jacques Cousteau. Thu., Oct. 2, 8 p.m. $10. Psychedelicatessen: A Feast for Your Eyes: A cinematic freakout of film shorts from 1965-1973. Fri., Oct. 3, 8 p.m. $10. 275 Capp, 558-8112, oddballfilms.com.

Opera Plaza Cinemas. 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. Daily. Frank: Michael Fassbender is totally unrecognizable as the title character — not due to his acting, mind you, but because he wears a fake plastic head the whole time he's on the screen — in Lenny Abrahamson's oddball comedy about an absurdist art-rock band. Daily. Last Days in Vietnam: The latest work from Ghosts of Abu Ghraib director Rory Kennedy is a fascinating documentary that's mostly about April 29, 1975, the date when the center could not hold and the American military presence had to bug out of Vietnam, along with as many South Vietnamese citizens as possible. Through Oct. 2. 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. Daily. Art and Craft: Mark Landis has spent 30 years placing more than 100 of his own forged artworks at 46 museums in 20 states. A diagnosed schizophrenic, self­diagnosed philanthropy addict, and the can't-­look-­away subject of Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman's documentary, Landis is an odd duck, all right. But his work — particularly, the work of deception — resonates. Oct. 3-9. 601 Van Ness, 777-3456, landmarktheatres.com.

Roxie Theater. 20,000 Days on Earth: Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's documentary about Nick Cave is a cool spellbinder with a gloomy-daydream flow that stages a day in his creative life. At the movie's dark heart is the disarming self-awareness and intelligence with which Cave cops to raiding, mythologizing, and cannibalizing his memories, be they exquisite or banal. The mystique endures, as does some very practical wisdom on the matter of how to be an artist. Through Oct. 2. Starred Up: It both helps and hurts that this riveting British prison drama was written by Jonathan Asser, a prison therapist. The raw material is brutal, enraging, heartbreaking, and agilely managed by director David Mackenzie, but the movie can't seem to help lapsing into contrivance, cliché, and awkward melodrama. Through Oct. 2. Nas: Time Is Illmatic: One-show-only sneak peek screening of the new documentary about the making of Nas' landmark hip-hop album Illmatic, which he performs live at the Fox Theater in Oakland on Oct. 19 and 21. Thu., Oct. 2, 7 p.m. $10. timeisillmatic.com. Abuse of Weakness: A vampire story with no supernatural elements, Catherine Breillat's autobiographical movie stars Isabelle Huppert as a filmmaker who becomes fascinated by an infamous con artist, who then uses her curiosity against her and sucks her dry. Oct. 3-9. Pirate Night: Put those images of peglegs, parrots, and salty guys saying "Arrrrr" far out of your mind. The setting for these movies is Somalia, not Shipwreck Cove, with Tommy Pallotta's animation-augmented documentary Last Hijack and Cutter Hodierne's fictional drama Fishing Without Nets taking the Somali pirates' perspective as they attempt to make sense of the dire conditions that have led these men to lives of high-seas crime. Sun., Oct. 5, 7 p.m. 3117 16th St., 863-1087, roxie.com.

Vogue Theatre. Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity: Documentary about experimental dance choreographer Elizabeth Streb. Through Oct. 2. $8-$10.50. 3290 Sacramento, 346-2288, voguesf.com.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Lest We Forget: Remembering Radical San Francisco: For city newcomers, the YBCA's latest film series — featuring documentaries about S.F. gay rights activists, striving immigrants, Alcatraz uprisings, punk rockers, and, of course, lots of empirical, San Francisco-style sex — could serve as a historical primer. For old timers, it's more like a reunion. Thu., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 5, 2 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 12, 2 & 4 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 19, 2 & 3:45 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 26, 2 & 3:30 p.m. $8-$10 per program. 701 Mission, 978-2787, ybca.org.

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