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Arthouse Movie Listings October 30-November 5, 2013 

Wednesday, Oct 30 2013

Artists' Television Access. Other Cinema: X-Perimental Sci-Fi: Beyond-the-beyond short films and projections by Soda_Jerk, David Cox, Caroline Koebel, Thorsten Fleisch, Shanna Maurizi, Pierre Conti, and Georg Koszulinski. Sat., Nov. 2, 8:30 p.m. $7. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890,

Balboa Theater. Old Timey Halloween Horrors: Double feature screening of The Golem and The Complete Bob Wilkins Creature Features. Wed., Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. $10. 3630 Balboa St., San Francisco, 221-2184,

Brava Theater Center. Mortified Nation: Special benefit screenings (to raise funds for 826 Valencia) of the new documentary film about Mortified, the popular comedic reading series where writers present their angsty young diary scribbles, emo teenage poetry, and other embarrassing early work. Sun., Nov. 3, 5 & 8 p.m. $15-$20. 2781 24th St., San Francisco, 641-7657,

David Brower Center. Gasland II: Documentary about the natural gas industry, fracking, and the environmental damage done. Wed., Oct. 30, 7 p.m. 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, 510-809-0900,

The Castro Theatre. Scary Cow's 21st Short Film Festival: The local indie cinema co-op screens its filmmakers' newest works. Sat., Nov. 2, 3 p.m. $10-$30. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120,

Clay Theatre. Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen's latest dramatic comedy, set in San Francisco and starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett. Daily. The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Special Halloween screening. Thu., Oct. 31, 11:59 p.m. $9-$10. The Room: Director Tommy Wiseau and actor Greg Sestero agree to withstand a shower of spoons as they make in-person appearances at these 10-year-anniversary screenings of their infamous cult film. Fri., Nov. 1, 9:30 & 11:59 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 2, 11:59 p.m. $15. 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 267-4893,

Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Mikl-Em, and Tim Kay make a dark discovery, i.e., that the script of this Blair Witch Project sequel is even more shaky than the cinematography of its predecessor. Sun., Nov. 3, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987,

Davies Symphony Hall. Psycho: Featuring a live performance of Bernard Herrmann's movie score by the S.F. Symphony. Wed., Oct. 30, 8 p.m. $41-$156. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog: Organist Todd Wilson provides live musical accompaniment to this 1927 silent thriller directed by a young Alfred Hitchcock. Thu., Oct. 31. $20-$60. Vertigo: Featuring a live performance of Bernard Herrmann's movie score by the S.F. Symphony. Fri., Nov. 1, 8 p.m. $41-$156. Hitchcock! Greatest Hits: The S.F. Symphony plays musical themes from some of Alfred Hitchcock's best-known scenes, including those from To Catch a Thief, Vertigo, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, and North by Northwest. Sat., Nov. 2, 8 p.m. $41-$156. 201 Van Ness, San Francisco, 864-6000,

Delancey Street Theater. 38th Annual American Indian Film Festival: This yearly celebration of Native American cinema includes nine days of screenings at Delancey Street Theater (600 Embarcadero), then concludes with the American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the SFJAZZ Center (201 Franklin). Nov. 1-10. 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco, 512-5153,

Embarcadero Center Cinema. 12 Years a Slave: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Brad Pitt star in director Steve McQueen's powerful drama set in antebellum America. Starting Nov. 1. Daily. Blue Is the Warmest Color: French coming-of-age love story that won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Starting Nov. 1. 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, 12, 2 & 4 p.m. Free with museum admission. Pier 15, San Francisco, 528-4444,

Foreign Cinema. Night Terrors @ Foreign Cinema: Open the Gates of Hell at this pre-Halloween screening of Lucio Fulci's The Beyond. Wed., Oct. 30, 11:30 p.m. Free. 2534 Mission, San Francisco, 648-7600,

Lost Weekend Video. Scary Cow Film Night: In advance of their weekend festival at the Castro Theatre, the Scary Cow filmmaker co-op hosts a Halloween screening of Peter Jackson's horror-comedy The Frighteners, plus a few short films of their own. Wed., Oct. 30, 8 p.m. 1034 Valencia St., San Francisco, 643-3373,

Main Library, Koret Auditorium. Merola Goes to the Movies: Free screening of the 1986 film version of Verdi's Otello, starring Placido Domingo and directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Sun., Nov. 3, 1 p.m. Free. 100 Larkin, San Francisco, 557-4595,

Ninth Street Independent Film Center. Rough Cuts: Michael Fox moderates a work-in-progress screening of Top Spin, a new documentary about competitive ping pong by Mina T. Son and Sara Newens. Tue., Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. $9. 145 Ninth St., San Francisco, 503-1972,

Oddball Films. Hell House: 2002 documentary about a haunted house run by particularly frightening Pentecostal preachers in Texas. Wed., Oct. 30, 8 p.m. $10. Vintage Halloween Hullabaloo: A colorful old collection of seasonal spookytoons, educational scare films, and horror movie trailers. Thu., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. $10. Creepy Cartoons: The Dark Side of Animation: Vintage visions of spirits, ghosts, and — most terrifying of all — human nature. Fri., Nov. 1, 8 p.m. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 558-8112,

Opera Plaza Cinemas. The Trials of Muhammad Ali: Documentary about the backlash that followed the boxing champ's refusal to fight in Vietnam based on conscientious objections. Daily. Wadjda: Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia's first female filmmaker, tells the affecting story of a feisty young girl, a highly coveted bicycle, and a society that wants to limit what women are allowed to dream. Daily. Muscle Shoals: This music documentary looks at the history of FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where many hugely iconic rock and soul songs — including the Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar," Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally," and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird" — were recorded. Daily. Torn: Daily. The Pin: Starting Nov. 1. Daily. Let the Fire Burn: Documentary about the deadly and controversial 1985 storming of a radical black activist group's home by the Philadelphia Police Department. Starting Nov. 1. Daily. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456,

Roxie Theater. Informant: Documentary about activist-turned-FBI-informer Brandon Darby. Through Oct. 31. Inequality for All: Inspired by the words and work of UC Berkeley Professor Robert Reich, this documentary looks at the increasingly unequal distribution of wealth in the United States. Through Oct. 31. Escape from Tomorrow: If Disney lawyers get involved, you may not get another chance to see this provocatively odd B+W fantasy film — shot without permission at Disney amusement parks — that shows a phantasmagorical dark side lurking beneath the Happiest Place on Earth. Through Oct. 31. Flaming Lips: A Beautiful Fucking Experience: This feature-length documentary follows the band's 24-hour, eight-show blitzkrieg tour through the Mississippi Delta in the summer of 2012 (in case you didn't get enough of Wayne Coyne & Co. at their concert in San Francisco earlier tonight). Proceeds benefit Red Cross disaster relief programs. Thu., Oct. 31, 11:59 p.m. $12. God Loves Uganda: Documentary about the effect homophobic Christian missionaries from America are having on the culture of Uganda. Nov. 1-7. The Visitor: Space aliens and slumming Hollywood legends combined to create this cultishly corny offering from the late 1970s. Nov. 1-3. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087,

Vogue Theatre. Taiwan Film Days: The San Francisco Film Society presents a three-day roundup of films that came from Taiwan over the past year. Nov. 1-3. $10-$25. 3290 Sacramento, San Francisco, 346-2288,

The Vortex Room. The Satanic Rites of the Vortex Room: Double feature screening of Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) and Suspiria (1977). Thu., Oct. 31, 9 p.m. $10. 1082 Howard, San Francisco, N/A,

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Films by Fassbender: 10-film retrospective of provocative German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder; see the YBCA website for titles and showtimes. Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 21. $8-$10. Unbound: Scenes from the Life of Mary Shelley: Experimental filmmaker Abigail Child presents her 67-minute vision of imaginary home movies featuring the Frankenstein author. Fri., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. $6-$10. 701 Mission, San Francisco, 978-2787,

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