Just a month remains before the September release of Casey Affleck's long-rumored documentary about Joaquin Phoenix's bumpy transition from the big screen to the recording studio. (The Oscar-nominated Walk the Line star reportedly aspires to rap.) You can try holding your breath in the meantime, but you'd be wiser to visit one of the city's lovely indie theaters, where the following fine films await you.
1. Rebel Without a Cause
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: Aug. 6
Not for the easily offended, writer-director Tom Six's The Human Centipede offers some very real rewards mixed in with its shocks. It's already been identified in some circles as a surefire cult classic, and two sequels are rumored to be in the works.
The movie wallows in its transgressive premise: Mad scientist Dr. Heiter (Dieter Laser, of 1990's The Man Inside) is obsessed with stitching humans together, mouth to anus, as he once did with his beloved "three-dog." Whether you consider this premise abhorrent or simply juvenile, it's undeniable that the finished product exhibits some real craft.