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Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

The third and final German Gems, a single-day showcase for new and vital German-language cinema, arrives Saturday for its farewell appearance at the Castro Theatre. Otherwise, it's a week of birthdays at the city's historic movie palace.

1. Army of Darkness

Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: Jan. 13

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Catch Patricia Clarkson in two movies now playing at the city's Landmark theaters: Cairo Time (see below) and Legendary, opening Friday at the Lumiere, in which the 50-year-old Oscar nominee plays the frustrated mother of WWE star John Cena's boozy, bulked-up former high-school wrestler. Elsewhere:

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

San Francisco Indiefest's Another Hole in the Head festival keeps the body count rising through Thursday at the Roxie and Viz theaters, while Jean-Luc Godard's remarkable feature debut, Breathless, gets a rousing new restoration, on display this week at the Embarcadero. As always, here's a list of some of the finest films currently playing at an indie theater near you.

1. Breathless

Where: Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Ctr., 415-352-0835
When: All Week


Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

San Francisco Indiefest's Another Hole in the Head festival soldiers on at the Roxie and Viz theaters, while Christopher Nolan's Inception, the brightest and boldest of the year's big-ticket attractions, arrives at the Sundance Kabuki. As always, here's a list of some of the finest films currently playing at an indie theater near you.

1. Inception

Where: Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., 415-929-4650
When: All Week


Mark and Jay Duplass Aim to Unsettle with ‘Cyrus’

Cyrus, a warmly received selection at this year’s San Francisco Film Festival, is a comedy that aims to make audiences laugh but seems willing to settle for making them cringe. But if you can stomach its enfant terrible – a selfish, shamelessly manipulative man-child, desperate to sabotage his mother’s latest romance – you might appreciate the lighter side of his Oedipal obsession.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 More Movies to See at the San Francisco Film Festival

The San Francisco International Film Festival will continue through Thursday, May 6, with a closing-night screening of Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work at the Castro Theatre. Until then, the festival's eclectic showcase of international offerings, probing documentaries and soon-to-be cult classics will be playing at its primary venues, including the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, the Castro Theatre, the Clay Theatre and the Pacific Film Archive. For tickets, showtimes and more information, click here.

1. Last Train Home
Where: Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., 415-929-4650

Spend the Night with ‘Motorcycle Diaries’ Director, ‘City of God’ Producer Walter Salles

Brazilian-born filmmaker Walter Salles, whose past selections to the San Francisco Film Festival have included the melancholy romantic thriller Foreign Land (1995), which he directed, and the uncompromising drama Suely in the Sky (2007), which he produced, will be honored Wednesday night with the festival’s Founder’s Directing Award.

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