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Zach Galifianakis Takes a Subtle Turn in Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden's 'Funny Story'

Zach Galifianakis understands that his breakthrough success in last year’s The Hangover has left fans with certain expectations. They want a sequel to Todd Phillips’ comedy about four guys (and one innocent babe) gone wild during a pre-wedding Vegas trip, and they’ll get one in 2011. But more than that, they want Galifianakis, a veteran stand-up and onetime Saturday Night Live writer, to make them laugh.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Not wanting to boldly go where millions are already planning to be this weekend? (Hint: We're not talking about Ben Vereen's Saturday night gig at Hotel Nikko.) If so, there are plenty of alternatives to space-based fantasy awaiting you at the city's indie theaters.

1. Sita Sings the Blues
Where: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., 415-668-3994
When: May 8-12

Catching Up with 'Sugar' Star Algenis Pérez Soto

Algenis Pérez Soto never anticipated a career in acting.

As recently as two years ago, the Dominican native still harbored dreams of training at one of his country’s numerous baseball academies and earning a lucrative ticket to the big leagues, where so many of his countrymen had become high-priced stars. Realizing the odds were stacked against him, Soto had given up the game as a full-time pursuit at 20, but it didn’t take him too long to find a new avenue to fame – as the star of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s absorbing new drama, Sugar.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

With the San Francisco International Film Festival entering its final week, one could be forgiven for rushing to the Sundance Kabuki for last-chance screenings of Tyson, (500) Days of Summer or Paul Solet’s terrifying Grace. If rushing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of attractive alternatives awaiting you at the city’s indie theaters.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

If your idea of recreational bliss includes bowling, driving around and the occasional acid flashback, make your way to the Red Vic this weekend for a cinematic experience of the most transcendent order. And if that’s not your thing, no worries – there are plenty of worthwhile films currently in rotation at an indie theater near you.

1. The Big Lebowski
Where: Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., 415-668-3994
When: April 17-20
Why: So you can die with a smile on your face, without feelin' like the good Lord gypped you. Any questions?

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