Sugar – Embarcadero Center

Baseball season kicks off in cinematic fashion with this film about Sugar, a pitcher from the Dominican Republic (where else?), throwing for the American Dream. Called “wise and lovely” in the New York Times, Sugar is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (who helmed the awesome Half Nelson in 2006). Starts Friday, April 10. Both filmmakers and star Algenis Perez Soto will be in person on Saturday, April 11 at 7:00PM.

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh – Embarcadero Center

Michael Chabon’s novel about post-graduate obsessive relationships gets the moving picture treatment. Nick Nolte, Jon Foster, Sienna Miller and Peter Sarsgaard star in this tale of ordinary anxieties, extraordinary situations, and good looking faces. Starts Friday, April 10. Director Rawson Thurber will be in person Sunday April 12 at 7:30PM & 9:40PM.

Wizard of Oz introduced by the author of Finding Oz – Roxie

Follow Judy Garland and pals down memory lane. On hand will be Evan I. Schwartz, author of Finding Oz, a book about Frank L. Baum and his spiritually rocky, fantasy-fueled inspirations for the original tale. Screens Thursday, April 9 at 7:15PM and Saturday, April 11 at 2:15PM & 4:45PM.

Our City Dreams – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room

This little ditty romps through New York City with five female artists generously spaced out on life’s big clock. From a young street artist to a seasoned doyenne, the five women discuss life, art, and New York City. Here’s my review. Screens April 9-11 at 7:30PM and Sunday, April 12 at 2:00PM.

Stalker – SF Moma

This dense, broadly suggestive science fiction film from Andrei Tarkovsky follows three men on a dangerous expedition into a nebulous area known as “The Zone”. Even self-proclaimed science fiction aficionados often don’t wander this deep into the existential woods. Tarkovsky is a legend though and this is one of his most stark and probing films.

Also around town:

Mamma Mia Sing Along – yes, the worlds flash on screen, at The Castro.
Slumdog Millionaire gets comfier digs at The Red Vic.
Locally produced Pig Hunt gets midnight showings at The Clay.

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