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Films opening, film festivals Nov. 8-9, 2018

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Calum Worthy, left, and Jackie Long star in “Bodied,” director Joseph Kahn’s satire about battle rap opening Nov. 9 at Alamo Drafthouse. (Courtesy Neon)

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: Joel and Ethan Coen take on tales of the American West in this theatrical release of their six-part anthology featuring Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Tom Waits, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan, Brendan Gleason and Bill Heck. Rated R. At the Embarcadero.

Bodied: A grad student (played by Calum Worthy) sparks controversy when he chooses battle rap as his thesis subject in the satire by Joseph Kahn, produced by Eminem. Rated R. At the Alamo Drafthouse.

Dr. Suess’ The Grinch
: Benedict Cumberbatch voices the green meanie who threatens Christmas in Who-ville in this computer-animated retelling of the holiday classic. Rated PG.

Fail State
: The investigative documentary by Alexander Shebanow reveals the dark story behind the rise of predatory for-profit colleges. Not rated. At the Roxie.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web-A New Dragon Tattoo Story: “The Crown’s” Claire Foy takes over as outcast Lisbeth Salander in the latest chapter in the “Dragon Tattoo” saga based on the novel by David Lagercrantz and characters created by Stieg Larsson. Rated R.

The Great Buster: Director Peter Bogdanovich covers the life and career of celebrated American filmmaker and comedian Buster Keaton. Not rated. At the Opera Plaza.

Maria by Callas: Director Tom Volf’s documentary about legendary Greek-American opera singer Maria Callas is told in her own words. Rated PG. At the Clay.

Lez Bomb: Complications arise when a closeted young lesbian brings her girlfriend home for Thanksgiving in the film by Jenna Laurenzo starring Caitlin Mehner, Cloris Leachman, Steve Guttenberg, Brandon Micheal Hall and Kevin Pollak. Not rated. At the AMC Deer Valley in Antioch.

Monrovia, Indiana: Documentarian Frederick Wiseman offers a complex and nuanced view of daily life in a small farming community in America. Not rated. At the Opera Plaza.

Outlaw King: The drama about 14th century Scottish leader Robert the Bruce and his fight against the English crown stars Chris Pine. Rated R. At the Opera Plaza.

Overlord: American soldiers battle an experimental army of the undead in a Nazi-occupied village in the action-horror mashup. Rated R.

A Private War: Rosamund Pike stars in the dramatic thriller about real-life war correspondent Marie Colvin, her life on the frontlines, and the toll taken on her personal life. Rated R. At the Kabuki.

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
: The documentary explores the death of Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old African American who, after being arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town, was found hanging in her jail cell three days later. Not rated. At the Vogue.

FILM FESTIVALS

Cinematografo Film Festival: The second annual event showcasing Filipino cinema opens with Filipino auteur Chito Roño’s “Signal Rock” at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 and continues through Nov. 11. At the Kabuki.

Reel Rock 13: The annual lineup of “the best” adventure and climbing films takes viewers from the frigid Antarctic to Bedouin canyons of the Middle East, and features Madaleine Sorkin, Alex Honnold, Conrad Anker and more. 7 p.m. Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 at the Castro.

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival: All genders are welcome at the varied three-day program, which includes political shorts, animation, gender-busting music videos and documentaries, from a family program to a closed-captioned program for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences. Nov. 9-11 at the Roxie.

SF Independent Short Film Festival
: The three day event — with narrative, animated, documentary, experimental and genre shorts — opens Nov. 9 with an award presentation to Sam Green for innovation, and runs through Nov. 11 at Alamo Drafthouse.

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