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Films opening Friday, March 17, 2017

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Strephon Taylor’s “San Francisco Cable Cars,” a detailed documentary about The City’s historic transit system, screens at the Balboa. (Courtesy photo)

Apprentice: The a film by Singaporean director Junfeng Boo is about a young correctional officer’s desire to become a hangman’s apprentice not only for professional reasons, but also to seek revenge. At the 4-Star.

The Beautiful Fantastic: The London-set fairy tale tells of the unlikely friendship between a reclusive young woman (Jessica Brown Findlay) and a cantankerous widower (Tom Wilkinson). Rated PG. At the Opera Plaza.

Beauty and the Beast
: The beloved 1991 animated musical is given the live-action treatment with Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the prince-turned-monster. Rated PG.

Love and Taxes: The comedy by brothers Josh and Jacob Kornbluth is based on Josh’s acclaimed 2003 stage production and follows his real-life exploits through seven years of tax avoidance. Not rated. At the Roxie.

Personal Shopper: Olivier Assayas’ shadowy drama stars Kristen Stewart as young American in Paris whose habitual quietness masks a terrible loss. Rated R. At the Embarcadero.

Raw: The French-Belgian feminist horror film by Julia Ducournau follows a first-year veterinary student, who, after being raised strictly vegetarian, starts manifesting cannibalism after a nasty hazing incident. Rated R. At the Embarcadero.

San Francisco Cable Cars: The film documents the advancement of cable car technology in the 1800s, the influence of Gold Rush miner Andrew Smith Hallidie and efforts to save the landmark system in the 20th century. Not rated. At the Balboa.

The Sense of an Ending: Based on the acclaimed novel by Julian Barnes, the movie is about a man (Jim Broadbent) who must face the flawed recollections of his younger self and the truth about his first love (Charlotte Rampling). Rated PG-13. At the Embarcadero.

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