Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.
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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (July 27): Act of Aggression 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
SUNDAY (July 28): "Close Your Eyes and Watch This," a program of innovative storytelling films that includes If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now by Diane Bonder, Calle Chula by Veronica Majano, Premenstrual Spotting by Machiko Saito, and several more, with directors in person. Part of the Ladyfest Bay Area festival 5 p.m.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer. $8.
SATURDAY (July 27): Tod Browning's strange and disturbing Freaks (1932) . A "Drag Queen Roller Derby" is offered, unnecessarily; the film on the screen is strange enough midnight.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; 621-0556 for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. $7 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer. See Page 27 for more on the S.F. Jewish Film Festival.
THURSDAY: Opening Night of the 22nd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival -- God Is Great and I'm Not (France, 2001), with reception to follow. $22 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: Ann Miller, whose estimable career in cinema runs from You Can't Take It With You in 1938 to Mulholland Drive in 2001, appears in person at the Castro in the Marc Huestis presentation "Too Darn Hot!" featuring the actress in an onstage interview, plus live dancing and singing (not by the star!) and a 3-D screening of the entertaining musical Kiss Me Kate (George Sidney, 1953). $25; film and reception $50; call 863-0611 for ticket info. Reception 6 p.m. Gala and film 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: Jewish Film Festival -- Ramleh noon. Casting 2 p.m. Last Dance and Isiah's Rap 4:30 p.m. Desperado Square 6:45 p.m. Esther Kahn 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: Jewish Film Festival -- "Kid's Program" for ages 6 and up 11 a.m. Shalom Y'All and Wanderings 12:30 p.m. In Search of Peace 3:30 p.m. The Inner Tour 6 p.m. Yellow Asphalt 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Jewish Film Festival -- Martin and Past Perfect 11:30 a.m. Across Time and Space and Tangled Roots 2 p.m. Sobridor 5:15 p.m. Ruthie and Connie and Naming Prarie 7:30 p.m. Mamadrama and Goulash 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Jewish Film Festival -- Blue Vinyl 11 a.m. Living in Conflict 1:30 p.m. Between the Lines 5 p.m. Strange Fruit 7:30 p.m. Lifetime Guarantee 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (July 26): "Baltimore Because," short films from Baltimore, includes Rachel Max's Rocky IV, four films in five minutes from Skizz Cyzyk, and Lee Boot's Making Art With Tape. Programmers in person. $5 7 p.m.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 26-Aug. 1): Claire Denis' acclaimed version of Melville's Billy Budd, set in the French Foreign Legion, Beau Travail (France, 1999; 9:50 p.m.; also Sun 5:45 p.m.) screens with John Huston's The Misfits (1960; 7:30 p.m.), set in the deserts of Nevada, with a lost legion of Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: Don't reveal the sensational secret of The Crying Game (Neil Jordan, U.K., 1992)! It's his sled! 8:30, 10:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. Video screenings of Italian films.
WEDNESDAY (July 24): Patrick Hasson's Waiting, a restaurant-set comedy 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (July 25): Gabe Weisert's Fishing With Gandhi, a comedy involving a pair of yokel twins 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (July 26): The twins are back in Weisert's Cow Monkey 8 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
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