1118 Fourth St. (at A), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A spelling bee leaves kids Spellbound (Jeff Blitz, 2003) 8:40 p.m.; also Thurs 6:30 p.m. Guy Maddin"s Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (Transylvania, 2003), a silent film with music from Mahler 9:10 p.m.; also Thurs 7:15 p.m. Jacques Perrin"s Winged Migration (France, 2002) 7, 9 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: Spellbound and Winged Migration continue. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: F.W. Murnau"s silent masterwork Sunrise (1927) 7 p.m.; also Sun 2 p.m.
RED VIC 4
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There"s a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: The gangs of Rio fight over the City of God (Cidade de Deus, Fernando Meirelles, Brazil, 2002) 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:25 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Manito (Eric Eason, 2003), about a struggling Latino family 6:30, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. See Ongoing for review.
FRIDAY: "Asian Films Up the Yin Yang" (www.scratchpictures.com) promises a weekend of "recent, cutting edge, and stylized Asian films" that are "fun to watch." Tonight, the daily lives of four hit men comprise Guns and Talks (Jin Jang, Korea, 2001) 4:30 p.m. Japanese band Guitar Wolf fights zombies in Wild Zero (Tetsuro Takeushi, Japan, 2002) 7 p.m. High school pingpong focuses Ping Pong (Fumihiko Sori, Japan, 2002) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: AFUTYY -- Three (Korea, 2002) 1:30 p.m. Movie fans take up kung fu in Just One Look (Kam-Hung Yip, Hong Kong, 2002) 4:15 p.m. A Thai musical, Monrak Transistor (Pen-ek Ratanuaruang, 2002) 6:15 p.m. Guns and Talks 8:45 p.m. Wild Zero 11:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: AFUTYY -- Ping Pong 2 p.m. Monrak Transistor 4:30 p.m. Just One Look 7 p.m. Three 9 p.m.
MONDAY: The 2003 Hip Hop Film Festival (www.hiphopfilmfest.com), a benefit for the Hunters Point Community Youth Park Foundation, opens a three-day run with Kevin Epps" Straight Outta Hunters Point 6 p.m. Resistencia: Hip Hop in Columbia [sic] 7:45 p.m. Battlesounds 9:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, www.sfcinematheque.org. $7 save as noted. The San Francisco Cinematheque specializes in avant-garde, historical, and experimental films at venues around the Bay Area, including the Yerba Buena Center and here, its home base.
SATURDAY (June 21): A short series of films by Craig Baldwin screens the early Stolen Movie (c. 1975) and Wild Gunman (1978), filmed in a grindhouse and a penny arcade respectively, plus Sonic Outlaws (1995), on the titanic battle of bands Negativland and U2 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 22): Craig Baldwin"s found-footage take-off on the conquistadors ¡O No Coronado! (1992), his comment on the rise of corporate media Spectres of the Spectrum (2000), and scenes from his work-in-progress Mock Up on Mu! 7:30 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Stanford commemorates Bob Hope"s 100th birthday with a three-week series of his films, concluding with Road to Utopia (Hal Walker, 1946; 7:30 p.m. ), with Bing and Dottie, and Lousiana Purchase (Irving Cummings, 1941; 5:40, 9:10 p.m. ), wherein he"s investigated by Sen. Victor Moore.
STARTS FRIDAY: A summer series is promised; call for films and times.
DAILY: Continuous-loop screenings of three DVDs, part of the visual arts exhibition "Time After Time: Asia and Our Moment," run through July 13 -- From China, Chinese Utopia and Living Elsewhere, plus Haunted Houses, on Thai soap operas 11 a.m.-5 p.m. WEDNESDAY (June 18): A Film Arts Foundation screening of Discovering Dominga (Patricia Flynn and Mary Jo McConahay, 2002), about a woman"s attempt to discover her past as an 11-year-old survivor of a massacre in Guatemala. $7 7:30 p.m.
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