Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 5): Madame Bovary 2 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. $7.
SATURDAY (July 5): The series opens with Paul Verhoeven's "celluloid travesty" Showgirls (1995), with a pre-show spectacular and "free lap-dances with every large corn" promised to all midnight.
CASTRO 429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; $8 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY:Japón (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico, 2002); see Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 1:30, 4:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 4-10): A restored, three-hour print of Sergio Leone's epic Civil War western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Italy, 1966) stars Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach in the title roles. Highly recommended, if only for the climactic three-way showdown, Ennio Morricone's legendary score, and 20 restored minutes of footage never seen in the original release. See Opening for review 8 p.m.; also Fri-Sun & Wed noon, 4 p.m.
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.
STARTS TUESDAY: The Hulk strikes back in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (U.S./China, 2000), screening through July 27 8:45, 10:45 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com. This innovative theater screens second-run movies, a "Midnight Madness" series on weekends, and "Hong Kong Movie Madness" double features on Thursdays. For the rest of the Four Star's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $6.
THURSDAY (July 3): A six-week series of "Hong Kong Movie Madness" continues with two martial arts films, The Master (Tsui Hark, 1989), with Jet Li; and The Miracle Fighters (Woo-ping Yuen, 1982), whose director is now the famed fight choreographer for Crouching Tiger and the Matrix series. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): John Carpenter's Escape From New York (1981), with Kurt Russell as a surly, eye-patched, reluctant rescuer of a president downed in the Manhattan penal colony. Prizes for eye patches, not for being surly.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 345-9832, www.jezebelsjointsf.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "S.F. IndieFest MicroCinema" Tuesday through Friday (most weeks). Screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY: Rage: 20 Years of Punk Rock West Coast Style (Michael Bishop and Scott Jacoby, 2001) features interviews with Jack Grisham, Jello Biafra, Duane Peters, Gitane Demone, and others on '80s punk rock 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: Roddy Bogawa's post-apocalyptic sci-fi film Junk (1999) 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Where your nightmares end, the original Willard (Daniel Mann, 1971) begins 8 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A two-month series of campy takes on immorality, "Excess of Evil," opens with Larry Cohen's bizarre God Told Me To (1976), about an alien demon of uncertain sexuality wreaking havoc in Manhattan. A good cast includes Sandy Dennis and Sylvia Sidney. Director in person 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A two-week series of the films of Finland's answer to R.W. Fassbinder, prolific minimalist Aki Kaurismäki, commences with Calimari Union (1984; 7:30 p.m. ), about the nocturnal adventures of 17 leather-jacketed men all named Frank, and Shadows in Paradise (1986; 9:10 p.m. ), about the love affair of a garbage man and a cashier.
FRIDAY: Theater closed.
SATURDAY: Aki Kaurismäki's loose adaptation of Dostoevski, Crime and Punishment (1983; 5, 8:45 p.m. ), has as its protagonist a slaughterhouse worker; Hamlet Goes Business (1987; 7 p.m. ) stars a comedian in a Shakespearean spoof.
SUNDAY: Kaurismäki's comedy about an accordion band's American invasion, Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989; 5:30 p.m. ), screens with Hamlet Goes Business at 7:10 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A series of the films of Lithuania's Sarunas Bartas continues with Corridor (1994), "a tone poem of longing for lost relationships and beliefs" set in an apartment building 7:30 p.m.
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