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 19): Betty 2 p.m.
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992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
FRIDAY (July 18): "Since the Summer Is Dark" why not offer a night of experimental film and video by local filmmakers? Those screening include Elaine Buckholtz, Olivia Brown, Steve Polta, Kim Miskowicz, James Ackerley Porter, Dolores Ausente, and Isaac Fisher 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 19): Les Diggers de San Francisco documents the hippie volunteers of the Haight circa 1967 8 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.thebalboatheater.com, $7.50 regular admission, $5 or $7 for all films in the "Children of the World" series listed here. This great neighborhood house is a good place to catch second-run Hollywood fare. See our Showtimes page for what's at the Balboa the rest of this week.
SATURDAY (July 19): "Films for Children of the World" offers two days of movies, beginning with a program of "Cinematic Bon Bons" -- entertaining shorts for those 4 and up with short attention spans 11 a.m. A 9-year-old boy is the Dong Sung (Little Monk, Korea, 2003) of Joo Kyung Jung's film 1 p.m. A 10-year-old boy in a refugee camp sends The Letter (Denijal Hasanovic, Bosnia/Poland, 2001) 3 p.m.
SUNDAY (July 20): A program of "Cinematic Gems" for ages 5 and up 11 a.m. A sailor ferries snow south in A Snowman for Africa (Rolf Losansky, Germany, 1977) 1 p.m. Shorts by local children screen in "Bay Area Progeny," which includes Aaron Ranen's The Diversity Bus (on our 24 Divisadero line; somebody tell Puni) 3 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, hosted by Peaches Christ. $7.
SATURDAY (July 19): John Huston's film of the Broadway warhorse Annie (1982) gets the Peaches treatment with the Midnight Mass Players' pre-film production trAnnie starring Peggy L'eggs as Lil' Orphan Trannie and Ms. Christ herself as Ms. Trannigan midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com, $8 save as noted for regular programming; 275-9490, www.sfjff.org, and $10 save as noted for San Francisco Jewish Film Festival programs. 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: A one-take tour of Russian art and history is made by Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark (Russia, 2002) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:10 p.m.
THURSDAY: Opening night of the 23rd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screens Bobby Roth's Manhood (2002). $15 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Mark Huestis presents "War Is Over," a live evening of poetry, prose, and music benefiting Artists United. Program $37.50 7:30 p.m., program plus Celebrity Dessert $60 10 p.m.
SATURDAY: Jewish Film Festival -- Local Angel 12:30 p.m. "Sharing the Screen" offers 20 years of Israeli and Palestinian films from previous festivals 2:45 p.m. Black Israel 5 p.m. The Burial Society 7:15 p.m. Kinky Friedman: Proud to Be an Asshole From El Paso 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: JFF -- Detained and The Settlers 11 a.m. Michael Aviad in person with his For My Children 2 p.m. Hiding and Seeking 4:45 p.m. The Soul Keeper 7:15 p.m. The Glow 9:45 p.m.
MONDAY: JFF -- Close, Closed, Closure and It Is No Dream 11 a.m. Welcome to the Waks Family and The Collector of Bedford Street 2 p.m. The Last Letter and Foolish Me 4:15 p.m. Under Water 6:30 p.m. Monsieur Batignole 8:45 p.m.
TUESDAY: JFF -- Secret Lives and Johnny & Jones noon. Have You Heard About the Panthers? 3 p.m. Embrace Me and Taqasim 6 p.m. Hand on the Pulse and Attitude 9 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.
DAILY (Closed Mondays): Before CGI and the green guy there was 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 "Midnites for Maniacs" 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 17): A six-week series of "Hong Kong Movie Madness" continues. Jet Li stars in Fist of Legend (Gordon Chan, 1994), plus a dubbed version of Street Fighter (Jing Wong, 1994), with Andy Lau and Jacky Cheung. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): David Lynch's insufferable Wild at Heart (1990).
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 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Jon Moritsugu's Scumrock (2003) satirizes the local indie artist scene. $5 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Alfred Hitchcock's end-of-the-world-in-Bodega-Bay movie The Birds (1962) 8 p.m.
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2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. A new series of classic films screening in 35mm plays this summer in the Alameda facilities of Auctions by the Bay.
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," screens Outer Limits producer Leslie Stevens' offbeat horror film Incubus (1966), with William Shatner in the only feature film ever made in Esperanto. Producer Anthony Taylor in person 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Episodes 1-3 of a newly restored melodramatic serial, La Maison du mystère (Alexandre Volkoff, France, 1923). Episode 3 is titled Ambition in the Service of Hatred, which would be a good title for any series' third episode (are you listening, George Lucas?) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: La Maison du mystère Episodes 4-7. The finale screens next Thursday 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: F.W. Murnau's "song of two humans," Sunrise (1927), a classic late silent film, Hollywood German style 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A series of the films of Lithuania's Sarunas Bartas continues with The House (1997), a dreamlike visit to a home full of odd imagery 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
THURSDAY (July 17): The big green hero is back, and we don't mean the Hulk -- it's Gamera 2: Legion (Japan, 1996), with a special greeting to Parkway audiences from director Shusuke Kaneko. Also, an episode of Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot. $6 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (July 20): Animal Crackers -- not the Marx Brothers comedy but an educational video with animated sequences "for people who are crazy about animals or just plain crazy" 3 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
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) 6:30, 8:40 p.m. Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002) 7, 9 p.m. The restored western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, Italy, 1966) 7 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: The return of the popular documentary Rivers and Tides (Thomas Reidelsheimer, U.K., 2001); see Ongoing for review. Spellbound and Winged Migration continue. Call for times.
SATURDAY: "An Evening With Art Clokey and Gumby" offers fans of the green clay animator a chance to see him personally introduce his cartoons, including rarities such as Gumbasia and Mandala. $10 7 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: S/M gets green-stamped in Claes Lilja's undocked doc Beyond Vanilla; see Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Frances McDormand is a hippie power mom in Lisa Cholodenko's Laurel Canyon (2003) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4;15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (July 22 & 23): Stanley Kubrick's atomic satire Dr. Strangelove (1964) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 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 USA.
WEDNESDAY: What I Want My Words to Do to You: Voices From Inside a Women's Maximum Security Prison (Madeleine Gavin, Judith Katz, Gary Sunshine, 2003) documents a writing workshop led by Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues). See Ongoing for review 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Ramones: End of the Century (Michael Gramaglia, Jim Fields, 2003) "relives every up, down, and in-between of the seminal punk rockers' 20+ years career, charting addictions, lineup changes and other roads to ruin." Filmmakers in person. $8 7:30, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Don Letts' The Clash: Westway to the World (U.K., 2000), on the other hand, merely promises "the band who made Punk real" 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 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: Constance Talmadge and Ronald Colman star in the rarity Her Night of Romance (Sidney Franklin, 1924; 7:30 p.m. ), which is followed by the outstanding Buster Keaton comedy Our Hospitality (Keaton and Eddie Cline, 1923; 9:05 p.m. ).
2430 Third St. (between 20th and 22nd streets), 824-7334, www.werepad.com. $8. This shagadelic venue screens vintage films in 16mm.
FRIDAY (July 18): A "Simulvision" screening -- side by side and both at once, Mary without sound -- of Richard Sarafian's Vanishing Point (1971) and John Hough's Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974), two road race movies with cult reputations 9:30 p.m.
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $6 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.
WEDNESDAY (July 16): A Film Arts Foundation screening of the new DV doc Double Dare (Amanda Micheli, 2003), about Hollywood's stuntwomen, including the still active, at 62, double for Wonder Woman. $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (July 17): The CineMuerte International Horror Film Festival screens movies not for the squeamish over the next three nights. Tonight, a double bill from Finland -- Geography of Fear (Auli Mantila, 2000; 7 p.m. ), about the vengeance of "radical female vigilantes," and Moonlight Sonata (Olli Soinio, 1989; 9 p.m. ), about a fashion model trapped in Lapland.
FRIDAY (July 18): CineMuerte -- Veteran goremeister Herschell Gordon Lewis' DV return to his greatest triumph, Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (2002) 7 p.m. Lucio Fulci's infamously gory Zombie (Italy, 1979) 9 p.m. Menahem Golan's allegedly infamous musical The Apple (1980), about an evil rock impresario named Mr. Boogaloo 11 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 19): CineMuerte -- Fernando Arrabal's surreal take on the Spanish Civil War, Viva la Muerte (Mexico, 1971) 7 p.m. A man locks his family up for 18 years in Castle of Purity (Arturo Ripstein, Mexico, 1974) 9 p.m. Alucarda (Juan Lopez Moctezuma, 1975), an "excessive, bloody and sacrilegious oddity" 11 p.m.
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