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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111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
MONDAY (June 28): The "All Comedy Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" presents 17 short films and videos, including Doug Henry's That's What You Ordered, Phil Paternite's Creature Nites of Ohio, and Yuri A'sP . Plus live sketch comedy by Killing My Lobster and stand-up by Tony DuShane8 p.m.
2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. A midnight series continues this week. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 25-July 1): Lars von Trier's The Five Obstructions (Denmark, 2003). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 12:45, 3, 5:05 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (June 25 & 26): The early indie Forbidden Zone (Richard Elfman, 1998), a funny-peculiar reworking of the old Betty Boop cartoon Bimbo's Initiation about life in the Sixth Dimension, with a great score by the filmmaker's brother, Danny. $7.50 midnight.
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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.
FRIDAY (June 25): The ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your short films and tapes -- first come, first screened. Live music. Free for artistes. Door at 7 p.m., films at 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 26): The June-City Short Films Festival screens new works by local filmmakers, including Mike Okum, Yoko Kumano, and Todd Fiore. "Pure difference and repetition abound" 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 26): Marlon Brando has a neurotic attachment to Vivien Leigh, but she travels west on A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, 1951). But we need the eggs 7, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 27): A Streetcar Named Desir Separate admission. CASTRO 429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; (925) 866-9559 and www.frameline.org/festival for the San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. $8 regular admission (Monday and Tuesday this week); $9 general, $7 matinee (before 5 p.m.), for SFILGFF screenings, 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: The 28th San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival continues with My Best Kept Secret (Guerriero) and other shorts on the theme of coming (Adriatrico, Italy) 4 p.m.Proteus (Greyson and Lewis, South Africa) 6:30 p.m.Goldfish Memory (Gill, Ireland) 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFILGFF -- "The Antipodeans" (Australian gay shorts) 1:30 p.m."Skool's Out" (shorts by queer youth) 3:30 p.m.Harry and Max (Münch) 6 p.m. A 10th-anniversary screening of Rose Troche's Go Fish (1994) 8 p.m.Raspberry Reich (LaBruce, Germany) 11 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFILGFF -- "It's All Right to Cry," a kid's matinee program of clips from Free to Be... You and Me, Burl Ives singalongs, old cartoons, and young Michael Jackson (!) 11:30 p.m.The Truth or Consequences of Delmas Howe (Sneddon) 1:15 p.m.April's Shower (Doolan) 3:30 p.m.Testosterone (Moreton) 6 p.m.Hellbent (Etheridge-Ouzts) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFILGFF -- You I Love (Stolpovskaya and Troitsky, Russia) noon.Alice (Ballyot, France) 2 p.m."Euro Trip" (European shorts) 4 p.m. The Closing Night film is Angela Robinson's D.E.B.S. (2004), with party to follow. $60 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Call theater for program.
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): Girlfriend's in a coma -- Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 2002) screens through July 4 8:45, 10:45 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. $7 for this program. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. "Midnites for Maniacs," a 10-week, 17-film series of rarities in 35mm prints, continues. For the Four Star"s regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY (June 25): Catholic schoolgirl Susan Sennett is kidnapped by jewel thieves in The Candy Snatchers (Guerdon Trueblood, 1973) midnight.
SATURDAY (June 26): Nerd Eddie Deezen pushes a cola that turns consumers into zombies in Surf II: The End of the Trilogy (Randall Badat, 1983), with Ruth Buzzi, Cleavon Little, and Eric Stoltzmidnight.