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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449B 23rd St. (between Telegraph and Broadway), Oakland, (510) 444-7263, 21grand.org.
WEDNESDAY (June 30): The "All Comedy Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" screens 17 short films and videos, including Doug Henry's That's What You Ordered, Phil Paternite's Creature Nites of Ohio, and Yuri A's P . Plus live sketch comedy by Killing My Lobster, and stand-up by Tony DuShane. $5-10 sliding scale 8 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. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 2-8): The Intended (Kristian Levring, U.K., 2002). See Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat-Mon 2, 4:30 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.
SATURDAY (July 3): The multimedia duo Growing deploys its quadraphonic installation made up of sounds, silence, and visual projections. $6 8 p.m.
TUESDAY (July 6): The free monthly meeting of the Super 8 Militia 7:30 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
FRIDAY (July 2): Preston Sturges' outstanding wartime comedy Hail the Conquering Hero (1945), about a war hero who's faking it (albeit not in a flight suit on a cruiser) 7, 9:15 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. $8.
SATURDAY (July 3): "Midnight Mass" inaugurates its 2004 season with its legendary presentation of the Vegas-set strip drama Showgirls (Paul Verhoeven, 1995), a career-killer for all concerned. Pre-show extravaganza includes free lap dances with every large popcorn purchase midnight.
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 THROUGH FRIDAY: An Orson Welles series screens his splendid second feature, The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) -- even in its surviving truncated form, Welles' best film 1, 3, 5, 7, 9:10 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: In an eerie premonition of the Paul DeMan story, Welles plays a Nazi who hides out as a Connecticut professor in The Stranger (Welles, 1946; 1:20, 5:10, 9 p.m. ), screening with the Walter Murch-restored version of the border-town Touch of Evil (1958/1998; 3:10, 7 p.m. ).
MONDAY: Welles' black-comic adaptation of Franz Kafka, The Trial (Somewhere in Europe, 1962; 12:30, 4:45, 9 p.m. ), screens with Richard Fleischer's adaptation of the Leopold-Loeb murders, Compulsion (1958; 2:45, 7 p.m. ), with Welles as their defense attorney.
TUESDAY: Welles' multinational reworking of Citizen Kane as a grotesque detective story, Mr. Arkadin (Somewhere in Europe, 1955; 1:30, 5:15, 9 p.m. ), plays with the noir grotesque Lady From Shanghai (1948; 3:30, 7:15 p.m. ).
SATURDAY (July 3): A "Tinkering" film series opens with Grandma's Bottle Village (Allie Light and Irving Saraf, 1982), about the Simi Valley woman who constructed a town from glass bottles, plus Bert Haanstra's delightful Glas (Netherlands, 1958) and Leighton Pierce's Glass (1998) 2 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Girlfriend's in a coma; Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 2002) 8:45, 10:45 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Terrence Malick's beautiful Days of Heaven (1978) 8:45, 10:30 p.m. See Ongoing for review.
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 & SATURDAY (July 2 & 3): Brian De Palma ran his string of voyeuristic thrillers out with Body Double (1984) midnight.
3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down. Call ahead to see if the scheduled film is actually continuing, as movies play here in an open-ended run.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Water's for sale and you're suffering Thirst (Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman, 2004) 6:15, 7:30 p.m. Scrabble buffs fight Word Wars (Eric Chaikin and Julian Petrillo, 2004) 8:45 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
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