Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). 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.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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 Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
THURSDAY: A westerns series saddles up with a free screening of the comic Trail of the Vigilantes (Allan Dwan, 1940) 5:30 p.m. Ingrid Bergman and a visibly uncomfortable George Sanders play a married couple on the rocks of Naples in Roberto Rossellini's neorealist drama Voyage to Italy (Italy, 1953) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The young John Wayne leads settlers west across The Big Trail (Raoul Walsh, 1930; 7 p.m. ), shown in its rare widescreen version. Christy Cabanne's The Last Outlaw (1936; 9:40 p.m. ) is an excellent low-budget modern western, with outlaw Harry Carrey freed from prison to a radically changed west.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Peter Delpeut's Lyrical Nitrate (Netherlands, 1990), comprised of surviving hand-tinted films from before 1915 7:30 p.m.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org/events.html for venue; (843) 272-8524 and www.avataroftheage.com for this program. This nine-decade-old remnant of a World's Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs. $10, $5 weekday matinees (first two shows).
DAILY: The premiere of Meher Baba: Avatar of the Age (Irwin Luck, 2004), billed as "a documentary Love story of the human and Divine side of God when he returns as the Avatar on earth," covering 15 years of Baba's life in India. Says the film's Web site, "The entire narration in the film is from direct quotes of Meher Baba and carries the full weight of His Divine Authority." Take that, Mel Gibson! Screens through July 15 4, 5:40, 7:30, 9:10 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.
TUESDAY (July 6): The Fourth World War (2003), "the untold human story of men and women who resist being annihilated in the current global conflict," screens as a benefit for Just Cause Oakland. $7 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. See Ongoing for review.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), 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: The Story of the Weeping Camel (Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni, Mongolia, 2003) 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Control Room (Jehane Noujaim, 2004) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. The Corporation (Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Canada, 2003) 8 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Control Room, The Corporation, and The Story of the Weeping Camel continue. Call for times.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Jim Carrey's got something he's trying to remember in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michael Gondry, 2004) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:14 p.m. (That's what it says, 4:14 p.m. -- don't forget!)
SUNDAY: Closed for sparklers.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Doin' time at the monastery, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... and Spring (Kim Ki-Duk, Korea, 2003) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This recently refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
WEDNESDAY (June 30): Something there is that doesn't like a Wall, so say Good Bye, Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker, Germany, 1998) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (July 1): Good Bye, Lenin! 5:10 p.m. Young Adam (David Mackenzie, U.K., 2003) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THOUGH SUNDAY (July 2-4): Call for films and times.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (July 2-4): A Ronald Reagan summer series opens with two comedies, The Girl From Jones Beach (Peter Godfrey, 1949; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:40 p.m. ), with Reagan as an artist discovering that Virginia Mayo has beauty's perfect proportions, and Bedtime for Bonzo (Frederick de Cordova, 1951; 5:55, 9:45 p.m. ), with Reagan as a scientist who decides to raise a chimp as a child. Chapter 1 of Superman (Spencer Gordon, 1948) precedes The Girl From Jones Beach.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $7, $2 for second feature, save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (June 30): GreenCine marks Franz Kafka's 130th birthday with video artist Zbigniew Rybczynski's Kafka (1992) and other shorts 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (July 2): A series devoted to the films of the late Frank Perry screens the proto-feminist Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970; 7 p.m. ), starring the late Carrie Snodgress, and his first feature, David and Lisa (1962; 8:45 p.m. ), about the friendship of two denizens of a home for disturbed youth.
SATURDAY (July 3): Ken Jacobs' newly reworked 6-1/2-hour-long collage of found footage and avant-garde fun, Star Spangled to Death (1957-59/2003) screens with a dinner break at 5 p.m. beginning at 2 p.m.
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