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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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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Intended (Kristian Levring, U.K., 2002). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 9-15): The Seagull's Laughter (Ágûst Gudmundsson, Iceland, 2001). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1:45, 4:45 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (July 7): Abusive hunk moves in on middle-aged writer in Jeanne Labrune's Beware of My Love (France, 1998) 6 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 10): Two by "romantic" documentarian Jem Cohen, Lost Book Found (1996) -- NYC as seen by a pushcart vendor -- and Fugazi doc Instrument (1998) 8 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
FRIDAY (July 9): The signature Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical, Top Hat (1935) 7, 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (July 11): Hijacking Catastrophe (Jeremy Earp and Sut Jhally, 2004), a documentary attacking neoconservative foreign policy, gets an East Bay premiere as a warm-up for a late-summer opening 2 p.m. Top Hat 5 p.m. The Band Wagon 7:15 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 10): John Waters' Female Trouble (1975) -- it's about Baltimore. Pre-show audiences participate in the filming of a new screen epic, Whatever Happened to Peaches Christ? midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; 248-9377 and www.silentfilm.org for the Silent Film Festival, screening Saturday and Sunday. $8 for regular films, $13 for Silent Films, 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: Orson couldn't make it until he went fun-Ferris wheeling. An Orson Welles series concludes with his signature film as a screen star, The Third Man (Carol Reed, U.K., 1949) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: The ninth annual Silent Film Festival screens here for two days, with a full program of mostly hard-to-see silents, and with live music for most. See "Positively Silent" in Night & Day, Page 25, for more. The Blue Bird (Maurice Tourneur, 1919) 11 a.m. What Happened to Jones (William A. Seiter, 1926) 1:30 p.m. The Dragon Painter (William Worthington, 1919), with live benshi performance by Midori Sawato. $15 3:45 p.m. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Rex Ingram, 1921). $15 8 p.m.
SUNDAY: Silent Films -- Shennü (The Goddess, Wu Yonggang, China, 1934) 11:30 a.m. Two comedies with Douglas Fairbanks, the short cocaine-fueled Holmes parody The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (Christy Cabanne and John Emerson, 1916) and When the Clouds Roll By (Victor Fleming, 1919) 1:45 p.m. Lady of the Night (Monta Bell, 1925) 4:15 p.m. The Circus (Charles Chaplin, 1928), with Sydney Chaplin in person. $15 8 p.m.
MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (July 12-14): Hope Lange, Diane Baker, and Suzy Parker are three young women in Manhattan seeking The Best of Everything (Jean Negulesco, 1959) in this sex and the city melodrama 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.
DELANCEY SCREENING ROOM
600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), 677-8688 and www.sfsu.edu/~modgreek/filmfestival2.htm for information on this program. The San Francisco Greek Film Festival screens 35mm prints here for five nights. $15.
THURSDAY (July 8): A woman seeks love in Rescue Me (Stratos Tzitzis, 2001) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (July 9): A dysfunctional family explodes in Matchbox (Yiannis Economidis, 2003) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 10): Two con artists set out to fleece a casino in Ghost of Chance (Vangelis Seitanidis, 2001) 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (July 11): Two women in the fashion world form an alliance against men in Risotto (Olga Malea, 2000) 7:30 p.m.
3601 Lyon (at Marina), 563-7337, www.exploratorium.edu. Free with museum admission of $12. A "Tinkering" film series continues all summer. Screenings are in the center's McBean Theater, through the front doors and on the left.
SATURDAY (July 10): A program on car art screens Harrod Blank's Driving the Dream (1998) and more 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.
DAILY (Closed Mondays): Terrence Malick spends the Days of Heaven in this outstanding 1978 release, screening through July 25 8:45, 10:30 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.
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.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing screens films on a regular basis. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (July 9): Alain Resnais' unusual musical Same Old Song (France, 1997) 6:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 9-15): The Seagull's Laughter (Ágûst Gudmundsson, Iceland, 2001); see Opening for review. Call for times.
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.
WEDNESDAY: An "Exploit-o-Scope" series opens with The Mask (Julian Roffman, Canada, 1961), a horror film with 3-D sequences about a cursed Aztec mask. Free cursed Aztec masks to all 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Eija-Liisa Ahtila in person with her films Love Is a Treasure, If 6 Was 9, and Consolation Service 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A western series screens the (better) preview version of John Ford's Wyatt Earp saga My Darling Clementine (1946; 7 p.m. ) plus the outstanding noir western Pursued (Raoul Walsh, 1946; 9:15 p.m. ).
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Out of postwar Germany's rubble, The Murderers Are Among Us (Wolfgang Staudte, Germany, 1946) looked at Nazi guilt from very close up 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.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $6. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
FRIDAY (July 9): It's springtime for Mel Brooks in The Producers (1968) -- who thought in 1968 that it would last as long as it has? Doors open at 7 p.m. , film at 8 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 8): Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (Masaki Tezuka, Japan, 2000) pits our favorite lizard against "a gigantic killer dragonfly (or something)." Bay Area premiere. Guest experts and Godzilla himself in person. $6 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (July 11): Justice Whitaker's performance-art piece Song of Savior includes film in its portrayal of "the role of religion and spirituality in defining freedom and democracy in our modern world." $7 3 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) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Control Room (Jehane Noujaim, 2004) 6:30 p.m. The Corporation (Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Canada, 2003) 8:30 p.m. Facing Windows (Ferzan Ozpetak, Italy, 2003) 9:10 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Call for films and 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.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Rock DJ Rodney Bingenheimer was Mayor of the Sunset Strip (George Hickenlooper, 2004) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Venezuela's Hugo Chavez refuses to fall in the on-the-spot doc The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Briain, Ireland, 2003) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 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.
FRIDAY: A Bill Murray series starts with the never-theatrically-released (at least in this city) fantasy Nothing Lasts Forever (Tom Schiller, 1984), with Murray the entertainment director of a bus to the moon 6, 8, 10 p.m.
SATURDAY: Murray's a gloomy Blume in love in Wes Anderson's prep-school comedy Rushmore (1998) 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m.
SUNDAY: Murray chases a gopher in the golf comedy Caddyshack (Harold Ramis, 1980) 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m.
MONDAY: From the maker of the new Stepford Wives, Frank Oz's psychiatric comedy What About Bob? (1991) 6, 8, 10 p.m.
TUESDAY: Murray's quite good as Polonius in Michael Almereyda's Hamlet (2000) 7, 9:15 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A Ronald Reagan summer series screens two comedies, The Voice of the Turtle (Irving Rapper, 1947; 3:40, 7:30 p.m. ), with Reagan wooing Eleanor Parker, 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 Turtle.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Ronald Reagan's film debut, Love Is on the Air (Nick Grinde, 1937; 6:20, 9:50 p.m. ), screens with the wartime adventure Desperate Journey (Raoul Walsh, 1942; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4 p.m. ), with Reagan as Errol Flynn's sidekick. Chapter 2 of Superman precedes Desperate Journey.
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.
FRIDAY (July 9): A series devoted to the films of the late Frank Perry screens the grimly allegorical The Swimmer (1968; 7 p.m. ) and the Cold War parable Ladybug, Ladybug (1963; 8:45 p.m. ), which packs a real punch to the belly.
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