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Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.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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111 MINNA GALLERY

111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.

MONDAY (July 26): The "Manifest Destiny Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" presents an evening of "political moving image art" with 10 short films and videos, including Victoria Gamburg's excellent Right Road Lost (about a Gulf War vet's troubled conscience), Bush for Peace by Sarah Christman and Jen Simmons, and Free Speech Zone, "a psychedelic Dada/techno opera" by Kasumi. Plus live performances 8 p.m.

ACT ONE/TWO

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 screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Time of the Wolf (Michael Haneke, France, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 23-29): Dickens gets a Twist (Jacob Tierney, Canada, 2003). See Opening for review 7:30, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 12:45, 3, 5:15 p.m.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (July 21): Agnes Obadia's Romaine (France, 1997) 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.

FRIDAY (July 23): Roll your own at the ATA's monthly "Open Screening"; first come, first screened 8 p.m.

AUCTIONS BY THE BAY

Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.

FRIDAY (July 23): Warren Beatty gets his fingers in the Shampoo (Hal Ashby, 1974), a tale of sex and politics 7, 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY (July 24): Another follicly overachieving look back at the 1960s, the exhilarating Hair (Milos Forman, 1979) /i>7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (July 25): Hair 5 p.m. Shampoo 7:30 p.m. What, no Grease?

BRIDGE

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 24): Patty McCormack is The Bad Seed (Mervyn LeRoy, 1956), a bad little girl whose doings are anticipated in the new musical The Flawed Seed, which plays before the film at midnight.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com for regular programs, $8 save as noted; (925) 275-9490 and www.sfjff.org for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, $11 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: Jacques Tati's brilliant observational comedy Playtime (France, 1967) screens in a new, expanded, 70mm print 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Opening Night of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screens Wondrous Oblivion (Paul Morrison, U.K., 2003). Reception and film, $40 6:30 p.m. Film only, $18 8 p.m. See Zoom Lens, Page 47, for more on the fest.

FRIDAY: One of the 1950s' strongest performers, Jane Russell, in person, with a reception 6 p.m. Gala, with musical numbers, onstage interview, and the musical comedy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953) 8 p.m. Reception and Gala, $60; $27.50 for Gala only.

SATURDAY: The S.F. Jewish Film Festival resumes with "Mazel Tov! Lesbian & Gay Weddings" (shorts) noon. "Im-Passioned," a panel discussion plus the short films Sorry, Judas (Lowenstein, U.K., 1993) and King of the Jews (Rosenblatt) 2:15 p.m. Short films from the Sam Spiegel Film School 5 p.m. Kafka bugs out in Metamorphosis (Fokin, Russia) 7:45 p.m. Israelis rap over Channels of Rage (Halachmi, Israel) 10 p.m.

SUNDAY: SFJFF -- An afternoon of films on the Israel-Palestine conflict begins with Ford Transit (Abu-Assad, Palestine) 11 a.m. Behind Enemy Lines (Gil-Har, Israel) with Daughters of Abraham (Medelia) and panel discussion 12:45 p.m. Seeds (Boyle and Safinia) 4:15 p.m. The Fight (Goodman) re-creates the Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight of 1938 6:45 p.m. Resist (Kaper and Szuszies) 9:15 p.m.

MONDAY: SFJFF -- Ernst Lubitsch's outstanding black-comic war comedy To Be or Not to Be (1942). $5 2 p.m. Sunset Story (Gabbert) 4:15 p.m. The Boat Is Full (Marcus Imhoof, Switzerland, 1981) exploded the myth of benevolent Swiss neutrality during World War II 6:30 p.m. Tomorrow We Move (Akerman, 2003) 9 p.m.

TUESDAY: SFJFF -- Reprise (Ilugdin, Russia). Free 1:30 p.m. Alila (Gitai, Israel). $9 3:30 p.m. Daniel Anker's new documentary Imaginary Witness screens with a panel on Hollywood and the Holocaust 6:15 p.m. Sidney Lumet's The Pawnbroker (1965), with Rod Steiger as a camp survivor 9:15 p.m.

EXPLORATORIUM

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 24): Tinkerer Tim Hunkin explains Why Things Go Wrong (Mick Jackson, U.K., 1982) and then looks into The Secret Life of Machines (Hunkin, U.K., 1993) 2 p.m.

SUNDAY (July 25): Mechanical toys do their things in Cirkustour (Michael and Ida Varming, Denmark, 2003) 2 p.m.

FOREIGN CINEMA

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.

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