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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WEDNESDAY (July 28): 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 Kasumi's Free Speech Zone, "a psychedelic Dada/techno opera." Plus live performances. $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 screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Dickens gets a Twist (Jacob Tierney, Canada, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 30-Aug. 5): Alexander Sokurov's Father and Son (Russia, 2003). See Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 12:45, 2:45, 5 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (July 28): A lonely 30-year-old loves a young stranger in Anne Villacèque's Petite Chérie (France, 1997) 6 p.m.
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FRIDAY (July 30): The DIY Ladyfest Bay Area Film Festival offers movies and workshops for three days. Tonight, a "Super 8 Film Workshop" with Lauren Madow 6 p.m. "Hott Cherry PopTarts" (shorts) 7 p.m. Reception 7:30 p.m. A workshop on "DIY Porn-Making" moderated by Shawn Tamarabuchi 8 p.m. A program of "Porn by and for Women" screens the last scene of Working Girlz 8:30 p.m. More porn: SIR Productions' Sugar High Glitter City 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 31): Ladyfest -- "Lost Thoughts, Found Reels" (narrative shorts) 7 p.m. "Frozen to Fluid" (experimental shorts) 7:45 p.m. Yvonne Rainer's experimental feature Privilege (1990) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 1): Ladyfest -- Documentary filmmaker Lourdes Portillo's latest, Señorita Extraviada (2001), about women disappearing along the U.S.-Mexican border. Speaker to follow 2 p.m. "Place Your Politics" (documentary shorts) 4:30 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
SATURDAY (July 31): More problems stem from Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968), who's old enough now to run for president 7, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 1): Rosemary's Baby 2:45, 7:30 p.m. The Bad Seed 5 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 31): Peaches wants you to take a bite from The Apple (1980), a vision of the disco world of 1994, ruled by the evil Mr. Boogaloo midnight.
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: The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues at this venue with Recuerdos (Arteaga, Mexico) 2 p.m. Israel and Palestine at a Checkpoint (Shamir, Israel) 4:30 p.m. Ivy Meeropol's film about her grandparents, the Rosenbergs, Heir to an Execution 6:30 p.m. Gay prostitutes gather in the Garden (Barash and Shatz, Israel) 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: SFJFF -- A deli loses its lease in I Like Killing Flies (Mahurin) 1 p.m. Jews in rural Uganda, Moving Heaven and Earth (Vinik and Vinik) 3:30 p.m. Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music (Neville) 6 p.m. Closing Night film, with reception to follow: Nina's Tragedies (Gabizon, Israel). $20 8:30 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.
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 Monday): Damian Pettigrew's documentary Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (Italy, 2003) screens through Aug. 15 8:30, 10:15 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 this Friday. 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.
DAILY: "Fear and the selling of American Empire" after 9/11 is tackled in the Michael Moore-less Hijacking Catastrophe (Jeremy Earp and Sut Jhally, 2004). See Ongoing for review. Continues until further notice at 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 3:30, 5 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Twist (Jacob Tierney, Canada, 2003). See Ongoing for review 2:40, 5:10, 7:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 30-Aug. 5): Alexander Sokurov's Father and Son (Russia, 2003). 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 screens William Castle's Psycho knockoff Homicidal (1961) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: An Ingmar Bergman series screens his comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (Sweden, 1955; 5, 9 p.m.), plus Wild Strawberries (Sweden, 1956; 7:10 p.m.), with Victor Sjostrom as an old man with a past.
SUNDAY: The PFA's western series concludes with David Miller's adaptation of an Ed Abbey novel, Lonely Are the Brave (1962), with Kirk Douglas as "the brave cowboy" 5:30 p.m. Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (1969), to many the greatest western ever, and to some the greatest film ever (but there are those who'll say the same for The Searchers) 7:40 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Lithuanian filmmaker Sarunas Bartas' Corridor (1994), a plotless depiction of post-communist ennui 7:30 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.
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.
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 Hunting of the President (Nickolas Perry and Harry Thomason, 2004) 6:30 p.m. The Corporation (Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Canada, 2003) 8:30 p.m. The Mother (Roger Michell, U.K., 2003) 6:45 p.m. Control Room (Jehane Noujaim, 2004) 9:10 p.m. The Story of the Weeping Camel (Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni, Mongolia, 2003) 7, 9 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
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.
WEDNESDAY: The Red Vic marks its 24th anniversary with Hal Ashby's dark comedy Harold and Maude (1971) 2, 4, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Aug. 3 & 4): Guy Maddin conjures up The Saddest Music in the World (Canada, 2004) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 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.
DAILY: The Hunting of the President continues in an open-ended run. See Ongoing for review 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 3:30, 5 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: A weekly silent series, featuring Dennis James on the organ, screens Douglas Fairbanks' derring-do in The Mark of Zorro (Fred Niblo, 1920; 7:30 p.m.), and his early talkie Mr. Robinson Crusoe (A. Edward Sutherland, 1932; 9:15 p.m.).
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: The underrated Joel McCrea takes the lead as Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent (1940; 7:30 p.m.) and in George Stevens' wartime comedy The More the Merrier (1943; 5:35, 9:40 p.m.).
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Joan Fontaine writes a Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:10 p.m.) in Max Ophuls' highly regarded melodrama. It screens with Hitchcock's Gothic Rebecca (1940; 5:10, 9:30 p.m.), with Fontaine practicing her meek and mild act. Chapter 6 of Superman (1948) precedes Unknown Woman.
SATURDAY (July 31): The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opens at this locale with a look at life at a Gaza Checkpoint (Shamir, Israel) noon.v Ford Transit (Abu-Assad, Palestine) 2 p.m. The life of 20th-century traveler Luis Frank's revealed in Recuerdos (Arteaga, Mexico) 4 p.m. A teen comes of age in Nina's Tragedies (Gabizon, Israel) 6:30 p.m. I Like Killing Flies (Mahurin) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 1): The Fight (Goodman) re-creates the Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight of 1938 11:30 a.m. Delroy Lindo mentors an 11-year-old in cricket in Wondrous Oblivion (Morrison, U.K.) 1:30 p.m. Kafka bugs out in Metamorphosis (Fokin, Russia) 4 p.m. Heir to an Execution (Meeropol) 6 p.m. The Boat Is Full (Marcus Imhoof, Switzerland, 1981) exploded the myth of benevolent Swiss neutrality during World War II 8:45 p.m.
MONDAY (Aug. 2): An infamous traitor is reassessed in Sorry, Judas (Lowenstein, U.K., 1993) 2:30 p.m. New York's Living Theater is documented in Resist (Kaper and Szuszies) 4:30 p.m. "Mazel Tov! Lesbian & Gay Weddings" (shorts) 6:30 p.m. Garden (Barash and Shatz, Israel) 8:45 p.m.
TUESDAY (Aug. 3): Short films from the Sam Spiegel Film School 1:30 p.m. Behind Enemy Lines (Gil-Har, Israel) with Daughters of Abraham (Medelia) 3:45 p.m. Israeli and Palestinian teens seek peace in Seeds (Boyle and Safinia) 6 p.m. Chantal Akerman's comedy Tomorrow We Move 8:30 p.m.
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 30): A Frank Perry series concludes with the widely (unfairly?) ridiculed Joan Crawford biopic Mommie Dearest (1981; 7 p.m.), and the director's autobiographical documentary about his terminal cancer, On the Bridge (1992; 9:20 p.m.).
The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle continues its "Mostly Pre-Code" series of 1930s proto-noirs, most featuring dangerous blonde Gertrude Michael. On Saturday, July 31, the circle screens the burlesque house murder mystery Murder at the Vanities (Mitchell Leisen, 1934), with Michael singing "Sweet Marijuana." For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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