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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ACT I & II
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: Me and You and Everyone We Know (Miranda July, 2005) 7, 9:20 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 8-14): Undead (Michael and Peter Spierig, Australia, 2003). See review on Page 39. Call for times.
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.
THURSDAY (July 7): An ANSWER screening of Hasta la Victoria Siempre (Forever Until Victory, Santiago Alvarez, Cuba, 1965) -- footage of Che and Bolivia -- and The Greening of Cuba (1996), about organic farming 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (July 8): "Cinematastic!," a bimonthly series promising "fantastic short films," beverages, and "witty banter among friends old and new" 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 9): This week's revival pick is Georges Franju's magical version of a 1910s serial, Judex (1963), about a masked and caped superhero played here by a stage magician -- billed for this screening as "the Original Caped Crusader." Highly recommended! See Urban Experience on Page 32 for more 8 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. See our Showtimes page for additional listings.
WEDNESDAY: A "Human/Nature" series concludes with Errol Morris' portrait of a lion tamer, a mole rat fancier, and other animal fans, Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997; 2:10, 5:30, 9:10 p.m.), together with Judy Irving's The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2004; 12:30, 3:50, 7:15 p.m.). Irving and "special guests" (any feathered?) are promised for the evening show.
STARTS THURSDAY: The great Michel Simon stars in a revival of The Two of Us (France, 1968). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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. $10.
SATURDAY (July 9): A singalong edition (with projected lyrics) of the Madonna documentary Truth or Dare (Alek Keshishian, 1991), plus Kimo's "drag spectacle" Spin the Bottle celebrating "20 years of Madonna in 20 minutes." "Come dressed as your favorite Madonna" midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.com; 675-4821 and www.silentfilm.org for San Francisco Silent Film Festival information, 777-8623 and www.ticketweb.com for advance tickets. $8 regular admission, $13 Silent Film Festival save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Sex, Politics & Cocktails (Julien Hernandez, 2004) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.
FRIDAY: The 10th San Francisco Silent Film Festival screens those nontalking pictures we love so well this weekend. See Night & Day, Page 29, for more. Tonight, Harold Lloyd in For Heaven's Sake (Sam Taylor, 1926). $17 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: Silent Film Festival -- "Animation Rarities" 11 a.m. Sangue Mineiro (Humberto Mauro, Brazil, 1929) 1:15 p.m. Stage Struck (Allan Dwan, 1925) 3:20 p.m. Reception on the Castro's mezzanine. $75 5:30 p.m. King Vidor's still-timely Great War epic The Big Parade (1925). $15 7:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: Silent Film Festival -- The Sideshow (Erle C. Kenton, 1928) 11 a.m. Prem Sanyas (The Light of Asia, Franz Osten and Himansu Rai, India/Germany, 1925) 1:30 p.m. The Scarlet Letter (Victor Seastrom, 1926) 4 p.m. It (Clarence Badger, 1927). $15 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (July 7): El Rio's "Tema," a "Weekly World Music Dance Party," includes outdoor film screenings 8 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.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (July 12): A series of films by Peter Liechti screens four shorts, including Ausflug ins Gebirg (1986) and Grimsel -- Ein Augenschein (1990). English subtitles are promised 7:30 p.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
WEDNESDAY (July 6): A weekly Arab Women Film Festival starts this evening with Four Women of Egypt (Tahini Rachad, Egypt), a record of four friends discussing politics, culture, and Islam. $5 suggested donation 7:30 p.m.
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