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: Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand, 2004) 7, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 22-28): Lila Says (Ziad Doueiri, France, 2004). See Opening for review. 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 21): Amnesty International presents Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World (John Scagliotti), about the struggle for recognition of gays in "the Global South." 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.
DAILY: The word-of-mouth hit -- a two-part, six-hour Italian film -- The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2003) continues. Separate admission for each part. Part 1 Wed 12:30, 8 p.m.; Thurs 4:15 p.m. Part 2 Wed 4:15 p.m.; Thurs 12:30, 8 p.m. Call for times on other days. Must end July 27.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Machuca (Andrés Wood, Chile, 2004) noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for film and times.
BRIDGE 3 4
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 23): A live "Peaches' Playhouse" accompanies Pee-wee's Big Adventure (Tim Burton, 1985). Why not Pee-wee as Willy Wonka? Midnight.
CASTRO 3 4
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.com, $8 save as noted for regular programs; (925) 225-9490 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 on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: Rudolph Valentino is The Sheik (George Melford, 1921) in this still-famous but seldom-screened captivity classic. Live piano by Joel Adlen 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: The first program of the 25th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival includes the opening-night reception and film to follow. $40. 6:30 p.m. Go for Zucker! (Dani Levy, Germany, 2004). Film only, $18 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: "The Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds" presents the "living legend" live on the Castro stage (interviewed by Carol Lynley), plus live performances and her Titanic film The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Charles Walters, 1964). Reception, $75 6 p.m. Program only, $35 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: Jewish Film Festival -- Zero Degrees of Separation (Flanders, Canada) noon. On the Objection Front (Tsur, Israel) 2:30 p.m. Wall (Bitton, France/Israel) 4:45 p.m. The Talent Given Us (Wagner) 7:30 p.m. Metallic Blues (Verete, Canada) 10 p.m.
SUNDAY: Jewish Film Festival -- Odessa... Odessa! (Boganim, France) 11:30 a.m. "Peace One Day," a youth program 2 p.m. The Front (Martin Ritt, 1976), with panel discussion on blacklisting to follow 4 p.m. The Locket (John Brahm, 1946) 7:30 p.m. Arye (Kachanov, Israel) 9:45 p.m.
MONDAY: Jewish Film Festival -- A Cantor's Tale (Anjou) 2 p.m. Arna's Children (Danniel and Khamis, Israel) 4:15 p.m. The First Time I Was 20 (Levy, France) 6:15 p.m. Hotel Berlin (Peter Godfrey, 1945) 8:45 p.m.
TUESDAY: Jewish Film Festival -- Montgomery Clift's debut, The Search (Fred Zinnemann, 1948). Free 1:30 p.m. Professional Revolutionary (Montell, 2004) 3:45 p.m. Commune (Berman) 6:15 p.m. Massacre (Borgmann, Slim, and Theissen, France) 8:45 p.m.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com. Films often screen on this bar's outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains).
FRIDAY (July 22): El Rio's "Tema," a "Weekly World Music Dance Party," includes outdoor film screenings 8 p.m. $5 after 10 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: The top-rated Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs (Wai Keung Lau and Siu Fai Mak, 2002), soon to be remade by Martin Scorsese "Starts at dusk."
STARTS TUESDAY: This Woody Allen character fell asleep in 1973 and has missed the past 32 years already. Lucky him! Sleeper screens through Aug. 14 "Starts at dusk."
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film screenings.
WEDNESDAY (July 20): A weekly Arab Women Film Festival continues with Wild Flowers (Jean Chamoun and Mai Masri, Lebanon, 1986), about women fighting the Israeli occupation of south Lebanon. $5 suggested donation 7:30 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted. The science-fiction series offers four films for $20.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Dark Water (Walter Salles, 2005) 4:25, 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Thurs 10 a.m.; Fri 5:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 22-28): Abe Levy's locally made flight attendant comedy The Aviary (2005). Filmmaker and cast will be present at Friday's premiere, $12 8 p.m. At regular prices Sat 9:30 p.m.; Sun 8:45 p.m.; Mon 5:45 p.m.; Tues & Thurs 9 p.m.; Wed 4 p.m.
SATURDAY: A science-fiction series opens with the visionary space adventures Forbidden Planet (Fred M. Wilcox, 1956; 4:25 p.m. ) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968; 6:45 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise, 1951) 2:45 p.m. The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel, 1956) 4:45 p.m. Forbidden Planet 6:45 p.m.