Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.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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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: Lila Says (Ziad Doueiri, France, 2004) 7:15, 9:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 29-Aug. 4): Ma Mère (Christophe Honoré, 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 28): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for submission info. Plus a live set by Soundtest. $3, free for exhibitors 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (July 29): The Free Form Film Festival opens a national tour with a program of "unique and eclectic" work 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 30): The Rough Cut Film Festival offers an evening of trailers, new and unfinished films, and demo tapes. See www.lilycat.com for more info 7 p.m.
TUESDAY (Aug. 2): The Oakland-based arts fest Bayennale screens short film programs all this week at ATA, starting with "8ish," Super 8 films presented by the Super 8 Militia of "urban guerilla filmmakers" who refuse to lay down their movie cameras and go digital. E-mail email@example.com for more info 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: After a long run, the two-part, six-hour The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana, Italy, 2003) closes today. Separate admission for each part. Part 1 4:15 p.m. Part 2 12:30, 8 p.m.
STARTS THURSDAY: Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus (Andrew Douglas, 2005); see Opening for review 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 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. $10.
SATURDAY (July 30): A drag queen roller derby precedes Roger Vadim's sex-fi spectacular Barbarella (France, 1968) midnight.
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: The 25th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues with 100 Children (Schwartz and Margolin, Israel) 12:30 p.m. Maidan, Nave of the World (Janelidze, Georgia) 3 p.m. Keep Not Silent (Alexander, Israel) 5:30 p.m. Campfire (Cedar, Israel) 8 p.m. Jericho's Echo (Nord, Israel) 10:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Jewish Film Festival -- Agnes Varda's look at the hidden meanings of teddy bears, Ydessa, the Bears, and Etc. (France) 1:45 p.m. Anya (Marzynski) 3:30 p.m. Isn't This a Time! (Brown) 6 p.m. The closing-night film, Rashevski's Tango (Garbarski, Belgium), is followed by a dessert reception 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A double bill of "Tippi" Hedren's two films directed by her cinematic discoverer, Alfred Hitchcock, The Birds (1963; noon, 7 p.m.) and Marnie (1964; 2:15, 10 p.m.). Hedren in person, for a reception 5:30 p.m. and an onstage interview by David Thomson 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: Two more Hitchcocks, Strangers on a Train (1951; 1:30, 7 p.m.) and Rope (1948; 3:25, 9:30 p.m.), with first daughter Pat Hitchcock, and Laura Elliott (Farley Granger's straying wife in Strangers), interviewed by Jan Wahl between the two evening screenings.
SUNDAY: Hitchcock works out his issues with domineering women in Psycho (1960; 2:30, 7 p.m.) and Rebecca (1940; 4:30, 9:15 p.m.).
MONDAY: A 70mm film series opens with Hitchcock's Bay Area masterpiece Vertigo (1958) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: A 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick's eye-popping 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 5, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (July 29): 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.
DAILY (Closed Mondays): 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.
THURSDAY (July 28): The Latino Film Festival screens ANC Hip Hop Revolution (Melina Fotiadi, Cuba/France, 2003), about a Cuban group's progress. $8 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 (Wednesday and Thursday) offers four films for $20.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Abe Levy's locally made flight-attendant comedy The Aviary (2005) Wed 4 p.m.; Thurs 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: A science-fiction series continues with the visionary space adventures Forbidden Planet (Fred Wilcox, 1956; 6 p.m.) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968; 8 p.m.).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Lila Says (Ziad Doueiri, France, 2004) 7:30, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 29-Aug. 4): Ma Mère (Christophe Honoré, France, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MOUNTAIN VIEW CENTURY CINEMA 16
1500 N. Shoreline (at Pear), Mountain View, (650) 960-0970 for venue; (925) 225-9490 and www.sfjff.org for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. $11 save as noted. The 25th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screens here for five days.
SUNDAY (July 31): Professional Revolutionary (Montell) 1 p.m. Anya (Marzynski) 3:30 p.m. Go for Zucker! (Levy, Germany) 6 p.m.Metallic Blues (Verete, Canada) 8 p.m.
MONDAY (Aug. 1): 100 Children (Schwartz and Margolin, Israel) 2 p.m. Isn't This a Time! (Brown) 4:15 p.m. A Cantor's Tale (Anjou) 6:15 p.m. Rashevski's Tango (Garbarski, Belgium) 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Aug. 2): Maidan, Nave of the World (Janelidze, Georgia) 2 p.m. Odessa ... Odessa! (Boganim, France) 4:15 p.m. Arye (Kachanov, Israel) 6:45 p.m. A depressing film about prostitution in Tel Aviv, Or (Yedaya, Israel) 8:45 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 30): Pauline Frederick is a business executive with Smoldering Fires (Clarence Brown, 1925), in love with employee Malcolm McGregor in a very interesting Hollywood response to feminism. It screens with pickled-puss movie Scotsman Jimmy Finlayson Chasing the Chaser (1925), directed by future Finlayson foil Stan Laurel, and a newsreel, Memories of Silent Stars #2 7:30 p.m.
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: A spy film series screens Ken Russell's directorial debut, Billion Dollar Brain (U.K., 1967), with Michael Caine in his third go-round as cockney spy Harry Palmer. Françoise Dorleac, subject of a eulogy in the new Film Comment, co-stars 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A pre-Code series screens William Wellman's excellent and still-timely Heroes for Sale (1933), about an umemployed and addicted veteran 7 p.m. James Cagney takes over as The Mayor of Hell (Archie Mayo, 1933) as a reforming prison warden 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: The FBI surveils Nazis in the influential spy drama The House on 92nd Street (Henry Hathaway, 1945; 7:30 p.m.), screening with Sam Fuller's ode to pickpockets, Pickup on South Street (1953; 9:15 p.m.), supposedly disliked by J. Edgar Hoover for its anti-hero's disdain for flag waving.
SATURDAY: From the pre-Code era, Josef von Sternberg's Blonde Venus (1932; 7 p.m.) tracks Marlene Dietrich's rise and fall and rise again, torn between scientist Herbert Marshall and gambler Cary Grant. Loretta Young is Wellman's Midnight Mary (1933; 9 p.m.), having to choose between gangster Ricardo Cortez and playboy Franchot Tone.
SUNDAY: Harold Lloyd says Welcome Danger (Clyde Bruckman, 1929), but in titles only in this newly rediscovered mute version of Lloyd's first talkie. A must-see for history buffs, as the better-known sound version was a marked falloff from Lloyd's great silents 3 p.m. The pre-Code series offers Busby Berkeley's choreography of chorines and forgotten men in Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn Le Roy, 1933) 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: "Eyeing Nature," a series of new documentaries on humanity's impact on the ecology, continues with "Storm and Stress," a program of "laments and memorials" for humanity's encounters with nature. Films include Eve Heller's Behind This Soft Eclipse and Rebecca Meyers' Things We Want to See 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
TUESDAY (Aug. 2): Paul Newman stars as the nonconformist prisoner Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg, 1967), screening as a benefit for Critical Resistance, a grass-roots organization opposed to "society's reliance on prisons and police." See www.criticalresistance.org or call (510) 444-0484 for more. $7 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
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: March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet, France, 2005) 4:15, 5:30, 7:45, 8:40 p.m.; also Thurs 6:30 p.m. Wheel of Time (Werner Herzog, Germany, 2003) 5, 7 p.m. Machuca (Andrés Wood, Chile, 2004) 8:50 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: "Unleashed," a canine film series, screens "Works by William Wegman," the Weimaraner fancier who's moved from art star to dog star with shorts like The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold, Dog Baseball, and more 7 p.m.
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 celebrates its 25th anniversary with Hal Ashby's evergreen cult hit Harold and Maude (1971) 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Two Danish Brothers (Susanne Bier, 2004) are caught up in the Afghan war 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:20 p.m.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison (near Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 647-2949 for venue; (925) 225-9490 and www.sfjff.org for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, $11 save as noted. This legit theater hosts the 25th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival for six days starting Sunday.
SUNDAY: 100 Children (Schwartz and Margolin, Israel) 11:45 a.m. "Peace One Day," a youth program 2 p.m. Keep Not Silent (Alexander, Israel) 4 p.m. Rashevski's Tango (Garbarski, Belgium) 6:30 p.m. Massacre (Borgmann, Slim, and Theissen, France) 8:45 p.m.
MONDAY: Ydessa, the Bears, and Etc. (Varda, France) 2 p.m. Anya (Marzynski) 3:45 p.m. Campfire (Cedar, Israel) 6 p.m. Zero Degrees of Separation (Flanders, Canada) 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: A series on blacklisting screens The Front (Martin Ritt, 1976). Free 1 p.m. A good twisty Gothic, The Locket (John Brahm, 1946) 3:30 p.m. Arna's Children (Danniel and Khamis, Israel) 5 p.m. On the Objection Front (Tsur, Israel) 6:45 p.m. Wall (Bitton, France/Israel) 8:45 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The 48 Hour Film Project screens movies made from scratch last weekend by local contestants in this popular game 7, 9:30 p.m. The Power of Nightmares (Adam Curtis, U.K., 2004). $10 7 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): "Photographers in Focus," a program of shorts 11 a.m. Richard Tuttle: Never Not an Artist (Chris Maybach, 2005) 1 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. Episodes 236 and 365 of the vampire soap Dark Shadows (1967) 3 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.
SATURDAY (July 30): The series concludes with We're No Monks (Pema Dhondup, India, 2004), about four friends who live in the Dalai Lama's exile headquarters. Director in person 2 p.m.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Ladies in Lavender (Charles Dance, U.K., 2004) 6:10 p.m. Machuca (Andrés Wood, Chile, 2004) 8:10 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
SATURDAY (July 30): Screen 360: Films for Children of the World presents two all-ages programs -- "Vitamin W," billed as "films to fortify developing worldly minds for ages 4 and up," includes movies from Germany, Norway, and Iran 1 p.m. "Who's the Dreamer?" for ages 9 and up includes a German film, To Fly, about the moment kids decide to become scientists 3 p.m. Separate admission, $7 per program (under 16 $5).
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