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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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: International ANSWER presents Memoria del Saqueo (Social Genocide, Fernando Solanas, Argentina, 2004), a documentary record of the popular uprising against decades of corrupt government 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: The ATA Web site announces a "Privet Screening" here tonight. BYO hedges 7 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.
FRIDAY: A month-long Boris Karloff tribute opens with Sara Karloff Presents, an evening of home movies and discussion with the actor's daughter 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: Karloff The original Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931; 2, 4:40, 7:20 p.m. ) still a classic, not least for Karloff's sensitive monster screens with a Gothic melodrama, The Black Room (Roy William Neill, 1945; 3:20, 6, 8:40 p.m. ), with Boris in a double role.
SUNDAY: Karloff Two by camp master James Whale, Bride of Frankenstein (1935; 2:50, 5:50, 8:50 p.m. ) and The Old Dark House (1932; 4:20, 7:20 p.m. ), co-starring Gloria Stuart.
MONDAY: Karloff is a rival gangster who takes a fall at the bowling alley in Howard Hawks' classic Scarface (1932; 2:40, 5:40, 8:40 p.m. ), screening with Graft (Christy Cabanne, 1931; 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m. ), with Karloff as a mastermind of political corruption. Whale spotted him in this and cast him as his monster.
TUESDAY: Karloff plays The Body Snatcher (Robert Wise, 1945; 1:25, 5:05, 8:35 p.m. ) for producer Val Lewton, and then is a dead man brought back to life in The Walking Dead (Michael Curtiz, 1936; 3:50, 7:20 p.m. ). Also screening is Karloff's 41-minute episode, The Wurdalak, from Mario Bava's Black Sabbath (Italy, 1963; 2:55, 6:30, 10 p.m.).
SATURDAY (June 3): Bill Plympton's entertaining, animated 1950s high school ghost story Hair High (2004) 1 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival. $9 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: A gay-themed melodrama, Hate Crime (Tommy Stoval, 2005) 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: When an idealist scholar sells his soul for the devil, first for knowledge, and then for Camilla Horn, it's an excuse for one of the most stunningly designed and directed films ever made, F. W. Murnau's Faust (Germany, 1926). The silent classic screens with a live score by the Italian quartet Gatto Marte. $20 7 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 2-8): Before Da Vinci got encrypted, the Fargo North Decoder of explorers, Indiana Jones, deciphered the Ark of the Covenant. No one protested except the face-melting Nazis of Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981) 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
COBALT SUN STUDIO
411-A Coloma (at Bridgeway), Sausalito, 332-3323 for venue, 381-4123 for the event-sponsoring Tiburon Film Society.
FRIDAY (April 7): Under the Radar (J. Plunky Branch, Germany/Cuba), a "survey of Afro-Cuban music" filmed on site. $8 7 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: Like a circle in a spiral like a wheel within a wheel, it's The Thomas Crown Affair (Norman Jewison, 1968) through June 25 "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 978-2787, www.goethe.de/ins/us. The place to go for German cultural events. $6.
TUESDAY (June 6): The soccer favorite Bend It Like Beckham (Gurinder Chadha, U.K., 2002) screens on projected video in conjunction with an ongoing Fussball film series honoring Germany's June hosting of the Soccer World Cup 7:30 p.m
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
WEDNESDAY (May 31): An Arab Women Film Series screens Souha Surviving Hell (Randa Chahal Sabbag, Lebanon, 2000), about the fate of a 21-year-old woman who attempted to assassinate a general in 1989 and who then survived ten years in prison. $5-$10 sliding scale 7 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (June 3 & 4): Superfest XXVI, the International Disability Film Festival screens 14 works over two afternoons. See www. culturedisabilitytalent.org for more. $5-$20 sliding scale 1:30-5 p.m. Free awards program Sunday 6 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: A special screening of the children's classic The Yearling (Clarence Brown, 2006), with child star and present-day Kentfield resident Claude Jarman Jr. in person introducing a new print of the film. A fundraiser for the theater. Reserved seats, $100, general admission $80. Reception 6:15 p.m. Film 7 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: Clean (Olivier Assayas, Canada/France, 2004) 4:45, 7:15, 9:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 2-8): The Puffy Chair (Jay Duplass, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Sisters (Arthur Allan Seidelman, 2005) 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:20 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for venue; 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival. $8, second show $2 for regular programs; $11 save as noted for SFIFF programs. 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.
THURSDAY: A Krzysztof Kieslowski series opens with a free screening of his Kieslowski's First Films, a program of his student film projects including From the City of Lodz (Poland, 1969) 5:30 p.m. The first two installments of Kieslowski's TV series based on the Ten Commandments, Decalogue 1 and 2 (1988). The first of these is the grimmest of the lot 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Kieslowski Honoring the sabbath day and parents, respectively, in Decalogue 3 and 4 7 p.m. Everyone's favorite commandments, the ones about killing and adultery, form two of the best of the series, Decalogue 5 and 6 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: Kieslowski "Thou Shall Not Steal" or "Bear False Witness" in Decalogue 7 and 8 6:30 p.m. The series concludes with the injunctions against coveting, Decalogue 9 and 10 8:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: Kieslowski Decalogue 1 and 2 1:30 p.m. Decalogue 3 and 4 3:45 p.m. Decalogue 5 and 6 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: Kieslowski Another program of "Early Works 2: In Everyone's Life There Are Stories" includes a short feature, First Love (1974) 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. 21 and older only. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
TUESDAY (June 6): Teen favorite Sixteen Candles (John Hughes, 1984) screens as a benefit for Oakland Children's Hospital Research Center. $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. $9.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, 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: Sketches of Frank Gehry (Sydney Pollack, 2006) 6:30, 8:45 p.m. Water (Deepa Mehta, India, 2005) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (Dan Ireland, 2005) 6:15 p.m. Andy Garcia's The Lost City (2006) 8:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Mongolian Ping Pong (Ning Hao, Mongolia, 2004). Call for times and other films.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (June 4-7): Dig up The Real Dirt on Farmer John (Taggert Seigel, 2004) in this documentary on organic farmer John Peterson. Farmer and director in person for SundayÐTuesday screenings 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m., Wed 2 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 this reconstituted affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Guys and Balls (Sherry Horman, Germany, 2004) 7, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: The International Latino Film Festival screens a documentary on Brazilian music, Todo Azul (Everything Blue, Jesse Acevedo, Brazil, 2005) 6:45 p.m. Cross-dressing indigenous homosexuals in Oaxaca are the Muxes: Authentic, Fearless Seekers of Danger (Alejandra Islas, Mexico, 2005) 9 p.m. Separate admission.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 2-8): Songbirds (Brian Hill, U.K., 2005). See Opening for review 7, 8:40 p.m.; also Sat, Sun 2, 3:45, 5:20 p.m.
TUESDAY: Live political commentary with "A Night with Greg Palast". $12-$15 sliding scale 7:30 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday, June 3): "Crash Cabaret: When Queers Collide" an hour-long program of video, music, dance and theater midnight .
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
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.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Clean (Olivier Assayas, Canada/France, 2004) 1:45, 4:20, 7:05, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 2-8): The Puffy Chair (Jay Duplass, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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. This spring's series includes tributes to stylish director Vincente Minnelli and suave actor Ronald Colman.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Judge Ronald Colman must decide the fate of fugitive Cary Grant in Talk of the Town (George Stevens, 1942; 7:30 p.m.) and then goes Lucky Partners (Lewis Milestone, 1940; 5:40, 9:40 p.m. ) on a lottery ticket and Platonic honeymoon with Ginger Rogers.
SATURDAY:Talk of the Town 9:25 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Colman wants to irrigate the desert in a silent western, The Winning of Barbara Worth (Henry King, 1926), with Gary Cooper his rival for Vilma Banky. Live organ accompaniment by Clark Wilson Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Minnelli's melodrama of runaway film production in Italy, Two Weeks in Another Town (1962; 7:30 p.m. ), screens with the charming domestic comedy The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963; 5:20, 9:30 p.m. ). Ronnie Howard is very good as the film's little boy still the highpoint of his contribution to film history.
WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK
601 Columbus (at Union), 465-3456, www.sfntf.org for venue, www.filmnight.org for series. The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation and the Telegraph Hill Dwellers present "Film Night In the Park" on a giant outdoor screen. Free.
SATURDAY (June 3): Robin Williams as you've never seen him before! Actually, yes you have, ‘cause you probably saw Mrs. Doubtfire back in 1993. Shot in this park's immediate area by local boy Chris Columbus. BYO pillows and blankets; chairs discouraged. Shorts by local filmmakers, followed by feature, all starting at 8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (May 31): The S.F. Jewish Film Festival presents The Ritchie Boys (Christian Bauer, 2004), about young men who'd fled Nazi Germany and returned there in U.S. uniforms, trained in intelligence and psychological warfare at Maryland's Camp Ritchie. $7 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 4): A S. F. Cinematheque screening of a program of films by experimental film veteran Dominic Angerame, "Public Spaces, Personal Eye" 7:30 p.m.
The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle resumes its series of film noirs screened at an undisclosed downtown S.F. locale with a 16mm rarity, New York Confidential (Russell Rouse, 1955), first of a June-long Richard Conte series.
See www.noirfilm.org for more information; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com.... The El Rio at 3158 Mission hosts a fundraiser for the documentary The Believers, about the Transcendence Gospel Choir of San Francisco, on Thursday June 1 from 5-9 p.m. ($10-$20 sliding scale). See www.elriosf.com for more.
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