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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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.
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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.
FRIDAY (June 9): "Live Play," a program of videos chosen by Sarah Lockhart of 21 Grand, with live improvised scores by local experimental musicians including Myrmyr (laptop/violin/cello duo), Luz Alibi/Mr. Maurader (trumpet/electronics duo) and Quartet (percussion, koto, laptop, turntable). See www.projectsoundwave.com for more. $6-$10 sliding scale 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.
WEDNESDAY: A double-bill of Friends With Money (Nicole Holofcener, 2006; 1:30, 5:20, 9:10 p.m. ) and friends who can spell, Akeelah and the Bee (Doug Atchison, 2006; 3:10, 7 p.m. ). A Boris Karloff series continues on the Balboa's second screen with Karloff donning The Mask of Fu Manchu (Charles Brabin, 1932; 2, 4:45, 7:30 p.m. ) and then playing a religious fanatic on the quite good The Lost Patrol (John Ford, 1934; 3:20, 6:05, 8:50 p.m. ).
THURSDAY: An afternoon double-bill of Friends With Money (1:30, 5:20 p.m. ) and Akeelah and the Bee (3:10 p.m. ). In the evening, screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams) in person with The Three Burials of Melquidaes Estrada (Tommy Lee Jones, 2005), one of last year's best movies. Arriaga will sign his new book The Night Buffalo at 6:15 p.m. and introduce his film at 7 p.m. Be there or be dragged across the Mexican border by an aggrieved Tommy Lee Jones! On the Balboa's second screen, two very different adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's famed poem. In The Raven (Louis Friedlander, 1935; 2, 4:45, 7:30 p.m. ) Karloff stars with Bela Lugosi as a madman out to build Poe's torture devices; in The Raven (Roger Corman, 1963; 3:10, 5:55, 8:40 p.m. ) Karloff duels with Vincent Price in a comedy horror tale also featuring Peter Lorre, and Jack Nicholson as Lorre's son (!).
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 9-15): A restored print of Victor Erice's masterpiece The Spirit of the Beehive (Spain, 1973), about the impact of the 1931 Karloff Frankenstein on a little girl in rural Spain shortly after the Civil War. Highly recommended 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 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 & THURSDAY: Before DaVinci 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 Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A "Latch-Key Kids Quadruple Feature" features four films about kids left home alone ... and yet is entirely Macauley Culkin-free! Films include a Mormon-produced short, Cipher in the Snow (Keith J. Atkinson, 1973) 7 p.m. Francis Ford Coppola's highly stylized S.E. Hinton adaptation Rumble Fish (1983) 7:45 p.m. Walter Hill's highly stylized Xenophon adaptation The Warriors (1979) 9:45 p.m. Streets of Fire (Hill, 1984) midnight All four for $10.
SATURDAY: A "Tribute to John Schlesinger" screens a double bill of Midnight Cowboy (1969; 7 p.m. ), with Dustin Hoffman as a social outcast, and Marathon Man (1976; 9:45 p.m. ), with Dustin Hoffman as a reluctant dental patient. The late director's friend and producer Michael Childers in person to introduce the films and discuss Schlesinger and his work. $10.
SUNDAY: More Schlesinger a double bill of the fine gay-themed drama Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971; 2:15, 7 p.m. ) and a souped-up adaptation of Nathaniel West, The Day of the Locust (1975; 4:15, 9:05 p.m. ). $10.
MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (June 12-14): Gay-themed cowboys become midnight social outcasts on Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005) 6, 9 p.m.; also Wed 12:30, 3:05 p.m.
THURSDAY (June 8): "Movie Night on the Patio" features fighting soul sister Pam Grier this month. Tonight, Foxy Brown (Jack Hill, 1974). Says the El Rio, "She hides razor blades in her beautiful hair!" $2 9 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."
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.
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