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.
WEDNESDAY: No screening as of press time.
THURSDAY: An L.A. kid tries out for a British soccer team in Goal! The Dream Begins (Danny Cannon, 2006) 7, 9:20 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. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Puffy Chair (Jay Duplass, 2006) 4:30, 7, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 9-15): The King (James Marsh, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for 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.
WEDNESDAY: A Krzysztof Kieslowski series of the films of the high-minded Polish filmmaker continues with a program of early works, including the short feature, First Love (1974) 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: Kieslowski The Double Life of Veronique (France/Poland, 1991) cast Irene Jacob as two women, one from Warsaw and one from Paris, with the same name, a great singing voice and a weak heart 7 p.m. Blind Chance, made in 1981 but banned until 1987, follows the three possible lives of its protagonist, as neutral, resistant to or part of Poland's communist regime 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: Decalogue 5 and 6 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: Kieslowski The Double Life of Veronique 6:30 p.m. The first of Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy finds Juliette Binoche as the widow of a famed composer, Blue (France, 1993) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: The last four installments of Kieslowski's TV series based on the Ten Commandments screen today in a marathon of human folly. "Thou Shall Not Steal" or "Bear False Witness" in Decalogue 7 and 8 3 p.m. The series concludes with the injunctions against coveting, Decalogue 9 and 10 5:15 p.m.
TUESDAY: Kieslowski "Early Works 3: Truth and Fiction" includes a short feature, Curriculum Vitae (1975), about a Party member brought before a tribunal 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.
THURSDAY (June 8): Teen favorite Beach Blanket Bingo (William Asher, 1965). Plus live surf music by Pollo Del Mar. $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) 9:15 p.m.; also Thurs 6:45 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.
WEDNESDAY: "Full Throttle at the Rafael," a motorcycle series, continues with John Cassavetes as the leader of the Devil's Angels pack. Directed by Daniel Haller, produced by Roger Corman (1967) 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, Spain, 1973). 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.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: An alt-folk singer battles his demons in The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Jeff Feuerzeig, 2005). Producer Henry S. Rosenthal in person at evening shows 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:20 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (June 13 & 14): Let a hundred cameras shoot (OK, then fifty), and the result is the Beastie Boys concert doc Awesome: I Shot That! (Adam Yauch, 2006) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com for regular programs, 820-3907 and www.sfindie.com or www.myspace.com/sfindie for the Another Hole in the Head Film Festival (here June 8-15). $8 for regular programs, $10 for Another Hole save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Songbirds (Brian Hill, U.K., 2005) 7, 8:40 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: 4 (Ilya Khrzhanovsky, Russia, 2006) 2, 7 p.m. Guys and Balls (Sherry Horman, Germany, 2004) 4:30, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A preview of Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel Director in person 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The Another Hole in the Head Film Festival offers eight days of horror-fantasy, horror-science fiction and just plain horror films today through next Thursday. See "Night & Day" page xx for more. Today, Greece's first zombie film, Yorgos Noussias' Evil 2:30 p.m. Young Man Kang's The Last Eve (Korea), an "avant-garde theological martial arts love story" 4:45 p.m. The series' Opening Night film is by four Japanese directors, Rampo Noir. $15 with after-party at the Legion included7 p.m. Broken (Mason and Boyes, U.K.)9:30 p.m. A new print of Polish animator turned porn auteur Walerian Borowczyk's mix of horror and hardcore, The Beast (France, 1975)11:30 p.m. SATURDAY: Another Hole John Boorman's genuinely strange science fantasy, Zardoz (U.K., 1973)12:30 p.m. Nick Poppy's funny short Zombie American plays with SFSU's Garrin Vincent's Starslyderz 2:30 p.m. Blood Deep (Kniss)4:45 p.m. The Gravedancers (Mendez)7 p.m. The Slaughter (Lee)9:30 p.m. Defenceless: A Blood Symphony (Savage, Australia)11:30 p.m. SUNDAY: Another Hole Warlock Andrew Prine wants to rule the world from his storm drain in Simon: King of the Witches (Bruce Kessler, 1971)12:30 p.m. Room 6 (Hurst)2:30 p.m. Japan horror legend Shinya Tsukamoto's Haze screens with Andrew Leman's silent Call of Cthulhu 4:45 p.m. Ghost of Mae Nak (Duffield, Thailand)7 p.m. Meatball Machine (Yamaguchi and Yamamoto, Japan)9:30 p.m. MONDAY: Another Hole Defenceless: A Blood Symphony 2:30 p.m. Broken 4:45 p.m. Local terrors The Butcher Brothers film terrorizing yokels in The Hamiltons 7 p.m. Evil 9:30 p.m. TUESDAY: Another Hole Ghost of Mae Nak 2:30 p.m. Zombie American and Starslyderz 2:30 p.m. The Lost (Sivertson)7 p.m. Dark Remains (Avenet-Bradley)9:30 p.m. SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
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: The Puffy Chair (Jay Duplass, 2006) 2:40, 5:05, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 9-15): The King (James Marsh, 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: It's a far far better thing that Ronald Colman does than he has ever done before, starring in A Tale of Two Cities (Jack Conway, 1935; 7:30 p.m.) and then as The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (Stephen Roberts, 1935; 6:10, 9:45 p.m. ).
SATURDAY:A Tale of Two Cities 10:05 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Dorothy and Lillian Gish star in the Renaissance-era drama Romola (Henry King, 1926), with Ronald Colman, William Powell, and Herbert Grimwood as Savonarola. Live organ accompaniment by Dennis James Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Rev. Richard Burton is threatened by free spirit Elizabeth Taylor in Minnelli's undeservedly mocked melodrama The Sandpiper (1965; 7:30 p.m. ), which was reviewed four decades ago as an event rather than a movie. It screens with a very funny domestic comedy starring two equally famous celebrities, The Long, Long Trailer (1954; 5:35, 9:40 p.m. ). Lucille Ball is a demented honeymooner on the road with Desi Arnaz, determined to collect souvenir rocks from every scenic viewpoint in America.
WEDNESDAY (June 7): Video site Green Cine presents a 16mm print of And Hope to Die (René Clément, Canada, 1972), a thriller with a bilingual cast of Robert Ryan, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Aldo Ray and Emmanuelle Béart. $7 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 11): S. F. Cinematheque presents a program of devoted to the mysterious Weldon Kees, "Kees Kino," commemorating the film work of the aesthete who vanished 51 years ago 7:30 p.m.
Richard Conte's at an undisclosed downtown S.F. locale! The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle continues its June series of film noirs this Thursday with Cry of the City (Robert Siodmak, 1948). Victor Mature and Conte are childhood pals. One becomes a gangster, one goes straight. 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.
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