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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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 & THURSDAY: 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. On the Balboa's second screen, a double-bill of Friends With Money (Nicole Holofcener, 2006; 1:30 p.m.; also Wed 5:20, 9:10 p.m. ) and friends who can spell, Akeelah and the Bee (Doug Atchison, 2006; 3:10 p.m.; also Wed 7 p.m. ).
FRIDAY: A Boris Karloff series resumes on the Balboa's second screen with Karloff as an aging horror actor in Peter Bogdanovich's noteworthy debut, Targets (1968; 3:15, 7:10 p.m. ), screening with Bill Condon's excellent James Whale biopic, Gods and Monsters (1998; 1:10, 5:05, 9 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: Karloff Time to revisit Frankenstein (Whale, 1931; 2, 4:45, 7:30 p.m. ) and The Bride of Frankenstein (Whale, 1935; 3:20, 6:05, 8:50 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Karloff tries to drive Danny Kaye mad in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Norman Z. McLeod, 1947; 2, 5:20, 8:40 p.m. ) and co-stars with Peter Lorre in the farce The Boogie Man Will Get You (Lew Landers, 1942; 12:40, 4, 7:20 p.m. ).
MONDAY: Karloff The great cinematographer Karl Freund turned to direction with the chilling The Mummy (1932; 1:20, 4:20, 7:20 p.m. ). The ultra-rare The Ghoul (T. Hayes Hunter, U.K., 1933; 2:50, 5:50, 8:50 p.m. ) screens as a projected DVD.
TUESDAY: Karloff A triple bill of two-Pre Code dramas, The Criminal Code (Howard Hawks, 1931; 4:40, 9:20 p.m. ) and The Guilty Generation (Rowland V. Lee, 1931; 3:05, 7:45 p.m. ), plus The Man They Could Not Hang (Nick Grinde, 1939; 1:50, 6:30 p.m. ).
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; (925) 866-9559 and www.frameline.org for Frameline 30. $9 save as noted for regular programs, $10 save as noted for Frameline. 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: Ang the drum slowly, it's Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005) 12:30, 3:05, 6, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: Frameline 30, the 30th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, screens here today through June 25. The Opening Night film is Puccini for Beginners (Maria Maggenti, 2006), with Gala to follow. Film and Gala $90, Gala only $60 7:30 p.m. The Masseur (Mendoza, Philippines) 10:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Frameline "Fun in Boys' Shorts" 11 a.m. "Fun in Girls' Shorts" 1:30 p.m. The Believers (Holland) 4 p.m. Mom (Greenwell) 6:15 p.m. Boy Culture (Brocka) 8:30 p.m. Open Cam (Gaston) 8:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: Frameline A Family Film screening of Disney's The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Lounsbery and Reitherman, 1977) 10:30 a.m. "Dyke Delights" 12:15 p.m. 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous (Main, New Zealand) 2:45 p.m. What's Up, Scarlet? (Caldarella) 5:15 p.m. Wild Tigers I Have Known (Archer) 7:30 p.m. Soap (Christensen, Denmark) 10 p.m.
MONDAY: Frameline Mom 11 a.m. Festival honoree François Ozon's very entertaining all-star musical 8 Women (France, 2002) 1 p.m. Eye on the Guy (Lewis and Monette, Canada) 3:30 p.m. Follow My Voice: With the Music of Hedwig (Linton) 6:30 p.m. The Favor (Sofovich, Argentina) 8:45 p.m. Go West (Imamovic, Bosnia) 10:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Frameline Love Life (Dietz) noon Lover Other (Hammer) and shorts 2:30 p.m. Muxes (Islas, Mexico) 4:15 p.m. Ozon's latest, Time to Leave (France, 2005) 7 p.m. Backstage (Bercot, France) 9:30 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 snowball down a mountain or a carnival balloon, 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 & THURSDAY: An L.A. kid tries out for a British soccer team in Goal! The Dream Begins (Danny Cannon, 2006) 7:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
SATURDAY: World Cup Soccer plays on the Lark's big screen. Today, Italy vs. USA. $20; call for advance tickets. Doors open 11:15 a.m. The drubbing is administered at noon.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The King (James Marsh, 2006) 4:30, 7, 9:25 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 16-22): Cavite (Ian Gamazon and Neill dela Llana, Philippines, 2005). 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.
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