Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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, $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 THROUGH THURSDAY (June 16-22): A relationship drama with the great Cherry Jones, Swimmers (Doug Sadler, 2005). See Opening for review noon, 1:50, 3:40, 5:30, 7:20, 9:10 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,; (925) 866-9559 and 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.

FRIDAY: Frameline — "Tough Girls" (shorts) noon Meth (Ahlberg) 3 p.m. Whole New Thing (Buchbinder, Canada) 6 p.m. Loving Annabelle (Brooks) 8:30 p.m. George Michael (Morris, U.K.) 10:45 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), 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, 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, 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.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and for venue; 866-9559 and 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 Camera Buff (1979), with Kieslowski regular Jerzy Stuhr as an amateur filmmaker whose enthusiasm causes him grief 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: An Isabelle Huppert series screens Cladue Chabrol's adaptation of Flaubert's Madame Bovary (France, 1991) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Huppert's two films with Jean-luc Godard, the cruel (even for Godard) Every Man for Himself (France, 1979; 7 p.m. ), and the art-loving Passion (France, 1982; 8:50 p.m. ).

SATURDAY: The first of Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy finds Juliette Binoche as the widow of a famed composer in Blue (France, 1993) 4 p.m. The largely comic middle panel of the trilogy, White (France/Poland, 1993), featuring Julie Delpy and with Jerzy Stuhr as a hairdresser 6:45 p.m. Irene Jacob is a model who encounters Jean-Louis Trintignant as a voyeuristic judge in the last of the series (and Kieslowski's last film), Red (France, 1994) 8:45 p.m.

SUNDAY: Huppert is a prostitute loved by two men in Michael Cimino's legendary western Heaven's Gate (1980/1981), screening in all its sepia-toned, 219-minute glory 3 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

TUESDAY: Kieslowski's early feature Personnel (1975) screens with several short documentaries, including From the Point of View of the Night Porter (1977), Seven Women of Different Ages (1976) and Talking Heads (1980), interviewing Poles aged one to 100 7:30 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400 and for venue, (925) 866-9559 and for Frameline 30. $5 save as noted for regular programs, $10 save as noted for Frameline. 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.

MONDAY (June 19): Frameline 30, the 30th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, screens here today through Thursday. Tonight, Unveiled (Maccarone, Germany) 6:30 p.m. A Love to Hide (Faure, France) 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY (June 20): Frameline — Octopus Alarm (Scharang, Austria) 6:30 p.m. The Conrad Boys (Lo) 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, $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: Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, Spain, 1973) 7 p.m. Sketches of Frank Gehry (Sydney Pollack, 2006) 9 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. Water (Deepa Mehta, India, 2005) Wed 9:20 p.m.; Thurs 9:15 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: "Full Throttle at the Rafael," a motorcycle series, continues with Che Guevara popping wheelies in The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles, Argentina/Chile/Peru, 2004) 7 p.m.

THURSDAY: Peace is Every Step — Meditation in Action: The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hanh (Gaetano Kazuo Maida, 2006). Sold out 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

SUNDAY: Full Throttle — Bikers confront the apocalypse in the anime classic Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo, Japan, 1988) 4 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: Let a hundred cameras shoot (OK, then fifty), and the result is the Beastie Boys concert doc Awesome: I Shot That! (Adam Yauch, 2006) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Night Watch (Taggert Seigel, 2004) 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:25 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Hello, Heaven's Door? Don't Come Knocking (Marc Rothemund, Germany, 2005) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (June 20 & 21): Trash to treasure, measure for measure, 24 Hours on Craigslist (Adam Yauch, 2006) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.

DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Paul Klee (Georgia van der Rohe, 1976) 11 a.m. Studio: Olafur Eliasson (Branka Bogdanov, 2000) 2 p.m. Frank Gehry: An Architecture of Joy (Michael Blackwood, 2000) 4 p.m.


Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.

THURSDAY (June 15): A Shelley Winters memorial series continues with her A&E Biography entry Shelley Winters: Full Disclosure (2001) noon.

SATURDAY (June 17): The documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria (2006) marks the 40th anniversary of a gay rights landmark, with filmmakers Susan Stryker and Victor Silverman, participants in the riot, and a historian in person 2 p.m.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The King (James Marsh, 2006) 2, 4:50, 7:35, 10 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 16-22): Cavite (Ian Gamazon and Neill dela Llana, Philippines, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $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: Ronald Colman sweeps a quiz show whose M.C. is a smarmy Vincent Price in the comedy Champagne for Caesar (Richard Whorf, 1950; 7:30 p.m.). Colman suspects his wife (Anna Lee) in the unlikely My Life with Caroline (Lewis Milestone, 1941; 5:55, 9:20 p.m. ).

SATURDAY:Champagne for Caesar 9:20 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Norma Talmadge is a chorine with her eyes on Ronald Colman in the comedy Kiki (Clarence Brown, 1926). Live organ accompaniment by Dennis James Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Judy Holliday is a switchboard operator in love with swinging Dean Martin in Minnelli's pleasing musical comedy Bells Are Ringing (1960; 7:30 p.m. ). Howard Keel and Ann Blyth star in the film version of another Broadway musical, Kismet (1955; 5:25, 9:50 p.m. ), an assignment for the director who held off boredom with ever more astonishing Arabic decor.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY (June 14): Two recent African films, screening on video. A dwarf's love is the subject of the "adult fairy tale" Kounandi (Apolline Traore, Burkina Faso, 2004), screening with Al'leessi... An African Acrtress (Rahmatou Keita, Nigeria, 2004), a documentary about Zalinka Souley, African cinema's first "femme fatale." $7 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (June 15): A new Beijing Underground Film Series exploring independent digital videos screens Lui Jiayin's Good Morning, Beijing (Pan Jianlin, 2004), based on true stories of kidnappings in the modern city. 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (June 18): S. F. Cinematheque screens Polis is This (2006), a documentary about experimental poet Charles Olson. Lower-cased director henry ferrini in person 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 starring Conte this Thursday with Thieves Highway (Jules Dassin, 1948), co-starring Valentina Cortese, a great one to play tic-tac-toe with. See for more information; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail

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