Repertory Film

Capsule reviews of current film releases appear below. They are penned by Michael Atkinson, Bill Gallo, Jordan Harper, Melissa Levine, Jean Oppenheimer, Luke Y. Thompson, and Robert Wilonsky. The print listings below rotate regularly, as space allows.

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.com). 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. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.

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BALBOA

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: The excellent Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1969) 1, 3:45, 7, 9:35 p.m. In Theatre 2, a double bill of Nacho Libre (Peyton Reed, 2006; 1:20, 5:15, 9:10 p.m. ), screening with the real estate romance The Lake House (Alejandro Agresti, 2006; 3:15, 7:10 p.m. ).

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.

BRIDGE

3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings, a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $12.

SATURDAY (July 15): Midnight Mass — The ‘80s teen comedy Teen Witch (Dorian Walker, 1989) with star Robyn Lively in person midnight.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com for venue; (925) 866-9530 and www.silentfilm.org for Silent Film Festival. $10 save as noted for regular programs, $13 save as noted for Silent Film Festival. 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.

WEDNESAY & THURSDAY: The War Tapes (Deborah Scranton, 2006) screens through July 13 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.

FRIDAY: The 11th San Francisco Silent Film Festival opens with Seventh Heaven (Frank Borzage, 1927). See Night & Day page TK for more on this weekend's offerings. $17 8 p.m.

SATURDAY: Silent Film Festival — A rediscovered John Ford western takes Harry Carey to New York for Bucking Broadway (1917) 11 a.m. Au Bonheur des Dames (Julien Duvivier, France, 1930) 1:40 p.m. Sparrows (William Beaudine, 1926) 4:20 p.m. Pandora's Box (G.W. Pabst, Germany, 1928) $15 8:20 p.m.

SUNDAY: Silent Film Festival — "Amazing Tales from the Archives." Free 11 a.m. A Laurel and Hardy program screens three great shorts, including The Finishing Touch (Clyde Bruckman, 1928) 12:30 p.m. The Girl with the Hatbox (Boris Barnet, U.S.S.R., 1927) 2:40 p.m. The Unholy Three (Tod Browning, 1925) 5 p.m. Show People (King Vidor, 1928) $15 8 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed for private event. Shhhh — it's a talkie!

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (July 18 & 19): A double bill of two stylized westerns built around female icons, Rancho Notorious (Fritz Lang, 1952; 7 p.m.; also Wed 3 p.m. ), with Marlene Dietrich, and Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954; 8:45 p.m.; also Wed 4:45 p.m. ) They're both tales, to quote the opening song of Rancho Notorious, "hate, murder, and revenge."

CREEK PARK

400 block of Sir Frances Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo, 453-4333, www.filmnight.org. A summer-long "Film Night in the Park" continues. BYO chairs, blankets, and pillows. $5.

FRIDAY (July 14): Good Night. And, Good Luck (George Clooney, 2005) is introduced by Kenn Rabin, the film archivist who located the news footage used in the film 8 p.m.

FOREIGN CINEMA

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: Banish all thought of Richard Gere, all ye who enter here, for the Japanese original version of Shall We Dance (Masayuki Suo, 1995). Plays through July 20 "Starts at dusk."

LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER

3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings, shown on a 10 x 12-foot screen.

TUESDAY (July 18): The first day of a four-day Nicaraguan Film Festival screens Latino (Haskell Wexler, 1985), a pro-Sandinista drama filmed during their fight with U.S.-backed Contras by the veteran Hollywood leftist, screens with historical documentaries. $7 7 p.m.

LARK

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: Life in the slow lane is good for what ails hopped up roadster Owen Wilson in Cars (John Lasseter and Joe Ranft, 2006) 5, 7:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.

MILLS COLLEGE ART MUSEUM

5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, (510) 464-4640, www.mills.edu/museum. Free.

DAILY (Closed Monday): "Love and Betrayal" screens five films drawn from five decades of Bollywood cinema, all Indian film classics, playing continuously in five separate screening rooms: Mr. and Mrs. 55 (Guru Dutt, 1955), Guide (Vijay Anand, 1965), Dostana (Raj Khosla, 1980), Henna (Randhir Kapoor, 1991) and Lajja (Rajkumar Santoshi, 2001). Through Aug. 6. Screenings run 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wed 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

OPERA PLAZA

601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Hidden Blade (Yoji Yamada, Japan, 2004) 2, 5, 8 p.m.

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