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 ( 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

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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: 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.


3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, 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.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and for venue; (925) 866-9530 and 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."


400 block of Sir Frances Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo, 453-4333, 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.


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: 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."


3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, 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.


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: 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.


5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, (510) 464-4640, 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.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, 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.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 14-20): Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (Faith Akin, Germany/Turkey, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and, $8, second show $2. 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.


THURSDAY: "Beyond Bollywood," a series of recent Indian films, screens John and Jane Toll-Free (Ashim Ahluwalia, 2005), a documentary about Indian telemarketers who pass as Midwesterners 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Romanian health care — worse than America's? The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu, Romania, 2005) 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: The morphing architecture of Catalonia' master builder is on display in both Hiroshi Teshigahara's documentary Antonio Gaudí (Japan, 1985; 6:30 p.m. ) and Michelangelo Antonioni's well-travelled The Passenger (1975; 8:10 p.m. ).

SUNDAY: The Death of Mr. Lazarescu 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

TUESDAY: A largely improvised film about a teen who takes off right after a birthday in Thirteen (David Williams, 1997). Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.

THURSDAY: A Thrillville screening of The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant (Anthony Lanza, 1971) plus live music by Apocalypso Now. $7 9:15 p.m.

SUNDAY (July 16): Your U.S. Representative in person for Barbara Lee's Birthday Party , featuring a short video tribute. Free 5 p.m.

TUESDAY (July 18): Yes, that's Molly Ringwald, Pretty in Pink (Howard Deutch, 1985), for a benefit for the Human Rights Watch Young Advocates. $7 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.


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 THROUGH SATURDAY: The S.F. premiere of Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary (Tracey Flannigan, 2006), about the dyke punk rock band, with band members in person Saturday evening 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.; Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Bernardo Bertolucci's hard look at fascism, Venetian blinds, and modernist architecture, The Conformist (Italy, 1970) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (July 18 & 19): Volunteers seek to protect mountain antelope in Mountain Patrol (Chuan Le, China, 200) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Three Times (Hou Hsaio Hsien, Taiwan, 2005) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: District B-13 (Pierre Morel, France, 2005) 7 p.m. Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons (Gandulf Hennig, Germany, 2004) 8:45 p.m.

THURSDAY: The International Working Class Film & Video Festival screens four 2006 premieres, The Mission (Video 48, Israel), Meeting Face to Face: The Iraq-U.S. Labor Solidarity Tour (Jonathan Levin), Go Forward, the Iraqi Freedom Congress (Osamu Kimura and Mabui Cine Coop, Japan) and The Mall (Yonatan Ben Efrat and Video 48, Israel). $5 7 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 14-20): Look Both Ways (Sarah Watt, Australia, 2005). See Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2:30, 4:45 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): Photographer Shomei Tomatsu is profiled in Nagasaki From a 45 Degree Angle (Nami Jodai, Japan, 2002) 11 a.m. Matisse Picasso (Philippe Kohly, 2002) 2 p.m. An hour-long exposition of The Body as Matrix: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle 4 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. In the Phyllis Wattis theater, Drawing Restraint 9 (Barney, 2005). Come dressed as your favorite blob of Vaseline! 2 p.m.

THURSDAY (July 13): In the Phyllis Wattis Theater, a documentary on spot-lit artist Matthew Barney: No Restraint (Alison Chernick, 2005) 6:30 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 (July 20): A Reel Patriotism series finds that James Cagney, not at the time a registered Republican, is the true Yankee Doodle Dandy (Michael Curtiz, 1942) noon.


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

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Hidden Blade (Yoji Yamada, Japan, 2004) 2:10, 5, 8:10 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 14-20): Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (Faith Akin, Germany/Turkey, 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 is a tribute to suave actor Ronald Colman.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: An all-star spectacular, The Story of Mankind (Irwin Allen, 1957; 7:30 p.m.) stars Colman as the Spirit of Man as Judge Cedric Hardwicke and Vincent Price as the Devil debate humanity's merits in this revue of history featuring a wealth of bizarre cameos (Hedy Lamarr as Joan of Arc, Harpo Marx as Isaac Newton, Dennis Hopper as Napoleon). It screens with Colman as a gentleman bandit in one of his early successes, Raffles (George Fitzmaurice, 1930; 6:05, 9:30 p.m. ).

FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Technicolor gets a workout with Errol Flynn crossing swords in The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz, 1938; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:35 p.m. ) and Judy Garland crossing bricks in The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939; 5:35, 9:30 p.m. ).

TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY: Glenn Miller's band and the specialty acts of the Nicholas Brothers are the real stars of Orchestra Wives (Archie Mayo, 1942; 7:30 p.m. ), screening with The Great Waltz (Julien Duvivier, 1938; 5:35, 9:30 p.m. ), a biopic of Johan Strauss (Fernand Gravet).


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 (July 12): A tribal king looks for his daughter in Brussels in Pieces d'identities (I.D. , Mweze Ngangura, Congo/Belgium, 1998) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (July 13): "Too Scary for DVD," a series of rare, 35mm horror films, screens Eye of the Cat (David Lowell Rich, 1969). Michael Sarrazin is a cat-fearing thief out to rob his cat-loving aunt 7:30 p.m.


Register for Cinemasports, a day-long filmmaking event on July 23 with results screened that evening at the Castro Theatre, at or

Michael Fox , Frako Loden, Rob Nelson, Gregg Rickman, Jim Ridley, For commentary and information on Bay Area repertory houses and other film and video events, see Reps Etc. (p. TK). See Showtimes (p. TK) for theater information and times.

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