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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ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS 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.
THURSDAY (July 20): Robin Dunn's feature A Wilderness in Your Heart (2006), promises to be "a rough, beautiful, uncompromising dissection of the passions and vicious cruelties of a tortured and powerful love affair" starring Dunn and Anna McConnell. Filmmaker in person 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 22): Hands-on Manipulation: Earache My Eye offers four "experimental noise acts" with video backdrops: Mummers (Eype), Commode Minstrels in Bullface, Replicock, and Ju Suk Reet Meate 8 p.m.
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: A double bill of Robert Altman's last (?) feature, A Prairie Home Companion (2006; 1:15, 5, 8:45 p.m. ) and Thank You for Smoking (Jason Reitman, 2006; 3:15, 7 p.m. ). In Theatre 2, a double bill of Nacho Libre (Jared Hess, 2006; 1:30, 5:15, 9 p.m. ) and The War Tapes (Deborah Scranton, 2006; 3:25, 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 & SUNDAY (July 21 & 22): Midnight Mass Paul Verhoeven's career-killing (for him, anyway) Showgirls (1995) with a live show and a free lap dance with every large popcorn midnight.
CASTRO 429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com for venue; (925) 275-9490 and www.sfjff.org for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. $10 save as noted for regular programs, $11 save as noted for the Jewish 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.
WEDNESDAY: A double bill of two stylized westerns built around female icons, Rancho Notorious (Fritz Lang, 1952; 3, 7 p.m. ), with Marlene Dietrich, and Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954; 4:45, 8:45 p.m. ) They're both tales, to quote the opening song of Rancho Notorious, of "hate, murder, and revenge."
THURSDAY: The 26th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screens here for most of the next week. See "Night & Day" page TK for more on this festival. Opening Night Reception at 6:30 p.m. is followed by the Opening Night feature, Four Weeks in June (Henry Meyer, Sweden, 2005) at 8 p.m. Reception and film $50, film only $20.
FRIDAY: The Joan Crawford vehicle Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz, 1945), with co-star Ann Blyth in person. The Gala program with onstage Q&A by Eddie Muller, clip reel, live music, pie-eating contest and film starts at 7 p.m. with Dessert Reception to follow 10:30 p.m. $ 27.50 Gala only, $55 Gala and reception.
SATURDAY: The Jewish Film Festival continues. Shadya (Westler) and First Lesson in Peace (Honig, Israel) 11:30 a.m. Love Iranian-American Style (Eshaghian) and Jews of Iran (Farahani, Israel) 1:45 p.m. 51 Birch Street (Block) 4:30 p.m. La Petite Jerusalem (Albou, France) 7:15 p.m. The First Zionist Bunny (Shahar, Israel) 10 p.m.
SUNDAY: Jewish Film Festival "True to Life", a program of shorts by teens from the Israeli town of Ramla 11 a.m. An afternoon of films by festival honoree Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai opens with House (1980) 1:30 p.m. Gitai's documentary sequel, News from Home/News from House (2006) 4:30 p.m. Free Zone (Gitai, 2005) 7:15 p.m. The results of a "Cinemasports" instant filmmaking competition 9:45 p.m.
MONDAY: Jewish Film Festival Whisky (Rebella and Stoll, Argentina) 1:30 p.m. Yiddish Theater: A Love Story (Katzir, Israel) 3:50 p.m. KZ (Bloomstein) 6:15 p.m. Papa (Mashkov) 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY: Jewish Film Festival Roots (Loungin, France/Russia) noon Belzec (Moscovitz, France). Free 2:15 p.m. Forgiving Dr. Mengele (Hercules and Pugh) 5 p.m. Close to Home (Bilu and Hager, Israel) 7 p.m. Local Call! (Joffe, France) 10 p.m.
TUESDAY (July 25): The Heads Up Collective's "Televising the Revolution" series screens Cruel and Unusual (Adrien Lyne, 1980), a documentary about pre-op transgender women in men's prison, as a benefit for the Trans/Gender Variant in Prison Committee. Donations accepted 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.
WEDNESDAY (July 19): A four-day Nicaraguan Film Festival looking back at the Sandinista regime continues with Images of the Revolution plus three short films by locals 7 p.m.
THURSDAY (July 20): Nicaraguan Film Festival Carla's Song (Ken Loach, U.K., 1996), with Robert Carlyle as a brus driver who befriends a Nicaraguan refugee, screens with a short, Overcoming Darkness 7 p.m.
FRIDAY (July 21): Nicaraguan Film Festival Alex Cox's Walker (1987) stars Ed Harris as the American adventurer who installed himself at one point as Nicaragua's president. Also Destination Nicaragua and shorts 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.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
LUMIERE 1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule. $9.50.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 21-27): Changing Times (André Téchiné, France, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (Faith Akin, Germany/Turkey, 2005) 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE 2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu, $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 Palace of the Winds (Vipin Vijay, 2003), a tribute to radio, and I'm Bobby (Xav LePlae, 2003), a remake of the 1970s Bollywood hit Bobby with street kids instead of stars. Also, a live "neo-benshi" performance over one scene of the original Bobby by Summi Kaipa 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Janet Gaynor retrospective opens in tandem with a tribute to Hollywood romantic Frank Borzage with a double bill of the F.W. Murnau classic Sunrise (1927; 7 p.m. ), a beautiful film marred only by Gaynor's patently false wig, screening with Borzage's intensely romantic 7th Heaven (1927; 9 p.m. ), a Murnau-influenced melodrama co-starring Gaynor and Charles Farrell.
SATURDAY: Gaynor and Farrell were together again in two more by Borzage, Street Angel (1928; 6:30 p.m. ) and the extremely good (and hard to see) Lucky Star (1929; 8:50 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Gaynor stars in the short Pep of the Lazy J (Victor Noerdlinger, 1926) and with Farrell again in the melodrama Tess of the Storm Country (Alfred Santell, 1932) 5:30 p.m.
PARKWAY 1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER 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: Look Both Ways (Sarah Watt, Australia, 2005) 6:45, 8:55 p.m. The Oh in Ohio (Deborah Scranton, 2006) 7, 9:15 p.m. Three Times (Hou Hsaio Hsien, Taiwan, 2005) 9:15 p.m.; also Thurs 6:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: The Sundance Institute Art House Project continues its retrospective of its independent films with the Native American modern western Smoke Signals (Chris Eyre, 1998), scripted by Sherman Alexie 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Russian Dolls (Cedric Klapisch, France, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times and other films.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (July 25 & 26): The indieWIRE: Undiscovered Gems series of new, unreleased films screens Red Doors (Georgia Lee, 2005), a dramedy about a Chinese-American family in suburban New York 7 p.m.
RED VIC 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.
WEDNESDAY: Volunteers seek to protect mountain antelope in Mountain Patrol (Chuan Le, China, 200) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: No one volunteers to protect The Creature From the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold, 1954), but don't you think he's earned a little love after all this time? 7:30, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (July 23-26): Someone needs to protect the tender love of Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.; Wed 2 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER 3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Look Both Ways (Sarah Watt, Australia, 2005) 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m. Three Times (Hou Hsaio Hsien, Taiwan, 2005) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: LaborFest, the International Working Class Film & Video Festival, screens Rail Against Privatization (Platform Films, U.K. 2005), about what happened to British railways after they were turned over to private enterprise, plus shorts. $5 7 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 21-27): Russian Dolls (Cedric Klapisch, France, 2005). See Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. 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.; also Thurs 6:15 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY Koret Auditorium, lower level, 100 Larkin St. (at Grove), 557-4400 for library, www.sfpl.lib.ca.us/news/videos for this program. Free.
THURSDAY (July 20): James Cagney's a Yankee Doodle Dandy (Michael Curtiz, 1943) noon
SHATTUCK 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: Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (Faith Akin, Germany/Turkey, 2005) 3, 5:10, 7:25, 9:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 21-27): Changing Times (André Téchiné, France, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
STANFORD 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.
THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: A Hitchcock double bill offers the crowd-pleasing To Catch a Thief (1955; 5:30, 9:55 p.m. ) and the ever intriguing Vertigo (1958; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat 3:05 p.m. ).
MONDAY & TUESDAY: A Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney series starts with Judy's feature debut, Pigskin Parade (David Butler, 1936; 5:45, 9:20 p.m. ), plus Love Finds Andy Hardy (George B. Seitz, 1938; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:35 p.m. ), with Rooney, Garland and Lana Turner. MGM was uninterested in bringing Hitchcock over from Britain in 1938 they thought Seitz was a better director!
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS 701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.ybca.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
THURSDAY (July 20): "Too Scary for DVD," a series of rare, 35mm horror films, screens 10 Rillington Place (Richard Fleischer, U.K., 1971), with Richard Attenborough as infamous mass-murderer John Christie 7:30 p.m. 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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