Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.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.
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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: A double-bill of Robert Altman's last (?) feature, A Prairie Home Companion (2006; 1:25, 5:10, 8:55 p.m. ) and Thank You for Smoking (Jason Reitman, 2006; 3:25, 7:10 p.m. ). In Theatre 2, a double bill of Superman Returns (Bryan Singer, 2006; 4:10, 9:10 p.m. ) and Cars (John Lasseter and Joe Ranft, 2006; 2, 7 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
THURSDAY (Aug. 3): The Last Cowboy (Jon Alpert, 2005), filmed over 24 years, follows the life of a real American cowboy as the years roll on 6 p.m.
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 (Aug. 5): Midnight Mass Paul Bartel may not have predicted the future of vehicular traffic in his Deathrace 2000 (1975), but he did nail the content of future videogames with its story of a death-dealing cross-country race. The film's Calamity Jane (Mary Woronov) in person for a Q &A midnight.
CASTRO 429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com (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 & THURSDAY: Gee, Officer Krupke! Sing-A-Long West Side Story offers you a chance to warble "Maria" and make like a Jet in this super-titled screening of the 1960 Robert Wise-Jerome Robbins musical 7 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 4-10): Another Gay Movie (Todd Stephens, 2006). See Opening for review. Stephens and cast members in person at Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. screenings 12:30, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:30 p.m.
COBALT SUN STUDIO 411-A Coloma (at Bridgeway), Sausalito, 332-3323 for venue, 381-4123 for the event-sponsoring Tiburon Film Society.
FRIDAY (Aug. 4): Two generations of Moroccan singers meet in Amsterdam in the person of the legendary Najat Aatabou and four younger singers in Morocco Swings (Barbara pine Uyl, Morocco/Netherlands). $8 7 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.
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, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: "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.
MUSEO ITALOAMERICANO Fort Mason, Building C, 643-2200 and www.museoitaloamericano.org for information on this program. Reservation required. $5.
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: A free screening of Frank Borzage's splendid late silent film The River (1929), a reconstruction of a pastorale still missing two of its seven reels 5:30 p.m. "Beyond Bollywood," a series of recent Indian films, screens a documentary, City of Photos (Murali Nair, 1999), a look inside neighborhood photo shops 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: A Frank Borzage series screens the charming silent Lazybones (1925; 6:30 p.m. ), with Buck Jones as a layabout who adopts an abandoned child, followed by Janet Gaynor in the first version of A Star is Born (Wellman, 1937; 8:30 p.m. ), with Frederic March as her Mr. Norman Maine.
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