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. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.
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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 (Aug. 24): The ATA's monthly Open Screening for you film and video geniuses out there. Advance submission required (hey, they say that in Hollywood, too, but they mean a different kind of submission). $4 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Aug. 25): A Cinematastic! program of five short films. $5 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 27): 3rd I offers "Introducing Bollywood" a film class taught by Arti Jain. $7 2 p.m.
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: Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris, 2006; noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 p.m. ) and in Theatre 2, Woody Allen stars as the Great Splendini in Scoop (U.K., 2006; 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:10 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com. $10 save as noted. 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 70 mm series continues with the massive all-star comedy It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World (Stanley Kramer, 1963) 1:30, 4:45, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: It's not only big, it's 70 mm: Titanic (James Cameron, 1997) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Digital Sex triple feature of 1980s oddities screens Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters as robots in Heartbeeps (Allan Arkush, 1981; 7:30 p.m. ), John Hughes' Weird Science (1985; 9:45 p.m. ) and the arcade gaming Joysticks (Greydon Clark, 1983; midnight).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: A Beatles Anniversary weekend screens films, hosts guests, plays music. See www.bayareafilmevents for more.
MONDAY: Call for program.
TUESDAY: A double bill of the Robert Bresson classics Mouchette (France, 1964) and Au Hasard Balthazar (France, 1966), about a suffering little girl and a suffering donkey, respectively. Call for times.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35 mm, 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.
STARTS MONDAY: Call for film.
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. $9 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY: And why exactly does Al Gore want to keep Florida from sinking under water? Oh, that's right he actually won there. Just An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim, 2006) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Thurs 4:45 p.m.
TUESDAY (Aug. 29): "A Summer Lark" offers a wine reception 6 p.m. A preview of a forthcoming comedy, Keeping Mum 6:30 p.m. Dinner at local restaurants, all for $145. Call for reservations.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Lower City (Sérgio Machado, Brazil, 2005). 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for films and times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing continues a summer film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow led by Michael Fox.
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.
WEDNESDAY: A Frank Borzage series concludes with the stylized stunner Moonrise (1948). Highly recommended 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Beyond Bollywood," a series of recent Indian films, screens Masala (Srinivas Krishna, Canada, 1991), a Bollywood takeoff filmed amid the expatriates of Toronto 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Kenji Mizoguchi series screens his last film, Street of Shame (Japan, 1956; 7 p.m. ), a drama of the life of five Yoshiwara prostitutes, and his arguable masterpiece, Sansho the Bailiff (Japan, 1954; 8:50 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: A program of the short animation of John Canemaker: Marching to a Different Toon includes the 2005 Oscar winner The Moon and the Sun. Artist in person 5 p.m. Canemaker lectures and screens a presentation on Winsor McCay: His Life and Art, honoring the pioneer and showing such classics as Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) 7:30 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Mizoguchi's painfully serene examination of the tragic The Life of Oharu (1952), with Kinuyo Tanaka 5:30 p.m.
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