Opening - My Country My Country (Shattuck), Photographer His Wife and Her Lover (Roxie), Three Dollars (Rafael)
My Country is also opening at Lumiere or Opera Plaza, tbd.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6; members $3.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 6): An old man fishes in Paul dans sa vie (Rémi Mauger, 2004) 7 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (Sept. 7): International ANSWER screens a documentary tribute to the hero to some, Fidel (Estella Bravo, 2001), filmed after 40 years of his rule 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 8): "Friscophillia," a program of locally filmed shorts "exploring the cracks and crevaces of San Francisco streets, corners, houses and rat holes," including Sabrina Alonso's half-hour Mischief at 16th and Florida, a history of "punk rock squatters, work horses, robber barons, creeks, fire hydrants and natural disasters." Plus live story-telling by Kelly Kegger. $5-$10 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Sept. 12): The lower-case unpiano and burgerworld present Kathryn Bigelow's surf noir Point Break (1991), plus short films by burgerworld. $3 8 p.m.
853 Valencia (at 20th Street), 970-0012, www.amnesiathebar.com. This "cozy, red-lighted den" hosts live music and occasional film screenings. No cover for this event.
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: Edward Norton stars as The Illusionist (Neil Burger, 2006; 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:30 p.m. ).and in Theatre 2, Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris, 2006; noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films.
SATURDAY: The Global Lens Film Series screens here weekends this month. Today, a young girl suffers A Stolen Life (Li Shaohong, China, 2005) 11 a.m.
SUNDAY: Global Lens Exiles squat in an abandoned Israeli outpost in Thirst (Tawfik Abu Wael, Palestine, 2004) 11 a.m.
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 & THURSDAY: Viva Pedro!, an eight-film series of new prints of films by Pedro Almodovar, opens with the clever comedy Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Spain, 1988) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Viva Pedro! The effective melodrama All About My Mother (Spain, 1999) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Viva Pedro! Girlfriends in a coma; Talk to Her (Spain, 2002) 7, 9:30 p.m. CLAY
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. A midnight movie series starts this weekend at this single-screen jewel. $8.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Sept. 8 & 9): Lost gangsters try to Xenophon home in The Warriors (Walter Hill, 1979) midnight.
DARK ROOM THEATRE
2263 Mission (between 18th and 19th "between the pawn shop and the laundromat"), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com. Live cabaret, plus regular film screenings with audience cat-calling encouraged.
SUNDAY (Sept. 10): It's Shatner Month at the Dark Room's weekly "Bad Movie." Tonight's film is Impulse (a.k.a. Want a Ride, Little Girl?, William Grefe, 1974), with Shatner as a swindler who takes up with a single mom and her bratty daughter. Geek Boy and Sean Owens host. $5 8 p.m.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com; www.madcatfilmfestival.org for the MadCat Festival. This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains).
TUESDAY (Sept. 12): The Opening Night program for the 10th Annual MadCat Festival of films by women offers "The Dwellers," a program of documentary and surreal images paying tribute to the dwellers of city, country or desert. Plus 3D Viewmasters from Greta Snider, short films by Maryam Kashani, Angela Reginato and Chelsea Walton, and live music by Paper Boats and Silian Rail. $720 sliding scale. Free BBQ 6:30 p.m. Movies 8:30 p.m.
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.
DAILY: What is truth? Asked jesting Pilate, but did not stay to hear the answer. And then he saw Blow Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966) and realized it didn't matter anyway. Through Oct. 1 "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760 and www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/en1587184.htm for information on this program. The place to go for German cultural events. $6.
TUESDAY (Sept. 12): "Crossing Borders," a cross-cultural music film series, screens The Alphorn Story (Stefan Schwietert, Germany/Switzerland, 2003), all about the traditional Swiss instrument and symbol (not cymbal) 7:30 p.m.
3200 Grand (at Lake Park), Oakland, (510) 452-3556; www.grandlaketheater.com. This multiplex usually shows first-run movies. $9 save as noted. .
FRIDAY: The Global Lens Film Series screens here this week and next. Tonight, an African civil war may end after The Night of Truth (Fanta Regina Macro, Burkina Faso, 2004) 7 p.m. Two men of different friends bond over music in Almost Brothers (Lucia Murat, Brazil, 2005). 9:30 p.m. .
SATURDAY: Global Lens Global Shorts 2 p.m. Thirst (Tawfik Abu Wael, Palestine, 2004) 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Global Lens The Night of Truth noon
TUESDAY: Global Lens The Night of Truth noon
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 & THURSDAY: The true tale of Harlem's Silver Belles, the very entertaining Been Rich All My Life (Heather MacDonald, 2005) 6:30 p.m. He doesn't dance, but he can sing Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man (Lian Lunson, 2006) 8:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for films and times..
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Two Drifters (João Pedro Rodrigues, Brazil, 2005) 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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 "Mechanical Age" film series continues with a free screening of the early science fiction adventure The Mechanical Man (Andre Deed, Italy, 1921), plus Eugene Deslaw's experimental shorts March of the Machines (1929) and Robots (1930) 5:30 p.m. A Syrian film series opens with a program of Syrian Short Films 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: New prints of Carol Reed's drama of a small boy and others, The Fallen Idol (U.K., 1948; 7 p.m. ) and a cowboy novelist and others, The Third Man (U.K., 1949; 8:55 p.m. ), both sourced in Graham Greene.
SUNDAY: A "Mechanical Age" program of Charley Bowers: Dream Machines, the bizarre comedies of a Keatonesque tinkerer, including Egged On (Bowers and H.L. Muller, 1926) 3 p.m. Johnny Depp is Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands (1988), sporting a costume that may be revisited in the forthcoming Burton-Depp Sweeney Todd 6 p.m.
TUESDAY: Two by Abraham Ravetts, Lunch with Fela (2005), a mix of animation and documentary about the death of Ravetts' mother, and The March (1999), a record of her discussing her participation in the 1945 evacuation of Auschwitz 7:30 p.m.
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.
901 Gilman (at 7th Street), Berkeley, (510) 528-9880, www.epicarts.org/cinema for more information. This brewery offers food, drink and a summer film series. BYO seats. All proceeds to a local charity. $5 suggested donation.
SATURDAY (Sept. 9): A disturbing spy thriller, not a beery romp, sorry! Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946). Gates open 7 p.m. Live music 7:30 p.m. Film at 8:30 p.m.
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: Dark Water Rising (Mick Shiley, 2006), a new documentary about Katrina animal rescues 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: Darshan, the Embrace (Jan Kounen, France, 2005) 6:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Three Dollars (Robert Connolly, Australia, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for other films and times.
1727 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 & THURSDAY: Takashi Miike's fantasy The Great Yokai War (Japan, 2005) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien's history lesson Three Times (2005) 7, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat 2 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Björk and Matthew Barney go whaling in the art movie and then some Drawing Restraint 9 (Barney, 2005) 8 p.m.; also Sun 2, 5 p.m.
TUESDAY: "Showtime," a program of the year's best SFSU student films 7, 9:30 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted for regular films, $10 save as noted for Arab Film Festival. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Gabrielle (Patrice Chéreau, France 2005) 7, 8:50 p.m. 7:15, 9 p.m. What happens when art is Stolen (Rebecca Dreyfus, 2005) 6:15, 8, 9:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 8-14): The Photographer, His Wife and Her Lover (Paul Yule, 2005). See Opening for review 6:15, 8, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:30, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The 10th Annual Arab Film Festival screens here, on both Roxie screens, for the next week. See www.aff.com for more information on this generally excellent event. Opening Night Reception $25, includes first feature 6 p.m. Zozo (Fares, Lebanon/Sweden) 7 p.m. Kiss Me Not on the Eyes (Saab, Egypt) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Arab Film Festival Bab'Aziz (Khemir, Tunisia) 1 p.m. Algéries, Mes Fantmes (Lledo, France/Algeria) 2 p.m. "Human Connections" (shorts) 3:15 p.m. "Unusual Characters" (shorts) 4 p.m. Once Upon a Time in the Wadi (Bensallah, Algeria) 4 p.m. Improvisations (Andoni, Palestine) and Sounds of the Soul (Olsson) 6:15 p.m. Malek Wa Ketaba (Zekry, Egypt) 7 p.m. Heaven's Doors (Noury Brothers, Morocco) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: Arab Film Festival La Thé d'Ania (Ould-Khelifa, Algeria) noon. "Young Ones" (shorts) 2 p.m. Sacred Space Denied (Nagle and Musleh) and shorts 2:15 p.m. Goal Dreams (Sanbar and Saunders, Palestine) 4 p.m. Linda and Ali (Vandekeybus, Qatar) 4 p.m. Wesh Wesh, What's Going On? (Ameur-Zameche, Algeria/France) Heaven's Doors 6 p.m. Bled Number One (Ameur-Zameche, Algeria)9 p.m. MONDAY: Arab Film Festival The Blood of My Brother (Berends)6:30 p.m. I Know I'm Not Alone (Franti, U.S./Iraq)9 p.m. TUESDAY: Arab Film Festival Bosta (Aractingi, Lebanon)6:30 p.m. Zozo 9:15 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): Tina in Mexico (Brenda Longfellow, 2002) 2:30 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! Free 2 p.m.; also Thurs 6:15 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 6): An "Architecture and the City" film series opens with recent "Experimental Architecture: A Shorts Program" including Alloy by Phoebe Tooke, Scrap House by Peter Hyoguchi and Upheaval by Trina Lopez 6 p.m.
THURSDAY (Sept. 7): The 40th anniversary of Star Trek is marked with a film series that opens with Trekkies (Roger Nygard, 1999), a film about its legions of rabid fans (who prefer being called "Trekkers," thank you very much) noon.
TUESDAY (Sept. 12): An ITVS Community Cinema screening of The World According to Sesame Street (2006), a new film tracing the spread of Sesame Street around the world 6 p.m.
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: Heading South (Laurent Cantet, France, 2005) 2, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35 p.m. Also, Viva Pedro!, an eight-film series of new prints of films by Pedro Almodovar, screens Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Spain, 1988) 2:15, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 8-14): My Country, My Country (Laura Poitras, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Viva Pedro! All About My Mother (Spain, 1999). Call for times.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Viva Pedro! Talk to Her (Spain, 2002). Call for times. MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): I was a teenage slacker An eleven-week midnight movie series opens with John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), which also screens matinees on Saturday and Sunday the 9th and 10th. $8. Call for times.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney series finds wholesome Garland an unlikely Ziegfeld Girl (Robert Z. Leonard, 1941; 7:30 p.m.) together with likelier showgirls Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner, while Life Begins for Andy Hardy (George B. Seitz, 1941; 5:35, 10 p.m. ) marks Garland's last appearance in the Mickey Rooney series.
FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Audrey Hepburn finds her Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards, 1961; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:20 p.m. ) as Rock Hudson and Doris Day enjoy a bout of Pillow Talk (Michael Gordon, 1959; 5:30, 9:40 p.m. ).
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 12-14): Rooney's aboard Spencer Tracy's boat in Captains Courageous (Victor Fleming, 1937; 7:30 p.m. ) while For Me and My Gal (Busby Berkeley, 1942; 5:35, 10 p.m. ) marked Garland's definitive move to starring vehicles with top stars (here, Gene Kelly in his debut).
UNION SQUARE PARK
601 Columbus (at Union), 453-4333 and www.filmnight.org for this event. The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation presents Film Night in this park on a giant outdoor screen. BYO blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. $5 donation requested.
SATURDAY (Sept. 9): Alfred Hitchcock's apocalyptic avian adventure, The Birds (1963) 8 p.m.
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