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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THURSDAY: The ATA's First Annual Film and Video Festival screens films on "War" (including Paz Tornero's The Wizard of Oz Part II) and "Truce" (Neil Ira Needleman's Consenting Adults) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Film and Video Festival "Quixotic Quips" include Carl Diehl's The Promise of Bio-Marketing the Human Mind; a "GNP" program includes Astra Price's The Cost of Free 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: ATA's Other Cinema hosts "Future Combat Systems," a program of military hardware coming attractions drawn from material produced by the Pentagon, weapons firms, PC-toting amateurs and more, as presented by Ed Halter 8:30 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: Truman Capote lives again in Infamous (Douglas McGrath, 2006) 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 p.m. In Theater 2, Al Franken: God Spoke (Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus, 2006; 2:10, 5:35, 9 p.m. ) and Jesus Camp (Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, 2006; 12:30, 3:55, 7:20 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
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: The Castro's 3-D festival of 1950s films screens in the 35 mm "Dual-interlock" system, with both projectors simultaneously running overlapping left and right eye versions of the same film. Glasses will be provided. Tonight, the eye-popping Kiss Me Kate (George Sidney, 1953), plus the literally eye-popping Three Stooges in Pardon My Backfire (Jules White, 1953). $12 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: In 3-D, a double-bill of the serious and ambitious It Came from Outer Space (Jack Arnold, 1953; 7 p.m. ) and the deliberately silly Cat-Women of the Moon (Arthur Hilton, 1953; 8:40 p.m. ), all preceded by another Stooges short, Spooks (White, 1953).
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Oddball actor extraordinaire Crispin Hellion Glover, in person with his feature directorial debut, What Is It? (2006). $18 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Glover's featured in Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter (Joseph Zito, 1984). $5 midnight
SATURDAY: A Glover double bill of the excellent River's Edge (Tim Hunter, 1986; 1p.m. ) and Twister (Michael Almereyda, 1989; 3 p.m. ). $10 for both. At midnight, another Glover double bill, a rare short, The Orkly Kid (Trent Harris, 1984), and Plays with Rubin & Ed (Harris, 1991). $10 midnight
SUNDAY: More Glover A triple feature of the great sci-fi comedy Back to the Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985; 11:30 a.m. ), a straight version of Bartleby (Jonathan Parker, 2001; 1:40 p.m. ) and the remake of Willard (Glen Morgan, 2003; 3:15 p.m. ). $10 for all.
TUESDAY: A double-bill of classic Clint, A Fistful of Dollars (Sergio Leone, Italy/Spain, 1964; 7 p.m. ) and For a Few Dollars More (Leone, 1965; 9 p.m. ).
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.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 18): "Bad Porn" night screens the X-rated Alice in Wonderland (Bud Townsend, 1976) 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). 21 and over only.
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: Akira Kurosawa's late, interesting and highly personal transcription of his Dreams (Japan, 1990), features Martin Scorsese as Vincent Van Gogh, sloshing through painted landscapes. Through Oct. 29 "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. Suggested donation $5.
TUESDAY (Oct. 24): A series of "Sound Film Classics" on DVD screens the remarkable The Emperor of California (Germany, 1936). Burly director Luis Trenker stars himself as an immigrant to America in a politically charged saga loosely based on the life of John Sutter 7:30 p.m.
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