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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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.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: American Hardcore (Paul Rachman, 2006) 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $10 suggested donation. This cultural asset of long standing continues a weekly film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Oct. 20): A "Classico Italiano" series screens A Special Day (Ettore Scola, 1977), with Marcello Mastroianni as a gay man seeking shelter from frumpy housewife Sophia Loren. (Hey! It's called acting!) 6:30 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY: Richard Linklater's rotoscoped, hand-painted Waking Life (2001) looks forward to the director's recent adaptation of Philip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly, complete to its discussion of that writer 7:15, 9:25 p.m.
TUESDAY: Dylan Avery's Loose Change (2006) argues 9/11 was planned by the U.S. government, which seems unlikely given the manifest incompetence of same 7:15, 9:15 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: 13 Tzameti (Gela Babluani, France/Georgia, 2005) 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m. On screen 2, the Pixies rock loudQUIETloud (Steven Cantor, 2006) 6:15, 9:40 p.m. Calvaire (The Ordeal, Fabrice Du Welz,. Belgium, 2004) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: As the chef puts it, I Like Killing Flies (Matt Mahurin, 2006). See Opening for review 6:15 , 8, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:30, 4:30 p.m. Call for other films and times.
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; SFIAS screenings, Thursday through Sunday, are $11 and do not include museum admission.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Tina in Mexico (Brenda Longfellow, 2002) 2:30 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. Expressionism (Rainer Mortiz, Austria, 1991)4 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 (Oct. 18): ITVS Community Cinema and KQED screening the new documentary Democracy on Deadline (2006), about the fate of working journalists around a difficult world. A panel discussion includes this paper's A.C. Thompson, co-author of the book Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA's Rendition Flights. Free 6 p.m.
THURSDAY (Oct. 19): Disability Awareness Month is marked with a screening of films from the 2006 Superfest International Disability Film Festival, including Braindamaj'd...Take II (Canada) and I'm Spazticus (U.K.) noon.
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.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: A new print of Dennis Hopper's anti-western (and anti-narrative feature film) The Last Movie (1971), reluctantly released by a baffled Universal in 1971. It starts off as a well-written and acted film about the filmmaking process, and then digresses into entropy as slates start coming up that say "Scene Missing." Worth seeing in all its audacious, self-destructive glory 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: A program of contemporary dance from Israel includes work from the Batsheva Dance Company, including a video, Boobies, of a performance. $7 7:30 p.m.
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