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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ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS 992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted.
THURSDAY: ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail email@example.com for submission info. $4 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: Other Cinema presents a program on "History, Recovered,", hosted by UCB Professor Jeffrey Skoller and featuring the films The DeNazification of MH (James Hong), Memories (Sylvia Schedelbauer), November (Hitlo Steyerl) and Blockade (Loznitza), the latter a recreation of the siege of Leningrad 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: Helen Mirren is The Queen (Stephen Frears, U.K., 2006), and don't you forget it 1:15, 4:15, 7:45 p.m. In Theater 2, Jack Nicholson is a ham, and you can't forget it, in The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) 1:15, 4:15, 7:45 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: A Tennesee Williams series continues with a double bill of the eccentric, highly enjoyable Night of the Iguana (John Huston, 1964; 2:30, 7 p.m. ), with fallen cleric Richard Burton dallying with Ava Gardner in a Mexican hotel, and the campy Boom! (Joseph Losey, 1968; 4:50, 9:20 p.m. ), with Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.
THURSDAY: A double bill of Williams southern gothics, This Property is Condemned (Sydney Pollack, 1966; 7 p.m. ), with then hot young stars Robert Redford and Natalie Wood, and the grotesquely comic Baby Doll (Elia Kazan, 1956; 9:05 p.m. ).
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Snow sports auteur Warren Miller's 57th annual (!) feature film, Off the Grid (2006) Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 6, 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: In Praise of Mockingbirds offers a screening of the beloved film To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962) together with an on-stage Armistead Maupin interview with Mary Badham ("Scout"), readings from the novel by JoBeth Williams, live music and more. Film only, kids admitted free, $12.50 noon. Film and on-stage presentation, $27.50, and with VIP reception to follow, $55 6:30 p.m. Film 10:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Nov. 21 & 22): A double-bill of Albert & David Maysles' documentaries about two faded New England belles who might just as well have been Williams characters, Grey Gardens (1975; 7 p.m.; also Wed 3:20 p.m. ) and the premiere of The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006; 9:10 p.m.; also Wed 1:30, 5:05 p.m. ), leftover footage of the eccentric mother and daughter, passing time in a run-down mansion. Beale visitor and documentary supporting player Jerry Torre in person after Grey Gardens both nights.
CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO
Rosenberg Library, Room 304, 50 Phelan Ave. (at Ocean), 239-3720 for venue, www.latinofilmfestival.org for the Latino Film Festival, screening here this week.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893 for Landmark theaters, 346-1124 for theater boxoffice, www.landmarktheatres.com. A midnight movie series continues this weekend at this single-screen jewel. $9.75.
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.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 8): A free screening of a work-in-progress "Documentary on Drag" featuring the drag rock band Wood. Viewers and comments welcome 7 p.m.
THURSDAY (Nov. 9): "Movie Night" offers locally-made shorts plus "strange and bizarre features" with DJ music to follow. Free 9 p.m.
Promenade Level, 1 Embarcadero Center (at Brannan), 267-4893 for venue; www.sffs.org and (925) 866-9559 for this program. This Landmark Theatres multiplex hosts a New Italian Cinema series for eight days through Nov. 19. $11 save as noted. Regular screenings continue on other screens.
WEDNESDAY: The New Italian Cinema series continues with a family relocating to a small village to raise goats in The Wind Blows Round (Diritti) 6:30 p.m. A man's guardian angel is Sorry You Can't Get Through (Genovese and Miniero) 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: New Italian Cinema Sorry You Can't Get Through 6:45 p.m. The rule of Napoleon's brother-in-law over Naples, told in Fire at My Heart (Lambertini) 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: New Italian Cinema A businessman plans a bank robbery in the comedy ...And if Tomorrow (La Parola) 6:30 p.m. The lives of Rom on the outskirts of Naples, Beneath the Same Moon (Luglio) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: New Italian Cinema ...And if Tomorrow 1:30 p.m. Fire at My Heart 4:15 p.m. A teen's motorbike summer has him wondering What the Hell Am I Doing Here! (Amato) 7 p.m. A rural schoolteacher learns Salvatore This is Life (Cugno) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: New Italian Cinema Beneath the Same Moon 12:30 p.m. What the Hell Am I Doing Here! 3 p.m. The Festival's Closing Night film, Three Days of Anarchy (Zagarrio), set at the fall of Mussolini in 1943 5:30 p.m. The N.I.C.E. City of Florence Awards Ceremony with reception to follow 8 p.m. Closing Night film only $11, film and ceremony $18.
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