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.
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: Life is or is not a Cabaret (1972), in Bob Fosse's Weimar musical "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. Free; donations welcome.
SATURDAY (Nov. 18): Ray Ybarra's new documentary about the Minutemen, Rights on the Line: Vigilantes on the Border (2006). Filmmaker in person 2 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50 save as noted.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 17-23): Language is a four letter word in Fuck (Steve Anderson, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for 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 (Nov. 17): A "Stage to Screen" series offers Ian McKellan as Richard III (Richard Loncraine, U.K., 1995) 6:30 p.m.
MISSION CULTURAL CENTER FOR LATINO ARTS
2868 Mission, 821-1155 and www.missionculturalcenter.org for venue, www.latinofilmfestival.org for information on this program. The Latino Film Festival continues its annual event here and at other venues around the Bay Area this week. $8.
FRIDAY (Nov. 17): Pancho Villa: The Revolution Has Not Ended (Taboada, Mexico) 6 p.m. Seres Extravagantes 8:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
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: Birds of the world, caught on film on their Winged Migration (Jacques Perrin, France, 2002) 2, 7:15, 9:25 p.m.
THURSDAY: The complete Cremaster cycle of artist and Vaseline purveyor Matthew Barney screens Thursdays this month. Tonight, Barney is a tap-dancing devil in Cremaster 4 (1995) and the series goes operatic in Cremaster 5 (1997) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Vintage French erotica from the brothels of Paris, circa 1910, resissued as The Good Old Naughty Days (2006) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY: Call theater for program.
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.
THURSDAY: The premiere of Eliza Hemenway's Uncommon Knowledge: Closing the Books at UC Berkeley Extension (2006), which looks at UCB's decision to close its popular San Francisco campus. $10 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 25-Nov. 2): Black Gold (Marc and Nick Francis, U.K., 2005). 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.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Tina in Mexico (Brenda Longfellow, 2002) 2:30 p.m. Expressionism (Rainer Mortiz, Austria, 1991)4 p.m. THURSDAY: A program of Films by Charles and Ray Eames 7 p.m. SUNDAY (Nov. 12): In the Phyllis Wattis Theater, a Werner Herzog Retrospective continues with his tour-de-force of America, Stroszek (Germany/U.S., 1977). Series screens in conjunction with the ongoing Asmelm Kiefer exhibit. $10 3 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 (Nov. 15): An ITVS Community Cinema screening of Shadya (Roy Westler and Udi Kadinsky, Israel, 2004), about a 17-year-old karate champion Arab-Israeli's inner conflicts. Panel discussion follows 6 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 18): The 13th Annual Filipino American Cine Festival and Competition screens independent videos from 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Nov. 21): Louise Brooks Society director Thomas Gladysz introduces one of the shooting star's rarely screened Hollywood films, Love 'em and Leave 'em (Frank Tuttle, 1926), stealing the show by all accounts as star Evelyn Brent's kid sister 6 p.m.
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
Fromm Hall, USF campus (Parker St. between Golden Gate and Fulton), 422-6828. For reservations to this free program; www.asianamericanmedia.org for information.
THURSDAY (Nov. 16): The USF Center for the Pacific Rim presents The Journey of Vaan Nguyen (Duki Dror, Israel, 2005), about a Vietnamese immigrant's new life in Israel. Filmmaker in person; discussion to follow. Note that this screening is not at USF's usual Lone Mountain venue 5:45 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY: The Mexican Museum and the Museum of the African Diaspora presents a program of Afrolatino Americas Films with two documentaries on Afro-Latina singers, Toña La Negra and Susana Baca: Memoria Viva. KPFA's Chuy Varela introduces the program 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: A program of the dance films of Tanya Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza made for Mexican television. $7 6:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Kazuo Hara's Goodbye CP (Japan, 1973) shocked polite sensibilities with its frank depiction of people with cerebral palsy 2 p.m. S.F. Cinematheque offers Sites and Silences, a program of new work by Speculative Archive, shot in Damascus, plus Trevor Paglen's multimedia lecture/performance Tracking the CIA's "Torture Planes"7:30 p.m.
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