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BALBOA 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: Depp or alive? Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Gore Verbinski, 2007) 1, 4:30, 8 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, the very funny police parody Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, U.K., 2006; 4:15, 9:05 p.m. ) billed with a police drama of a different sort, The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Germany, 2006; 1:45, 6:30 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 Clint Eastwood series screens two San Francisco-set crime dramas, Don Siegel's vigilante force Dirty Harry (1971; 2:50, 7 p.m. ) and the pro con Escape from Alcatraz (Siegel, 1979; 4:50, 9 p.m. ).
THURSDAY: Commemorate Clint's 77th birthday (right here in San Francisco) with his first film as director, Play Misty for Me (1971; 7 p.m. ), and the subtly gay-themed Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (Michael Cimino, 1974; 4:45, 9 p.m. ).
FRIDAY: A Bernard Herrmann series celebrates the work of the great film composer and opens with the memorably scored Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958; 2:30, 7 p.m. ) and Brian DePalma's knock-off of same, Obsession (1976; 5, 9:30 p.m. ). "Herrmann's overpowering score haunts the proceedings like a phantom limb."
SATURDAY: Herrmann meets myth in a triple bill of Ray Harryhausen special effects classics, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (Nathan Juran, 1958; 3:20, 9:05 p.m. ), Mysterious Island (Cy Endfield, 1961; 5:05 p.m. ) and Jason and the Argonauts (Don Chaffey, 1963; 1:15, 7 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Herrmann's first and his last (give or take a credit or two): Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941; 2:30, 9 p.m. ) and Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976; 4:50, 9:20 p.m. ). Both films are by young tyros on the way up, pushed existing technology to the limit, had censorship problems and deal with isolated men living in their own realities.
TUESDAY: Herrmann scored two s.f. classics, Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth (Henry Levin, 1959; 2:05, 6:45 p.m. ) and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 (François Truffaut, U.K., 1966; 4:30, 9:10 p.m. ).
285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), www.cerritospeakeasy.com. This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, features "Cerrito Classics," a different revival every weekend.
THURSDAY (May 31): Three episodes of the cult TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer: the sing-along episode Once More with Feeling (Joss Whedon, 2001) plus two Spring Prom-themed episodes, Out of Mind, Out of Sight (Reza Badiyi, 1997) and The Prom (David Solomon, 1999). Prom clothes encouraged! $6 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (June 2 & 3): This week's unmissable classic is the Astaire-Rogers musical Top Hat (Mark Sandrich, 1935) Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 3): Steven Spielberg's E.T. (1982) screens as a benefit for the ACCYSL Mavericks Girls Youth Soccer Team. $8 2 p.m.
CHINESE CULTURE CENTER
Auditorium, Hilton Hotel, Third Floor, 750 Kearny (at Merchant), 986-1822, www.c-c-c.org. This cultural center begins a C4 ("Chinese Culture Center Cinema") series of documentaries this week. $6.
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. $5 save as noted.
SUNDAY (June 3): Armageddon out of here as "Bad Movie Night" screens Michael Bay's cheerfully stupid apocalypse 1998 8 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: Wake up for The Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry, 2006), through June 24 "Starts at dusk."
FRIDAY (May 31): The "first war movie filmed by soldiers themselves," The War Tapes (2006), compiled by Deborah Scranton from footage shot by enlisted men 7 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 5-7): Join the Air Guitar Nation (Alexandra Lipsitz, 2006) in this tale of dueling bozos 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
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