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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. ).
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.
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.