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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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.
THURSDAY (July 19): After a long hiatus, this venue resumes its screenings of recent French films with a Universciné Series devoted to depicting the French family. Tonight, Le Lait de la Tendresse Humaine (Dominique Cabrera, 2001), a psychological drama about a young mother (Marilyne Canto). 7 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film. $5 save as noted. THURSDAY (July 19): Lucy the Snail with Diamonds, an open screening with the theme of protecting such local animals as Marihuana Beaver and Crystal the Cat. Advance submissions recommended for next month's event, but try bringing a film anyway. Contact email@example.com for more info. 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (July 20): The premiere of What is time, my love? (Shireen Pasha, 2007), about how our concepts of time have affected relief and rebuilding in post-tsunami Sri Lanka. Filmmaker and others in person. 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (July 22): An ATV Big Screen Rerun of past cable broadcasts, featuring music by the Pixies (1989), Bikini Kill (1992), and more. $6. 8 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. $8.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Paris must indeed be the center of the universe, for on separate screens we find two very different movies that think so, Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007; noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 p.m.) and Sicko (Michael Moore, 2007; 1, 4, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.)
FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
BERKELEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Community Room, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck), (510) 981-6100, www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org. Free.
FRIDAY (July 20): A "Movies About Movies" series screens Eleanor Coppola's take on her husband's misadventures making Apocalypse Now, Hearts of Darkness (Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, 1991). 3:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com for regular programs, (925) 275-9490 and www.sfjff.org for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, here this week. 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. $10 regular admission, $11 SFJFF save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: A Barbara Stanwyck series continues with two by Douglas Sirk, There's Always Tomorrow (1956; 3:35, 7 p.m.) and All I Desire (1953; 2, 5:20, 8:45 p.m.) Stanwyck's tough-mindedness forces Sirk into better, subtler work than in his more lurid and better-known melodramas with the likes of Rock Hudson; these melodramas of renunciation are among his best works.
THURSDAY: The 27th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screens here today and July 21-26. Opening Night Reception 6:30 p.m. Sweet Mud (Dror Schaul, Israel) 8 p.m. $55 film and reception, $22 film only.
FRIDAY: A Midnites for Maniacs triple bill of "Summer Camp" unleashes Little Darlings (Ronald Maxwell, 1980; 7:30 p.m.), with Tatum O'Neil, Kristy McNichol, Matt Dillon, and Cynthia Nixon; Meatballs (Ivan Reitman, 1979; 9:45 p.m.), with Bill Murray; and the "unstoppable T&A classic" Revenge of the Cheerleaders (Richard Lerner, 1976; midnight), with David Hasselhoff. $10 for all three.
SATURDAY: SFJFF Between Two Notes (Straus, France), noon. So Long Are You Young (Schaefer), 2 p.m. Three Mothers (Zvi-Riklis, Israel) 4:30 p.m. A silent set on the Lower East Side, His People (Edward Sloman, 1925). Live music by Paul Shapiro's jazz sextet. $18, 7:30 p.m. Bad Faith (Zem, France), 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFJFF "I Am You Are" (shorts) 11:30 a.m. Praying with Lior (Trachtman), 2:15 p.m. Gorgeous! (Azuelos, France), 5 p.m. Orthodox Stance (Hutt), 7 p.m. My Son the Hero (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1943), 9:45 p.m.
MONDAY: SFJFF John Garfield in the boxing classic Body and Soul (Robert Rossen, 1947), 1:30 p.m. Festival honoree Dani Levy's The Giraffe (Switzerland, 1998), 4 p.m. My Mexican Shivah (Springall, U.S.-Mexico), 6:45 p.m. The Chosen Ones (Nölle, Germany), 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFJFF Yiddish Soul (Rossetti and Finocchiaro, Belgium), 1:45 p.m. Just an Ordinary Jew (Hirschblegl, Germany), 4 p.m. My Fuehrer: The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler (Levy, Germany,) 6:45 p.m. 9 Star Hotel (Haar, Israel), 9:30 p.m.
10070 San Pablo (at Central), El Cerrito, (510) 814-2400, www.cerritospeakeasy.com. This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, features "Cerrito Classics," a different revival every weekend, and other special programs. Beer is served; children must be accompanied by an adult. $6 save as noted.
THURSDAY (July 19): Vittorio DeSica's excellent, hard to see noeorealist comedy Miracle in Milan (Italy, 1951) screens in honor of the new book Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema, edited by Laura E. Ruberto and Kristi M. Wilson. 9:15 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. $5.
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