Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). 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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3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. $8.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: There's animation Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007), noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 p.m. And then there's animation The Simpsons Movie (David Silverman, 2007), 12:30, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:35 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings, a "Midnight Mass" every weekend this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $12.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. 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 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: A fashion-oriented week of films concludes with "Fashion and the Legendary Ladies" and All about Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950), with a live tribute to courtier Edith Head for the evening show. 1 and 7 p.m. Miss Head did not design Marlene Dietrich's gorilla costume in Blonde Venus (Joseph von Sternberg, 1932), 3 p.m. Jean Louis' strapless gown stars in Gilda (Charles Vidor, 1946), 9:30 p.m.
STARTS SATURDAY: Call theater for program.
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.
SATURDAY (Aug. 4): A Thrill-O-Tronic Film Show screens three hours of 16mm shorts, cartoons, cult TV, and drive-in snack ads, plus live theremin, trivia contests and more. Your hosts include Will the Thrill, Monica Tiki Goddess, Mr. Lobo & the Queen of Trash. $8. 3 p.m.
CHINESE CULTURE CENTER
Auditorium, Hilton Hotel, Third Floor, 750 Kearny (at Merchant), 986-1822, www.c-c-c.org. This cultural center continues a C4 ("Chinese Culture Center Cinema") series of documentaries this week. $6.
DARK ROOM THEATRE
2263 Mission (between 18th and 19th sts. "between the pawn shop and the laundromat"), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com. Live cabaret, plus regular film screenings with audience cat-calling encouraged. $5.
SUNDAY (Aug. 6): "Bad Movie Night" screens that career-killing meow-mix Catwoman (Jean-Christophe Comar, a.k.a. "Pitof," 2004), 8 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. 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. Free with meal.
DAILY: Ang Lee's generous The Wedding Banquet (1993). Starts at dusk.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura promotes Italian language and culture in Northern California with occasional film screenings. Free.
TUESDAY (Aug. 7): A Pier Paolo Pasolini series screens his hour-long episode of Amore e rabbia (Love and Anger, Italy, 1963), a compilation of footage from a left-wing weekly "film magazine." 6:30 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org. This popular center offers a wide-range of programs, many of them film-oriented.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Aug. 4 & 5): A two-part screening of the TV drama A Touch Away (Ron Ninio, Israel, 2006), about the "impossible love" of an Orthodox girl and a secular Russian immigrant. Part I (episodes 1-4) Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 12:30 p.m. Part II (episodes 5-8) Sun 4 p.m.
THURSDAY (Aug. 2): A documentary about spoken word's popularity with Bay Area teens, 2nd Verse (2007), plus live performance. Admission $5-10 sliding scale. 8 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The industrial wastelands of Manufactured Landscapes (Jennifer Baichwal, Canada, 2006), Wed 9 p.m.; Thurs 7 p.m. The emotional wastelands of New York singles in Broken English (Zoe Cassavetes, 2007), Wed 7 p.m.; Thurs 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The director's a chow! Underdog (Frederik Du Chau, 2007); see Opening for review. Call for times and other films.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.75.
NILES ESSANAY SILENT FILM MUSEUM
Edison Theater, 37395 Niles (near G Street), Fremont, (510) 494-1411, www.nilesfilmmuseum.org. This historic theater hosts regular screenings of silent films. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (Aug. 4): William S. Hart is a mountain man guiding a wagon train in Wagon Tracks (Lambert Hillyer, 1919). Plus shorts. 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: "The Anderson Chronicles" presents the films of off-beat auteurs Wes and Paul Thomas Anderson (no relation), beginning with Wes' prep school masterpiece Rushmore (1998; 2:10, 7 p.m. ) and P.T.'s San Fernando Valley porn industry panorama Boogie Nights (1999; 4:05, 8:55 p.m.)
SUNDAY: Anderson Chronicles Wes' family saga The Royal Tenenbaums (2001; 12:30, 6 p.m.) and P.T.'s sprawling, multi-layered masterwork Magnolia (1999; 2:35, 8:10 p.m.)
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Anderson Chronicles Wes' delightful debut Bottle Rocket (1996; 7 p.m. ) screens with P.T.'s first feature, Hard Eight (1997; 8:50 p.m.), with his stock company favorite Philip Baker Hall in what was intended to be the title role of old-time gambler "Sydney."
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. $8.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: An Indian-American woman returns home and begins exploring a forgotten massacre in the serious, non-Bollywood film Amu (Shonali Bose, India, 2005; 2:35, 6:55 p.m.) Also screening: Waitress (Adrienne Shelly, 2007; 12:30 p.m.) and Introducing the Dwights (Cherie Nowlan, Australia, 2007; 4:30, 9:05 p.m.), a comedy with Brenda Blethyn as an overpowering mom.
THURSDAY: An ongoing "Asian Movie Madness" series screens Death Trance (Yuji Shimomura, Japan, 2005), with Tak Sakaguchi as a coffin-dragging warrior, and Project S (Stanley Tong, Hong Kong, 1993), with Michelle Yeoh, and Jackie Chan in drag. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.edu. $8, double bills $12. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives on its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: Just what does a bear do in the woods? An "Eco-Amok" series of animal horror films screens John Frankenheimer's Prophesy (1979), all about the mutants. 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Max Ophuls series screens his earliest surviving film, a beer fest comedy Happpy Heirs (Germany, 1933; 7 p.m.), and his last film, the sad spectacle Lola Montès (France, 1955; 8:35 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: Iran's Abbas Kiarostami explores the aftermath of a rural quake in And Life Goes On (1992), 6:30 p.m. A follow-up to Kiarostami's earlier films in this rural area, Through the Olive Trees (1994), 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Ophuls A film star's life, as paid for by the coin of publicity, the still relevant La Signora di Tutti (Italy, 1934; 5 p.m.), screening with the entertaining swashbuckler The Exile (1947; 7 p.m.)
TUESDAY: "Rugs, Roads and Palaces," a program of short films by Iran's Abbas Kiarostami, including Birth of Light (Japan, 1997), 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400 and www.parkway-speakeasy.com. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over. $5.
THURSDAY (Aug. 2): A Speakeasy Tribe 2-for-1 screening of Walter Hill's Xenophon adaptation The Warriors (1978). $6, 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): Barely Legal's live presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975). $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222 and www.cafilm.org for regular programs, (925) 225-9490 and www.sfjff.org for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, here this week. This three-screen repertory theater, officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation. $9.50 regular programs, $11 SFJFF.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: La Vie en Rose (Olivier Dahan, France 2007), 6:30 p.m. My Best Friend (Patrice Leconte, France 2006), 7, 9:15 p.m. Lady Chatterley (Pascale Ferran, France 2007), 7:30 p.m. Ten Canoes (Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr, Australia, 2007), 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: The 27th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is here for three days. Orthodox Stance (Hutt), 12:15 p.m. Knowledge is the Beginning (Smaczny, Germany), 2 p.m. Hot House (Dotan, Israel), 4:30 p.m. Gorgeous! (Azuelos, France), 6:30 p.m. Aviva My Love (Zarhin, Israel), 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFJFF So Long Are You Young (Schaefer), 12:15 p.m. The Longing: The Forgotten Jews of South America (Böhm, Argentina), 2:15 p.m. My Fuehrer: The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler (Levy, Germany), 6:30 p.m. Bad Faith (Zem, France), 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY: SFJFF Sweet Mud (Shaul, Israel), 6:30 p.m. Three Mothers (Zvi-Riklis, Israel), 8:45 p.m.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 7-9): Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. Call for times.
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.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison (near Shattuck), (510) 647-2949; (925) 225-9490 and www.sfjff.org for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, at this legit theater this week. $11 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: The 27th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screens here through Aug. 4. My Son the Hero (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1943), 2 p.m. Just an Ordinary Jew (Hirschblegl, Germany), 4:30 p.m. Bad Faith (Zem, France), 6:30 p.m. "Jews in Shorts," 8:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: SFJFF Festival honoree Dani Levy's The Giraffe (Switzerland, 1998), 1:45 p.m. Praying with Lior (Trachtman), 4:15 p.m. The Bubble (Fox, Israel), 6:15 p.m. Knowledge is the Beginning (Smaczny, Germany), 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: No programming.
SATURDAY: SFJFF Yiddish Soul (Rossetti and Finocchiaro, Belgium), 12:30 p.m. Between Two Notes (Straus, France), 2:40 p.m. The Longing (Böhm, Argentina), followed by discussion, 4:45 p.m. Sweet Mud (Shaul, Israel), 7:15 p.m. Three Mothers (Zvi-Riklis, Israel), 9:30 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College. $8 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Your Mommy Kills Animals (Curt Johnson, 2007). 7, 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Gypsy Caravan (Jasmine Dellal, U.S.-U.K., 2007), 7 p.m. Ten Canoes (Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr, Australia, 2007), 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Private Property (Joachim Lafosse, Belgium, 2006). See Opening for review. 7, 8:50 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2:30, 4:30 p.m. Call for other films and times.
THURSDAY (Aug. 2): A preview screening of Soldiers of Conscience (Gary Weimberg and Catherine Ryan, 2007), about war resisters within the military. Filmmakers in person. $5-$20 sliding scale; military personnel free. 7 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO CAMERAWORK GALLERY
Second floor, 657 Mission (at Third St.), 512-2020, www.sfcamerawork.org. $5.
THURSDAY (Aug. 2): Kino21 presents veteran experimental filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky in person with his 16mm films Alaya (1976-87), which "consists solely of fine patterns of motion," and Song and Solitude (2005-6), a collaboration with Susan Vigil during her last year of life. 7 p.m.
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. Free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Henri Matisse: Figure, Color, Space (Edith Jud, 2006), through Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m. A television documentary, Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light (1996), through Aug. 31. 4 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m.
THURSDAY (Aug. 2): Phyllis Wattis Theater A "Jean Renoir in the Thirties" series continues with a "Russia-in-Paris" adaptation of Gorky's Les Bas-Fonds (1935). $7, 6:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 5): Phyllis Wattis Theater Les Bas-Fonds. $7, 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.
THURSDAY (Aug. 2): A "San Francisco Opera Season Preview" series opens with Wagner's Tannhauser, the 2004 Opera Zurich production. Noon.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980 ext. 5, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Labyrinth (U.K., 1986). 12:45, 2:55, 5:05, 7:25, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 3-9): One to Another (Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr, France, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $7. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection.
WEDNESDAY: The Whirl of Life (Oliver Bailey, 1915; 7:30 p.m.), starring the famed dancers Vernon and Irene Castle as they perform their greatest hits, screens with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the biopic The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (H.C. Potter, 1939; 5:45, 8:45 p.m.)
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald are lovable priests in Going My Way (Leo McCarey, 1944; 7:30 p.m.), screening with Fred Astaire trying to con a guardian angel in Vincente Minnelli's musical Yolanda and the Thief (1945; 5:30, 9:50 p.m.)
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Three Americans seek love by tossing their Three Coins in the Fountain (Jean Negulesco, 1954; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:20 p.m.) in this Italian-shot CinemaScope romance, screening with Astaire as Leslie Caron's guardian angel in Daddy Long Legs (Negulesco, 1955; 5:15, 9:25 p.m.)
UNION SQUARE PARK
601 Columbus (at Union), 465-3456, www.sfntf.org. A summer-long "Film Night in the Park" of projected DVDs continues, presented by the S.F. Neighborhood Theater Foundation. BYO pillows and blankets; chairs discouraged. Free.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
THURSDAY (Aug. 2): A "Screw Netflix" series screening films not on DVD continues with William Friedkin's filmed adaptation of the lives of self-hating homosexuals, The Boys in the Band (1969). 7:30 p.m.
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