Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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, French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.

TUESDAY (Aug. 21): A Universciné Series devoted to depicting the French family screens Petite Chérie (Anne Villacèque, 2000), a black comedy about a mysterious suitor. No subtitles! 7 p.m.

992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film. $5 save as noted.

THURSDAY (Aug. 16): On the Road, an open screening with a traveling theme. Advance submissions recommended for next month's event, but try bringing a film anyway. Contact for more info. Free for artists 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Aug. 17): I Pity the Fool (Brent Coughenour, 2007) sifts the rubble of demolished Detroit. Filmmaker in person. $6. 8 p.m.

3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. $8.50.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greenglass, 2007), noon, 2:20, 4:35, 7, 9:20 p.m. The Simpsons Movie (David Silverman, 2007), 12:30, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:35 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

Community Room, 2090 Kittredge (at Shattuck), (510) 981-6100, Projected digital versions of classics. Free.

FRIDAY (Aug. 17): Steve McQueen's a poker-playing Cincinnati Kid (Norman Jewison, 1965). Jewison replaced a fired Sam Peckinpah early in the filming. 3:30 p.m.

3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, for this series. This popular little theater offers occasional special screenings.

THURSDAY (Aug. 16): A "Big Gay Movie Night" screening of a double feature of the high school comedies Clueless (Amy Heckerling, 1995) and Mean Girls (Mark Waters, 2004). $7. 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (Aug. 18): This weekend's "Midnight Mass" offers a Hooker Pride Parade, and Pam Grier in the actually pretty good Coffy (Jack Hill, 1973). $12. Midnight.

Florence Gould Theatre,100 34th Ave. (at Clement, in Lincoln Park), 863-3330, The San Francisco landmark offers occasional screenings. $10 includes museum access before the film.

THURSDAY (Aug. 16): A "Cinema Supper Club" series offers Robert Altman's impressive exploration of artistic madness, Vincent and Theo (France, 1990). Dinner at the Legion Café, 5:30 p.m. Film 8 p.m.

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, 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: Werner Herzog's classics of humanity in extremis, Aguirre: the Wrath of God (Germany, 1972; 2:50, 7 p.m.) and The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser (Germany, 1974; 12:45, 4:50, 9 p.m.), the one about a mad conquistador, the other about a victimized enigma.

THURSDAY: Writer and star Margaret Cho's first narrative feature, Bam Bam and Celeste (Lorene Machado, 2005). Cho in person. $15 advance, $20 at door for film; $75/$100 for VIP reception after the film. 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 17-23): A new print of Jean-Pierre Melville's excellent crime drama Le Doulos (France, 1962). Who can you trust? 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Fri, Sat, Sun, Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.

10070 San Pablo (at Central), El Cerrito, (510) 814-2400, 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 (Aug. 16): Thrillville marks the 30th Anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley with what's considered his best musical, Viva Las Vegas (George Sidney, 1964). Plus a live set by Cari Lee and the Saddle-ettes. $8. 9 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Aug. 18 & 19): Elvis Presley blasts out Jailhouse Rock (Richard Thorpe, 1957). Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.

Auditorium, Hilton Hotel, Third Floor, 750 Kearny (at Merchant), 986-1822, This cultural center often shows films. $6; this screening free to members.

THURSDAY (Aug. 16): Sylvia Chan is a hardworking immigrant who becomes involved with dentist Esai Morales in Pai Gu (Frank Lin, 2005). 7 p.m.

400 block of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo, 453-4333, A summer-long "Film Night in the Park" continues with a triple-header this weekend. BYO chairs, blankets, and pillows. $6 donation.

FRIDAY (Aug. 17): A Paul Newman tribute screens Robert Rossen's pool shark classic The Hustler (1961), a somber and downbeat film that really isn't party fare. Great movie, though. Music, raffle, and cartoon at 8 p.m., followed by feature at dusk.

SATURDAY (Aug. 18): On the other hand, The Sting (George Roy Hill, 1973) is ideal escapism. Music, raffle, and cartoon at 8 p.m., followed by feature at dusk.

SUNDAY (Aug. 19): And then there's Sing-Along Grease (Randal Kleiser, 1978). I missed Newman in that! Music, raffle, and cartoon at 8 p.m., followed by feature at dusk.

2263 Mission (between 18th and 19th "between the pawn shop and the laundromat"), 401-7987, Live cabaret, plus regular film screenings with audience cat-calling encouraged. $5.

SUNDAY (Aug. 19): Lex Luthor becomes a black market arms dealer as "Bad Movie Night" presents Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (Sidney J. Furie, 1987). 8 p.m.

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