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), through Aug. 26. Starts at dusk.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. $8.50.
THURSDAY: An on-going "Asian Movie Madness" series screens the ultra-graphic cult favorite Ichi the Killer (Japan, 2001; noon, 4, 8 p.m.) and a kids' fantasy epic The Great Yokai War (2005; 2, 6, 9:45 p.m.), both by the same director, Takashi Miike.
411 28th Street (between Telegraph and Broadway), (510) 393-5685, www.humanisthall.net. The "one and only solar-powered movie theater in the Bay Area" offers regular screenings of socially conscious film. Donations accepted.
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. 21): A Pier Paolo Pasolini series screens The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Italy, 1964), a documentary-style version of Christ's Passion. 6:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 15): Can Dialectics Break Bricks (René Viénet, France, 1973), a Chinese kung-fu film, Crush (Doo Kwang Gee, 1972) redubbed à la What's Up Tiger Lily?, only in this case by sometime members of the "Situationist" clique of art/political provocateurs. 7:30 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.75.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 17-23): These Foolish Things (Julia Taylor-Stanley, U.K., 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MONDAY (Aug. 20): San Francisco Film Society's monthly social screening series the SF360 Film Club "Takes Movies Out of the Theater and Puts Them in a Club" with the Daft Punk sci-fi film Electroma (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, France-U.S., 2006), about two robots' quest to be human. Live music to follow. 7:30 p.m.
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.
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: An "Eco-Amok" series of animal horror films screens Silent Running (Douglas Trumbull, 1972), with Bruce Dern determined to save the world's plants with the aid of three robot buddies. 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Max Ophuls series concludes with the tragic rondelay The Earrings of Madame de... (France, 1953), 7 p.m. Ophuls' ghostly comedy The Tender Enemy (France, 1936), 9:05 p.m.
SATURDAY: A new print of Kon Ichikawa's nightmarish exploration of Japan's Pacific War defeat in the Philippines, Fires on the Plain (Japan, 1959), 5:45 p.m. One of Kiarostami's best-known films, Close-Up (Iran, 1990), about a con artist who impersonates a famous director, is followed by Azadeh Akhlaghi's follow-up Film School of Hossein Sabzian (2005), 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Akira Kurosawa's tremendous thriller High and Low (Japan, 1963). 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 save as noted; $10 for Oakland International Black LGBT Film Festival screenings.
THURSDAY (Aug. 16): The 5th Annual Oakland International Black LGBT Film Festival screens here today, Saturday and Sunday. An "Encore" theme rescreens festival favorites from previous years. Tonight, the excellent Bayard Rustin documentary Brother Outsider (Kates and Singer), Anthem (Riggs, 1991), Oh Happy Day (Lofton, 1996), 6:30 p.m. A 35 mm print of the Oz musical The Wiz (Sidney Lumet, 1978), 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 18): Black LGBT Festival - "Episode Boo" of The DL Chronicles (LeNear and Gossett, 2007), If She Grows Up Gay (Goodman, 1983), Ritual (Clay, 2004) and more. 3 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 19): Black LGBT Festival - "Episode Mark" of The DL Chronicles (LeNear and Gossett, 2007), Don't Go (Sharp, 2007) and more, 2 p.m. No Regret (Riggs, 1992), The Ceremony (Fulcher, 2007), Flower Fokes (Sullivan, 2007) and more, 5 p.m.
TUESDAY (Aug. 21): A new print of Dirty Dancing (Emile Ardolino, 1987) benefits Communities for a Better Environment. $8. 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): Barely Legal's live presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975). $6.
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