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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111 MINNA GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. 21 and over. $6.
MONDAY (Aug. 27): The "All Animation Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" offers 15 DV entries from around the world, including several of Lev Yilmaz's Tales of Mere Existence, Chel White's A Painful Glimpse Into my Writing Process, and Eric Patrick's Startle Pattern 8 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY (Aug. 24): "Midnight Mass" presents Elvira in all her three-dimensional glory, in person with a 3-D print of The Creature From the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold, 1954) midnight.
CALIFORNIA PALACE OF THE LEGION OF HONOR
Florence Gould Theatre,100 34th Ave. (at Clement, in Lincoln Park), 863-3330, www.thinker.org/legion. The San Francisco landmark offers occasional screenings. $10 includes museum access before the film.
THURSDAY (Aug. 23): A "Cinema Supper Club" series screens the Vermeer family romance Girl With a Pearl Earring (Peter Webber, U.K.-Lumembourg, 2003). Dinner at the Legion Café 5:30 p.m. Film 8 p.m.
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 & THURSDAY: 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 Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 28-30): Metropolis 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. $8.50.
THURSDAY (Aug. 26): An on-going "Asian Movie Madness" series screens Shintaru Katsu's last appearance in his signature role as a blind samurai, Zatoichi 26 (Katsu, Japan, 1989; noon, 4, 8 p.m. ) plus Helen Ma as a Deaf Mute Heroine (Ma Wu, Hong Kong, 1971; 2, 6, 9:45 p.m. ).
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. 28): A Pier Paolo Pasolini series screens The Hawks and the Sparrows (Italy, 1966), starring famed comic TotÓ in an allegorical comedy 6:30 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: These Foolish Things (Julia Taylor-Stanley, U.K., 2006) 4:30, 7, 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 24-30): The King of Kong (Seth Gordon, 2007). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or email email@example.com for required reservations. This cultural asset of long standing continues a summer film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow. $10 donation.
FRIDAY (Aug. 24): The 158-minute cut of Milos Forman's Amadeus (1984) the one that won the Best Picture Oscar, not Forman's 180 minute cut of 2002 6:30 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house. $8.50 save as noted.
THURSDAY: The 2007 edition of the best of San Francisco State's Cinema Department, Film Finals 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Adrienne Shelly's pie for all seasonings Waitress (2007) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:20 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Charles Burnett's extremely independent film Killer of Sheep (1977/2007), revived after 30 years unavailability 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Aug. 28 & 29): Guy Maddin's got a Brand Upon the Brain (Canada, 2006) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 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; $10 for Dead Channels.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Crossing the Line (Daniel Gordon, 2006). 7, 8:45 p.m.; also Wed 3, 5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Lady Chatterley (Pascale Ferran, France, 2006) 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Devil Came on Horseback (Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, 2006). See Opening for review 7, 8:50 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:30, 4:30 p.m. Also, on screen 2, War Made Easy (Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp, 2007). See Opening for review Fri, Mon, Tues 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 3:30, 5 p.m.; Sun 2, 3:30, 5, 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Chasin' Gus' Ghost (Todd Kwait) documents the history of Jug Band music from the 1920s through 1960s folk to today 7, 9 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. 23): A "San Francisco Opera Season Preview" series screens Handel's Ariodante, a 1996 English-Welsh co-production noon.
WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK
601 Columbus (at Union), 465-3456, www.sfntf.org. The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation and the Telegraph Hill Dwellers present "Film Night in the Park" on a giant outdoor screen. Free.
SATURDAY (Aug. 25): Federico Fellini's directorial phantasmagoria 8 1/2 (Italy, 1962) out to stun another generation. BYO pillows and blankets; chairs discouraged. Shorts by local filmmakers, followed by feature, all starting at 8 p.m.
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.
A "Mobmov" drive-in screening of Rene Laloux's cult animation Fantastic Planet (France, 1974) is set for this Saturday at 2380 Fourth St., Berkeley. Call (510) 685-2692 or go to www.mobmov.org for more info.
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