Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.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. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.

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

FRIDAY (March 2): The annual Noise Pop festival of alt music videos settles in this weekend with the world premiere of Sonic Youth: Sleeping Nights Awake (2007), with filmmaker Michael Albright in person. $8 7 p.m. Noise Pop — Alt country's David Kilgour performs in Nashville Far off Town (Bridget Sutherland, 2007). $8 9 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 3): Noise Pop — Famed local venue 924 Gilman Street (2007) gets its due in this documentary by Jack Curran (present). $8 2 p.m. Noise Pop — Six NYC street musicians try to stay alive in Downtown Locals (Robin and Rory Muir, 2006). $8 4 p.m. Other Cinema — Veteran street comic Stoney Burke in person with a DVD of his Greatest Hits (2007) 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (March 4): Noise Pop — Southern soul musician Eddie Hinton travels a Dangerous Highway (Deryle Perryman and Moisés Gonzalez). Filmmakers in person. $8 2 p.m. A post-film reception at Annie's Social Club (917 Folsom) follows with live music. Meanwhile, back at the ATA, the Arab Film Festival screens new political documentaries by Lebanese women, “Through Lebanese Eyes.” Here and Perhaps Elsewhere (Lamia Joreige, 2003) traces the aftermath of civil war and Mabrouk at Tahrir (Dalia Fathallah, 2002) follows a family's return to South Lebanon after the 2000 Israeli withdrawal. $6 7, 9:30 p.m.

BALBOA
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Two outstanding visionary films, Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, Spain, 2006; 12:10, 4:50, 9:20 p.m. ) and Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaròn, U.K., 2006; 2:35, 7:05 p.m. ). On the Balboa's second screen, Peter O'Toole chases Venus (Roger Michell, U.K., 2006), and Forest Whitaker takes the Oscar as The Last King of Scotland (U.K., 2006). Call for times.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.

CASTRO
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com. $10 save as noted. 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.

WEDNESDAY: A 50 Years of Janus Films series screens a double bill of two of Alfred Hitchcock's still vibrant prewar English thrillers, The Lady Vanishes (1938; 1:30, 5:05, 8:45 p.m. ) and The 39 Steps (1935; 3:20, 7 p.m. ).

THURSDAY: The Documentary Film Institute offers Ken Burns' 90 minute compilation from his new documentary The War (2007), focusing on the experience of four families during World War II. Burns in person. $15 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Young Jodie Foster is featured in a triple bill of Freaky Friday (Gary Nelson, 1976; 7:30 p.m. ), trading identities with mom Barbara Harris; as a teen runaway in Foxes (Adrian Lyne, 1980; 9:45 p.m. ); as a gangland moll in the all-kid Bugsy Malone (Alan Parker, 1976; midnight). $10 for all three.

STARTS SATURDAY: Call theater for program.

CERRITO SPEAKEASY
285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), www.cerritospeakeasy.com. This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, offers occasional special screenings, including “Cerrito Classics,” a different revival every weekend. $5.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY (March 3 & 4): Get on the bus for the still lively classic It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934) Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.

CLAY
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. In addition to its regular films, and occasional special programs, a midnight movie series starts this weekend. $9.75.

FRIDAY (March 2): Entertainer Connie Francis in person for a screening of her film debut, Where the Boys Are (Henry Levin, 1960), and an on-stage interview with Don Sanchez 7 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (March 2 & 3): The Late Night Picture Show debuts with something completely Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, 1975) midnight.

DE YOUNG MUSEUM
Koret Auditorium, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, 863-3330 and www.thinker.org/deyoung for venue; www.collegeofcreativearts.org/DFI for information on this program. This new San Francisco landmark occasionally screens films, always in DVD format. Free.

SATURDAY (March 3): “Witness to War,” a documentary film series sponsored by San Francisco State's Documentary Film Institute. Today, David Thomson introduces a “Tribute to Humphrey Jennings” screening the poetic Englishman's great wartime films Listen to Britain (1942), A Diary for Timothy (1944), and Fires Were Started (1943) noon. Sergei Loznitsa's Blockade (Russia, 2005) documents the 900 day Siege of Leningrad 3:45 p.m.

SUNDAY: Witness to War — Bertrand Tavernier's The Undeclared War (France, 1992) records the 1954-62 Algerian War noon. Iraq in Fragments (James Longley, 2006) 5 p.m.

FOREIGN CINEMA
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. 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.

DAILY: Get your Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards, 1961) right here, every night through March 25 “Starts at dusk.”

FOUR STAR
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. $8.50. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY (Feb. 28 — March 1): One of Korea's top-grossing film of 2006, Tazza: The High Rollers (Choi Dong Hun, 2006), a Guy Ritchielike look at gambling, continues on one of this venue's two screens 12:45, 4, 7, 9:45 p.m. [page]

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
1835 Ellis (between Scott and Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, www.bjesf.org. This facility, located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, is operated by the Bureau of Jewish Education and is to be distinguished from the Jewish Community Library on 14th Avenue. Free.

TUESDAY (March 6): A “Jewish Film Class” offers a DVD screening of the Yiddish classic The Dybbuk (Michal Waszynski, Poland, 1937), a supernatural classic 7 p.m.

LUMIERE
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a “calendar house” rep theater. $9.75.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 2-8): Glastonbury (Julien Temple, U.K., 2006). See Opening for review. Call theater for times.

MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail rsvp@milibrary.org for reservations. $10. This cultural asset of long standing concludes a summer film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (March 2): An escaped con seeks refuge with ex-lover Googie Withers in It Always Rains on Sunday (Robert Hamer, U.K., 1947), first film in a British Noir series. Critic David Thomson introduces the film 6:30 p.m.

OPERA PLAZA
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a “calendar house” rep theater. $9.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Family Law (Daniel Burman, Argentina, 2006) 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.

SATURDAY: An Evening with Connie Francis, in person with a live orchestra. Call (866) 468-3399 for more info.

SUNDAY: An amnesiac recalls her past in the Armenian feature The Priestess (Vigan Chaldranian, 2006) 3, 6 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

TUESDAY: A “Tormented Terrestrial Double Feature” of John Carpenter's nihilistic version of The Thing (1982; 7 p.m. ) and a little known quasi-spoof scripted by Bill Condon, Strange Behavior (Michael Laughlin, 1981; 9:20 p.m. ).

PREMIER THEATER
Letterman Digital Arts Center, The Presido, www.presidio.gov for venue, www.docfilm.sfsu.edu and 338-1111 for program. George Lucas' rebuilt Letterman Hospital occasionally hosts screenings.

FRIDAY (March 2): The S.F. Documentary Institute's “Witness to War” series sponsors Ken Burns introducing Part 1 of his new documentary The War (2007). $15 7:30 p.m.

RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org, $9.50 save as noted. 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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Italian (Andrei Kravchuk, Russia, 2006) 6:30, 8:50 p.m. 2006 Academy Award Nominated Animated Short Films 6:45 p.m. Babel (Alejandro Gonzlez Iñrritu, 2006) 7:45 p.m. 2006 Academy Award Nominated Live Action Short Films 8:45 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Days of Glory (Rachid Bouchareb, France-Algeria, 2006). See Opening for review. Also, a new print of the 12th century cleric vs. king drama Becket (Peter Glenville, U.K., 1964). Call theater for times and other films.

SUNDAY: 5 p.m.

RED VIC
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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The history of a Siskiyou County Commune (Jonathan Berman, 2006) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.

ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com for regular programs, www.sfirishfest.com for the Irish Film Festival, here March 1-4. $8 save as noted for regular programs, $10 save as noted for Irish Fest. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The outstanding wartime documentary Iraq in Fragments (James Longley, 2006) 7, 9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Noise Pop Music Festival screens the documentaries Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) (John Scheinfeld, 2006; 7 p.m. ) and You're Gonna Miss Me (Keven McAlester, 2006; 9:15 p.m. ), with subject Roky Erickson in person. Separate admission.

THURSDAY: The Irish Film Festival opens with Studs (Paul Mercier, 2006), starring Brendan Gleeson 8:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

FRIDAY: Irish Film Fest — “Magners 'n Shorts” (short films plus free Irish cider) noon. “Irish Telly Night” (shorts) 9 p.m.

SATURDAY: Irish Film Fest — A silent Irish feature celebrating the struggle for independence, Irish Destiny (George Dewhurst, 1926) 3 p.m. “Irish Telly Night 2” (shorts) 7 p.m. A hit comedy about hapless gamblers, Man About Dog (Breathnach) 9 p.m.

SUNDAY: Irish Film Fest — Documentary Program 1 centers on a gay Filipino labor activist Here to Stay (O'Brien and Grossman) 3 p.m. Documentary Program 2 (shorts) 6 p.m. Goldfish Memory (Gill), part of an “Irish Gay Cinema” program 9 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: A program of Documentaries from the Popular Movement in Oaxaca 7, 9 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. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.

DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Brice Marden (Edgar Howard, 1977), through May 13 4 p.m.

SUNDAY (March 4): Phyllis Wattis Theater — “Fidelity and Betrayal,” a weekly series on film originals and remakes, opens with a double-bill of Oliver Assayas' Irma Vep (France, 1996), with Maggie Cheung as the silent French serial character, and three chapters from Georges Feuilliade's original Les Vampires (1915). $7 1:30 p.m.

STARTS MONDAY: David Smith: American Sculptor, 1906-1965, daily (save Wednesdays) through March 18 2:30 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m.

TUESDAY (March 6): Phyllis Wattis Theater — Henri-Georges Clouzot inspects Le Mystère Picasso (France, 1956), accompanied by a talk by Dominic Willsdon. Free noon. [page]

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 (March 1): A Barbara Stanwyck series opens with the socko pre-Code Night Nurse (William Wellman, 1931) noon.

VICTORIA THEATRE
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings. 18 plus only. $9.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: The latest Spike and Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation runs through April 25 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat 11 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.

WEDNESDAY (Feb. 28): Jay Hamen's Bernie (2005) looks at a generous man's life. Director (the film subject's grandson) in person 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (March 2): The Human Rights Watch Festival screens Total Denial (Milena Kavena, 2006), about the revolt of Burmese villagers against Big Oil 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (March 4): S.F. Cinematheque presents films by Nicky Hamlyn, including Minutiae, Hole, Not Resting and more. Artist in person 8:30 p.m.

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