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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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.
THURSDAY (June 22): “Places in Pieces volume 2,” a program of documentaries focusing on the urban landscapes of Western Europe. Silent with live music composed with field recordings by A. Parks. Filmmaker J. Pappariella in person 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (June 24): “The Connie and Bonnie Show and Friends” mixes live variety and music with “marginal videos made by people in the margins.” Videos include Nick Miller's Fat Kid Going to the Dentist, Eric Dyer's Kinetic Sandwich, and work by hosts Rahne Alexander and Kristen Anchor 8 p.m.
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: A relationship drama with the great Cherry Jones, Swimmers (Doug Sadler, 2005) noon, 1:50, 3:40, 5:30, 7:20, 9:10 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: A Boris Karloff series continues on the Balboa's second screen with a triple bill of the bizarre, devil-worship drama The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1934; 2:50, 6:45 p.m. ), Karloff as the inventor of The Invisible Ray (Lambert Hillyer, 1936; 4:05, 8 p.m. ) and as the owner of a speakeasy blessed with the choreography of Busby Berkeley in Night World (Hobart Henley, 1932; 1:40, 5:35, 9:30 p.m. ).
THURSDAY: The Karloff series ends with the third and fourth of the long-running series, Son of Frankenstein (Rowland V. Lee, 1939; 2:30, 5:35, 8:40 p.m. ) and House of Frankenstein (Erle C. Kenton, 1944; 1:10, 4:15, 7:20 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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: Frameline 30, the 30th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, screens here today through Sunday. Today, “Momma's Boy” (shorts) 11 a.m. Mom's Apple Pie (Laine) and Queer Spawn (Boluda) 1:15 p.m. Sun Kissed (McGuinn) 3:30 p.m. A Very Serious Person (Busch) 6 p.m. small town gay bar (Ingram) 8:30 p.m. The Kinsey Sicks: I Want to Be a Republican (Bielenberg) 10:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Frameline — “Family Ties” (shorts) 11 a.m. With You! (Dabach) 1:15 p.m. “Boys School” (shorts) 3:15 p.m. Pick Up the Mic (Hinton) 6 p.m. Paper Dolls (Heymann, Israel/Switzerland) 8:30 p.m. Two Drifters (Rodrigues, Portugal) 10:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Frameline — A three-part British TV series, set in Thatcher's London, The Line of Beauty (Dibb) 11 a.m. “Worldly Affairs” (shorts) 3 p.m. Wrestling With Angels (Mock) profiles Tony Kushner 6 p.m. Looking for Cheyenne (Minetto, France) 8:30 p.m. Dirty Laundry (Jamal) 10:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Frameline — Why We Sing! (Dillon) 11 a.m. Fat Girls (Christian) 1:15 p.m. Stand-up lesbian comedy in Laughing Matters… More (Meyerson) 3:30 p.m. An animated Queer Duck: The Movie (Reiss) 6 p.m. Bam Bam and Celeste (Machado) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Frameline — “Fun in Girls' Shorts” noon “Fun in Boys' Shorts” 2:30 p.m. A Love to Hide (Faure, France) 4:45 p.m. The Closing Night film is Manuel GÓmez Pereira's Queens (Spain, 2005). Film only $20, film and party to follow $60 7:30 p.m.
STARTS MONDAY: Call theater for program.
85 West Portal (at Santa Clara), 661-2539 for venue; (925) 866-9559 and www.frameline.org for Frameline 30. $10 save as noted. This refurbished multiplex now offers art films.
WEDNESDAY: Frameline 30, the 30th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, screens here today and Thursday. Tonight, Red Doors (Lee) 7 p.m. Broken Sky (Hernndez, Mexico) 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: Frameline — Eleven Men Out (Douglas, Iceland) 7 p.m. The film version of the cult TV show Strangers With Candy (Paul Dinello, 2006). Attendees are encouraged to dress up like Amy Sedaris' character (and maybe her brother will put you in one of his stories!) 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for regular program.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com. This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains).
THURSDAY (June 22): “Movie Night on the Patio” features fighting soul sister Pam Grier this month. Tonight, the amazing Coffy (Jack Hill, 1973) takes on the mob single-handedly. $2 9 p.m.
TUESDAY (June 27): A “Televising the Revolution” program screens Coca and the Congressman, about Bolivia's Evo Morales, and Flood of Betrayal: Survivors Stories in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as a benefit for Just Cause Oakland. Donations appreciated, not required 8 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Why did summer go so quickly, was it something that I said? It's the end of the run for The Thomas Crown Affair (Norman Jewison, 1968) “Starts at dusk.”
STARTS MONDAY: Abolish all memories of Richard Gere, all ye who enter here, for the Japanese original version of Shall We Dance (Masayuki Suo, 1995). Plays through July 20 “Starts at dusk.”
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings, shown on a 10 x 12-foot screen. [page]
WEDNESDAY (June 21): The International Latino Film Festival screens Tijuana Jews (Isaac Artenstein, 2005), about a community of European exiles who have blended with Mexican custom. $6 7 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 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Wheels spin in Justin Lin's The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) 6:15, 8:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a “calendar house” rep theater. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Cavite (Ian Gamazon and Neill dela Llana, Philippines, 2005) 5, 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Cavite continues. Call for time and other films.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for venue; 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival. $8, second show $2 for regular programs; $11 save as noted for SFIFF programs. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A Krzysztof Kieslowski series of the films of the high-minded Polish filmmaker concludes with The Scar (1976), about a factory manager's struggles 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Isabelle Huppert stars as The Piano Teacher (France, 2001) in a cruel story penned by Austrian Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: More Huppert, star with Mathieu Carriere of another Jelinek novel of human psychology, Malina (Werner Schroeter, Austria, 1991; 7 p.m. ), and of Joseph Losey's drama of international finance, The Trout (France, 1982; 9:25 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: Huppert stars in one of Claude Chabrol's elegant thrillers, Merci pour le chocolat (2000; 6:30 p.m. ) and as a murderous teenager in the true story Violette Nozière (France, 1978; 8:30 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Huppert stars as the secret wife of Louis XIV in Saint-Cyr (Patricia Mazuy, France, 2000; 3 p.m. ) and in Bertrand Tavernier's saracastic adaptation of a novel by Jim Thompson, set in a French African colony, Coup de torchon (France, 1981, 5:30 p.m. ).
TUESDAY: The Kieslowski series ends with No End (1985), made after (and reflecting popular despair after) the crackdown on the Solidarity movement 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400 and www.picturepubpizza.com for venue, (925) 866-9559 and www.frameline.org for Frameline 30. $5 save as noted for regular programs, $10 save as noted for Frameline.
WEDNESDAY: Frameline 30, the 30th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, continues here today and Thursday. The Favor (Sofovich, Argentina) 6:30 p.m. Go West (Imamovic, Bosnia) 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: Frameline — Last Second (Istiabudi, Indonesia) 6:30 p.m. Stray Cats (Ongkeko-Marfil, Philipines) 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY: The free-wheeling Dennis Hopper provides us with Easy Rider (1969), screening as a benefit for Bay Area Women's Cycling. $7 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
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: Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (Dan Ireland, 2005) 6:30 p.m. Andy Garcia's The Lost City (2006) 7:30 p.m. Sketches of Frank Gehry (Sydney Pollack, 2006) 8:50 p.m. Water (Deepa Mehta, India, 2005) 9:15 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: “Full Throttle at the Rafael,” a motorcycle series, continues with Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper, 1969), co-starring Hopper and genre icon Peter “Captain America” Fonda 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1969) and The Road to Guantanamo (Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, U.K., 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times and other films.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Trash to treasure, measure for measure, 24 Hours on Craigslist (Adam Yauch, 2006) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Extra! Filmmaker confesses, I Am a Sex Addict (Caveh Zahedi, 2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com for regular programs, (925) 866-9559 and www.frameline.org for Frameline 30. $8 for regular programs, $10 for Frameline save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Banking on Heaven (Dot Reidelbach, 2005) 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Frameline 30, the 30th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, continues here today through Saturday. Tonight, “Do It Yourself” (shorts by youth) 6 p.m. “Family Ties” (shorts) 8:15 p.m. Festival honoree François Ozon's Sitcom (France, 1998) 10:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Frameline — Lover Other (Hammer) and shorts 6 p.m. Like a Brother (Brévire, France) 8 p.m. Criminal Lovers (Ozon, France, 1999) 10:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: Frameline —FABULOUS! The Story of Queer Cinema (Ades and Klainberg) 6 p.m. “Crush” (shorts) 8:15 p.m. Ozon adapts Fassbinder in Water Drops on Burning Rocks (France, 2000) 10:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Frameline — Beyond Conception (Symons) 11 a.m. “Performative Queers” (shorts) 1:15 p.m. Book of James (Tam, Canada) and Reporter Zero (Lozano), about S.F. reporter Randy Shilts 3:30 p.m. Yours Emotionally (Rangayan, U.K.) 6 p.m. Unveiled (Maccarone, Germany) 8 p.m. Colma: The Musical (Wong) 10:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Bad Reception (Doug Loranger, 2006) looks at Wi-Fi's hard road in San Francisco 2, 7 p.m. [page]
MONDAY: A “scorchingly provocative political documentary” TBA presented by the Do More Than Vote Coalition. Call for film and times.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 27-29): Last weekend film crews gathered and shot a film, which will premiere here a mere two days later. See the results of the 48 Hour Film Project here; to join up (if you've read ahead), see www.48hourfilm.com 7, 9:30 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. Closed Wednesdays.
THURSDAY (June 22): Paul Klee (Georgia van der Rohe, 1976) 11 a.m. Studio: Olafur Eliasson (Branka Bogdanov, 2000) 2 p.m. Frank Gehry: An Architecture of Joy (Michael Blackwood, 2000) 4 p.m. In the Phyllis Wattis theater, a Member's Only screening of Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9 (2005). Come dressed as your favorite blob of Vaseline! 2 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: In the Phyllis Wattis theater, Drawing Restraint 9 plays daily, open to all, at 2 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 (June 22): A Shelley Winters memorial series continues with Winters as prey for demented husband James Mason in Lolita (Stanley Kubrick, 1961) noon.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Cavite (Ian Gamazon and Neill dela Llana, Philippines, 2005) 1:30, 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Cavite continues. Call for time and other films.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. This spring's series includes tributes to stylish director Vincente Minnelli and suave actor Ronald Colman.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Ronald Colman meets his Kismet (William Dieterle, 1944; 7:30 p.m. ) in an Arabian Nights tale unrelated to the Minnelli musical of the same name. Colman's a master criminal disarmed by his love for potential victim Fay Wray in The Unholy Garden (George Fitzmaurice, 1931; 6:05, 9:20 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: The Unholy Garden 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Constance Talmadge plays both herself and Her Sister from Paris (Sidney Franklin, 1925) in a comedy later remade as Garbo's last film, Two Faced Woman. Ronald Colman stars. Live organ accompaniment by Dennis James Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Minnelli analyzes social climbing and the class struggle in two superficially charming works, Gigi (1958; 7:30 p.m. ) and The Reluctant Debutante (U.K., 1958; 5:40, 9:35 p.m. ).
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576 and www.victoriatheatre.org for venue; (925) 866-9559 and www.frameline.org for Frameline 30. $10 save as noted. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
WEDNESDAY: Frameline 30, the 30th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, continues here today through Saturday. Tonight, Cruel and Unusual (Baus, Hunt and Williams) 6 p.m. FtF: Female to Femme (Chisholm and Stark) 8:15 p.m. the sex movie (Lawrence) 10:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Frameline — Saint of 9/11 (Holsten) 6 p.m. Bad Girls Behind Bars (Zurek) 8:15 p.m. AMNESIA — The James Brighton Enigma (Langlois, Canada) 10:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Frameline — The Gymnast (Farr) 6 p.m. The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green (Bamber) 8:30 p.m. One Night Stand (Jouvet, France) 10:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Frameline — Like a Brother (Brévire, France) 11 a.m. The Line of Beauty (Dibb, U.K.) 1:15 p.m. CAMP OUT (Marcolina and Grimaldi) 5 p.m. Trantasia (Stanford) 7:15 p.m. Another Gay Movie (Stephens) 9:30 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.ybca.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (June 21): David L. Brown's sarcastic history of the building of the new Bay Bridge, The Bridge So Far (2005). $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (June 22): A Beijing Underground Film Series exploring independent digital videos screens Zhang Yang's Post-Revolutionary Era (2004), a look at the “nihilist” punk, thrash, metal, and hardcore music scene 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (June 25): S. F. Cinematheque presents “Films From the Public House: Short and Bittersweet”, a program by local filmmakers Cathy Begien, David Enos, Sarah Enid, and Jose Rodriguez first screened at the Edinburgh Castle Pub 7:30 p.m.
FILM NOTES Richard Conte's at an undisclosed Downtown S.F. locale! The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle continues its June series of film noirs this Thursday with New York Confidential (Russell Rouse, 1955), with Conte a small-timer from Chicago who sets out to climb the New York mob hierarchy. See www.noirfilm.org for more information; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.