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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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.
SATURDAY (Aug. 25): “Midnight Mass” — Elvira, this time offering bites from a Skull Island rat monkey and Dead Alive (Peter Jackson, New Zealand, 1992) 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Fritz Lang's science fiction classic Metropolis (Germany, 1926). Who can you trust? 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
WEDNESDAY: A Sicilian engineer (Alberto Sordi) is caught up in the old ways in Mafioso (Alberto Lattuada, Italy, 1962). Highly recommended 2, 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
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.
THURSDAY: Get off the elevator at floor 13 for You're Gonna Miss Me (Keven McAlester, 2005), a documentary about Roky Erickson 7:30, 9:30 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.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 22): The Zellner Brothers Smackdown screens shorts by the Austin auteurs Nathan and David Zellner 7:30 p.m.
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.