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. $5.
MONDAY (July 28): The “Edition Français” of the monthly “Independent Exposure Screening Series” offers 11 films and videos from France and Quebec, including Pascal Lievre's musicals Abba Mao and Lacan Dalida, the latter a karaoke number featuring an extract from the psychoanalyst's Seminar VII sung to the tune of Dali's “Born to Sing” 8 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (July 23): A Claude Chabrol series continues with Betty (France, 1992), with Marie Trintignant as an adulterous wife cut off from seeing her son 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 26): Betty 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
FRIDAY (July 25): ATA's monthly “Open Screening” gives you a chance to show your masterpiece, or even your disaster-piece, without shame and for a paying audience. $4 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 26): A fund-raiser for Realism and Lilacs, a work-in-progress on the relationship between painter Thomas Eakins and poet Walt Whitman, screens a 75-minute rough cut on video, with the film's writer/producer in person 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 (see Showtimes for listings), a “Midnight Mass” every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $7.
SATURDAY (July 26): Robert Aldrich's Hollywood gothic What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) with Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Bonus presentation: the fifth annual Mother/Daughter Mudwrestling Competition, featuring Chastity vs. Cher, Joan vs. Melissa, and more midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com, $8 save as noted for regular programming; 275-9490, www.sfjff.org, and $10 save as noted for San Francisco Jewish Film Festival programs. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: The 23rd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues here with Galoot 10:30 a.m. Shalom Ireland and The Last Jewish Town 1:30 p.m. My Life Part 2 4:15 p.m. Divan 6:45 p.m. Forget Baghdad 8:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: Jewish Film Festival — Caravan 841 and Pepe's Watch 10:45 a.m. Blessings and My Four Children 12:15 p.m. Asesino and Thunder in Guyana 3 p.m. Kedma 5:45 p.m. A Closing Night screening of Four Short Films About Love with the Argentine comedy Samy y Yo (2002), with party to follow. $18 8:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Weather Underground (Sam Green and Bill Siegel, 2003) screens through Aug. 7. See Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 3, 5 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: Before CGI and the green guy there was Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (U.S./China, 2000) 8:45, 10:45 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Jean Cocteau's lovely adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (France, 1946) screens through Aug. 17 8:30, 10:30 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. This innovative theater screens second-run movies, a “Midnites for Maniacs” series on weekends, and “Hong Kong Movie Madness” double features on Thursdays. For the rest of the Four Star's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $6.
THURSDAY (July 24): A six-week series of “Hong Kong Movie Madness” continues. Jet Li stars in Fong Sai Yuk 2 (Corey Yuen, 1993; 2, 6, 10 p.m. ), screening with a dubbed version of Fist of the White Lotus (1980; noon, 4, 8 p.m. ), with Gordon Liu taking on evil priest White Lotus (Lo Lieh, who also directed).
MIDNIGHT SHOWS (Friday & Saturday): Penelope Spheeris' punkumentaries The Decline of Western Civilization (1981; screening Friday), featuring the Germs, Fear, X, and Black Flag; and its sequel, The Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998; Saturday).
510 Larkin (at Turk), 345-9832, www.jezebelsjointsf.com. This “Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar” offers an “S.F. IndieFest MicroCinema” Tuesday through Friday (most weeks). Screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: Two hit men's misadventures are told out of order, Memento-style, in Brothers Assassin (2002) 8 p.m.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Gangster takes on gangster in Lethal Force (Alvin Ecarma, 2002), promising nonstop fights 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Giant cockroaches take over New York in Mimic (Guillermo Del Toro, 1997) 8 p.m.
MOVIE PALACE AUCTION SALES ROOM
2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. A new series of classic films screening in 35mm plays this summer in the Alameda facilities of Auctions by the Bay.
FRIDAY (July 25): The stuff that dreams are made of, aka The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941) 7, 9:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym. [page]
WEDNESDAY: A two-month series of campy takes on immorality, “Excess of Evil,” screens Luis Buñuel's Simon of the Desert (Mexico, 1965), a mockery of St. Simon Stylites and his struggles with satanic Silvia Pinal; and Zelma Carroll's little-known exposé of a cult that practiced flagellation, The Lash of the Penitentes (1936) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The concluding episodes (8-10) of a newly restored melodramatic serial, La Maison du mystère (Alexandre Volkoff, France, 1923), the title of whose final episode, “The Triumph of Love,” gives a clue as to how it all comes out 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Newly restored prints of Burgess Meredith's Parisian-set thriller The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1949; 7 p.m. ), with Charles Laughton as Inspector Maigret; and Joseph Mankiewicz's shaggy Hollywood tale The Barefoot Contessa (1954; 9:20 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: UCLA archivist Robert Gitt hosts “Charles Laughton Directs The Night of the Hunter,” a program of outtakes from the classic Gothic drama, selected to show filmmaker Laughton coaxing performances from Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish, et al. (The completed film screens next Wednesday.) 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: A restored print of Leo McCarey's screwball romance 'tween divorcees, The Awful Truth (1937), with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A series of the films of Lithuania's Sarunas Bartas concludes with Freedom (France, 2000), about two men and a woman cast ashore in a desert, with none of them having a clue as to how to escape. (And their names are George, Don, and Condoleezza) 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $5. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing “Movie Classics Series” regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
FRIDAY (July 25): Audrey Hepburn and “ageless Cary Grant” (as he was known at the time) star in the aged-gracefully Charade (Stanley Donen, 1963), ultra-cleverly scripted by the late Peter Stone. Doors open at 7 p.m. , film at 8 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
THURSDAY (July 24): The dub beautiful collective presents “couched,” an evening of live ambient music accompanying movie-screen visuals. $8 8 p.m.
TUESDAY (July 29): Goldie the Poet's Heavy in the Game (2003), about a feud between two Oakland macks. “Guess appearance” (it says here) by JT the Bigga Figga 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), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now 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: A spelling bee leaves kids Spellbound (Jeff Blitz, 2003) 6:30, 8:40 p.m. Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002) 7, 9 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Reidelsheimer, U.K., 2001) 6:45, 8:50 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: Capturing the Friedmans (Andrew Jarecki, 2003); see Ongoing for review. Spellbound, Winged Migration, and Rivers and Tides continue. Call for times.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Stanley Kubrick's atomic satire Dr. Strangelove (1964) stars Peter Sellers in three roles 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: Hal Ashby's political satire Being There (1979) highlights Sellers' last great performance 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: The Red Vic celebrates a birthday with Ashby's bittersweet comedy Harold and Maude (1971) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY: Alan J. Pakula's hip-paranoid The Parallax View (1974) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY: A two-day program of “Illegal Art Exhibit Film & Video Screenings” spotlights media that defy copyright law and use “found footage, unauthorized music, or shots of copyrighted or trademarked material.” Program A includes Ed Fensler's GI Joe PSAs, Phil Patiris' Iraq Campaign 1991, and Brian Springer's presentation of 1992 live cable feeds of presidential candidates, Spin 2, 10 p.m. Craig Baldwin's Sonic Outlaws documents U2's war on Negativland 4 p.m. Lawrence Lessig's Willful Infringement 6 p.m. Keith Sanborn's The Artwork in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction and other shorts, including films by Paul Harvey Oswald and Todd Haynes 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: “Illegal Art” — Sonic Outlaws 6 p.m. Sanborn's The Artwork and other shorts 8 p.m. Fellowship of the Ring of Free Trade and other shorts 10 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 25-31): A drama set in a restaurant, Bolivia (Israel Adrián Caetano, Argentina, 2001); see cinematropical.com for more info 6:30, 8, 9:45 p.m.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This newly refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY (July 24 & 25): It's I before E except after C in Spellbound (Jeff Blitz, 2003) 5 p.m. A bourgeoise woman and a prostitute bond in Coline Serreau's Chaos (France, 2001) 7, 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 26): Chaos 1 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff. [page]
WEDNESDAY: David O. Selznick's superproduction Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Peggy Ann Garner is the young girl with a weak father (James Dunn) in Elia Kazan's directorial debut, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1944; 7:30 p.m. ), screening with the Shirley Temple vehicle Curly Top (Irving Cummings, 1935; 6, 9:50 p.m. ).
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Alfred Hitchcock's still perturbing The Birds (1963; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:15 p.m. ) and still disturbing Psycho (1960; 5:25, 9:40 p.m. ).
2430 Third St. (between 20th and 22nd streets), 824-7334, www.werepad.com. $8. This shagadelic venue screens vintage films in 16mm.
FRIDAY (July 25): The punk music doc The Kids Are United (1978) features Sham 69, the Jam, Penetration, and more and screens with Werepad impresario Jacques Boyreau's sci-fi spoof Candy Von Dewd (2002) 9:30 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $6 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.
WEDNESDAY (July 23): The Bay Area Video Coalition screens Evoray Productions' Digital Lives (2003), which follows five immigrants in today's America. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (July 25): An Opening Night party for the forthcoming daily presentation of a loop of videos by women, “Looking Is Better Than Feeling You,” hosted by curator Astria Suparak. Complete screenings at 8:15, 9:45 p.m.
STARTS SATURDAY: Daily, continuous screenings of “Looking Is Better Than Feeling You,” 11 a.m.-5 p.m.