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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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (July 2): Isabelle Huppert stars as Claude Chabrol's Madame Bovary (France, 1991) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 5): Madame Bovary 2 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. $7.
SATURDAY (July 5): The series opens with Paul Verhoeven's “celluloid travesty” Showgirls (1995), with a pre-show spectacular and “free lap-dances with every large corn” promised to all midnight.
CASTRO 429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; $8 save as noted. 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 & THURSDAY:Japón (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico, 2002); see Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 1:30, 4:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 4-10): A restored, three-hour print of Sergio Leone's epic Civil War western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Italy, 1966) stars Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach in the title roles. Highly recommended, if only for the climactic three-way showdown, Ennio Morricone's legendary score, and 20 restored minutes of footage never seen in the original release. See Opening for review 8 p.m.; also Fri-Sun & Wed noon, 4 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: Peter Collinson's original The Italian Job (U.K., 1969), with Michael Caine leading the Mini Cooper chase 8:45, 10:30 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: The Hulk strikes back in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (U.S./China, 2000), screening through July 27 8:45, 10:45 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com. This innovative theater screens second-run movies, a “Midnight Madness” 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 3): A six-week series of “Hong Kong Movie Madness” continues with two martial arts films, The Master (Tsui Hark, 1989), with Jet Li; and The Miracle Fighters (Woo-ping Yuen, 1982), whose director is now the famed fight choreographer for Crouching Tiger and the Matrix series. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): John Carpenter's Escape From New York (1981), with Kurt Russell as a surly, eye-patched, reluctant rescuer of a president downed in the Manhattan penal colony. Prizes for eye patches, not for being surly.
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.
WEDNESDAY: Rage: 20 Years of Punk Rock West Coast Style (Michael Bishop and Scott Jacoby, 2001) features interviews with Jack Grisham, Jello Biafra, Duane Peters, Gitane Demone, and others on '80s punk rock 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: Roddy Bogawa's post-apocalyptic sci-fi film Junk (1999) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Penelope Spheeris' We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll (2001) chronicles the OzzFest summer tour with acts such as Black Sabbath, Rob Zombie, and Godsmack 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Where your nightmares end, the original Willard (Daniel Mann, 1971) begins 8 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.
WEDNESDAY: A two-month series of campy takes on immorality, “Excess of Evil,” opens with Larry Cohen's bizarre God Told Me To (1976), about an alien demon of uncertain sexuality wreaking havoc in Manhattan. A good cast includes Sandy Dennis and Sylvia Sidney. Director in person 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A two-week series of the films of Finland's answer to R.W. Fassbinder, prolific minimalist Aki Kaurismäki, commences with Calimari Union (1984; 7:30 p.m. ), about the nocturnal adventures of 17 leather-jacketed men all named Frank, and Shadows in Paradise (1986; 9:10 p.m. ), about the love affair of a garbage man and a cashier.
FRIDAY: Theater closed.
SATURDAY: Aki Kaurismäki's loose adaptation of Dostoevski, Crime and Punishment (1983; 5, 8:45 p.m. ), has as its protagonist a slaughterhouse worker; Hamlet Goes Business (1987; 7 p.m. ) stars a comedian in a Shakespearean spoof.
SUNDAY: Kaurismäki's comedy about an accordion band's American invasion, Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989; 5:30 p.m. ), screens with Hamlet Goes Business at 7:10 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A series of the films of Lithuania's Sarunas Bartas continues with Corridor (1994), “a tone poem of longing for lost relationships and beliefs” set in an apartment building 7:30 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 3): Ray Harryhausen's legendary special effects enliven the octopus that's the “It” in It Came From Beneath the Sea (Robert Gordon, 1955). Also, Chapter 9 of the serial The Shadow (1940). $6 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) Wed 9 p.m.; Thurs 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002) 7, 9 p.m. Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2002) 7:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Spellbound, Winged Migration, and Nowhere in Africa 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 THROUGH SATURDAY: The ugliest hairstyle in the world is commemorated in the popular documentary American Mullet (Jennifer Arnold, 2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.; Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Phillip Noyce's fine Grahame Greene adaptation The Quiet American (2002), with Michael Caine as a wise old British hand and Brendan Fraser, a fine actor typed as a silly comic, excellent in the title role as an American operative. You think he's Holly Martins but instead he's Harry Lime 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (July 8 & 9): Lukas Moodysson's Lilya 4-Ever (Denmark, 2002), about a 15-year-old Russian girl victimized by the international capitalism of prostitution 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 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 U.S.A.
DAILY: A reissue of the popular documentary (and Roxie discovery) Rivers and Tides (Thomas Reidelsheimer, U.K., 2001) screens through July 8. See Ongoing for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4:30 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 THROUGH SATURDAY (July 3-5): The Peninsula premiere of Jeff Blitz's compelling spelling bee documentary Spellbound (2003) 5, 7 p.m.; also Fri & Sat 9 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: It's about sand — David Lean's epic Lawrence of Arabia (U.K., 1962) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Two children's fantasies, the beloved The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:50 p.m. ) and the cult favorite The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (Roy Rowland, 1953; 5:45, 9:25 p.m. ), scripted by Dr. Seuss and starring Hans Conried (not Richard Gere) as the hammy piano impresario who tyrannizes little boys.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $6. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays and this Friday.
DAILY: Continuous-loop screenings of three DVDs, part of the visual arts exhibition “Time After Time: Asia and Our Moment,” run through July 13 — From China, Chinese Utopia and Living Elsewhere, plus Haunted Houses, on Thai soap operas 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (July 2): The Goethe-Institut screens the third and final part of Heinrich Breloer's miniseries The Manns — Novel of a Century (Germany, 2001), about those battling brothers Thomas and Heinrich Mann, their friends and relations 7:30 p.m.