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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ACT I & II
2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a “calendar house” for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: 9 Songs (Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2004) 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 19-25): A revival screening of Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle, France, 1958). Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 17): The travails of a Brazilian transsexual living outside Paris are followed in Tiresia (Bertrand Bonello, France, 2002) 6 p.m.
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.
THURSDAY (Aug. 18): An Amnesty International screening of Oil Curse, on the impact of ChevronTexaco's oil operations in Ecuador and Angola 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Aug. 19): A locally shot comedy about a director who makes his romantic breakup the subject of his film, Lost in the Wash (Aren Haun, 2005). Filmmaker in person 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 20): The SF Chongolized Film Festival screens Radio Rockers by Ricardo Carpenter, about “an intergalactic street dancer” out to avenge his master; A Guy Walks Into a Bar (Jason Buckley); and more 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. See our Showtimes page for additional listings.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: It's hard work in Japan in Fear and Trembling (Alain Corneau, France, 2004) 12:25, 2:35, 4:45, 7, 9:10 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: A Louis Malle series continues with a very fine character study of a man (Maurice Ronet) just discharged from a sanitarium, The Fire Within (France, 1964; 2:35, 7 p.m.), and Jean-Paul Belmondo as The Thief of Paris (France, 1967; 12:15, 4:40, 9:05 p.m.).
THURSDAY: Jeremy Irons attracts his son's fiancee in Louis Malle's Damage (U.K., 1992; 2:50, 7 p.m.), screening with the surreal Black Moon (France, 1975; 12:50, 5, 9:10 p.m.).
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Malle's two films about life in Occupied France, the excellent Lacombe Lucien (France, 1974; 2:05, 6:45 p.m.) and Au Revoir les Enfants (France, 1987; 12:05, 4:40, 9:20 p.m.).
SUNDAY: The final four hourlong episodes of Malle's mammoth documentary Phantom India (France, 1969) noon, 4:10, 8:20 p.m.
MONDAY: More Malle — A dubbed-in-English version of the rare Brigitte Bardot-Marcello Mastroianni vehicle A Very Private Affair (France, 1961; 12:40, 4:55, 9:15 p.m.) screens with the Bardot-Jeanne Moreau adventure comedy Viva Maria (France, 1965; 2:40, 7 p.m.).
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 23-25): The bourgeoisie observe the May '68 rebellion from afar in May Fools (Malle, France, 1989; 12:45, 4:50, 8:55 p.m.), screening with the comedy Zazie Dans le Metro (France, 1960; 2:55, 7 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. $10.
SATURDAY (Aug. 20): The San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival screens an assortment of locally made “ultra outrageous” movies of 15 minutes or less midnight.
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 on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: A Federico Fellini series continues with the landmark dance of decadence La Dolce Vita (Italy, 1960; 12:30, 6 p.m.), screening with La Strada (1955; 2:30, 7 p.m.), with Giulietta Masina and Richard Basehart as holy fools who get on loutish Anthony Quinn's nerves.
THURSDAY: La Dolce Vita 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A weeklong reissue of Harold Lloyd's generally pretty wonderful silent comedies opens with his still-iconographic Safety Last! (Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1923; 7 p.m.) — the one with the man on the clock — and the very appealing Girl Shy (Newmeyer, 1924; 8:30 p.m.).
SATURDAY: Another great double bill, a charming mix of modern life and the old-fashioned way in the filmed-in-New York Speedy (Ted Wilde, 1928; noon, 3:30, 7 p.m.) and a Lloyd masterpiece in which the insecurities underlying all this comedian's work give the piece some real depth, The Freshman (Newmeyer and Taylor, 1925; 1:45, 5:15, 8:45 p.m.).
SUNDAY: The unseen-in-75-years silent version of Lloyd's first talkie, Welcome Danger (Wilde and Clyde Bruckman, 1929; noon, 3:45, 7:30 p.m.), not as good as his best silents, thanks to the smarty-pants characterization Lloyd sometimes used, but superior to the labored sound version. It screens with the agreeably silly Why Worry? (Newmeyer and Taylor, 1923; 2:15, 6, 9:45 p.m.), with Lloyd deploying his arrogant fool character to South America.
MONDAY: Lloyd's rarely screened sound-era The Cat's Paw (Taylor, 1934; 7 p.m.), about a missionary's son who brings his crusading ways to the big city, and Hot Water (Newmeyer and Taylor, 1923; 9 p.m.), a series of gags about married life.
TUESDAY: Lloyd never made a better film than the beautifully mounted The Kid Brother (Wilde, 1927; 7 p.m.), with Girl Shy and The Freshman the last of a trio of comedy masterpieces. It screens with the delightfully peppy Dr. Jack (Newmeyer, 1922; 8:45 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. [page]
DAILY (Closed Mondays): Jewish refugees from Germany find themselves Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2001), screening through Sept. 4. “Starts at dusk.”
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com; www.sfaff.com for the San Francisco Asian Film Festival. $8.50, $9 for the SFAFF save as noted. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. For its regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY: The San Francisco Asian Film Festival continues with Devil Hunters (Fat, Hong Kong) 12:30 p.m. Crazy N' the City (Yuen, H.K.) 2:45 p.m. R-Point (Gong, Korea) 5:10 p.m. Arahan (Ryu, Korea) 7:25 p.m. R-Point 9:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: Satin Steel (Leung, H.K.) 12:30 p.m. Requittal (Chu, H.K.) 2:45 p.m. Crazy N' the City 5:10 p.m. Marebito (Shimizu, Japan) 7:30 p.m. A Snake of June (Tsukamoto, Japan) 9:30 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $8.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Tim Burton, 2005) Wed 4:45 p.m.; Thurs 4:25, 7 p.m. Must Love Dogs (Gary David Goldberg, 2005) Wed 7 p.m.; Thurs 10 a.m., 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The animated Valiant (Gary Chapman, U.K., 2004). See Opening for review Fri 3, 4:30, 6, 8 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1, 3, 4:30, 6 p.m.; also Sat 8 p.m.; Mon & Tues 4, 5:30, 7 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a “calendar house” rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: 9 Songs (Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2004). Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 19-25): A revival screening of Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle, France, 1958). Call for times.
NILES ESSANAY SILENT FILM MUSEUM
Edison Theater, 37395 Niles (near G Street), Fremont, (510) 494-1411 and www.nilesfilmmuseum.org. A weekly “Saturday Night at the Movies” series screens silent films in this historic theater. $5.
SATURDAY (Aug. 20): An evening of occupationally themed short films includes Charlie Chaplin as The Fireman (Chaplin, 1916), Buster Keaton as The Blacksmith (Keaton and Mal St. Clair, 1922), Laurel & Hardy in Sailors, Beware! (Fred Guiol, 1927), and a Mack Sennett comedy with Oliver Hardy as a millionaire film producer, Crazy to Act (Earle Rodney, 1927) 7:30 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 Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A spy series continues with William Cameron Menzies' The Whip Hand (1951), about a reporter's discovery of a town controlled by Communists in rural Wisconsin 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A Louis Malle series continues with Human, Too Human (France, 1972), a documentary record of the Citro&emul;n auto plant 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A series on French cinema during the Occupation screens La Nuit fantastique (Marcel L'Herbier, 1941; 7:30 p.m.), a comedy about the inner life of dreamer Fernand Gravey, and Douce (Claude Autant-Lara, 1943; 9:20 p.m.), with Odette Joyeux as a stifled young rich girl.
SATURDAY: Jacques Becker's highly regarded satire about an eccentric country family, Goupi Mains Rouges (1942; 7 p.m.) screens with Henri-Georges Clouzot's harsh look at provincial life, Le Corbeau (1944; 9:10 p.m.).
SUNDAY: Bertrand Tavernier's absorbing look at French filmmaking during the Occupation, Safe Conduct (2002; 3 p.m.), is followed by a surprise second feature.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: “Eyeing Nature,” a series of documentaries on humanity's impact on the ecology, continues with James Benning's “moving landscape painting” 13 Lakes (2004) 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5; www.bbitl.net and $8 a program for the Oakland Black, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival, screening here this week. 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 (Aug. 18): The Oakland Black, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival begins here today. Tonight, A Knock Out (Boerman and Reiziger, Netherlands), about boxing champ Michele Aboro 6:30 p.m. A thriller about a Louisiana hate crime, Strange Fruit (Schickner) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (Aug. 20): Oakland Black GLBT Film Festival — Shorts, all ages welcome, including Did I Just Look at Her? (Hughes) 3 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 21): Oakland Black GLBT Film Festival — A dramatic feature, Black Aura on the Angel (Trimel) 3 p.m. Madame Sata (Ainouz, Brazil) 6 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
2340 Chestnut (between Divisadero and Scott), 776-2988 for venue, www.sfaff.com and 776-2388 for the San Francisco Asian Film Festival. $9 save as noted. For the Presidio's regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY: The San Francisco Asian Film Festival screens here this weekend. Today, Dragon Town Story (Yang, China) 12:30 p.m. The classic supernatural comedy A Chinese Ghost Story (Ching, Hong Kong, 1987) 2:45 p.m. One Night in Mongkok (Yee, H.K.) 5:10 p.m. Arahan (Ryu, Korea) 7:20 p.m. Natural City (Min, Korea) 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (Isao, Japan) 12:15 p.m. Windstruck (Kwak, Korea) 3 p.m. Women of Breakwater (O'Hara, Philippines) followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers 5:10 p.m. Mongolian Ping Pong (Ning, Mongolia) 7:50 p.m. Pulse (Kurosawa, Japan) 9:50 p.m.
SUNDAY: Mongolian Ping Pong 12:45 p.m. Rice Rhapsody (Bi, H.K.) 3 p.m. The Big Swindle (Choi, Korea) 5:15 p.m. The closing-night film is the 1960 Indian historical epic Mughal-E-Azam (K. Asif). $10 8 p.m. [page]
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), 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: March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet, France, 2005) 4:15, 5:30, 6:30, 7:45, 8:40 p.m. Wheel of Time (Werner Herzog, Germany, 2003) 5, 7, 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house. The previously announced (and on the Red Vic's printed calendar) “Midnights for Maniacs” series has been canceled.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Post-collegiate slackers perambulate through life in Funny Ha Ha (Andrew Bujalski, 2004) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: A British crime drama from Guy Ritchie's producer, Layer Cake (Don Argott, 2005) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Little kids dance through the Mad Hot Ballroom (Marilyn Argrelo, 2005) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: See what happens at 11:14 (Greg Marcks, 2000) 6, 8, 9:45 p.m. What it's like in Iraq for American soldiers comes through loud and clear in Occupation: Dreamland (Garrett Scott and Ian Olds, 2004) 6:45 p.m. The Power of Nightmares (Adam Curtis, U.K., 2004). $10 8:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret Visitor Education Center (save as noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): “Photographers in Focus,” a program of shorts 11 a.m. Richard Tuttle: Never Not an Artist (Chris Maybach, 2005) 1 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. Gilbert & George (the EYE) (2002), a documentary by Illuminations 3 p.m.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
WEDNESDAY: Machuca (Andrés Wood, Chile, 2004) 5 p.m. Plan your escape from East Berlin via The Tunnel (Roland Suso Richter, Germany, 2001) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Ladies in Lavender (Charles Dance, U.K., 2004) 5:15 p.m. The Tunnel 7:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored and newly expanded neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Stanford favorite Audrey Hepburn plays a Charade (Stanley Donen, 1963; 7:30 p.m.) with Cary Grant in this successful comedy-thriller, a rare example of both elements working equally well. She's then endangered by Alan Arkin in Wait Until Dark (Terence Young, 1967; 5:30, 9:35 p.m.).
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: It's the misogyny and the ecstasy as gargoyle-ish silent star Gloria Swanson and the titular Elsa Lanchester threaten William Holden and Boris Karloff respectively in Sunset Blvd. (1950; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4 p.m.) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935; 6, 9:30 p.m.).
THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: This Divided State (Steven Greenstreet, 2005), documenting Michael Moore's appearance at Utah State Valley College amid attendant controversy, plays weekends through Aug. 28. $10 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 5 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.ybca.org. $7 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
DAILY (Closed Mondays): “4 x 4,” commissioned videos by Ellen Bruno, Bill Daniel, Sam Green, and Caveh Zahedi, screens through Sept. 25. Free with gallery admission of $6 3 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 17): Film Arts Foundation's “True Stories” series screens two works in progress on artists, Jane Levy Reed's My Eyes Were Fresh, profiling photographer John Gutmann, and Phoenix Dance (Karina Epperlein), documenting a dancer's return to performance after losing a leg to cancer 7:30 p.m.
The free monthly “Old Oakland Outdoor Cinema” screens Billy Wilder's beloved farce Some Like It Hot (1981) on Ninth and Broadway in downtown Oakland this Saturday, Aug. 20. Limited seating provided; BYO chairs and blankets. For more information, call (510) 238-4734 or visit www.oldoakland.org. Starts at sunset.