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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: Shake Hands With the Devil(Peter Raymont, Canada, 2004) 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 17-23): Tout de Suite (Benoît Jacquot, France, 2004). Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (June 15): Xavier Beauvois directs and stars as an art student drafted into the French army in what would be a Pauly Shore flick in this country but in France is the “downbeat drama” N'oublie pas que tu vas mourir (Don't Forget You're Going to Die, France, 1995) 6 p.m.
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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 16): Che's daughter Aleida Guevara's positive look at Chavez, Venezuela and the New Latin America (2004), an hourlong documentary screened by ANSWER. 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (June 17): An Amnesty International screening of State of Denial (Elaine Epstein, South Africa, 2005), about the impact of AIDS in South Africa under President Thabo Mbeki's “climate of confusion and neglect”. 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: “I've got the bullets!” New widescreen prints of the James Dean dramas East of Eden (Elia Kazan, 1954; 2:30, 7 p.m. ) and Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955; 12:15, 4:45, 9:15 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Genesis (Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou, France, 2004). See Opening for review 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
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429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.com and $8 for regular screenings save as noted; www.frameline.org and $9, $7 till 5 p.m., for Frameline29 screenings this week 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: The Castro offers an “Evening With Joel Schumacher” with the Batman & Robin auteur in person to discuss his career after Flawless (1999; 7 p.m. ) and before introducing The Lost Boys (1987; 10 p.m. ). $10.
THURSDAY: The lost boys and flawless women congregate as Frameline29, the flawless San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, screens here through June 26. The opening-night film is Côte d'Azur (Ducastel and Martineau, France). $90 for film and gala to follow. 7:30 p.m. My Summer of Love (Pawlikowski) 10:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Frameline29 — The Joy of Life (Olson) 1 p.m. The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch (Catania and Ignacio) 3 p.m. Producing Adults (Salmenperä, Finland) 6 p.m. Unveiled (Maccarone, Germany) 8:15 p.m. Night Corridor (Lee, Hong Kong) 10:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Frameline29 — “Fun in Boys' Shorts” 11 a.m. “Fun in Girls' Shorts” 1:30 p.m. SCREAMING QUEENS (Silverman and Stryker) 4 p.m. The Reception (Young) 6 p.m. Summer Storm (Kreuzpainter, Germany) 8:15 p.m. A Year Without Love (Berneri, Argentina) 10:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Frameline29 — “Queermation” (shorts) 11 a.m. Twist of Faith (Dick) 1 p.m. My Brother Nikhil (Onir, India) 3:15 p.m. GYPO (Dunn, U.K.) 6 p.m. Eternal (Liebenberg and Sanchez, Canada) 8:15 p.m. Impresario Peaches Christ brings her act to the Castro with “Tran-ilogy of Terror” 10:15 p.m.
MONDAY: Frameline29 — “Boys School” (shorts) noon. >“Return of the Antipodeans” (Australian shorts) 2:15 p.m. Based on a True Story (Stokman, Netherlands) 4:30 p.m. Loggerheads (Kirkman) 6:30 p.m. Tropical Malady (Weerasethakul, Thailand) 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Frameline29 — “Do It Yourself: New Youth Films” (shorts) noon. “Global Motherhood” (shorts) 2:15 p.m. Night Corridor 4:15 p.m. Happy Endings (Roos) 6:30 p.m. Show Me (Nicolaou, Canada) 9:30 p.m.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com. Films often screen on this bar's outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains). $5 after 10 p.m.
THURSDAY (June 16): El Rio's “Weekly World Music Dance Party” includes outdoor film screenings. 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.
DAILY (Closed Mondays): Audrey Tautou undergoes A Very Long Engagement (France, 2004) and so will you in this Jean-Pierre Jeunet film, screening through June 26. 8:45, 11 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Four girlfriends comprise The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ken Kwapis, 2005) Wed 6:30, 8:45 p.m.; Thurs 9:30 a.m., 4:25, 7:30, 9:15 p.m.; Fri 4:30, 7:30, 9:15 p.m.; Sat 2:15, 4:30, 7:30, 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939) screens as a “Family Fundraiser and BBQ” for this theater, together with a live performance by the Twinkling Stars girls' chorus. Adults $25, kids $10; call for advance tickets. 3 p.m.
STARTS MONDAY: Call theater for program.
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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. [page]
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 17-23): Tout de Suite (Benoît Jacquot, France, 2004). Call for times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues a summer film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (June 17): Our own Michael Fox hosts a “June Jazz Salon” of screenings and discussions of jazz cinema. Tonight, Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (Charlotte Zwerin, 1989) 6:30 p.m.
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 (June 18): William S. Hart's expansive western epic Tumbleweeds (King Baggott, 1925), screening with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (and a bit by Jean Harlow) in Double Whoopee (Lewis R. Foster, 1929) 7:30 p.m.
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601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a “calendar house” rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Shake Hands With the Devil (Peter Raymont, Canada, 2004) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
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: Curt McDowell parodies porn and the old dark-house genre in Thundercrack (1975) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A series of anime features from Japan's Studio Ghibli continues with the gorgeously animated forest gods duel of Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Anime — A flying pig hunts air pirates over the Adriatic in Porco Rosso (Miyazaki, 1992) 7:30 p.m. Forest creatures steal your garbage in the social satire Pom Poko (Isao Takahata, 1994) 9:25 p.m.
SATURDAY: Film critic J. Hoberman in person, introducing Roger Corman's 1930s gangster film Bloody Mama (1970; 7 p.m. ), with Shelley Winters leading a criminal gang that includes Robert De Niro, plus Michael J. Pollard as a mud-covered Billy the Kid in Dirty Little Billy (Stan Dragoti, 1972; 9 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Anime — A princess leads the remnants of humanity in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Miyazaki, 1975) 2 p.m. Porco Rosso 4:15 p.m. An office worker reconnects with her childhood in Only Yesterday (Takahata, 1991) 6 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: “Total Impakt,” a program of media art from the 2004 Impakt Festival in Utrecht, screens several very short (two- to six-minute) films including Preserving Cultural Traditions in a Period of Instability (John and Henry Ford, Austria, 2004) 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com for regular programs, and www.frameline.org for Frameline29 screenings this week. $5 for regular programs, $9 for Frameline29. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
MONDAY (June 20): Frameline29, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, screens here June 20-23. Tonight, Feline Masquerade (Minder, Switzerland) 6:30 p.m. Surge of Power (Donahue) 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (June 21): Frameline29 — The Journey (Pullappally, India) 6:30 p.m. My Brother Nikhil (Onir, India) 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
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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: Ladies in Lavender (Charles Dance, U.K., 2004) 6:30, 8:45 p.m. King of the Corner (Peter Reigert, 2004) 7, 9 p.m. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004) 6:15 p.m. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Alex Gibney, 2005) 8:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Ladies in Lavender, Wild Parrots, and Enron continue. Call for times and other films.
FRIDAY: A six-day “Australian Film Roadshow” of new Antipodean cinema opens with Black and White (Craig Lahiff), re-creating a sensational murder trial. 7 p.m. Football's Australian Rules (Paul Goldman) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: “Roadshow” — Geoffrey Rush voices a koala looking for his lost parents in the animated The Magic Pudding (Karl Zwicky) 4 p.m. An Italian-Australian teen Looking for Alibrandi (Kate Woods) 7 p.m. The lawn bowling craze, caught on film in Crackerjack (Paul Maloney) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: “Roadshow” — The Magic Pudding 4 p.m. Australian Rules 6:30 p.m.
MONDAY: “Roadshow” — Crackerjack 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: “Roadshow” — Looking for Alibrandi 7 p.m.
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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.
WEDNESDAY: The youth of France get their historical record down in Jean-Luc Godard's Masculine-Feminine (France, 1966) 2, 7:15, 9:25 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: An amateur porn collective makes its mark in Made in Secret (East Van Porn Collective, 2004) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Prisoners are enlightened, Doing Time, Doing Vipassana (Eilona Ariel, Ayelet Menahemi, Israel/India, 1998) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (June 21 & 22): Jean-Paul Belmondo is an unenlightened con on the run in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (France, 1959) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com; www.frameline.org for Frameline29 screenings this week. $8 for regular programs; $9, $7 till 5 p.m., for Frameline29. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA. [page]
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Power of Nightmares (Adam Curtis, U.K., 2004). $10 7:30 p.m.; also Wed 12:30, 4 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Le Grand Voyage (Ferrouhki, France/Morocco, 2003) 6 p.m. Dead Meat (Conor McMahon, Ireland, 2004) 8, 9:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: Bloomsday 101 is marked with a screening of Imagining Ulysses (Ireland, 2004), a six-director set of Joycean sketches 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY: Frameline29, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, screens here through June 25. Tonight, The Aggressives (Peddle) 6 p.m. 100% HUMAN (Winterkjaer and Dalchow, Norway) 8:15 p.m. “Off the Hook” (shorts) 10:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: Frameline29 — Passion of Words Turning Into Action (Jade) 11 a.m. “Do It Yourself: New Youth Films” (shorts) 2 p.m. Creating a Place at the Table (Hines and Burklee) 4 p.m. Just the Two of Us (Beerson and Peeters) 6 p.m. Blood, Sweat and Glitter (Aicken) 8:15 p.m. “I Wanna Be Sedated” (shorts) 10:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Frameline29 — We Are Dad (Hervat) 11 a.m. transparent (Rosskam) 1 p.m. “Young, Loud and Proud” (shorts) 3:15 p.m. “Don't Fence Me In” (shorts) 5:30 p.m. Yo Soy Asi (Turandot, Chile) and Maricones (Arriaga, Peru) 8:15 p.m. “Pups and Ponies” (shorts) 10:15 p.m.
MONDAY: Frameline29 — Call Me Malcolm (Parlagreco) 6 p.m. “The Joy of Jewish Film” (shorts from Israel) 8:15 p.m. “Scary, Mary!” (shorts) 10 p.m.
TUESDAY: Frameline29 — “We Can Do It!” (shorts) 6 p.m. Original Pride (Bloom) 8 p.m. “My Hustler” (shorts) 10 p.m.
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 $10.
DAILY (Closed Wednesday): Paul Klee 11 a.m. “Photographers in Focus,” a program of shorts 1 p.m. Episodes 214 and 222 (covering, we assume, key events in the posthumous career of vampire Jonathan Frid) of the TV series Dark Shadows (1967) 3 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m.
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Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays. Free.
THURSDAY (June 16): “Different From the Others,” a series of films with the theme of homosexuality in Germany before World War II, screens The Hidden Führer (Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, 2004), about the sex life, possibly gay, of Adolf Hitler noon.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org and www.frameline.org for Frameline29 screenings this week. $9, $7 till 5 p.m. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
FRIDAY: Frameline29, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, screens here through June 25. Tonight, Gay Sex in the '70s (Lovett) 6 p.m. Grand Sons (Cohen, France) 8 p.m. Three Dancing Slaves (Morel, France) 10 p.m.
SATURDAY: Frameline29 — little man (Conn) 11 a.m. “Boys School” (shorts) 1:45 p.m. “Women in Love” (shorts) 4 p.m. The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch (Catania and Ignacio) 6 p.m. Feline Masquerade (Minder, Switzerland) 8:30 p.m. False Offender (Vila, Spain) 10:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Frameline29 — Ned Rorem: Words and Music (Dowell and Kolomvakis) 11 a.m. Same Sex America (Corra and Rule) 1:15 p.m. “Tomboys” (shorts) 3:30 p.m. Poster Boy (Tucker) 5:30 p.m. “Fun for Boys and Girls” (shorts) 7:45 p.m. Blackmail Boy (Papathanasiou and Reppas, Greece) 9:45 p.m.
MONDAY: Frameline29 — A Knockout (Boerman and Reiziger, Netherlands) and 100% Woman (Duthie, Canada) 6 p.m. Gloriously Free (Sinclair, Canada) and This Way Out (Burnett, Canada/France) 8:30 p.m. Hardcore (Iliadis, Greece) 10:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Frameline29 — Beautiful Women (Ramesh, Germany) 6 p.m. Zona Rosa (Castle, USA/Mexico) 8 p.m. Guys and Balls (Horman, Germany) 10 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 15): A Film Arts Foundation screening of the new documentary Hold Your Breath (Maren Grainger-Monsen, 2004), about an Afghan-American in Fremont who disregards medical advice after a cancer diagnosis, to travel to Mecca. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (June 17): A “Nuns and Cheerleaders” series screens a double bill of the uncensored version of The Cheerleaders (Paul Glicker, 1972; 7 p.m. ), about amorous teenagers, and Guardian of Hell (Bruno Mattei, Italy, 1980; 8:45 p.m. ), about possessed nuns, from the director of the “terrible films” SS Girls and Rats: Night of Terror.
SUNDAY (June 19): An “Anarchist Sunday” matinee series continues with Tex Avery's Screwball Squirrel (1944), about a rodent that escapes from a nuthouse, and Luis Buñuel's L'Age d'Or (France, 1930), about anarchists who lick feet 2 p.m.
A Summer Film Fest at the Gundlach Bundschu Winery, 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma, offers an open-air screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Jones, 1975) this Saturday, June 18. Live music at 6:30 p.m. , followed by the film at dusk. Picnics welcome. $8, $35 for barbecue and wine tasting. Call (707) 938-5277 or see www.gunbun.com for more information.