Artists' Television Access. Periwinkle Cinema: Reality Check: Come see what happens when the local queer film & video art series stops being polite ... and starts getting real. Wed., July 17, 8 p.m. $7. The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time: Documentary about the vicissitudes of those classic old videogame arcades (and the collectors who refuse to ever say "Game Over"). Fri., July 19, 8 p.m. $6. thespaceinvaders.org. An Evening with Sublime Frequencies and Filmmaker Hisham Mayet: Seattle record label Sublime Frequencies presents two documentaries about North African music and culture: Palace of the Winds and Folk Music of the Sahara: Among the Tuareg of Libya. Sat., July 20, 8 p.m. $9. 992 Valencia, San Francisco, 824-3890, www.atasite.org.
Bottle Cap. Dinner and a Movie: Weekly screenings in the Bottle Cap dining room. Sundays, 7 p.m. 1707 Powell, San Francisco, 529-2237, www.bottlecapsf.com.
The Castro Theatre. 18th Annual S.F. Silent Film Festival: Even the most damnable chatterboxes can't ruin the dialogue at this annual flight of cinematic nostalgia. The 2013 installment includes more than 15 separate programs with live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne, Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Matti Bye Ensemble, Günter Buchwald, Clubfoot Orchestra, and Gamelan Sekar Jaya. There's also a separate opening night party held at McRoskey Mattress Company (1687 Market St.) at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 18. July 18-21. $15-$20 per program. silentfilm.org. 429 Castro, San Francisco, 621-6120, www.castrotheatre.com.
Century San Francisco Centre 9 and XD. Springsteen & I: A "documentary event" about The Boss and the impact his music has made on everyday American fans. Mon., July 22, 7:30 p.m. $13-$15. fathomevents.com. 845 Market St., San Francisco, 538-8422, www.cinemark.com/theatre-detail.aspx?node_id=1672.
Children's Creativity Museum. The Micro Film Festival: A free hourlong program of short films by Dean Mermell, Ken Paul Rosenthal, and Henry Gale. Thu., July 18, 6 p.m. free. 221 4th St., San Francisco, 820-3320, www.creativity.org.
Clay Theatre. Before Midnight: What was once just the blush of young romance has matured into thoughtful middle-age wisdom in Before Midnight, the third installment of Richard Linklater's series starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. Daily. Still Mine: Longtime character actor James Cromwell (L.A. Confidential) scores his first starring role in this mature love story. Starting July 19. Daily. V/H/S/2: San Francisco theatrical premiere of the sequel to 2012's found-footage horror anthology. July 19-20, 11:59 p.m. $9-$10. 2261 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com/Market/SanFrancisco/SanFrancisco_Frameset.htm.
Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Apollo 18: Hosts Sherilyn Connelly, Mikl-Em, and Tim Kay discover monsters on the moon in this 2011 found-footage thriller that, truth be told, could really use a lot more Tom Hanks. Sun., July 21, 8 p.m. $6.99. 2263 Mission, San Francisco, 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.
Multiple Bay Area Locations. FilmWorks United 2013: LaborFest's cinematic festival-within-a-festival features four weeks of unflinching documentaries about laborers' struggles across the globe. Through July 29. laborfest.net/2013/2013Films.htm. San Francisco, N/A.
San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema. Frontiers of Online Documentaries: Screenings of eight short documentary films (with a panel discussion to follow) presented by the San Francisco Film Society, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and The New York Times. Sat., July 20, 6:30 p.m. $10. 1746 Post, San Francisco, 525-8630, www.sffs.org.
NIMBY. 19th Annual Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Festival: The Bay Area's original parking lot film fest returns for four nights of short underground videos that we guarantee you won't see at the local multiplex. As an added bonus, this year's festival is dedicated to the memory of late documentary filmmaker Les Blank. Starting July 19. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through July 27. $10 per night (or $35 for four-night festival pass). brainwashm.com. 8410 Amelia, Oakland, 510-633-0506, www.nimbyspace.org.
Oddball Films. More Amazing Animal Antics!: Anthropomorphic pets do cute human things in these vintage short film clips that precede William Wegman by decades. Thu., July 18, 8 p.m. $10. The Speed of Dark: Nightlife and Nightmares: Nocturnal cinematic shorts that range from whimsical to weird. Fri., July 19, 8 p.m. $10. 275 Capp, San Francisco, 558-8112, www.oddballfilms.com.
Opera Plaza Cinemas. One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das: Documentary about the man born Jeffrey Kagel's enlightening, game-changing, name-changing journey to India in the 1970s. Through July 18. Frances Ha: A new indie comedy from the director of The Squid and the Whale. Daily. Unfinished Song: In this comedic British drama, a grumpy old man (Terence Stamp) learns to lighten up when his wife (Vanessa Redgrave) prods him to join a senior choir. Daily. Byzantium: After a few teasing festival appearances, Neil Jordan's stylish vampire thriller finally opens in wide release. Daily. The Hunt: Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Flame and Citron, TV's Hannibal) stars in this intense Danish drama where false accusations lead to a hysterical witch hunt. Starting July 19. Daily. Crystal Fairy: Indie film icon Michael Cera meets young hippie chick Gaby Hoffmann on a Chilean road trip with some psychedelic twists. July 19-25. 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, 777-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com/market/SanFrancisco/OperaPlazaCinema.htm.
Pacific Film Archive. From the Archive: Treasures of Eastern European & Soviet Cinema: In tribute to San Francisco Film Society's George Gund III, BAM/PFA presents a series of films donated to the museum by the late SFFS chairman, including features from Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and the USSR. Fri., July 19; Sat., July 20. $9.50-$13.50. bampfa.berkeley.edu. Castles in the Sky: Masterful Anime from Studio Ghibli: Retrospective of films from one of Japan's most heralded animation studios, including cherished titles like My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the recent From Up on Poppy Hill, and others. Sundays. Continues through Aug. 25. $5.50-$9.50. bampfa.berkeley.edu. 2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, 510-642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.
Roxie Theater. A Band Called Death: Documentary about early 1970s band Death, an all-black Detroit proto-punk group whose pioneering legacy was mostly forgotten until an ages-old demo recording was rediscovered in the 21st century. Through July 18. How to Make Money Selling Drugs: It's a documentary. About selling drugs. We're pretty sure you can figure out the rest. Through July 18. Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me: Documentary about the cult power-pop band, co-presented by Noise Pop. July 19-25. An Oversimplification of Her Beauty: Live action, animation, and music by Flying Lotus combine in this debut film from director Terence Nance and executive producers Jay-Z, Dream Hampton, and Wyatt Cenac. July 19-25. Pictoclik Film Festival: A two-day event highlighting short works by filmmakers from across the Bay Area. July 19-20, 9 p.m. $30-$50. pictoclik.com. 3117 16th St., San Francisco, 863-1087, www.roxie.com.
Yerba Buena Gardens. Band of Sisters: Documentary about the changing role of Catholic nuns in modern society. July 18-21. Fourth St. & Mission, San Francisco, 284-9589, www.yerbabuenagardens.com.
Z Space Studio. Rough Cuts: Filmmaker Jeremy Ambers presents his documentary work-in-progress, Impossible Light — about the current LED art installation on the Bay Bridge — with moderator Nadia Shihab. Tue., July 23, 7:30 p.m. $9. sfroughcuts.com. 450 Florida, San Francisco, 626-0453, www.zspace.org.