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. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film. $6 except as noted.
THURSDAY (Sept. 27): Kino 21 offers a 16mm print of Situationist Guy Debord's We Turn in the Night, Consumed by Fire (In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimir Igni, France, 1978), a denouncement of modern life, with an English soundtrack. $6-$10 donation 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 28): A "Bootleg" series of rare, out of print films screens Oliver Stone's portrait of Fidel, Commandante (2003) 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 29): Other Cinema screens "Switched-On Grimm," live music accompanying fairy stories courtesy of Brutallo.com. $8 ($1 off if you dress as your favorite fairy tale character) 8:30 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. $8.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Get your fistful of quarters ready for 3:10 to Yuma (James Mangold, 2007) noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 p.m. A "joyous" double-bill of the street musician romance Once (John Carney, Ireland, 2006; noon, 3:45, 7:30 p.m.) and pie-making Waitress (Adrienne Shelly, 2007; 1:40, 5:25, 9:10 p.m.).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
BERNAL HEIGHTS PARK
Bernal Heights Blvd. at Folsom (north slope), 695-5006, www.bhoutdoorcine.org for more information. Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema offers screenings by local filmmakers. BYO blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics. Free.
FRIDAY (Sept. 28): Hypatia Porter's For the Price of a Cup of Coffee follows the trail of a paper cup; Asian Pacific inmates raise funds in Emiko Omori's 75,000 Miles to Redemption, and more 7:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. 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. $10 except as noted.
WEDNESDAY: A 70mm series screens HAL the way you want to see that big red eye in 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Governator blows his mind in Total Recall (Paul Verhoeven, 1990; 7 p.m.) and saves the world in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (James Cameron, 1991; 9:10 p.m.).
FRIDAY: A series paying tribute to composer Jerry Goldsmith opens with The Omen (Richard Donner, 1976; 2:45, 7 p.m.) and Seconds0x2028(John Frankenheimer, 1966; 4:55, 9:10 p.m.), a bizarre science fiction film about the California notion of living forever young.
SATURDAY: Goldsmith – Two exercises in 1960s camp, Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968; 2:40, 7 p.m.) and Our Man Flint (Daniel Mann, 1966; 12:30, 4:50, 9:10 p.m.).
SUNDAY: Goldsmith – More fantasy/science fiction with Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Robert Wise, 1979; 2:30, 7 p.m.) and Twilight Zone: The Movie (John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, George Miller, 1983; 12:30, 5, 9:25 p.m.).
TUESDAY: Goldsmith – And still more fantasy/science fiction with Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982; 7 p.m.) and Outland (Peter Hyams, 1981; 9:10 p.m.).
CHINESE CULTURE CENTER
Auditorium, Hilton Hotel, Third Floor, 750 Kearny (at Merchant), 986-1822, www.c-c-c.org. This cultural center often shows films. $6; this screening free to members.
SATURDAY (Sept. 29): A documentary film series screens Floating Life (Huang Weikai, 2005), about a street singer's struggles in the underground passages of Guangzhou 1 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com; 346-1124 for theater box office. "The Late Night Picture Show," a midnight movie series, continues. $9.75.
SATURDAY (Sept. 29): The Bawdy Caste hosts The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975). midnight.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd sts.), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. 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. Free with meal.
DAILY: Ralph Fiennes practices his skinless, noseless, Voldemort impersonation as The English Patient (Anthony Minghella, U.K., 1996). "Starts at dusk."
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org. This popular center offers a wide range of programs, many of them film-oriented. Free, reservations required.
TUESDAY (Oct. 2): Two mothers grieve for their lost children in Hilla Medalia's documentary of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, To Die in Jerusalem (2007). Filmmaker in person 7 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY:
Death at a Funeral (Frank Oz, U.K., 2006) Wed 7, 9 p.m.; Thurs 8 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
MAIN POST THEATRE
99 Moraga (at Montgomery), The Presidio, www.presidio.gov for venue, 561-5500 and www.sffs.org for this event. The 66-year-old Main Post Theatre hosts an occasional outdoor movie event. BYO picnic basket, blankets and lawn chairs. Free.
SATURDAY (Sept. 29): An Amazonian gill man invades the Presidio as the sixth annual Film in the Fog event screens The Creature from the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold, 1955). Festivities with the Air National Guard Band of the West Coast begin at 5 p.m., screening of a cartoon, a newsreel and the feature at 7 p.m.
MARIN CIVIC CENTER
Showcase Theatre, 3501 Civic Center (at Avenue of the Flags), San Rafael, 499-6800 and www.italianfilm.com for this series. The 2007 Italian Film Festival screens at this Frank Lloyd Wright–designed complex for six weeks. $12.
SATURDAY (Sept. 29): The Second Wedding Night (Pupi Avati, 2002), a drama set in postwar Puglia, won acting awards for star Katia Ricciarelli 5:30, 7:45 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or email email@example.com for required reservations. This cultural asset of long standing continues a summer film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow. $10 donation.
FRIDAY (Sept. 28): A filmed-in-San-Francisco series concludes with Philip Kaufman's sarcastic take on the oft-filmed Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 29): Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema offers screenings of movies by local filmmakers in this area park, including Jay Rosenblatt's I Just Wanted to Be Somebody: Anita Bryant and, from 1971, Yasha Aginsky's Bernal Blues. Live music 5:30 p.m.; "Meet the Filmmakers" reception 6:30 p.m.; screenings 7:30 p.m.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A St.), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org.WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Deep Water (Louise Osmond, Jerry0x2028Rothwell, U.K. 2006) 6:30, 8:45 p.m. Strange Culture (Lynn Hershman Leeson, 2007) 6:45 p.m. 2 Days in Paris (Julie Delpy, France 2007) 7, 9:15 p.m. John Malkovich is being Gustav Klimt (Raoul Ruiz, France, 2006) 8:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Into the Wild (Sean Penn, 2007) and In Search of Mozart (Phil Grabsky, U.K., 2006). See Opening for0x2028reviews. Call for times and other films.
SATURDAY: A colonial melodrama, The Rains Came (Clarence Brown, 1937) screens in a restored print with commentary by modern SFX experts Craig Barron and Ben Burtt on how the film's earthquake and monsoon effects were achieved. 7 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house. $8.50 except as noted.
WEDNESDAY: "Three Short Films About Cooperatives" include Democracy in the Workplace 2, 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: Mexican border factories are documented in Maquilapolis (Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre, Mexico, 2006), screening as a benefit for IDEX. $15-$50 Reception 6:30 p.m.; film 7:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Michael Moore's digressive tour of world health care, Sicko (2007) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:25 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Sara Lamm's entertaining look at the master soap maker and his highly literate product, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox (2006) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College. $9 except as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY:
Strange Culture (Lynn Hershman Leeson, 2007) 6, 8, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m. 12:08 East of Bucharest (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania, 2006) 8:45 p.m.; also Wed 7 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The San Francisco Blues Festival screens films here this weekend. Tonight, Every Beat of My Heart: The Johnny Otis Story (Bruce Schmiechen, 2007) and the classic The Blues According to Lightnin' Hopkins (Les Blank, 1970) 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: S. F. DocFest screens here for ten days. Tonight, on Screen 1, Canadian suburbs are ruthlessly exposed in Radiant City (Burns and Brown, Canada) 5 p.m. What Would Jesus Buy? (VanAlkemade) 7 p.m. El Mechanico Loco (Jackson) 9:15 p.m. On Screen 2, U.S. soldiers flee to Canada, Breaking Ranks (Mason) 5 p.m. Orange Winter (Zagdansky, Ukraine) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: DocFest – On Screen 1, TV horror hosts are American Scary (Hudgens) 12:30 p.m. Orange Winter 2:45 p.m. A 1970 battle in Cambodia at Shakey's Hill (Lloyd) 5 p.m. Damnwells' Golden Days (Suchorsky) 7 p.m. The struggles of gay hustlers in Cuba, Luchando (Stout, U.S.-Cuba) 9:15 p.m. On Screen 2, The true story behind Into the Wild, The Call of the Wild (Lamothe) 12:30 p.m. Dachshund races, Wiener Takes All (MacDougall) 2:45 p.m. wtf: an okaymentary (Thompson and Common) 5 p.m. A couple struggles, If You Succeed (Palmer and Arnold) 7 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: San Francisco Blues Fest screenings continue with Sacred Steel (Robert Stone), about the use of the steel guitar sound in black churches, and another Les Blank classic, A Well Spent Life (1972), about guitarist-songster Mance Lipscomb, 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: DocFest – On Screen 1, Buddha's Lost Children (Verkerk, Thailand) 12:30 p.m. The Call of the Wild 2:45 p.m. wtf: an okaymentary 5 p.m. Wiener Takes All 7 p.m. Radiant City 9:15 p.m. On Screen 2, Shakey's Hill 12:30 p.m. The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil (Morgan) 2:45 p.m. Sanctuary: Lisa Gerrard (Collier) 5 p.m. What Would Jesus Buy? 7 p.m.
MONDAY: DocFest – On Screen 1, It's the New Pedestrianism with the New Urban Cowboy (no director credited) 5 p.m. The Power of Community 7 p.m. What Would Jesus Buy? 9:15 p.m. On Screen 2, Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa (Stulberg and Stulberg) 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: DocFest –On Screen 1, Breaking Ranks (Mason) 5 p.m. Extreme body modification out of Flesh & Blood (Silverman) 7 p.m. Sanctuary: Lisa Gerrard 9:15 p.m. On Screen 2, Thai lotteries seek Ghosts and Numbers (Klima) 7 p.m. El Mechanico Loco 9:15 p.m.