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.
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111 MINNA GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
MONDAY (July 28): The "Edition Français" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" offers 11 films and videos from France and Quebec, including Pascal Lievre's musicals Abba Mao and Lacan Dalida, the latter a karaoke number featuring an extract from the psychoanalyst's Seminar VII sung to the tune of Dali's "Born to Sing" 8 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (July 23): A Claude Chabrol series continues with Betty (France, 1992), with Marie Trintignant as an adulterous wife cut off from seeing her son 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 26): Betty 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
FRIDAY (July 25): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" gives you a chance to show your masterpiece, or even your disaster-piece, without shame and for a paying audience. $4 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 26): A fund-raiser for Realism and Lilacs, a work-in-progress on the relationship between painter Thomas Eakins and poet Walt Whitman, screens a 75-minute rough cut on video, with the film's writer/producer in person 8 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. $7.
SATURDAY (July 26): Robert Aldrich's Hollywood gothic What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) with Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Bonus presentation: the fifth annual Mother/Daughter Mudwrestling Competition, featuring Chastity vs. Cher, Joan vs. Melissa, and more midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com, $8 save as noted for regular programming; 275-9490, www.sfjff.org, and $10 save as noted for San Francisco Jewish Film Festival programs. 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: The 23rd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues here with Galoot 10:30 a.m. Shalom Ireland and The Last Jewish Town 1:30 p.m. My Life Part 2 4:15 p.m. Divan 6:45 p.m. Forget Baghdad 8:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: Jewish Film Festival -- Caravan 841 and Pepe's Watch 10:45 a.m. Blessings and My Four Children 12:15 p.m. Asesino and Thunder in Guyana 3 p.m. Kedma 5:45 p.m. A Closing Night screening of Four Short Films About Love with the Argentine comedy Samy y Yo (2002), with party to follow. $18 8:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Weather Underground (Sam Green and Bill Siegel, 2003) screens through Aug. 7. See Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 3, 5 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: Before CGI and the green guy there was Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (U.S./China, 2000) 8:45, 10:45 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Jean Cocteau's lovely adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (France, 1946) screens through Aug. 17 8:30, 10:30 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. This innovative theater screens second-run movies, a "Midnites for Maniacs" 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 24): A six-week series of "Hong Kong Movie Madness" continues. Jet Li stars in Fong Sai Yuk 2 (Corey Yuen, 1993; 2, 6, 10 p.m. ), screening with a dubbed version of Fist of the White Lotus (1980; noon, 4, 8 p.m. ), with Gordon Liu taking on evil priest White Lotus (Lo Lieh, who also directed).
MIDNIGHT SHOWS (Friday & Saturday): Penelope Spheeris' punkumentaries The Decline of Western Civilization (1981; screening Friday), featuring the Germs, Fear, X, and Black Flag; and its sequel, The Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998; Saturday).
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 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: Two hit men's misadventures are told out of order, Memento-style, in Brothers Assassin (2002) 8 p.m.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Gangster takes on gangster in Lethal Force (Alvin Ecarma, 2002), promising nonstop fights 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Giant cockroaches take over New York in Mimic (Guillermo Del Toro, 1997) 8 p.m.
MOVIE PALACE AUCTION SALES ROOM
2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. A new series of classic films screening in 35mm plays this summer in the Alameda facilities of Auctions by the Bay.
FRIDAY (July 25): The stuff that dreams are made of, aka The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941) 7, 9:30 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's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.