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THURSDAY JULY 24-SUNDAY AUGUST 3 SPECIAL EVENT

34th SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

Take in the rich expression of Jewish culture at the 34th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opening July 24 and running through August 10 in Bay Area theaters. Experience a full complement of films, festivities and special appearances including a live performance by our Freedom of Expression honoree THEODORE BIKEL. Theodore Bikel will perform live at the Castro Theatre following the screening on July 31. For more information about festival films and events please call 415-621-0523 or visit sfjff.org.

 

MONDAY AUGUST 4 & TUESDAY AUGUST 5 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


WEDNESDAY AUGUST 6 DOUBLE FEATURE

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT 5:30, 7:30
50th Anniversary! New 4K Restoration! New 5.1 sound mix!
Just one month after The Beatles exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night, in which the bandmates play wily, exuberant versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time. (1964, 87 min, DCP)

+ THE KNACK…AND HOW TO GET IT 9:15

In between A Hard Day’s Night and Help!, Richard Lester brought his fast-paced, off-hand style to this swinging 60s London sex farce. Cult icon Rita Tushingham stars, John Barry supplied the jazzy score and future stars Jacqueline Bisset, Charlotte Rampling and Jane Birkin appear briefly. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes. (1965, 84 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


THURSDAY AUGUST 7 DOUBLE FEATURE

DO THE RIGHT THING 7:00

No punches are pulled when tensions come to a head on the hottest day of the year on one block in Brooklyn, NY in Spike Lee's groundbreaking, complex examination of racism. The superb ensemble cast includes Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, John Turturro and Spike Lee. (1989, 120 min, 35mm)

+ IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT 9:15

Rod Steiger won the Oscar for his portrayal of a bigoted Mississippi sheriff who grudgingly accepts help from big-city detective Sidney Poitier in solving a bizarre murder. Norman Jewison’s Oscar-winning melodrama has atmosphere to burn with a killer Quincy Jones score and a supporting cast led by Lee Grant and Warren Oates. (1967, 109 min, DCP)

 
     
   


FRIDAY AUGUST 8 THROUGH SUNDAY AUGUST 10
SING ALONG THE WIZARD OF OZ
Fri 7:00; Sat & Sun 2:30 & 7:00
Hosted by Laurie Bushman & Sara Moore.

For those of you not yet converted, Sing Along The Wizard of Oz is a screening of the classic MGM musical in glorious Technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character for the costume contest! The Wizard of Oz stars Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley. Directed by Victor Fleming. (1939, full program runs approx. 150 min, 35mm)

Special Admission: $16 general / $11 kids (12-) & seniors (62+)
Advance tix via Ticketweb NO PASSES FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT

 
     
   


MONDAY AUGUST 11

INFORUM Presents
The NBA’s JASON COLLINS: Pro Sports’ First Out Athlete

The pro’s pro. The ultimate teammate. The consummate professional. These are terms that have defined 35-year-old NBA player Jason Collins throughout his 14-year career. In April 2013, Collins came out as gay, becoming the first publicly gay athlete to play in any of the four major American pro sports leagues. Since coming out, Collins has been prominently featured in the public spotlight and has had to endure both the best and the worst of the sports world. Join us at the Castro Theatre to hear the unique and courageous story of the man who made it okay to be gay in sports.

5:45 check-in and premium reception, 6:30 program.
This program is part of the 2014 Platforum series The LGBT Journey, sponsored by Ernst & Young.

 
     
   


TUESDAY AUGUST 12 DOUBLE FEATURE

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE 7:00

Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is a vampire who spends the endless hours making and collecting music in his run-down Detroit home. The arrival of his lover Eve (Tilda Swinton) alleviates the boredom and soon Eve's sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) shows up to lethally complicate their (un)lives. A moody and energetic vampire opus from Jim Jarmusch, recalling the nocturnal devastation of his Mystery Train and Down By Law; co-starring John Hurt as playwright/vampire Christopher Marlowe. (2013, 123 min, 35mm)

+ THE HUNGER 9:15

Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie play a centuries-old vampire couple in New York City who enlist the aid of doctor Susan Sarandon when one begins to age rapidly. The feature debut of Tony Scott is a visually dazzling melange of horror, romance, science and eroticism. (1983, 97 min, 35mm 'Scope)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY AUGUST 13 DOUBLE FEATURE

THE ROVER 7:00

Set in a future civilization pushed to its breaking point, hardened loner Guy Pearce gives unrelenting chase on a gang of thieves through the desolate towns and roads of the Australian outback, with a wounded Robert Pattinson as his only guide. Director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) takes the viewer on a white-knuckled odyssey across a scorched and dangerous world. (2013, 103 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ A BOY AND HIS DOG 9:00

Set in the year 2024 in post-apocalyptic America, 18-year-old Vic (Don Johnson) and his telepathic dog Blood (voiced by Tim McIntire) are scavengers in the desolate wilderness ravaged by World War IV, where survivors must battle for food, shelter and sexual companionship in the desert-like wasteland. Based on the Harlan Ellison novella, director L.Q. Jones' oddball vision of the future is one of sci-fi's great black comedies. Jason Robards and Susanne Benton co-star. (1975, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


CARAX/LINKLATER
THURSDAY AUGUST 14 TRIPLE FEATURE ($12)

TMR X, A VISION OF LEOS CARAX 6:00

In France, Leos Carax has long been branded as a mysterious, solitary filmmaker with an aversion to both the media and the public at large. Elsewhere, the real focus is on his films and he is considered to be an icon of world cinema. Mr.X dives into the poetic and visionary world of an artist who was already a cult figure from his very first film. With exclusive archival materials, interviews with his closest collaborators (such as Denis Lavant), and excerpts from his favorite films, Tessa Louise-Salomé’s documentary attempts to put together a few pieces of the Carax puzzle. In English and French/Japanese with English subtitles. (2014, 71 min, DCP)

+ BOY MEETS GIRL 7:25

Leos Carax’s debut feature astonished the international film scene and galvanized a young generation bowled over by the 23-year-old’s quixotic revival of radically beautiful cine-stylistics. Inspired by his recent discovery of cinema, especially silent film and the French New Wave, Boy Meets Girl is an alternatively melancholic and comedic tale of star-crossed would-be lovers’ attempts to connect in lonely Paris. Starring Mireille Perrier, Carax’s lover-muse of the time, and Denis Lavant, in the first of his “Alex” alter-ego roles for the director, Boy Meets Girl features a soundtrack studded with the likes of David Bowie and the Dead Kennedys, and luminous black and white cinematography by Jean-Yves Escoffier. – Brecht Andersch. In French with English subtitles. (1984, 100 min, DCP)

+ BEFORE SUNRISE 9:20

The first film in Richard Linklater’s daring, influential “Before” trilogy begins with a chance meeting on a train between American backpacker Ethan Hawke and Parisian student Julie Delpy. Over the course of one night, together they share an increasingly revelatory conversation amidst the sights and sounds of Vienna. Equally entrancing, funny, poignant and perceptive. (1995, 105 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


FRIDAY AUGUST 15 DOUBLE FEATURE

MAMMA MIA! 7:00

Meryl Streep heads the cast as a single mother whose daughter (Amanda Seyfried), longing to discover the identity of her true father before she exchanges her wedding vows, secretly invites a trio of paternal candidates to her upcoming nuptials. Phyllida Lloyd, director of both the original London sensation as well as the hit Broadway incarnation, helms this big-screen version of the beloved musical featuring 22 classic ABBA hits. Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski co-star. (2008, 108 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ MOULIN ROUGE! 9:10

Baz Luhrmann’s visually dazzling, hyperkinetic musical stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor as star-crossed lovers in Paris circa 1900. Full of extraordinary images, the film tweaks convention by mixing anachronistic dialog and contemporary pop hits into a period romance. John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent and Richard Roxburgh co-star. (2001, 127 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


SATURDAY AUGUST 16 - SUNDAY, AUGUST 17
The SF Sketchfest Summer Social

SATURDAY AUGUST 16
“The Muppet Movie”

35th Anniversary Family Matinee Screening

Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, The Great Gonzo and all of your favorite Muppets as they head to Hollywood in their first big-screen adventure, "The Muppet Movie." It's hard to believe it's been 35 years since Jim Henson brought his beloved creations to cinemas in a hilarious road-trip like no other. Kermit and pals try to strike it big in Tinseltown while on the run from the fast-food mogul Doc Hopper (Charles Durning) and his lackey Max (Austin Pendleton). Featuring a bevy of celebrity cameos including Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Dom DeLuise, Elliott Gould, Madeline Kahn, Richard Pryor, Cloris Leachman and Orson Welles, and a fantastic collection of songs by Paul Williams.

Very special guest DAVE GOELZ, voice and puppeteer of Gonzo the Great, will appear for a conversation and Q&A at our 35th Anniversary screening of "The Muppet Movie." Dave worked on countless revered Henson productions in addition to Muppets features and the beloved television show, including "Sesame Street," "Fraggle Rock," "Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas," "The Dark Crystal," and "Labyrinth." In addition to Gonzo, Dave is also responsible for the iconic characters of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, and Doglion.
11am, $10 LINK TO BUY TICKETS

SATURDAY AUGUST 16
The Benson Movie Interruption
Twilight: Eclipse

with Doug Benson and surprise guests

Wildly popular stand-up comedian and podcaster Doug Benson, the man behind “Super High Me,” “Doug Loves Movies,” and “Getting Doug With High” returns to San Francisco with The Benson Movie Interruption’s live skewering of the third installment of the teen vampire series The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Doug and his surprise guests will provide live commentary and rapid-fire jokes as the film is shown on the majestic Castro screen at precisely, ahem, 4:20pm in the afternoon. Benson has already presented the first two Twilight films to enthusiastic sold-out crowds alongside special surprise guests including Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Chris Hardwick, Michael Ian Black and more. You never know who might show up from Benson’s long list of famous and funny friends.
Saturday, August 16th, The Castro Theatre
4:20pm, $20 LINK TO BUY TICKETS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16
Yeeeeaaah, we’re going to need you to come into the theater on Saturday.
OFFICE SPACE 15th Anniversary Screening
with Special Guest Stephen Root ("Milton")

Wear your minimum fifteen pieces of flair and bring your TPS reports for the 15th anniversary screening and celebration of Mike Judge's classic comedy OFFICE SPACE, with very special guest Stephen Root ("Milton," who believes you might have his stapler) live in person. Follow Peter Gibbons and his co-workers Samir Nagheenanajar and Michael Bolton (no relation to a certain no-talent ass clown) as they get increasingly fed up with INITECH software boss Bill Lumbergh and decide to take matters into their own hands, while Peter falls for Chotchkie’s waitress Joanna. Don’t jump to conclusions and miss this rare 35mm archival print screening of the film, which also stars Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole, Ajay Naidu, David Herman and Diedrich Bader. Join us at the Castro Theatre and don’t forget to show us your best ‘O-face.’
9:00pm, $12
LINK TO BUY TICKETS

NEW DATE AND TIME: Sunday, August 17
Fred Armisen
with special guest Ian Rubbish

Fred Armisen, co-creator and star of IFC’s “Portlandia” and beloved veteran of “Saturday Night Live,” takes to the Castro Theatre stage for a night of stand-up comedy, featuring a very special opening act: Armisen’s alter-ego, 70’s era English punk-rock musician Ian Rubbish and his band. The evening will close with an opportunity for the audience to participate in a lively Q & A session with Fred.
Sunday, August 17th, The Castro Theatre
9pm, $25 LINK TO BUY TICKETS

 
     
   


SUNDAY AUGUST 17 DOUBLE FEATURE
ELI WALLACH (1915-2014)

THE LINEUP Noon

Shot on-location in San Francisco (including Sutro Baths) Don Siegel's feature-length adaptation of the television series is a tense, gritty story of two gung-ho cops in pursuit of two hit men. Eli Wallach and Richard Jaeckel are among the film's hard-boiled pleasures. (1958, 86 min, 35mm archival print!)

+ THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY 1:40

Sergio Leone’s quintessential spaghetti Western finds a trio of desperados on the hunt for treasure in Civil War times. Starring Clint Eastwood’s ambiguous hero, Lee Van Cleef’s evil incarnate, Eli Wallach’s wild mugging and Ennio Morricone’s indelible music. (1966, 179 min - 2003 extended US version, DCP ‘Scope)

 

MONDAY AUGUST 18 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


TUESDAY AUGUST 19 DOUBLE FEATURE

IDA 7:00

Before accepting her vows, a would-be nun is ordered to visit her last remaining relative, a secretive aunt whose stunning revelation propels both women into the troubled pasts of their family and their country. The political and the personal are powerfully enmeshed in Pawel Pawlikowski's keenly felt opus, boosted by stunning black & white cinematography and compelling lead performances. In Polish with English subtitles. (2013, 82 min, DCP)

+ INCENDIES 8:35

Denis Villeneuve’s visceral, spellbinding, ferocious journey through a legacy of brutality, truth and reconciliation follows twin siblings embarking on their mother’s dying wish for them to find their father, whom was believed dead, and a brother they never knew existed. Traveling from Canada into the murky borders and boundaries of the Middle East, they piece together the story of the woman who brought them into the world, discovering a tragic fate as well as exceptional courage. In French with English subtitles. (2010, 130 min, DCP)

 
 
 
 
 
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