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Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Hot and bothered? Head to the Castro next Thursday, Sept. 22, for the sixth annual IXFF Indie Erotic Film Festival, hosted by Peaches Christ and Dr. Carol Queen, and featuring the most titillating shorts from around the globe. The festivities will be preceded by a "pre-party" party at the Barbary Coast, with live music, bawdy burlesque, door prizes and (of course) cocktails. Until then:

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. Connected
Where: Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Ctr., 415-352-0835

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Need a hot shower to rinse off the filth of this weekend's Peaches Christ-produced Showgirls extravaganza at the Castro? Not a problem. Return to the theater Wednesday for a weeklong tribute to the great Cary Grant, with nightly double-features highlighting classics including The Philadelphia Story, North by Northwest, Bringing Up Baby and His Girl Friday. But first things first:

1. Showgirls

Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: Aug. 27

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Pedro Almodóvar takes over the Castro starting Wednesday, as Spain's most internationally acclaimed auteur (whose latest offering, The Skin I Live In, arrives in October) is honored with three double-features, featuring Bad Education, Talk to Her, All About My Mother and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Elsewhere:

1. Grease
Sing-Along
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: Aug. 12-14

Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle Make Memorable Odd Couple in 'The Guard'

Rarely a leading man, Brendan Gleeson (28 Days Later) brilliantly dominates the stage in John Michael McDonagh’s invigorating feature debut The Guard, tearing through the longtime screenwriter’s sharp, cheerfully profane dialogue with the seasoned grace of a virtuoso.
 
Who else could have played Sergeant Gerry Boyle, a glib Irish garda (Gaelic for “guard”) whose devil-may-care approach to police work, in a normally sleepy corner of the Emerald Isle, includes on-the-job pints, bedroom romps with imported hookers and the occasional tab of acid?
 

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

If the prospect of watching James Franco play with primates in Rise of the Planet of the Apes isn't enough to get you off the couch this weekend, we've got several worthy alternatives in this week's Indie Theater Roundup, which comes complete with an Easter egg of sorts: a YouTube video of the late Patrick Swayze recalling his least favorite line in Dirty Dancing! Enjoy.

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. The Guard

Summer Daze: August Movie Preview

Summer is slowly winding down, giving Hollywood just a few more weeks to unload the last of its annual sequels, prequels and remakes before Oscar season begins in earnest. The bad news, for some: School will be back in session soon. The good news: August packs a promising lineup of big-screen spectacles, including:



Rise of the Planet of the Apes
(Aug. 5)
The primates: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis

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