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Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). 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 (March 31): The "March Madness Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" offers 11 short films and videos "full of dementia, psychosis, schizophrenia, craziness, emotional dysfunction and madness," including Robert Todd's Happy Peppy Sparky Dog, and from Emeryville on a Pixelvision camera, Art Hacks Babble by Steve and Ross Craig 8 p.m.

ACT ONE/TWO

2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $6. This duplex offers a midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes") on Saturdays. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

SATURDAY (March 29): The 3-D X-rated blaxsploitation porn Wildcat Women (Stephen Gibson, 1975), with Yolanda Love midnight.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation. See also special program this Thursday at Foreign Cinema.

WEDNESDAY (March 26): After the death of their daughter, a couple takes a road trip to Spain in Pleure pas Germaine (Alain de Halleux, France, 2000) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 29): Musician Papa Wemba stars in the rags-to-riches story La Vie Est Belle (Nganguru Mweze, Zaire, 1967) 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 (March 28): The ATA's monthly "Open Screening"; bring your videos by 7 p.m. $4; free for contributors 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 29): Jacques Boyreau's retro sci-fi tale Candy Von Dewd (2002) screens with a pair of Brown University student films by Boyreau and Todd Haynes, La Divina and Sans Serif 8:30 p.m.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8. 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 Big Picture," a three-week series marking the 50th anniversary of CinemaScope, continues with a double bill of Paul Thomas Anderson's San Fernando Valley epics Boogie Nights (1997; noon, 6:30 p.m.) and Magnolia (1999; 3, 9:20 p.m.).

THURSDAY: "The Big Picture" -- I've just penned a ghostwritten endorsement for Martin Scorsese of the Robert Wise/Jerome Robbins musical West Side Story as worthy of winning a Best Director Oscar over all other 1961 nominees, who include Federico Fellini. It screens in a special "Sing-along" showing for which no tickets will be sold; rather, you must e-mail sfpublicity@thaweb.com with the film's title in the subject heading. First come, first served, so you may have already missed your chance to prove you know all the words to "Officer Krupke" 7 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: "The Big Picture" -- Richard Brooks' film of Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim (1965) screens in 70mm 7:30 p.m.; also Sat 1:30, 4:30 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: "The Big Picture" -- A 70mm screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968) 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 1:30, 4:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: "The Big Picture" -- Two comedies with Audrey Hepburn, the bittersweet Two for the Road (Stanley Donen, 1967; 7 p.m.) and the crime caper How to Steal a Million (William Wyler, 1966; 9:10 p.m.).

CLAY

2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. "Laugh Riot," an eight-week midnight series of comedies, continues; www.8tales.com for more info. For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (March 28 & 29): Vermont cult comedy troupe Broken Lizard's would-be cult comedy Super Troopers (Jay Chandrasekhar, 2001) midnight.

EXPLORATORIUM

3601 Lyon (at Richardson), 563-7337, www.exploratorium.edu. Free with museum admission of $10. Screenings are in the center's McBean Theater, through the front doors and on the left.

SATURDAY (March 29): A married couple's life Living With Chimpanzees is explored in Flavia Fontes' 1996 documentary 2 p.m.

FOREIGN CINEMA

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: Pass the butter -- Last Tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci, France, 1973) 7, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: The Alliance Française sponsors a special screening of Brazil (1985). A three-course meal is $30 for AF members; a la carte menus are also available 7, 9 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Last Tango in Paris continues daily (save Monday) through April 13 7, 9:15 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

GOLDEN GATE 303

303 Columbus (at Broadway), 955-9080. Free with meal. This venue now offers "Dinner and a Movie" with a James Bond series this March, plus weekend shows. Sound played over loudspeakers.

WEDNESDAY: James Bond learns Diamonds Are Forever (Guy Hamilton, 1971) 7, 9 p.m.

THURSDAY: James Bond gives Goldfinger (Hamilton, 1964) 7, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY: James Bond tells Dr. No (Terence Young, 1962) 7, 9 p.m.

SUNDAY: "Hitchcock Sunday" -- Vertigo (1958) 7, 9:15 p.m.

MONDAY: James Bond's got mail From Russia With Love (Young, 1963) 7, 9 p.m.

TUESDAY: Call for title and times.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975).

JEZEBEL'S JOINT

510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "S.F. IndieFest MicroCinema" Monday through Friday (most weeks). Screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.

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