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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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 (April 5): Mel Brooks remakes Star Wars as Spaceballs (1987); can Attack of the Clowns be far behind? Midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (April 5): Lucie Aubrac 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.
SATURDAY (April 5): "Covert Operations," a program on the doings of the CIA, screens two short films by Stephen Marshall of the Guerrilla News Network, Julia Meltzer's In Light of Recent Events (on the CIA in Chile), and Jacqueline Salloum's Interview, a Playboy interview with the Agency's Philip Agee digitally illustrated with pinups from the same issue 8:30 p.m.
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 J. Lee Thompson's Holocaust drama Return From the Ashes (1965; 1, 5:15, 9:35 p.m.) and Tony Richardson's adaptation of Jean Genet's Mademoiselle (1966; 3:05, 7:30 p.m.), with Jeanne Moreau.
THURSDAY: "The Big Picture" -- Two space oddities from the go-go 1960s, Roger Vadim's Barbarella (1968; 7 p.m.), with Jane Fonda as a spy in space, and producer Charles K. Feldman's James Bond extravaganza Casino Royale (1967; 9 p.m.), a spoofy hodgepodge with five credited directors and numerous uncredited writers, directors, and stars. A great score by Burt Bacharach ties it all together, sort of. Peter Sellers is in it for the longest time but disappears by the finale. With Woody Allen as Dr. Noah.
STARTS FRIDAY: Recent Oscar winner (Best Foreign Film) Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, 2001) screens through April 16. See Opening for review 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m.; no matinee Monday, April 7.
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 (April 4 & 5): "Gentlemen! No fighting in the war room!" -- Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964), with G.W. Bush as President Muffley, Saddam Hussein as Premier Kissoff, Donald Rumsfeld as Gen. Ripper, and Dick Cheney in the title role. Wheelchair Olympics and Bucking Bomb Rides are promised as added attractions on Saturday midnight.
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. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: Pass the butter -- Last Tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci, France, 1973) screens through April 13 7, 9:15 p.m.
GOLDEN GATE 303
303 Columbus (at Broadway), 955-9080. Free with meal. This venue now offers "Dinner and a Movie" with a Pacino/De Niro series in April, plus weekend shows. Sound played over loudspeakers.
FRIDAY: De Niro hacks Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976) 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Hitchcock Sunday" -- Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 7 p.m.
MONDAY: Call for program.
TUESDAY: De Niro breaks the Casino (Scorsese, 1995) 7 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975).
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.
THURSDAY: The timely Good Kurds, Bad Kurds (Kevin McKiernan, 2000) documents the difference between "good" Kurds in Iraq who are anti-Saddam, and the "bad" Kurds fighting against Turkey ... of course they may be good Kurds themselves by now 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: "The Unamerican Film Festival" presents a program of shorts including S-11 Redux by the Guerrilla News Network; Flag TV (Susie Lee); A Message to Bin Laden, Monroe Bardot's pledge to destroy him; Roger Beebe's Composition in Red and Yellow, about the "one symbol that truly shows what Americans are all about, the Golden Arches"; and more 8 p.m.
MONDAY: "Silent Monday" screens Buster Keaton's great and dreamlike Sherlock Jr. (1924) 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: John Landis' black comedy An American Werewolf in London (1981) 8 p.m.
LINCOLN PARK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
31st Avenue & Clement, 751-1140 or Lppchurch@earthlink.net to RSVP or for info. Free.
WEDNESDAY (April 2): "Pictures of War," a movie and discussion series, offers a forum for thinking out loud about cinematic depictions of battle. The Cold War's represented by Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964) 7:30 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers an April series on infidelity shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
Action Theater, Second Floor, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6098, www.metreon.com. Sony hosts screenings of popular anime series from Bandai Entertainment this month. Free.
SUNDAY (April 6): Cowboy Bebop series, Volumes 1-4 -- In conjunction with Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, several episodes of the original series, about a drifter and a cyborg cop team of bounty hunters, screen continuously from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Danforth Hall, Art 120, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, (510) 430-2255. $5.
FRIDAY (April 4): "Truth Seekers," a program of films meant to "explore the search for understanding" of war, hunting, and community, screens two interviews with children who've been the victims of war; an interview with a survivor of Hiroshima; Right Road Lost (Victoria Gamberg, 2002), about a Gulf War atrocity; Pilots Are Badass (Cheryl Park, 2002), an interview with a U.S. pilot; Kerry Hustwit's film about the act of hunting, A Hunter's Guide (2000); and more 7 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
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.
WEDNESDAY: A two-week series of the films of documentarian Frederick Wiseman continues with his first movie, the controversial exposé of a Massachusetts mental hospital, Titicut Follies (1967). Filmmaker in person 3 p.m. Now-30-year-old landmarks of video art are parodied in "Canon Fodder," including Dara Greenwald's Bouncing in the Corner, 36DDD, Anne McGuire's dogged After Wegman, and no fewer than two parodies of Vito Acconci 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Frederick Wiseman's three-hour epic of a New York City welfare office, Welfare (1975) 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: Wiseman's latest, an hourlong fiction film in its local premiere, The Last Letter (France, 2002), with Catherine Samie as a Russian Jewish woman writing her son in 1941. Wiseman in person 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Part 1 of a six-hour documentary portrayal of an ICU unit, Near Death (Frederick Wiseman, 1989) 3:30 p.m. Wiseman's Domestic Violence (2001) reviews life at a shelter for battered women 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: Part 2 of Near Death 2 p.m. Daily life in Belfast, Maine (Wiseman, 1999) 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Frederick Wiseman's documentary of the other New York Met, Hospital (1970) 7 p.m.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $8.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY: Emil Weiss' documentary portraits of legendary filmmaker Sam Fuller, Tell Me Sam (1989) and Falkenau the Impossible, the latter a review and screening of the footage Fuller shot at a concentration camp he helped liberate in 1945 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Elia Suleiman's Divine Intervention (Palestine, 2002) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002) 6:30 p.m. Mark Moskowitz's Stone Reader (2002) 8:30 p.m. Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark (Russia, 2002) 9:15 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: Amandla! (Lee Hirsch, U.S./South Africa, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Divine Intervention, Russian Ark, and Rabbit-Proof Fence continue. Call for times.
SUNDAY: A cat turns human in the Dutch family comedy Minoes (2001), screening with subtitles for ages 7 and up 1 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Christian Frei documents the life of a War Photographer (2002) 2, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Two grifters, one transgendered, drift through the Mission District in the locally made By Hook or by Crook (2001), in its local premiere 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 8-10): Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002); see Ongoing for review 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: James Longley's documentary Gaza Strip (2002) has been praised for its cinéma vérité approach to the life of a 13-year-old Palestinian boy 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 4-10): Gaza Strip (5, 8 p.m., plus Sat, Sun, & Wed 2 p.m.) continues, double-billed with a critical look at Gulf War I, Hidden Wars of Desert Storm (Audrey Brohy, Gerard Ungerman, 2000; 6:30, 9:30 p.m., plus Sat, Sun, & Wed 3:30 p.m.). Hidden Wars screens with an excellent short film by Victoria Gamburg, Right Road Lost.
SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE
S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, www.sfcinematheque.org. $7 save as noted. The San Francisco Cinematheque specializes in avant-garde, historical, and experimental films at venues around the Bay Area, including the Yerba Buena Center (see separate entry).
SUNDAY (April 6): New DVs by veteran Ernie Gehr, City and Glider ("Futuristic, yet ancient" -- Gehr) 7:30 p.m.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Elia Suleiman's Divine Intervention (Palestine, 2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 4-10): Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Shinichirô Watanabe, Japan, 2001). See Opening for review. Call for times.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263 and www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This newly refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Elia Suleiman's Divine Intervention (Palestine, 2002). See Ongoing for review 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: Theater closed.
SATURDAY: Divine Intervention 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY: Divine Intervention 4, 6 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The doings at Boris Karloff's nightclub comprise Night World (Hobart Henley, 1932; 7:30 p.m.), while zeppelins and marriage flame up in the bizarre Madame Satan (Cecil B. DeMille, 1930; 5:30, 8:40 p.m.).
FRIDAY: Two very good '40s films by émigré European filmmakers, Fritz Lang's The Woman in the Window (1944; 7:30 p.m.) -- screening in an original nitrate print -- and Max Ophuls' Caught (1949; 5:50, 9:20 p.m.). Edward G. Robinson is a professor caught up in murder by bad luck in the former, and Barbara Bel Geddes is a model caught up in marriage to a madman (Robert Ryan, channeling Howard Hughes) in the latter.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Two noirs directed by Anthony Mann after his move from Poverty Row to plush MGM -- a brutal INS-themed drama, Border Incident (1949; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 4:10 p.m.), and Side Street (1950; 5:55, 9:15 p.m.), a mild entry with Farley Granger.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $6 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: Continuous loop screenings by Swedish video artists through April 13 -- On Wednesdays, Annika Ström's The Artist Live; on Thursdays, Ström's Ten New Love Songs; on Fridays, Anneè Olofsson's Ricochet and The Thrill Is Gone; on Saturdays, Annika Larsson's Cigar; on Sundays, Larsson's 40-15; on Tuesdays, Olofsson's You Need Her and You Want Her Golden Hair. Free with gallery admission 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (April 2): The Goethe-Institut screens Tangled Roots (2001), a personal documentary by Heidi Schmidt Emberling probing her relatives' behavior during World War II. $6 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 4): Flamboyant, never fully appreciated crime director Phil Karlson is profiled over three weeks with screenings (tonight) of the vigilante justice tale The Phenix City Story (1955), followed by Tight Spot (1955), with Edward G. Robinson trying to save a criminal (Ginger Rogers) he's assigned to watch 7 p.m.
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