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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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, $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 12): Mike Judge's workplace comedy Office Space (1999) midnight.


345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (April 9): Isabelle Adjani is Queen Margot (1994) in Patrice Chéreau's historical drama 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (April 12): Queen Margot 2 p.m.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, for most programs, for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

THURSDAY (April 10): Middle East Children's Alliance screens The Children of Ibdaa as a scholarship benefit for three Palestinian boys. $5-400 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (April 11): "Rhythm From Wreckage" offers re-edited versions of TV sitcoms, Beverly Hills 90210, and "related audio and visual Frankenstein experiments" 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (April 12): Color your alerts bright orange for "Homeland Insecurity," ATA's satirical program featuring a live blend of performance, music, and video by White Ring, plus short films by Angel Vasquez, Steev Hise, Mark Boswell, and others 8:30 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, $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.

DAILY: Recent Oscar winner (Best Foreign Film) Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2002) screens through April 16. See Ongoing for review 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m.


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

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (April 11 & 12): John Cusack is Better Off Dead in Savage Steve Holland's 1985 comedy. Added attractions on Saturday include a newspaper bull's-eye contest midnight.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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.

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

MONDAY: Venue closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: A mail carrier seeks love in Il Postino (Michael Radford, Italy, 1994), screening through May 4 8, 10 p.m.


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.

WEDNESDAY: Al Pacino goes straight down Carlito's Way (Brian De Palma, 1993) 7 p.m.

THURSDAY: Robert De Niro jollies the GoodFellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990) 7 p.m.

FRIDAY: De Niro hacks Taxi Driver (Scorsese, 1976) 7 p.m.

SUNDAY: "Hitchcock Sunday" -- Rear Window (1954) 7 p.m.

MONDAY: Pacino hoo-haws at the Scent of a Woman (Martin Brest, 1992) 7 p.m.

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, 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.

WEDNESDAY: Bo Ridley's greatest hit -- Blade Runner (1982) 8 p.m.

THURSDAY: Women discuss babies, sex, and men in the Brooklyn dramedy Margarita Happy Hour (Ilya Chaiken, 2001), in its Bay Area premiere 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: Veteran sexploitation director Doris Wishman's last film, Satan Was a Lady (2000), about "a whore who longs for a touch of mink and a seat at the finer tables in life." But don't we all? 8 p.m.

MONDAY: "Silent Monday" screens D.W. Griffith's still-powerful melodrama Broken Blossoms (1919) 8 p.m.

TUESDAY: A medical student learns how to get a head in his profession in a very loose and wobbly adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's horror classic Re-Animator (Stuart Gordon, 1985) 8 p.m.


31st Avenue & Clement, 751-1140 or to RSVP or for info. Free.

WEDNESDAY (April 9): "Pictures of War," a movie and discussion series, offers a forum for thinking out loud about cinematic depictions of battle. Oliver Stone's strenuous Born on the Fourth of July (1989) stands in for Vietnam 7:30 p.m.


57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and for information; phone or e-mail 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.

FRIDAY (April 11): Glenda Jackson and George Segal romance in Mel Frank's A Touch of Class (1973) 6:30 p.m.


Action Theater, Second Floor, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6098, Sony hosts screenings of popular anime series from Bandai Entertainment this month. Free.

SUNDAY (April 13): Episodes of the Bandai series Meltylancer, Banner of the Stars, and Argentosoma screen continuously from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, 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.


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