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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $6. This duplex's midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes") closes this Saturday. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
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.
THURSDAY (April 17): "One Hit Wonder," a presentation by video installation artists Chuck Rubble and J. Mombert highlighting such "harebrained ideas" as remote-control rabbit cages and bubble-gum cowboy busts in a program meant to provoke "head-scratching and nervous laughter" 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 18): The One Minute Video Festival offers a burst of one-minute films by Liquid Kulak, Ros Bobos, Earworm, John Messmrz, Reza and Christa, and many many more ... 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 19): Other Cinema's "Easter Basketcase" premieres legendary cinéasteKenneth Anger's The Man We Want to Hang, about occultist Aleister Crowley. Also, an animated Chick track, Somebody Goofed; Donald Wildmon's The Disney Boycott, urging same on WD Inc. for being gay-friendly; the Heaven's Gate recruitment tape, and much more 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 20): Jack Shea's Who Owns Jack Kerouac detours America in a film about "the controversy over Kerouac's estate" 4 p.m.Who Owns Jack Kerouac rescreens as part of a live program, "Jack Kerouac Is 81," commemorating his birthday with "spontaneous bop prosody" 7 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $7.50. This great neighborhood house is a good place to catch second-run Hollywood fare. See our Showtimes page for the Balboa's other screen.
THURSDAY (April 17): "Attack of the Aussies," a program of surfing films from Australia 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 for regular Castro programming; 931-FILM, www.sffs.org, and $10 for SFIFF programs. The 46th San Francisco International Film Festival screens at this picture palace from this Thursday through May 1. See our SFIFF coverage beginning on Page 44.
WEDNESDAY: Recent Oscar winner (Best Foreign Film) Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2002). See Ongoing for review 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: SFIFF's Opening Night film is Alan Rudolph's The Secret Lives of Dentists, with party to follow. $75 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFIFF -- F.W. Murnau's beautiful silent classic Sunrise (1927), meant to serve as a timeless love story, screens in a new print with a live score by the Nashville avant-country band Lambchop. $20 7 p.m.The Man Without a Past (Kaurismaki, Finland) 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIFF -- Hollywood blacklistee and exile Jules Dassin's Easter-themed allegory He Who Must Die (France, 1957) screens in a new print noon. D.W. Griffith's French Revolutionary epic Orphans of the Storm (1921), one of the master's best efforts in this vein. With live organ score by Dennis James. $15 3 p.m.Winged Migration (Perrin, France) 6:30 p.m.Whale Rider (Caro, New Zealand) 9 p.m.
MONDAY: SFIFF -- Les Turbulence des Fluides (Briand, Canada) 12:30 p.m.Infernal Affairs (Lau and Mak, Hong Kong) 3 p.m.The Legend of Suriyothai (Yukol, Thailand) 6 p.m. French porn from 80 years ago reassembled into The Good Old Naughty Days (Reilhac, France) 10 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIFF -- Another dream film from Robert Altman, Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), probably his best work of that decade 3:30 p.m. Robert Altman in person to accept the Film Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing, with live onstage interview and a screening of his political epic Nashville (1975). $20 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (April 18 & 19): Oh Danny Boyle, the pipes are piping, in Trainspotting (Boyle, U.K., 1996). Added attractions on Saturday include Sean Connery impressions 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: A mail carrier (Massimo T.) seeks love in Il Postino (Michael Radford, Italy, 1994), screening through May 4 8, 10 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com. $7.50. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. For the regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.