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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111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
MONDAY (April 28): The ³April Showers Edition² of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" drenches us with shorts in different formats, digital video to 35mm, including Sugar-Coated Girl by Alameda's Nyeland Newel, I Like Birds by San Francisco's Ramsel Ruiz, and the hand-drawn Colordog by Encino's Steve Belfer. Boston, Munich, and Tokyo are also represented 8 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (April 23): A little old lady gets things her own way in Etienne Chatiliez's Tatie Danielle (1990) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 26): Tatie Danielle 2 p.m.
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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 (April 25): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" offers films by you, or maybe by that funny-looking guy down the street. First come, first screened. $4, free for artistes 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 26): Gerry Fialka hosts his annual PXL This Fest of videos made with the toy video camera of the 1980s, including his own documentary about the machine¹s inventor 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (April 29): Performance group Popular Vulture offers video along with "mockery, noise and exercise" 8 p.m.
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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 Wednesday and Thursday. See our SFIFF coverage beginning on Page 43.
WEDNESDAY: SFIFF -- The Peter Sellers Story -- As He Filmed It (Anthony Wall, Peter Lydon, U.K., 2002) 1 p.m. The Tracker (de Heer, Australia) 4 p.m. Flora Gomes¹ musical My Voice (Guinea-Bissau) 6:45 p.m. David Thomas documents MC5 -- A True Testimonial 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: SFIFF -- Cry Woman (Bingjian, China) noon. Bus 174 (Padilha, Brazil) 2:30 p.m. Dustin Hoffman in person for his Peter J. Owens Award and a screening of Bob Fosse¹s Lenny (1974). Don¹t take away his words! $20 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (April 25-30): Hashiguchi Ryosuke's Hush! (Japan, 2001); see Opening for review 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 p.m.
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2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. ³Laugh Riot,² an eight-week midnight series of comedies, continues; www.8tales.com for more info. For the rest of the Clay¹s schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.
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.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This ³Rock ¹n¹ Roll DJ Bar² offers an "S.F. IndieFest MicroCinema" Monday through Friday (most weeks). Screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
THURSDAY: A campy, low-budget biker movie, Black and Chrome (2000) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: A blocked artist wanders New York on the eve of his exhibit, trying to frame a shot in The Photographer (Jeremy Stein, 2000), in its Bay Area premiere. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Anthony Michael Hall, and John Heard are in the cast 8 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.
FRIDAY (April 25): Joseph Mankiewicz's A Letter to Three Wives (1949) has three women wondering if their husbands are leaving them 6:30 p.m.
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Action Theater, Second Floor, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6098. The WonderCon Indie Film Festival screens here as a spinoff from the comic book convention; attendees get in free for the Friday-Saturday events, all others $10 save as noted. (WonderCon attendees also get a 20 percent discount from Jelly Bellies, so it's worth it right there.) A Sunday series of popular anime series from Bandai Entertainment also continues. Free.
FRIDAY (April 25): WonderCon -- William Shatner stars as himself, pursued by fans, in Free Enterprise (Robert Meyer Burnett, 1999), with Burnett -- who's actually met Shatner! -- in person 7:30 p.m. Rob Lowe is a member of the world's seventh greatest superhero team, The Specials (Craig Mazin, 2000) -- he's giving up The West Wing to go back to this 9:15 p.m. "Before They Were Stars," a collection of animated shorts by Pixar animators, screens as a Cartoon Art Museum Rent Party fund-raiser, $15-35, sliding scale donation. For more information, see www.cartoonart.org 11 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 26): WonderCon -- Under the Horns (Jason Lethert, 2003), a history of Daredevil, before or after Ben Affleck, we're not sure 8 p.m. Unwound (Jeff Cioletti, 2003) explores the world of toy robots 8:45 p.m. The revival of classic burlesque by "tassel-twirling feminist minxes" is chronicled in Augusta's documentary The Velvet Hammer (2003) 10 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 27): Bandai Comedy Weekend -- The Christmas and Spring movies of the Love Hina series, plus episodes of Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran and Please Teacher 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
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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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Robert Schwentke's Tattoo (Germany, 2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8 for this week's one regular program, on Wednesday; 931-FILM, www.sffs.org, and $10 for SFIFF programs. The 46th San Francisco International Film Festival screens at this venue through May 1. See our SFIFF coverage beginning on Page 43. 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 UCB film history class open to the public screens Spike Lee's oppositional film from year one of Bush I, Do the Right Thing (1989). Where¹s the equivalent oppositional film from the era of Bush II? 3 p.m. SFIFF -- The old make love in Too Young to Die (Park, Korea) 7 p.m. The Man of the Year (Fonseca, Brazil) 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: SFIFF -- Doing Time (Yoichi, Japan) 7 p.m. Our Times (Bani-Etemad, Iran) 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFIFF -- The Century of the Self Parts 3 and 4 (Curtis, U.K.) 4 p.m. Cry Woman (Bingjian, China) 7 p.m. Marooned in Iraq (Ghobadi, Iran) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIFF -- Lost Boys of Sudan (Shenk and Mylan, U.S.) 2 p.m. My Terrorist (Gerstal, Israel) and For My Children (Aviad, Israel) 4:15 p.m. Waiting for Happiness (Sissako, Mauritania) 7 p.m. Dark Side of the Heart 2 (Subiela, Argentina) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF -- The Same River Twice (Moss, U.S.) 1 p.m. Woman of Water (Sugimori, Japan) 3:15 p.m. Bus 174 (Padilha, Brazil) 6 p.m. A Peck on the Cheek (Ratnam, India) 8:45 p.m.
MONDAY: SFIFF -- The Weather Underground (Green and Siegel, U.S.), praised by our Michael Fox as "a profound and profoundly relevant salute to idealism, its limits and its costs" 7 p.m. Stones in the Sky (Rocha, Brazil) 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIFF -- "Cautionary Tales" (shorts) 7 p.m. Historias Mnimas (Sorín, Argentina) 9:15 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
THURSDAY (April 24): A "Thrillville" screening of one of the all-time great noirs, Nicholas Ray¹s In a Lonely Place (1950) -- "today, it doesn't matter at all." Noir specialist Eddie Muller in person. $6 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 27): Del Shores¹ cult comedy about a wacky family in Texas, Sordid Lives (2000) -- which they can't get enough of in Palm Springs, where it's been running continuously for months -- screens as a benefit for the Oakland/East Bay Gay Men's Chorus. Cast includes Bonnie Bedelia, Delta Burke, Beau Bridges, and Olivia Newton-John. $8 6, 9 p.m.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Andrzej Wajda's Zemsta (Poland, 2001) 6:45, 8:50 p.m. Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002) 6:30 p.m. Amandla! (Lee Hirsch, U.S./South Africa, 2002) 8:30 p.m. Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2002) 7:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: Aki Kaurismäki's The Man Without a Past (2002); see Opening for review. Call for times and other films.
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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: Randal Kleiser's retro-1950s musical Grease (1978) 2, 7, 9:20 p.m.
THURSDAY: A cult comedy from Texas, Del Shores' Sordid Lives 7, 9:20 p.m.
SATURDAY: You're just another finger of The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (Roy Rowland, 1953), the Dr. Seussical musical, starring fashion plate Hans Conried in all of his do-me-do duds 2, 4, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (April 29 & 30): Young woman, dead boyfriend -- Lynne Ramsay's Morvern Callar (U.K., 2002) 7:15, 9:25 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: Thomas Riedelsheimer's popular documentary about time-manipulating sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, Rivers and Tides (2002) 6:15 p.m. Roman Polanski acts in Andrzej Wajda's Zemsta (Poland, 2001) 8 p.m.; also Wed 2:30 p.m. Wiebke von Carolsfeld's Marion Bridge (Canada, 2002) 9:50 p.m.; also Wed 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY: Monika Treut's Warrior of Light (Germany/Brazil, 2001); see Opening for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m.
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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 Shattuck¹s schedule, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Robert Schwentke's Tattoo (Germany, 2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 25-May 1): Lukas Moodysson's Lilya 4-Ever (Sweden, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This newly refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Frodo and his coalition of the willing decamp, pursued by evildoers with weapons of mass destruction (these ones used) in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (New Zealand, 2002) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: Theater closed.
SUNDAY: The Two Towers 3:30, 7 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $6 save as noted. This venue¹s Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.
STARTS SATURDAY: Daily screenings of three DVDs, part of the visual arts exhibition "Time After Time: Asia and Our Moment," begin today and will run through July 13 -- From China, Chinese Utopia and Living Elsewhere, plus Haunted Houses, on Thai soap operas. Continuous-loop screenings, Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 25): The Opening Night Party to the "Asia and Our Moment" series screens Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang's half-hour short The Skywalk Is Gone (2002) as part of the festivities. $10 7 p.m.
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