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 GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
MONDAY (Feb. 23): The "Love and Other Difficulties Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" "sets out to prove Rainer Maria Rilke's statement, 'Love is difficult, yes'" with 10 short films and videos, including Ben Hayflick's The Great Movers of Dust (about a cleaning lady's mysticism), Raymond Salvatore Harmon's Tiny Inconsistencies, and from Australia, Cassandra Tytler's I Never Loved You 8 p.m.
182 SECOND STREET
182 Second St. (at Howard), Third Floor. Free with reservation (required); call 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com for reservations (limited to first 45 fans). See www.noirfilm.com for more info. A 16mm "Thursday Night Film Noir" series continues. Doors open at 7 p.m., lobby doors lock at 8:10 p.m.
THURSDAY (Feb. 19): A Gloria Grahame series continues with the tongue-in-cheek antics of Macao (1952), really a Robert Mitchum-Jane Russell vehicle with little for Gloria to do. The film was directed by screen legend Josef von Sternberg, and then largely reshot by another legend, an uncredited Nicholas Ray -- neither at his best. Film introduced by Jolene Huey, with lecture by Marc Kagan on Grahame's career 8 p.m.
2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (Larry Blamire, 2004); see Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (Feb. 21): Alice and Martin 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (Feb. 19): The case of an activist who got 22 years for burning three SUVs is outlined in Green With a Vengeance (Olivia Rousset, Australia/U.S., 2001) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 20): A monthly "Open Screening," first come, first shown. Free for artists, $5 for looky-loos 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 21): Damon Packard directs and stars as a 400-pound sugar junkie crashing into Hollywood in the "obsessively excessive urban nightmare" Reflections of Evil (2002). Filmmaker in person with short films and free junk food 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 22): A benefit party for the International Transentient Cartographicacy Project, a multimedia project overlaying Mexican and Irish culture, with food, drinks, music, dancing, and video collages. $5 4-10 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
SATURDAY (Feb. 21): A matinee screening of Rob Reiner's film of William Goldman's modern fairy tale The Princess Bride (1987) screens as a benefit for Franklin Elementary School 2, 4:30 p.m. Speaking of fairy tales, James Stewart reforms politics in Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) 7, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 22): Shall We Dance 5 p.m. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 7:30 p.m. Separate admission.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 save as noted. 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: Gillo Pontecorvo's still-provocative The Battle of Algiers (Italy/Algeria, 1965) re-creates the Algerian revolt against French rule of the 1950s in newsreel fashion. Screens through Feb. 26; see Ongoing for review 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:15 p.m.
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.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing screens films on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Feb. 20): "Cinema Lit" continues a month of Woody Allen films, as he passes though his shaky-cam phase with the marital melodrama Husbands & Wives (1992) 6:30 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.
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