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) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. A midnight series continues this week. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Mayor of the Sunset Strip (George Hickenlooper, 2004). See Ongoing for review 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 16-22): Robot Stories (Greg Pak, 2003). See Opening for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (April 16 & 17): It's the film spinoff of a cult TV show, and no, it's not the X-Files movie -- South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (Trey Parker, 1999). "Count the profanities and win a 1987 Buick Skylark," it says here. There are a lot of them, start now. $7.50 midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (April 17): Mina Tannenbaum 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.
SATURDAY (April 17): Mike Gunderson of Ohio's Evolution Control Committee offers a program of live music and sound effects through his invention "Thimbletronics." Also, "low-wrecked tech videos" and a live A/V performance from Optical Nerd & Multiplicator featuring underwater mikes and multiple projectors 8:30 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
SUNDAY (April 18): Cover Girl 5 p.m. Funny Face 3, 7:15 p.m. Separate admission.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8; $12 for SFIFF programs 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.
THURSDAY: The 47th San Francisco International Film Festival screens here intermittently through April 29. See Page 42 for more details. The Opening Night film is Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes (2004). $85 for film and party to follow, $125 for VIP treatment (Bill Murray will personally light your cigarette, perhaps) 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFIFF -- A "Tribute to Cyd Charisse" commemorates the musical star's career and screens Silk Stockings (Rouben Mamoulian, 1957), the musical version of Ninotschka that co-starred Fred Astaire. $25 7 p.m. Dogs in the Basement (Shearing) 10:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF -- Milos Forman's Czech comedy The Fireman's Ball (1967) 1:30 p.m. Forman's delightful American debut, Taking Off (1970) 3:30 p.m. Beautiful Boxer (Uekrongtham, Thailand) 6 p.m. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (Berlinger and Sinofsky) 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIFF -- Suite Habana (Pérez, Cuba) 1 p.m. Buster Keaton's comedy classic The General (Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, 1926), with a live score by the Alloy Orchestra. $18 7 p.m. Charles Vanel's silent drama Dans le Nuit (France, 1929), again scored by Alloy. $18 9:30 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com or www.8tales.com for this series. "Bling -- 8 Incredibly Random Tales," a midnight movie series, continues. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page. This series $7.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (April 16 & 17): Hobbits crossed with Muppets equal Gelflings, at least in this dark puppet fantasy about the search for a crystal shard -- The Dark Crystal (Jim Henson and Frank Oz , 1982). On Saturday, Puppet Roller Derby and a "salute to puppet love" midnight.
SATURDAY (April 17): Commemorate Earth Day with Christopher Beaver's Tales of the San Joaquin (2003), a half-hour documentary about California's hard-worked river. Filmmaker in person 2 p.m.
1970 Chestnut (at University), Berkeley, (510) 464-4640, www.verticalpool.com for information on this program. $5 save as noted.
THURSDAY (April 15): Antero Alli's fears eat the soul in his ambitious video feature Hysteria (2002), about a Croatian soldier's Yugoslav flashbacks. It screens with his short Fears (2001). Alli in person 8 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.
DAILY (Closed Monday): Ol' gravel voice is back -- Robert Evans narrates the story of his life in The Kid Stays in the Picture (Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen, 2002), screening through April 25 7:45, 9:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 11:15 p.m.
THURSDAY (April 15): Total Mobile Home (Rebecca Barten and David Sherman) presents "The Ecstasy of Kino Garbology" as they unspool reels of films rescued from dumpsters around the Bay Area. Come early for a $15 dinner (call 331-2787 by April 13 for reservation) at 6 p.m. Free live performance/installation 8 p.m.
761 Post (at Jones), 673-3080 and www.artworksf.com for information on this program. $3 at door.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura promotes Italian language and culture in Northern California with occasional film screenings. Free.
TUESDAY (April 20): Two friends perform Chekhov and discover they've cuckolded each other in All About Salvatores: Turné (Gabriele Salvatores, Italy, 1990). No subtitles 6:30 p.m.
3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down. Call ahead to see if the scheduled film is actually continuing, as movies play here on an open-ended run.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The course of human folly is followed in the documentary Stupidity (Albert Nerenberg, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Mayor of the Sunset Strip (George Hickenlooper, 2004). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
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 screens films on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2; $12 for SFIFF programs save as noted. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A UCB film class open to the public offers "The Art of the Political Film," a lecture-discussion including a screening of "a classic docudrama" 3 p.m. Werepad impresario Jacques Boyreau, author of The Male Mystique, introduces the surf-set midlife crisis of Sam Elliott, Lifeguard (Daniel Petrie, 1976) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The 47th San Francisco International Film Festival screens here through April 29. See Page 42 for more details. Tonight, We Loved Each Other So Much (Janssen, Netherlands) 5 p.m. The Saddest Music in the World (Maddin, Canada) 7:10 p.m. Suite Habana (Pérez, Cuba) 9:25 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIFF -- The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear (Hastrup, Denmark) 1:30 p.m. Dame le Mano (Honigmann, U.S./Netherlands) 3:10 p.m. Control Room (Noujaim, U.S./Egypt) 6:30 p.m. That Day (Ruiz, Switzerland) 8:50 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF -- This Little Life (Gavron, U.K.) 1:30 p.m. Back to Kotelnich (Carrère, France) 3:45 p.m. The Missing (Lee, Taiwan) 6:45 p.m. After You (Salvadori, France) 8:40 p.m.
MONDAY: SFIFF -- Vibrator (Hiroki, Japan) 6:30 p.m. Last Life in the Universe (Ratanaruang, Thailand) 9 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIFF -- "Bringing the Light" (experimental shorts) 7 p.m. Loving Glances (Karanovic, Serbia) 9 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $6. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
FRIDAY (April 16): Farley Granger (the Ben Affleck of his time) and Robert Walker (equals Matt Damon) are Strangers on a Train (1951) in Alfred Hitchcock's ever-popular thriller. (Hitchcock has no modern equal.) Doors open at 7 p.m., film at 8 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.
TUESDAY (April 20): Local filmmaker Antero Alli in person with his video feature Under a Shipwrecked Moon (2003). See what happens "when the rituals of a self-made shamanic punk rocker accidentally catapult him into the dreams of his comatose Finnish grandfather" 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.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: The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet, France, 2003) 6:30 p.m. The Fog of War (Errol Morris, 2003) 8:30 p.m. Touching the Void (Kevin MacDonald, U.K., 2003) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews. Call for other programs and times.
THURSDAY: "Undiscovered Gems," a selection from indieWIRE's list of the Top 20 Undistributed Films of 2003, concludes with Sherman's March auto-documentarian Ross McElwee's latest, Bright Leaves (2003), on the history of tobacco 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Patricia Flynn's Discovering Dominga. The Triplets of Belleville, The Fog of War, and Touching the Void continue. Call for times.
SUNDAY: "The Secrets Behind Robin Hood" are revealed as four experts, including Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt and an archer, demonstrate how the visual and sound effects of Hollywood classic The Adventures of Robin Hood (Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, 1938) were achieved. The complete Technicolor swashbuckler will then screen. $9 3 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Hippies young and two decades later cross The Same River Twice (Robb Moss, 2003) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: A soul weighs 21 Grams (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, 2003), although not necessarily in the order presented here 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:30 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 16-22): Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer (R. Torjan, 2004). See Opening for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. This spring's series emphasizes James Stewart, detective films, and Hollywood 1934-38. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Businessman Walter Huston deals with trouble in his marriage in William Wyler's substantial drama Dodsworth (1936; 7:30 p.m.), from Sinclair Lewis' novel. Pro golfer Margaret Lindsay swipes Herbert Marshall from Ann Harding in The Lady Consents (1936; 6, 9:25 p.m.).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: James Stewart in his other 1958 film with Kim Novak, Richard Quine's Bell, Book and Candle (4:10, 7:30 p.m.), about witches, warlocks, and eccentrics in Manhattan. As eccentric detective Hildegard Withers, Edna Mae Oliver investigates The Penguin Pool Murder (George Archinbaud, 1932; 6:05, 9:25 p.m.), the first of a popular series.
WEDNESDAY (April 14): A Latino Film Festival screening of Humbert Pardon's Family Video (Cuba, 2001), a video comedy incorporating the discovery that one member is gay and a film-within-the-film. Plus two shorts. $8 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (April 15): "Disquiet and Tranquility," a program of films and audio by Steve Polta and Jennifer Fieber, offers "luminous landscapes and abstracted urban structures" (Fieber) alternating with "rancorous audio syncopations (and) sensuous cinematic renderings" (Polta). $7 7:30 p.m.
This Thursday the Danger and Despair Knitting Circle screens rare 16mm prints of two films based on Cornell Woolrich's sweaty fiction, The Guilty (John Reinhardt, 1947), with Bonita Granville as two good and evil twins, plus I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes (William Nigh, 1948). Both are from Monogram, star Regis Toomey, and are introduced by Arthur Lyons, author of a book on poverty noir, Death on the Cheap. For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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