THURSDAY: David Cutler and Mark Ewert in person with their online cartoon Piki and Poko: Adventures in Starland (2004), about two Japanese schoolgirls in a magical land. Costumes encouraged 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The anime Tamala 2010 (Japan, 2002), about a "punk cat in space" 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Jim Sheridan's heartfelt, autobiographical In America (2002) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer (R. Torjan, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also 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: Charles Laughton as Inspector Javert relentlessly pursues Fredric March's Valjean in Les Miserables (Richard Boleslavski, 1936; 7:30 p.m.), well paired with Fritz Lang's fatalistic You Only Live Once (1937; 5:50, 9:30 p.m.).
This Thursday the Danger and Despair Knitting Circle screens a rare 16mm print of Voice in the Wind (Arthur Ripley, 1944), one of the more despairing films of its era. Introduced by historian Paul Meinberg. 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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