Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). 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: A timely release of Jonathan Demme's The Agronomist (2004). See Ongoing for review 7:15 9:20 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 7 & 8): Johnny Depp takes a pass at impersonating the sensory-underdeprived journalist Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam, 1998), a louche lounge act that runs third behind Doonesbury's Uncle Duke and Bill Murray's work in Where the Buffalo Roam. $7.50 midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (May 5): A laborer's son takes a job at the personnel desk of a factory in Laurent Cantet's solid drama Human Resources (1999) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 8): Human Resources 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 7 & 8): The Animation Show, a cartoon ensemble packaged (and featuring work by, among others) Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt. Prize drawings on Saturday midnight.
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 (May 6): Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election (Richard Ray Perez and Joan Sekler, 2002) will help you channel your outrage, in this benefit for Whispered Media's planned trip to the RNC in September. $5-20 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (May 7): "The Itinerant Cinemascape," a traveling film show on "the theme of place," screens Melinda Stone's Audience Analysis #4, Ken Paul Rosenthal's Near Windows, and Tony Gault's Housesitting 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 8): Gregorio Rocha seeks The Lost Reels of Pancho Villa, the footage shot by Mutual Studios in 1914 that was the basis of the recent TV movie with Antonio Banderas. Also screening is Jesse Lerner's film about the U.S. role in the Yucatán Peninsula, American Egypt 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY (May 10): A Lost Film Fest, a traveling festival of "truly independent/ anti-authoritarian/ anticorporate/ grassroots/ DIY media," including Gregory Berger's Gringothon and the evolution control committee's NAFTA Dance 8 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
SUNDAY (May 9): The Awful Truth 5 p.m. Harold and Maude 7 p.m.
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.
STARTS FRIDAY: The original Japanese version of Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1954) screens through May 20. See Page 41 for review 2, 4:30, 7, 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.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 7 & 8): Tim Burton's ode to self-assertion sans competence, Ed Wood (1994), still one of his best films ... in fact, we wish the real Ed Wood had directed Burton's Planet of the Apes! 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.
DAILY: The Animatrix (2003), a group of short cartoons set in the Wachowski Brothers' Matrix universe and markedly superior to either of 2003's sequels. Screens through May 16 8, 9:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 11 p.m.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
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.
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