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.
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 in an open-ended run.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The course of human folly is followed in the documentary Stupidity (Albert Nerenberg, 2004) 7 p.m. R. Torjan's Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer (2004) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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 (May 7): Historian and author David Thomson introduces David Lean's compelling adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist (U.K., 1948) -- the astounding first 20 minutes of visual poetry are followed by an effective melodrama, damaged by the caricatured nature of Alec Guinness' Fagin 6:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. 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 closes with Aki Kaurismäki's The Man Without a Past (Finland, 2002), about an amnesiac with a history 3 p.m. The late documentarian Jean Rouch is remembered with two of his best-known films, Chronicle of a Summer (Rouch and Edgar Morin, France, 1961), which asked passers-by if they were happy in the summer of 1960, and the still-controversial The Mad Masters (1955), recording possession rituals in West Africa 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Los Angeles Plays Itself," a June series of L.A.-shot movies, previews with a free screening of Ida Lupino's domestic drama The Bigamist (1953), with Edmond O'Brien as the titular traveling salesman 5:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A short series of rare Yasujiro Ozu films on the theme of motherhood screens the almost avant-garde melodrama Woman of Tokyo (Japan, 1933) 7:30 p.m. A recent Ozu rediscovery, A Mother Should Be Loved (1934) 8:40 p.m.
SATURDAY: A new print, with 20 minutes restored, of Jacques Tati's experimental comedy about urban life Playtime (France, 1968) 6:30, 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: More Japanese tragedies of motherhood -- Ozu's first sound film, The Only Son (1936) 5:30 p.m. Ozu's postwar A Hen in the Wind (1948) 7:20 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: The PFA is closed through May 31.
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.
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.
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: Clay Bird (Tareque Masud, Bangladesh, 2002) 6:45, 8:50 p.m. Monsieur Ibrahim (François Dupeyron, France, 2003) 6:30 p.m. Touching the Void (Kevin MacDonald, U.K., 2003) 8:30 p.m. The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvain Chomet, France, 2003) 9:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
WEDNESDAY: "The Films of My Life," a series spotlighting the favorites of Bay Area filmmakers, screens John Korty's choice, Jules and Jim (François Truffaut, France, 1962), the classic triangular love tale 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A weeklong series of "Banned Cinema" continues with censored and condemned films. Tonight, Pier Paolo Pasolini's de Sade adaptation, Salo (Italy, 1975). OK folks, let's not get our special programs mixed up. Merry ménages à trois, Wednesday. Graphic torture, Thursday 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Broken Wings (Nir Bergman, Israel, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Clay Bird, Touching the Void, and Monsieur Ibrahim continue. Call for times.
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.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Sylvain Chomet's The Triplets of Belleville (France, 2003), one of the best animated features of this or any other year 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Nathaniel Kahn's portrait of his illusive architect dad, Louis, My Architect (2003) 7:15, 9:40 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:25 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (May 11 & 12): Skateboard cham-peen Mike Vallely is profiled in Mark Jeremias' Drive (2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 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.
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: Shirley Temple is a Poor Little Rich Girl (Irving Cummings, 1936; 7:30 p.m.) in one of her biggest hits, screening with the musical On the Avenue (Roy Del Ruth, 1937; 5:50, 9 p.m.). Both films co-star Alice Faye.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: James Stewart stars in Anthony Mann's meaty western The Far Country (1954; 4:20, 7:30 p.m.), billed with The Saint Strikes Back (John Farrow, 1939; 6:10, 9:20 p.m.), with George Sanders as the sharp-tongued detective.
WEDNESDAY (May 5): A Goethe-Institut screening of Life Goes On (Carl Schmitt and Marc Alan Cairns, Germany, 2003), based on the true story of the making of big-budget Nazi propaganda films in the last days of the war. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (May 7): A "Films From Along the Silk Road" series of Central Asian cinema opens with Darezhan Omirbaev's Kairatt (Kazakhstan, 1991; 7 p.m.), an autobiographical movie about his adolescence that's said to show the influence of Hitchcock and Bresson. Tolomush Okeev's The Fierce One (Kyrgyzstan/Kazakhstan, 1973; 8:45 p.m.), written by Andrei Konchalovsky, is about a boy who raises a wolf cub. Thirty-five millimeter prints, $7 admission for both.
This Thursday the Danger and Despair Knitting Circle screens a rare 16mm print of The Flame (John Auer, 1947), about wealthy family members (who include John Carroll and Vera Hruba Ralston) trying to kill each other for money. Introduced by Marc Kagan. For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com.
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