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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 14-20): James' Journey to Jerusalem (Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, Israel, 2003). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1, 3:05, 5:10 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 (May 13): The struggle against Batista's dictatorship is dramatized in Clandestinos (Underground, Fernando Perez, Cuba, 1987) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 15): "Outlaw Nomadology," a program devoted to those living off the grid, commences with Bill Daniel's installation of 16mm projectors inside his 1965 Chevy "Sailvan," screening footage on his van's sails, outside the ATA, at 7:30 p.m., followed by a screening inside (admission $5) of Daniel's Soul's Harbor, about folk who live by the water, and Dan Leighton's Wedding Train (2001), documenting two "gutter punks" who hop freight lines en route to their marriage 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (May 16): A benefit screening for Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) offers an unnamed "two-spirit film" to support this community-based volunteer organization. For more information, contact Sabrina Wolf at email@example.com or 865-5616. $8 5 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
SATURDAY (May 15): George Lucas' panoramic American Graffiti (1973) offers testimony to small-town California, drag racing, and the belief that anyone can make a really good autobiographical film (but only one) 7, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (May 16): The Last Picture Show 5 p.m. American Graffiti 7:30 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.
DAILY: The original Japanese version of Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1954) screens through May 20. See Ongoing 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 14 & 15): 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. On Saturday night, a Hunter S. Thompson's Badminton Freak-out midnight.
SATURDAY (May 15): A two-week "Science as Art" film series screens Carson Davidson's 100 Watts, 120 Volts (a light bulb is constructed to the tune of the Third Brandenberg Concerto) and Alberta Chu's Electrum (2001), documenting the construction of the world's largest tesla coil 2 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The Animatrix (2003), a group of short cartoons set in the Wachowski Brothers' Matrix universe and markedly superior to either of 2003's sequels 8, 9:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 11 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Photographer David Hemings seeks proof in his proofs in Blowup (Michelangelo Antonioni, U.K., 1966), screening through June 6 8:15, 10 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 11:45 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.
TUESDAY (May 18): A Gabriele Salvatores series continues with Sud (Italy, 1993). No subtitles 6:30 p.m.
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