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 21-27): Guy Maddin's The Saddest Music in the World (Canada, 2004); see Opening for review 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 12:30, 2:45, 5 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (May 19): Two married, unemployed people drift into an affair in Rien à Faire (Empty Days, Marion Vernoux, 1999) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 22): Rien à Faire 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 21 & 22): Brad Pitt's got Bruce Willis and 12 Monkeys (Terry Gilliam, 1995) on his back in this film explaining how the world ended in 1997. 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 20): Whispered Media's shorts program "Organisms Unite!" offers the tasty Fed Up!, Angelo Sacerdote's documentary on food distribution, and James Ficklin's biotech protest doc Whose Food? Our Food! Plus sides 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 22): Local prankster legend John Law piles the three Doggie Diner heads he's salvaged onto a truck and ferries them to New York in Head Trip (Flecher Fleudujon, 2004), screening with Fleudujon's Chasin' the Train ("jug bands on Kesey's bus"), Bigfoot footage, and more 8:30 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (May 22 & 23): A double bill of two comedies of troupers on trains, Twentieth Century (Howard Hawks, 1934; 5:15 p.m.; also Sat 9:15 p.m.), with John Barrymore and Carole Lombard as narcissistic stage geniuses, and Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959; 7 p.m.), with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon as members of an all-girl band.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The original Japanese version of Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1954). See Ongoing for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (May 21-26): A multiweek screening of Lucas Belvaux's Trilogy, comprised of three overlapping films in three different genres, commences with the noirish On the Run (2002). See Opening for review 1:30, 4:15, 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, ends this week. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 21 & 22): Uma Thurman and what's-his-name were rediscovered in Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1995); why couldn't have Travolta played Bill? Saturday's closing night features Syringe Darts, What's in the Briefcase, and more midnight.
SATURDAY (May 22): A "Science as Art" film series screens Seeing the Landscape, which documents Richard Serra's Tuhirangi Contour site-specific project in New Zealand. Also showing is a record of Chris Burden's Beam Drop (Michael Rudnick, 1987), steel beams falling into wet concrete 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.
DAILY (Closed Mondays): 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.
TUESDAY (May 25): A monthly "Happy Hour at Goethes" program continues with another entry in the Institut's "Young Turks" series, Tour Abroad (Ayse Polat, Germany, 1998), about a gay cabaret singer helping a girl find her mom 6 p.m.
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 25): A Gabriele Salvatores series concludes with Nirvana (Italy, 1999). 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 in an open-ended run.
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