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Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.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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ACT ONE/TWO

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. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Seagull's Laughter (Ágûst Gudmundsson, Iceland, 2001). See Ongoing for review 7:15, 9:35 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 16-22): Time of the Wolf (Michael Haneke, France, 2003). See Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1:30, 4:15 p.m.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (July 14): A teenage boy looks to his sister in Catherine Corsini's Les Amoureaux (France, 1994) 6 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.

WEDNESDAY (July 14): Naeem Mohaiemen's Muslims or Heretics? (Bangladesh, 2004) documents the persecution of the Ahmadiya sect, whose members believe that their spiritual leader was also a Prophet following Mohammed 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (July 15): The local premiere of Until When... (Palestine, 2004), following four families in a refugee camp outside Bethlehem. Filmmaker Jess Ghannam in person 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (July 16): Van McElwee's "video meditations" are presented in "Electronic Infinite," a "showcase of cosmic consciousness" that includes Stupaform ("an enchanting meditation on Buddhist architecture"), Waveform Modulation, and Heliogos ("six years are cut and folded") 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (July 17): A "San Francisco Bike Messenger Screening" showcasing bike messenger culture 1 p.m.

AUCTIONS BY THE BAY

Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (July 16-18): Marlon Brando is The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972) Fri 7 p.m.; Sat & Sun 4 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY (July 17 & 18): Robert De Niro is the young Brando in The Godfather Part II (Coppola, 1974) 7:30 p.m.

BRIDGE

3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $8.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (July 16 & 17): Singalong Purple Rain (Albert Magnoli, 1984), with projected lyrics (singing required) and a pre-show "'80s Slut Pageant." An extra show has been added for this Friday by popular demand midnight.

CASTRO

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: Hope Lange, Diane Baker, and Suzy Parker are three young women in Manhattan seeking The Best of Everything (Jean Negulesco, 1959), in this sex and the city melodrama 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (July 15-21): Jacques Tati's brilliant observational comedy Playtime (France, 1967) screens in a new, expanded, 70mm print 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.

EXPLORATORIUM

3601 Lyon (at Marina), 563-7337, www.exploratorium.edu. Free with museum admission of $12. A "Tinkering" film series continues all summer. Screenings are in the center's McBean Theater, through the front doors and on the left.

SATURDAY (July 17): Swiss artists start a 30-minute chain reaction of teakettles and Styrofoam in The Way Things Go (Peter Fischi, David Weiss, Switzerland, 1986-87) 2 p.m.

SUNDAY (July 18): A program of puppets and mechanical toys includes films from Ladislas Starewicz's bug-laden Revenge of the Knematograph Cameraman (Russia, 1912) to John Reily's Museo Mechanique (2003) 2 p.m.

FILM ARTS FOUNDATION

145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), www.filmarts.org, 552-8760 ext. 305 for this event. Free.

FRIDAY (July 16): An "Open Screening" of Bay Area short films, which are accepted first come, first served, plus free popcorn and cheap beer and pop. Works accepted 6 p.m. , door 6:30 p.m. , screening 7 p.m.

FOREIGN CINEMA

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): Terrence Malick spends the Days of Heaven in this outstanding 1978 release, screening through July 25; see Ongoing for review 8:45, 10:30 p.m.

FOUR STAR

2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. $7 for this program. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. "Midnites for Maniacs," a 10-week, 17-film series of rarities in 35mm prints, continues. For the Four Star's regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (July 16 & 17): Jeff Bridges turns blue over Tron (Steven Lisberger, 1982) midnight.

LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER

3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568.

WEDNESDAY (July 14): The International Working Class Film & Video Festival commemorates Bastille Day with Rendezvous at the Docks (Paul Carpita, France, 1955), about a dockers' strike against the Indochinese war. A discussion with ILWU workers follows. $7-10 7 p.m.

THURSDAY (July 15): Pablo Neruda's centennial is marked not with Il Postino but with ¡Neruda Presente! (Mark Eisner, 2004), a video including an interview with the man who taught Neruda to ride a horse and led him to exile in Argentina. $8 7:30 p.m.

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