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. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 11-17): The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004); see Opening for review. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): The Dark Crystal.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
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 (Feb. 10): "Cinematastic!," a monthly program devoted to narrative shorts, screens "five cool films for just five bucks" 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 11): Uni-named cinéaste Sham's Fierce (2005) is "a campy, gay, experimental documentary that deals with Fierceness'" 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 12): An S.F. Bike Messenger Association screening of the shorts Metropoloco and Yellow Jersey, "Bicycle Repairman" (a Monty Python skit), "Bicycle" (a Queen music video), and Sylvain Chomet's splendid The Triplets of Belleville (France, 2004) 2 p.m. ATA's Other Cinema opens its spring season with a critique of George W. Bush's "Retard Nation," premiering Austrian documentarian Andreas Horvath's This Ain't No Heartland (2004), interviews on the Iraq War with callous red-state Americans. Plus anti-Bush agitprop from Bryan Boyce and others. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Feb. 15): A DVD release party for "Nomads and No-Zones" screens selected works from this compilation by Greta Snider and Vanessa Renwick, including Snider's Portland, Renwick's Richart, and collaborations with Bay Area underground artists. Free 8 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house, long a good place to catch second-run fare, has converted one of its screens to a repertory theater. See our Showtimes page for what's on the Balboa's other screen.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Feb. 10-16): Vodka Lemon (Armenia). See Opening for review 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
SUNDAY (Feb. 13): S.F. Cinematheque presents "Follow Me to Sudden Death," a program of documentaries by Vanessa Renwick and others, including Renwick's 9 Is a Secret, Warren Haack's Selective Service System, and Peter Kubelka's German tourists-in-Africa classic Unsere Afrikareise 7:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.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 THURSDAY: A Turkish woman tries to escape her family in Head-On (Faith Akin, 2004), screening through Feb. 17. See Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 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.
JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
1835 Ellis (between Scott and Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, www.bjesf.org. This facility, located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, is operated by the Bureau of Jewish Education and is to be distinguished from the Jewish Community Library on 14th Avenue.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 11-17): "Dance Week" features the local premiere of Ghostlight (Christopher Herrmann, 2003), starring Richard Move as Martha Graham, and the classic The Red Shoes (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1948). Call for times.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Born Into Brothels (Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, 2004); see Ongoing for review 5, 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
MAMA BUZZ CAFE
2318 Telegraph (at 23rd Street), Oakland, (510) 465-4073 for venue; www.sfindie.com for San Francisco Independent Film Festival programming. $9 with $7 matinees (before 4 p.m.).
FRIDAY (Feb. 11): The San Francisco Independent Film Festival screens here this weekend. Today, The Dry Spell (Dowdle) 7 p.m. X, Y (Vitkin) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 12): IndieFest -- "Munch on This" (shorts) 2:30 p.m. 24 Hours on Craigslist (Gibson) 4:45 p.m. EMR (Erskine and McCullough, U.K.) 7 p.m. After the Apocalypse (Nakajima) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 13): IndieFest -- EXIST (Bell) 2:30 p.m. Until the Night (Hatanaka) 4:45 p.m. Sigma (Heffring, Canada) 7 p.m. Dear Pillow (Poyser) 9:15 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a weekly film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Feb. 11): CinemaLit opens its winter 2005 series with "Oscar Month"; tonight's lucky winner is the political drama All the King's Men (Robert Rossen, 1949), with Broderick Crawford as a thinly disguised Huey Long 6:30 p.m.
Action Theater, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), Second Floor, 369-6098 and www.metreon.com/events for information, www.acteva.com/go/metreon for advance tickets. $15 admission includes all films, plus workshops, guest appearances, and tournaments.
SUNDAY (Feb. 13): A marathon screening of the anime series Gundam Seed 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 12): A program of short comedies includes three Keystones from 1914-15 (including Those Love Pangs by and with Charlie Chaplin) interweaved with three from the smoother later 1920s, including the hilarious Pass the Gravy (Fred Guiol, 1928), with Max Davidson as an exasperated papa 7:30 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 history class open to the public and taught by Marilyn Fabe screens Robert Flaherty's classic semidocumentary Nanook of the North (1922) 3 p.m. A weekly "Games People Play" series continues with "Parallel Universum, Part I," a program of short films including John Sanborn's Infinite Escher (1980), Kristin Lucas' Watch Out for Invisible Ghosts (1996), and Peggy Ahwesh's Lara Croft-liberating She Puppet (2001) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: An African Film Festival continues with Branwen Okpako's Dirt for Dinner (Germany, 2000), about the life and hard times of an African East German policeman 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: African Film Festival -- Ousmane Sembene's great Moolaadé (Senegal, 2004; 7 p.m.) traces a woman's rebellion against genital mutilation and screens with Abderrahmane Sissako's Waiting for Happiness (Mauritania, 2002; 9:25 p.m.), a low-key look at a seaside town.
SATURDAY: African Film Festival -- Moolaadé 6:30 p.m. Sembene's portrait of a modern Senegalese woman, Faat-Kine (Senegal, 2001; 9:15 p.m.).
MONDAY: A "Buddhism and Film" series, offering lectures by Robert Sharif and screenings of relevant films, continues with Fearless (Peter Weir, 1993), about the spiritual impact of a near-fatal air crash 3 p.m.
TUESDAY: Arnie Siegel interrogates psychoanalysis in the quasi-fictional documentary Empathy (2003) 7:30 p.m.
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. See Ongoing for review.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org for regular programs; (925) 275-9005 and www.ibff.org for the International Buddhist Film Festival, screening here Feb. 10-13. $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: Born Into Brothels (Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, 2004) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. The Sea Inside (Alejandro Amenábar, Spain, 2004) 6:30, 9 p.m. Travellers & Magicians (Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan, 2003) 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 7 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
THURSDAY: The International Buddhist Film Festival opens here with Milarepa (Liliana Cavani, Italy, 1974) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Born Into Brothels and The Sea Inside continue. Call for times.
SATURDAY: International Buddhist Film Festival -- Destroyer of Illusion (Richard Cohn, 1986) 2 p.m. Christina Lundberg's On the Road Home (2003), about women teachers in Buddhism 4 p.m. Gangsters hide out with monks in the comedy Hi! Dharma! (Cheol-kwan Park, Korea, 2001) 6:30 p.m. Johnny Depp learns all is an illusion in Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1996) 8:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: International Buddhist Film Festival -- Chasing Buddha (Amiel Courtin-Wilson, New Zealand, 2000) 2 p.m. A Tibetan master is profiled in The Lion's Roar (Mark Elliott, 1985) 4 p.m. One Particle of Dust (archival footage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, founder of the San Francisco Zen Center) 6:30 p.m. Words of My Perfect Teacher (Lesley Ann Patten, 2004), about filmmaker and priest Khyentse Norbu, "for those who wish they'd met Yoda or Merlin," screening with an I Heart Huckabees Infomercial by David O. Russell (2004), with Dr. Robert Thurman as himself and Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin, in character from the feature film, as metaphysical detectives 8:45 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
THURSDAY: Bruce LaBruce's "Godardian agit-porno" The Raspberry Reich (2004) 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The SLA's fall and demise is documented in Guerrilla (Robert Stone, 2004) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 15-17): David O. Russell's Buddhist comedy I* Huckabees (2004) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com; www.sfindie.com for films at the seventh annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival. $8 for regular programs, $9 with $7 matinees (before 4 p.m.) for IndieFest programs. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY: The San Francisco Independent Film Festival screens here through Feb. 15. Today, a good boxing drama, Fighting Tommy Riley (O'Flaherty) 12:30 p.m. Lyrical rural romance comprises Dandelion (Milgard) 2:45 p.m. "The Growling Glue" (shorts) 5 p.m. A stockbroker's marriage disintegrates in Joe Maggio's Milk and Honey, to be distinguished from the festival opener In the Land of Milk and Honey 7 p.m. Born in a Barn (Elson) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: IndieFest -- "Ideé Fixe" (shorts) 5 p.m. Antenna (Kazuyoshi, Japan) 7 p.m. The Taste of Tea (Ishii, Japan) 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: IndieFest -- Until the Night (Hatanaka) 5 p.m. Sons of Provo (Swenson) 7 p.m. White Skin (Roby, Canada) 9:30 p.m. Original series star Shintaro Katsu's Zatoichi (Japan, 1989), last film in the series about the blind swordsman before Takeshi Kitano's recent revival 11:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: IndieFest -- Other Worlds (Kounen, France) noon. "Interloping Erraticism" (shorts) 2:15 p.m. In the Land of Milk and Honey (Emshwiller) 4:30 p.m. Blueberry (Kounen, France) 7 p.m. Blackball (Smith, U.K.) 9:30 p.m. Dear Pillow (Poyser) 11:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: IndieFest -- "Tripping With Strangers" (shorts) noon. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Feuerzeig) 2:15 p.m. A funny comedy about meter readers, The Delicate Art of Parking (Carlson, Canada) 4:30 p.m. Alex Night's closing night film, Dead Birds, a Civil War horror tale 7 p.m. X, Y (Vitkin) /i>9:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Popular IndieFest favorites are repeated for two evenings. Call for programs.
SAN FRANCISCO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555, www.frameline.org/events/index.html for this series. "Frameline at the Center," a free monthly screenings program, continues.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (closed Wednesday): "Roy Lichtenstein in Context" continues through Feb. 18 Thurs 2:30, 4, 7:30 p.m.; Fri 2:30, 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1, 3 p.m.; Mon & Tues 2:30, 4 p.m. A 15-minute film, Artist at Work: Robert Bechtle (Spark, 2005), will begin screening throughout the day on Feb. 12.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/. Free.
THURSDAY (Feb. 10): A weekly video program on this month's theme of "Facing History" screens the fascinating documentary Lost Boys of Sudan (Megan Mylan, Jon Shenk, 2003), about teenage refugees making a new life in the USA noon.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This recently refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
WEDNESDAY: Marlee Matlin finds the answer to her question What the #$*! Do We Know? (William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente, 2004) 5:45 p.m. Gael García Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna go the Easy Rider route as Che Guevara and friend in The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles, Brazil, 2003) 7:45 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
FRIDAY: Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (Beeban Kidron, U.K., 2004) 5 p.m. The Work and the Glory 7:30 p.m. Beyond the Sea 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: The Work and the Glory 3, 7:30 p.m. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 5:20 p.m. Beyond the Sea 9:45 p.m.
MONDAY: The Work and the Glory and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Call for times.
TUESDAY: To be announced.
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. A winter series pairs Marx Brothers and Preston Sturges comedies.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (Feb. 11-13): "Hoorah for Captain Spaulding!" sings the reception committee for Groucho Marx in Animal Crackers (Victor Heerman, 1930; 5:40, 9:20 p.m.), billed with Sturges' satire of small-town mores The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:50 p.m.).
Campbell Auditorium, Braun Music Center, Palo Alto, (650) 725-6025, www.stanford.edu/group/scbs/ARC/calendar/2004-05/ for this program.
THURSDAY (Feb. 10): The Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival offers "Still a Little Mao in the Mozart," a screening of the documentary From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (Murray Lerner, 1980), detailing the maestro's visit to China at the end of the Cultural Revolution, and a follow-up, Musical Encounters (Allan Miller, 2000), a record of Stern's return visit in 1999. Miller in person. $10 7 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: The 2004 edition of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation has now been held over for a second month, through February, now for three days a week. That's really sick! $9 7:30, 9:30 p.m.
Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus, www.berkeley.edu for venue; (925) 275-9005 and www.ibff.org for this week's films. This college theater hosts screenings from the International Buddhist Film Festival. $9 save as noted.
THURSDAY: Hi! Dharma! (Cheol-kwan Park, Korea, 2001) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: No films scheduled.
SATURDAY: A King of the Hill episode, "Won't You Pimai Neighbor" (John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, 2000), parodies Kundun and screens with two shorts 2 p.m. The impermanent art of Andy Goldsworthy is swept away by Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 4 p.m. The Lion's Roar (Elliott, 1985) 6:30 p.m. Festival (Im Kwon-taek, Korea, 1996) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: My Buddha's Painter (Thomas Gonschior, Mongolia/Germany, 2004) 2 p.m. My Life Is My Message (George Schouten, Netherlands, 2004) 4 p.m. Shower (Zhang Yang, China, 1999) 6:30 p.m. Angulimala (Sutape Tunnirut, Thailand, 2003) 8:45 p.m.
3543 18th St. (at Valencia), 621-4969 for venue, www.sfindie.com for San Francisco Independent Film Festival programming. $9 with $7 matinees (before 4 p.m.).
FRIDAY (Feb. 11): The San Francisco Independent Film Festival screens here this weekend. Today, Nice to Meet You, Please Don't Love Me! (Montmayeur, France) 2:45 p.m. Made in Secret (Whale, Canada) 5 p.m. EMR (Erskine and McCullough, U.K.) 7 p.m. After the Apocalypse (Nakajima) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 12): IndieFest -- Casuistry (Asher, Canada) noon. EXIST (Bell) 2:15 p.m. Literary life is satirized in The Recommendations (Slutsky, Perlmutter, and Owen, Canada) 4:30 p.m. The Dry Spell (Dowdle) 7 p.m. Sigma (Heffring, Canada) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 13): IndieFest -- I, Curmudgeon (Zweig, Canada) noon. Power and Control (Ranen) 2:15 p.m. 24 Hours on Craigslist (Gibson) 4:30 p.m. High Life (Yomtoob) 7 p.m. "Munch on This" (shorts) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Feb. 10): One of Nagisa Oshima's radical (politically, stylistically) Japanese New Wave films, The Man Who Left His Will on Film (1970) justifies the director's repute as the Godard of Japan as a student radical acts out the filmed record of a dead comrade 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 11): The Human Rights International Film Festival continues here with Edward Said: The Last Interview (Mike Dibb, 2004), a record of the late Palestinian intellectual's final thoughts. $8 7 p.m. Persons of Interest (Alison Maclean and Tobias Perse, 2003) looks at the 5,000-plus Arab or Muslim immigrants taken into custody by the United States after Sept. 11. $8 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 12): Human Rights International Film Festival -- Edward Said: The Last Interview. $8 7 p.m.
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