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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004). See Ongoing for review 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 18-24): Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Feb. 19 & 20): The teen titans of the 1980s reunite at The Breakfast Club (John Hughes, 1985) noon.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): The Breakfast Club.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
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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. 17): The Free Form Film Festival presents "Out/Ex," a two-part program of bizarre videos found by Blair Sterrett (the "Out" part of the program) and the best experimental films from Utah, as gathered by Chad Gooch's Laboratory Exhibition (that'd be the "Ex") 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 18): Films by Chris Bennet, Radim Labuda, Shota Tanimoto, and others are already set for this installment of ATA's monthly "Open Screening." ATA requests advance submissions; contact email@example.com for info. $3 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 19): ATA's Other Cinema declares a "Copyright Free Zone," with a program hosted by archivist Rick Prelinger challenging our contemporary "New Enclosure" of intellectual property, with shorts from Negativland, Animal Charm, and others, Scott Miller's Uso Justo (Fair Use) and Greg Hittelman's Willful Infringement (2004). See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 20): Amnesty International presents This way out (Jill Burnett, Anthony Lhotsky, Canada, 2004), about three refugees from the prosecution of homosexuality who seek asylum in the United States, and a KQED documentary, Not in Our Town, Northern California, about confronting hate crimes. A live Q&A with a representative from the Transgender Law Center follows 7 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.
WEDNESDAY: On separate screens -- Vodka Lemon (Hiner Saleem, Armenia, 2003; 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.) and Infernal Affairs (Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, 2002; 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.). See Ongoing for reviews.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Feb. 17-23): A Korean Les Liaisons Dangereuses with no room for John Malkovich -- Untold Scandal (Je-yong Lee, 2003). See Opening for review 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.
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SUNDAY (Feb. 20): S.F. Cinematheque screens two new films by Abigail Child, The Future Is Behind You (home movies from the 1930s of a German Jewish family) and Cake and Steak (1950s suburbia in home movies). Also screening are Alexander Kluge's Brutality in Stone: Eternity in Yesterday and unedited camera reels from D.W. Griffith to "deconstruct his invention of narrative in cinema" 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A Turkish woman tries to escape her family in Head-On (Faith Akin, Germany, 2004). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 18-24): New York underground legend Klaus Nomi is profiled in The Nomi Song (Andrew Horn, 2004); see Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 12:30, 2:45, 4:45 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.
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. $9.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A modern musical, Swing (Martin Guigui, 2004) 5 p.m.
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.
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