Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.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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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: Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan, 2004). See Ongoing for review 5, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 25-March 3): The local theatrical premiere of Wong Kar-Wai's second feature, Days of Being Wild (Hong Kong, 1991). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975), back in the day when little Steven's films had some bite to them.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Feb. 23): Filmmaker Richard Copan's dental surgery-inspired Racines (Roots, France, 2000) 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.
THURSDAY (Feb. 24): The Noise Pop Film Festival presents events here and elsewhere around the city this week. Tonight, the premiere of El Presidente (2005), "an incredibly strange wrestling movie" involving El Homo Loco's campaign for president of Boystown 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 25): The S.F. Black Independent Film Festival screens Kevin Epps' Straight Outta Hunters Point (2003), with Epps in person, plus live performance by Rappin 4Tay 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 26): A Noise Pop screening of Burn to Shine (Brendan Canty, 2004), "the first in a series of films that attempts to document bands in America playing live in spaces that are slated to be demolished." Performances by Weird War, Q and Not U, French Toast, and others are included, filmed in a house about to be burned to the ground 3 p.m. ATA's Other Cinema hosts an emergency medical benefit for Rev. Screaming Fingers (Lucio Menegon) of the Overdub Club, alternating live music with "Incredibly Strange Music" clips from Daniel Johnston, Tex Ritter, Louis Prima, William Shatner, and many more. Pancakes will be served. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 27): Noise Pop -- This Is the Sound: The Mother Hips (Bill DeBlonk, 2005), a music doc about the West Coast band 3 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: Untold Scandal (Je-yong Lee, Korea, 2003; 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.). See Ongoing for review.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: "Garbo's Back," a weeklong reissue of nine classic Greta Garbo vehicles, opens with her two best-regarded sound dramas, Camille (George Cukor, 1936; 1:10, 5, 9 p.m.) and the splendid Queen Christina (Rouben Mamoulian, 1933; 3:10, 7 p.m.).
SUNDAY: The Balboa marks its 69th birthday with its annual Birthday Bash, re-creating a day at the movies in 1926 with Garbo's first starring vehicle at MGM, The Torrent (Monta Bell), screening with live music by Nik Phelps and ensemble. Also, birthday cake and vaudeville 1 p.m. An "Oscar Masquerade" screens Hollywood's top stars in their finery and challenges them with a costume contest (you're encouraged to attend as a nominated movie). Who will go as the naked guy in Sideways? 5 p.m.
MONDAY: "Garbo's Back" -- Anna Karenina (3:15, 7 p.m.) and Ninotchka (1:15, 5, 8:45 p.m.).
TUESDAY: "Garbo's Back" -- A double bill of The Painted Veil (Richard Boleslawski, 1934; 2:05, 5:25, 8:55 p.m.), a romantic triangle sourced in W. Somerset Maugham (just like current Oscar nominee Being Julia), and the silent A Woman of Affairs (Brown, 1928; 12:20, 3:40, 7 p.m.), screening with an introduction by Mick LaSalle and piano accompaniment by Jon Mirsalis at the 7 p.m. show only.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
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 on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
FRIDAY: A Noise Pop screening of Dziga Vertov's delirious city symphony Man With a Movie Camera (USSR, 1930) with a live score by Oranger 7:30 p.m. Fearless Freaks (Bradley Beesley, 2005), a music doc on Oklahoma's Flaming Lips 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Robots rule in Robert Wise's science-fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Sat 1, 3, 5, 7, 9:15 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.
SUNDAY: See Clint Eastwood put Howard Hughes (and Martin Scorsese) out of their misery at the Castro's Oscar Night Party, a benefit for End Hunger Now. $18 advance tickets at 621-6120, $20 night of show 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 28-March 3): A new print of Michelangelo Antonioni's shutterbug classic Blowup (U.K., 1966) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3:15, 4:30 p.m.
DELANCEY SCREENING ROOM
600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), 957-9800 for venue, www.apartment202.com for program and tickets.
FRIDAY (Feb. 25): An S.F.-shot indie, Apartment 202 (Kelleth Chinn, 2005), about two women who marry American men for visas, and the complications that ensue. Cast and crew will be present 8 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.
STARTS TUESDAY: Call for new program.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
FRIDAY (Feb. 25): The Goethe's monthly happy hour of snacks and drinks offers the documentary Berlin Is in Germany (Hannes Stoehr, Germany, 2001), about a freshly released convict's return after 11 years 7:30 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Formerly burger-loving Morgan Spurlock's AA Documentary nominee, Super Size Me (2004) Fri 7, 9 p.m.; Sat 3, 5 p.m.
SUNDAY: The Academy Awards Ceremony screens here, together with food, prizes, and two local film critics. Call for RSVPs. $45 4:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Super Size Me Mon 5 p.m.; Tues 7 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Nobody Knows (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6:30, 9:20 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 25): CinemaLit continues its winter 2005 "Oscar Month" with Milos Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), with Jack Nicholson rebelling 'gainst all authority, incarnate in Louise Fletcher's Big Nurse 6:30 p.m.
MISSION CULTURAL CENTER
2868 Mission (between 24th and 25th streets), 821-1155 and www.missionculturalcenter.org. Movies screen occasionally at this neighborhood center.
THURSDAY (Feb. 24): A "CineClub" screening of the feel-good movie of the century, Amélie (Jean-Paul Jeunet, France, 2001). $3 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 26): Early cinema icon Harry Carey stars in Brute Island (McVeagh of the South Seas, Cyril Bruce and Carey, 1914), screening with the excellent Charley Chase short Be Your Age (Leo McCarey, 1926), plus a Felix the Cat cartoon, Comicalamities (Otto Messmer, 1928) 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 John Ford's archetypal western My Darling Clementine (1946) 3 p.m. A weekly "Games People Play" series continues with "From Crackers to Culture," an illustrated lecture on video games by Rainey Straus 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A Nicolas Philibert series opens with the French documentarian's To Be and to Have (2002), a record of a primary school 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Nicolas Philibert in conversation (free) 1:30 p.m. Philibert's In the Land of the Deaf (1992), with live sign-language interpretation 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: A positive view of an insane asylum, Every Little Thing (Philibert, 1996) 7 p.m. The restoration of long-abandoned taxidermy specimens at the Zoology Hall of the Museum of Natural History comprises Animals (Philibert, 1995) 9:20 p.m.
SUNDAY: Art behind the scenes at Louvre City (Philibert, 1990) 12:30 p.m. Animals 2:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Two "explorations of light and texture" by experimental filmmaker Edward Noren, The Lighted Field (1987) and Imaginary Light (1984) 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.
SUNDAY (Feb. 27): The Parkway's annual Oscar Bash is sold out.
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. $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: Her Majesty (Mark J. Gordon, New Zealand, 2004) 6:30, 8:40 p.m. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004) 6:45, 8:50 p.m. Born Into Brothels (Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, 2004) 7, 9 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Untold Scandal (Je-yong Lee, Korea, 2003); see Ongoing for review. Born Into Brothels, Her Majesty, and The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill continue. Call for times.
SUNDAY: "Oscar Night America," the Bay Area's one officially approved Academy Awards party, offers gourmet food, a silent auction, and a live telecast of all the embarrassing speeches. Make a reservation at 383-5256, ext. 130 4 p.m.
MONDAY: The Czech Best Foreign Film nominee, Up and Down (Jan Hrebejk, 2004), about the fate of a child abandoned by illegal immigrants from India. Call for time.
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.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
DAILY: In the Realms of the Unreal (Jessica Yu, 2004) 5:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun noon. Fear meets Freud in The Century of the Self (Adam Curtis, U.K., 2002). Parts 1 & 2 ($8) 7 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2 p.m. Parts 3 & 4 ($4) 9:10 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:10 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A Turkish woman tries to escape her family in Head-On (Faith Akin, Germany, 2004) 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. See Ongoing for review.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 25-March 3): The original Deep Throat (Gerard Damiano, 1972) 7:45, 9, 10:20 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:15 p.m. Head-On 5:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2 p.m.
SUNDAY: The Roxie's 13th annual Up the Oscars Bash screens the Academy's ceremonies. $15 4:30 p.m.
DAILY (closed Wednesday): In conjunction with "Matisse and Beyond," Ana Mendieta: Fuego de Tierra (Kate Horsfield, Nereyda Garcia-Ferraz, and Branda Miller, 1987) Thurs 4, 7:30 p.m.; Fri 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 3 p.m.; Mon & Tues 4 p.m. In conjunction with "Belles Lettres," Jack Stauffacher, Printer (Jim Faris, 2002) Thurs & Fri 2:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1 p.m.; Mon & Tues 2:30 p.m. A 15-minute film, Artist at Work: Robert Bechtle (Spark, 2005), also screens throughout the day.
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/. Free.
THURSDAY (Feb. 24): A weekly video program on this month's theme of "Facing History" screens The ACLU: A History (1997) noon.
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. 25-27): Preston Sturges' ultimate screwball comedy, The Palm Beach Story (1942; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:30 p.m.), screens with the Marx Brothers' campus comedy Horse Feathers (Norman Z. McCleod, 1932; 6:10, 9:10 p.m.). A great program!
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! This is the last weekend, unless they extend the program again. $9 7:30, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 25): The Human Rights International Film Festival concludes with Repatriation (Dong-won Kim, Korea, 2003), which follows three convicted North Korean spies back home after their 30-year sentences end. $8 7 p.m.
The Danger and Despair Knitting Society opens its spring series of 16mm noirs with The Invisible Wall (Eugene Forde, 1947). Call 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com to make a reservation and find the location for the downtown S.F. locale.
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