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 106-minute English-language version of the anime Steamboy (Katsuhiro Otomo, Japan, 2004 -- the longer Japanese version is at the Lumiere). See Ongoing for review 7:15, 9:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 25-31): Dot the I (Matthew Parkhill, U.K./Spain, 2003). See Opening for review. Filmmaker in person both evening shows Saturday. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): The third of Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" series, Army of Darkness (1993), aka "Medieval Dead."
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 (March 24): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail email@example.com for submission info. $3 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (March 25): Cinemasports Lost Episodes screens some of the results of last January's made-in-one-day movies shot here in S.F., plus some others made on March 20 in London 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 26): ATA's Other Cinema debuts Maybe Logic (Lance Bauscher and Cody McClintock, 2003), a documentary about "visionary philosopher"/S.F. author Robert Anton Wilson 8 p.m. Wilson portrays Wilhelm Reich in Hell 10 p.m. $6.66 for first film, $9.99 for both. See www.othercinema.com for more info.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY: Lost Embrace (Daniel Burman, Argentina, 2004); see Ongoing for review 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A double bill of Martin Scorsese's one-two punch of Taxi Driver (1976; 4:30, 9:45 p.m.) and Raging Bull (1980; 1:45, 7 p.m.) in new prints.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Aging political activists enjoy their Sunset Story (Laura Gabbert, 2003); see Ongoing for review. $6. Call for times.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Eating Out (Italy, 1970); see Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (March 25-30): After Midnight (Davide Ferrario, Italy, 2004). See Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 3, 5 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.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (March 29): "Deconstructing the Foreign," a series of new documentaries, screens Riders of the Sacred Blood (Douglas Wolfsperger, Germany, 2003), about the thousand-year-old ritual of 3,000 horsemen paying tribute to a holy relic 7:30 p.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings.
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 THROUGH TUESDAY: The Chorus (Christopher Barratier, 2004). See Ongoing for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The 120-minute, original Japanese-language version of the anime Steamboy (Katsuhiro Otomo, Japan, 2004 -- the shorter English version is at all other venues). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Mail Order Wife (Andrew Gurland, 2005); see Opening for review. Star Eugenia Yuan will speak with audiences on both evening shows on Friday. Call for times.
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.
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