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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ACT I & II
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: Dot the I (Matthew Parkhill, U.K./Spain, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7:15, 9:40 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): A trio of parapsychologists takes on ectoplasm in the super-popular Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman, 1984).
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.
WEDNESDAY (March 30): Deep Dish TV screens "The Real Face of the U.S. Occupation," a video program including 2003-04 footage by videographers David Martinez and Urban Hamid, new footage from Fallujah by Brandon Jourdan and Brian Drolet, and Mandate? (Indymedia Video and the Glass Bead Collective, 2005), a record of protest at Bush's second inaugural 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 1): An April Fools' Day program of "Cartoons With Attitude" screens "inane, raw and uncensored" work by industry professionals -- unseen South Park and Family Guy pilots, nonbroadcast pilots Big Top and Rickles the Cactus, and from India, The Adventures of Tenali Raman, a cartoon version of the Mahabharata. $8-10 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 2): ATA's Other Cinema screens "Robots on the March," a program of "robotic performance art" by Kal Spelletich, Michael Shiloh, XK SAZ, and others, plus a new video from the Institute for Applied Autonomy. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 3): Program 12 from "Street Level TV," the monthly series of dissident video, screens Joanna Lenn on the traveling Sex Workers Art show, Meg Dixit on foster care crisis in the African-American community, Crescent Diamond on Oakland curfew proposals, and much more 8 p.m.
TUESDAY (April 5): The free monthly meeting of the Super 8 Militia, for would-be filmmakers in the small gauge 7:30 p.m.
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 & THURSDAY: Gunner Palace (Michael Tucker, 2005; 2, 5:30, 9:10 p.m.) and Lost Embrace (Daniel Burman, Argentina, 2004; 3:40, 7:15 p.m.). See Ongoing for reviews.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (March 31-April 6): Marco Tullio Giordana's two-part, six hour family epic The Best of Youth (Italy, 2003) plays here for a week, very conveniently scheduled for easy viewing. See Opening for review. Part 1 12:15, 3:45, 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 1-7): Part 2 of The Best of Youth 12:45, 4:15, 8 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 on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: After Midnight (Davide Ferrario, Italy, 2004). See Ongoing for review 1, 3, 5, 7, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Fearless Tales Genre Fest of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and noir screens here this weekend. TBA 1:30 p.m. A teen kidnapping drama, Candy Snatchers (Guerdon Trueblood, 1973) 4 p.m. Evil walks into a diner in Don't Look Back (Nicholas Sherard, 2004); tipping is optional 6 p.m. Herschell Gordon Lewis' splatterfest Two Thousand Maniacs (1964) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Fearless Tales -- TBA 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. My Little Eye (Marc Evans, U.K., 2002) 4 p.m. John Landis accepts a Fearless Vision Award for his Innocent Blood (1992) 7 p.m. An American Werewolf in London (Landis, 1981) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Fearless Tales -- TBA 11 a.m. Malevolence (Steven Mena, 2003) 1:30 p.m. Sirens of the 23rd Century (Jennifer Kroot, 2003) 4:30 p.m. The Offspring (Jeff Burr, 1987), with Burr in person 7 p.m. Straight Into Darkness (Burr, 2003) 9 p.m. Dario Argento's cult favorite Deep Red (Italy, 1975) 11:30 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 3-7): Nicholas Ray anatomizes 1950s America in a medically based tale of madness and conformity, Bigger Than Life (1956). Highly recommended 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun & Wed 12:30, 2:45, 4:45 p.m.
1190 Folsom (at Eighth Street), 431-3332.
FRIDAY (April 1): IndieFest provides the visuals and video wallpaper for the "Church of Elvis" every first Friday at this club. Scheduled musical guests are Shane ("Death Rock Booty Call") and Hick Smokey ("Assimilate"/"She Said"). $5, free before 10 p.m. 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
9 Broadway (at Center), Fairfax, 453-5444, www.cinemawest.com. This theater hosts the sixth annual Fairfax Documentary Film Festival this weekend. $10.
SATURDAY (April 2): "Mondo Hillbilly Night," a program of films by Jacob Young that includes his latest, Dancing Outlaw, about the musician Jesco White 7:30 p.m.
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