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.
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.
FRIDAY (April 1): The Goethe's monthly happy hour screening of a film with snacks offers Heart Over Head (Michael Gutmann, Germany, 2001), about the love of a German teen and a Polish girl 6 p.m.
TUESDAY (April 5): "Deconstructing the Foreign," a series of new documentaries, offers Dialogues '99/II (Dirk Szuszies and Ferdinand Teubner, Germany, 2004), a record of a dance choreographed by Sasha Waltz at the Jewish Museum of Berlin, and Hommage a Noir (Ralf Schmerberg, 1999), a musical poem dedicated to the people of Africa 7:30 p.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
WEDNESDAY (March 30): Arna's Children (Danniel Danniel and Juliano Mer Khamis), a documentary about the death of a Jewish activist against Israeli occupation policies, screens as a benefit for the Middle East Children's Alliance. Call (510) 548-0542 for more information. $10-20 sliding scale 7 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 save as noted.
DAILY: The Chorus (Christopher Barratier, 2004). See Ongoing for review Wed 5, 7 p.m.; Thurs 5 p.m.; Fri 8:45 p.m.; Sat 7, 9 p.m.; Sun 3, 5 p.m.; Mon 5 p.m.; Tues 5, 8:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: Lexi Leban's award-winning documentary Girl Trouble (2004), about a youth-run organization for troubled teens. $15 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Assisted Living (Elliot Greenebaum, 2004); see Opening for review. $8 Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 5 p.m.; Sun-Tues 7 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 (April 1): CinemaLit opens a month of Italian cinema with Vittorio De Sica's neorealist classic The Bicycle Thief (1948) 6:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Dot the I (Matthew Parkhill, U.K./Spain, 2003). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for film and times.
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 Akira Kurosawa's what-is-truth puzzler Rashomon (Japan, 1951) 3 p.m. A weekly "Games People Play" series resumes with Paul Bartel's prophetic Death Race 2000 (1975), a great idea for a network reality show -- drivers compete to see who can run down more pedestrians 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Cries of the City," documentaries from UC students, includes Andrés Cediel's accomplished Shellmound, a record of the burial grounds on which Emeryville built its mall, and Nathan Johnson's examination of graffiti's Territorial Pissings 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: An Edgar G. Ulmer series continues with his film of John Carradine as puppet master/serial killer Bluebeard (1944; 7:30 p.m.), screening with Hedy Lamarr as The Strange Woman (1946; 8:45 p.m.). Ulmer's daughter Arianné Ulmer Cipes at both shows.
SATURDAY: Two Yiddish-language films by Ulmer, The Light Ahead (1939; 7 p.m.) and American Matchmaker (1940; 9:15 p.m.), the latter preceded by two shorts for Spanish-American and Navajo audiences. Arianné Ulmer Cipes at both shows.
SUNDAY: "Crying in Color," a lecture by Russell Merritt on color developments in 1950s Hollywood at 4:30 p.m., is followed by Scaramouche (George Sidney, 1952), a Technicolor swashbuckler with Stewart Granger, at 5:40 p.m.
MONDAY: A "Buddhism and Film" series, offering lectures by Robert Sharif and screenings of relevant films, continues with the Wallace Shawn-Andre Gregory chatfest My Dinner With Andre (Louis Malle, 1981) 3 p.m.
TUESDAY: Betsy Bromberg's abstract a Darkness Swallowed (2004), "a landscape that suggests the murky process of searching, remembering, or grieving" 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. $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: Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004) 7:30 p.m. Born Into Brothels (Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, 2004) 6:30 p.m. After Midnight (Davide Ferrario, Italy, 2004) /i>8:30 p.m. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004) 9:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
WEDNESDAY: A two-day program of Don McGlynn's films about musicians screens The Howlin' Wolf Story (2003). McGlynn in person 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: The West Coast premiere of McGlynn's latest, about legendary folkie Spider John Koerner (2005) 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Ballad of Jack and Rose (Rebecca Miller, 2005); see Opening for review. Downfall, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, and Born Into Brothels continue. Call for times.
FRIDAY: IndieWire (or, as they prefer, "indieWIRE") screens a week of "the Top Undistributed Films of 2004." See www.indiewire.com for more information. The Beauty Academy of Kabul (Mermin, Afghanistan) 7 p.m. Days and Hours (Zalica, Bosnia) 8:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: IndieWire -- Liberia: An Uncivil War (Brabazon and Stack) 2:15 p.m. The Beauty Academy of Kabul 4:30 p.m. No Rest for the Brave (Guaridie, France) 6:15 p.m. Down to the Bone 8:15 p.m.
MONDAY: IndieWire -- Days and Hours 7 p.m. No Rest for the Brave 9:10 p.m.
TUESDAY: IndieWire -- Awful Normal 7 p.m. House of the Tiger King 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.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: A program of rare "Antique Smut," circa 1915-50 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Tony Gatlif's exploration of all things Rom, Latcho Drom (France, 1993) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (April 5 & 6): Here's a scary one -- The Future of Food (Deborah Koons Garcia, 2004). We'll be grateful to be dead! 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 1-7): Assisted Living (Elliot Greenebaum, 2003); see Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
DAILY (closed Wednesday): In conjunction with "John Szarkowski," John Szarkowski: A Life in Photography (Richard B. Woodward and Sandra McLeod, 1998) 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/. A weekly video program screens for free.
THURSDAY (April 7): It's out, out talking candle as a fairy tale series opens with Jean Cocteau's lovely Beauty and the Beast (France, 1947) 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.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings. The Fearless Tales Genre Festival screens here through April 3.
WEDNESDAY: A Fearless Tales screening of Zombie Nation (Ulli Lommel), with an L.A. cop torturing revenge-seeking female zombies. Lommel in person 6 p.m. In Lommel's Zodiac Killer a teenage copycat tracks down the original 8:30 p.m. Bounty hunters seek an embezzling accountant in Oakland in Malcolm Sherwood's Broken Low 11 p.m.
FRIDAY: A pulp novelist and a photo clerk track down vampires in Night of the Vampire Hunter (Ulli Bujard, Germany) 6 p.m. Habitaciones Para Turistas (Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Argentina) 8:30 p.m. Mala Carne (Fabian Forte, Argentina) 10:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Saturday Morning Cartoons for Grown-Ups" noon. The Collingswood Story (Mike Costanza) 2:15 p.m. Freak-Out (Christian James) 5 p.m. An ex-addict tries to aid a pal in Horsie's Retreat (Tony Asimakopoulos) 8 p.m. Decadent cheerleaders meet Andre the Butcher in Dead Meat (Philip Cruz) 10:30 p.m. A horror filmmaking spoof, Anti-Horror (Donald Benjamin) midnight.
SUNDAY: Don't return a lost wallet to a man called Crazy George is the lesson of The Legend of Crazy George (George Furman) 2:30 p.m. Red Cockroaches (Miguel Coyula) 5 p.m. The Curse of El Charro (Rich Ragsdale) 7:30 p.m. Paranoia strikes two brothers in Bloodline (Keith Coulouris and David Schrader) 10 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (March 30): The S.F. Jewish Film Festival screens Every Mother's Son (Tami Gold and Kelly Anderson, 2005), about three mothers coming together against the police brutality that killed their sons. $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (March 31): A program of new films by Jay Rosenblatt includes Phantom Limb (2005), on the death of a child, plus I Used to Be a Filmmaker, I Like It a Lot, and more 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 1): A Fridays-in-April series of "trailer trash" movies opens with Trailer Town (Giuseppe Andrews, 2003), about unemployed comics coming up with filthy routines to while away the time 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 2): Sixth Street Photography Workshop presents "Public Hearing," an audio/still photograph presentation from residents in downtown S.F. hotels. $6 1 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 3): Outsider art and street culture is explored in footage gathered by the Sublime Frequencies Collective, screening with its film Niger: Magic and Ecstasy in the Sahel. Artists in person. $10 5, 8 p.m.
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