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.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): "Hey, Warriors (Walter Hill, 1979), come out and play!"
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (April 6): Billed as "incredibly bleak" and dedicated "to the need for consolation," Sandrine Veysset's Martha ... Martha (France, 2001) stars Valerie Donzelli as an unhappy housewife 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.
SATURDAY (April 9): The 10-member (!) ensemble Pornorchestra performs new music to old porn movies, climaxing with the group improvisation, "Iron Porn." Also, I.K.U. (Shu Lea Cheang, Japan) and other short films by Martha Colburn, Ed Wood, and more. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 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. See our Showtimes page for additional listings.
WEDNESDAY: Part 1 of Marco Tullio Giordana's two-part, six-hour family epic The Best of Youth (Italy, 2003). See Ongoing for review 12:15, 3:45, 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Part 2 of The Best of Youth (1976) 12:45, 4:15, 8 p.m.
MONDAY: Gene Wilder in person, signing copies of his memoir Kiss Me Like a Stranger 5:30-7 p.m. Plus screenings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971; 1:45, 7 p.m.) and the Wilder-co-scripted Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks, 1974; 3:35, 9 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 & THURSDAY: 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 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Tim Burton finds his trash alter ego in the world's worst director, Ed Wood (1994) 7, 9:15 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Look out! It's Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 2001). Call for times.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (April 12): A series of new German documentaries screens The Net (Lutz Dammbeck, 2004), on the impact of the World Wide Web 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 save as noted.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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.
NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), First Floor, 552-5950, www.ninthstreet.org. $5-10 sliding scale.
FRIDAY (April 8): "The Grand Canyon Cinema Expanded Event" screens films from Canyon Cinema's collective collection 8 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: You I Love (Olga Stolpovskaya and Dmitry Troitsky, Russia, 2004). See Ongoing for review 2:15, 4:45, 7:30, 9:40 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films 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 David Lynch's what-is-reality puzzler Mullholland Drive (2000) 3 p.m. A weekly "Games People Play" series presents "Machinima: Dreams of the Game Engine," animation built on video game software, including Friedrich Kirschner's allegorical The Journey 7:30 p.m.
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