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Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.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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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: Eros (2004), three short films by Wong Kar Wai, Steven Soderbergh, and Michelangelo Antonioni 7, 9:35 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 15-21): Turtles Can Fly (Bahman Ghobadi, Iraq, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Mike Judge squares the cubicle in the workplace comedy Office Space (1999).

ALBANY TWIN

1115 Solano (at San Pablo), Albany, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $5.

SATURDAY (April 16): The "brutal post-apocalyptic nature film" Neptune (Anthony Marchitiello, 2004) stars Dylan McPuke. 21-plus please midnight.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (April 13): Arnaud Desplechin's Esther Kahn (France, 2000) stars Summer Phoenix as an 1890s actress in a stylized film that won some strong critical support -- it was the choice of Cahiers du Cinema as best film of the year -- but had only limited release here 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 (April 14): The bimonthly "Cinematastic!" offers "fantastic short films you won't see anywhere else" 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (April 15): "Mascot on the Run," live stand-up by comedian Michael Capozzola (who spent 12 weeks traveling nationwide in a mascot costume) 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (April 16): Media pranksters The Yes Men are profiled in this 2004 documentary by Chris Smith, Dan Ollman, and Sarah Price, with added video covering their Dow Chemical hoax. Screens as a fund-raiser for Critical Art Ensemble's legal defense. See www.othercinema.com for more info. $6 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (April 17): Amnesty International screens Forsaken Cries: The Story of Rwanda, a half-hour film on the genocide there 7 p.m.

BALBOA

3630 Balboa (at 38th 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 & THURSDAY: Part 1 of Marco Tullio Giordana's two-part, six-hour family epic The Best of Youth (Italy, 2003) 12:15, 3:45, 7:30 p.m. Part 2 12:45, 4:15, 8 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: The Best of Youth continues on one screen; call theater for show times.

FRIDAY: The Jack McCoy Surf Film Festival includes the Australian filmmaker's Bunyip Dreamings 7, 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: The Balboa's Reel San Francisco series of S.F.-based films opens with a double bill of Bullitt (Peter Yates, 1968; 1, 5, 9 p.m.), with Steve McQueen as a relentless cop, and Point Blank (John Boorman, 1967; 3:10, 7:10 p.m.), with Lee Marvin as a relentless gangster. Author Nathaniel Rich introduces the Sunday evening screening of Bullitt.

SATURDAY: A late-show screening of the hippie-era Psych-Out (Richard Rush, 1968), with Jack Nicholson turning on Susan Strasberg 11:15 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Jeanette MacDonald hits all the high notes in MGM's glossy take on the 1906 earthquake, San Francisco (W.S. Van Dyke, 1936; 2:35, 7 p.m.). Author James Dallesandro introduces the Monday evening screening. Also, Fred Astaire and Randolph Scott are sailor buddies enjoying shore leave in the city in Follow the Fleet (Mark Sandrich, 1936; 12:25, 4:50, 9:15 p.m.), with, oh yes, Ginger Rogers.

CASTRO

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: Ethan Mao (Quentin Lee, 2004) 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.

FRIDAY: Desperate folks pursue money in Stanley Kramer's megacomedy It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963); to mark Tax Day the Castro offers all customers free popcorn 1, 4:30, 8 p.m.

SATURDAY: Zsa Zsa Gabor is the Queen of Outer Space (Edward Bernds, 1958), with Lisa Davis (one of Zsa Zsa's fellow Venusians) in person for Q&A with Jan Wahl at the 7 p.m. show 1, 3, 5, 7, 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Charlton Heston lays down the law as Moses in The Ten Commandments (Cecil B. DeMille, 1956). No questions allowed 2, 7 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: A double feature of two elegant Parisian musical comedies, Gigi (Vincente Minnelli, 1958; 1:30, 7 p.m.) and Victor/Victoria (Blake Edwards, 1982; 4:15, 9:30 p.m.).

CLAY

2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com or www.8tales.com for this series. "8 Tales," a midnight movie series, continues. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page. $7.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (April 15 & 16): Jeff Bridges searches for the rug that really ties his room together in the cult comedy The Big Lebowski (1998) midnight.

FOREIGN CINEMA

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.

DAILY (Closed Mondays): It's that sprite again -- Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 2001) 8, 10 p.m.

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