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