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): The Goonies.
1881 Post (at Fillmore), 931-9800 for venue; (925) 866-9559, www.sffs.org for the S.F. International Film Festival. This just-off-Geary multiplex is one site for the San Francisco International Film Festival. $12 save as noted. For more on the festival, see Page 34. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)
THURSDAY: SFIFF screenings of the Cuban omnibus Three Times Two (Giroud, Hamlet, Insausti) 4:45 p.m. Cinévardaphoto (Varda, France) 5 p.m. The Last Mitterrand (Guediguian, France) 6:45 p.m. Días de Santiago (Méndez, Peru) 7 p.m. Michael Palm's absorbing documentary Edgar G. Ulmer -- The Man Off Screen 7:15 p.m. Kings and Queen (Desplechin, France) 8 p.m. The Holy Girl (Martel, Argentina) 9:15 p.m. 3-Iron (Kim, Korea) 9:30 p.m. The Fall of Fujimori (Perry) 9:45 p.m. Three cine-extremists (Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, and Park Chan-Wook) film Three ... Extremes (Hong Kong/Korea/Japan) midnight.
SATURDAY: SFIFF -- "Revelations" (shorts) 12:45 p.m. 10th District Court: Moments of Trials (Depardon, France) 1:45 p.m. Palindromes, followed by a seminar on screenwriting with writer/director Todd Solondz 2:15 p.m. "Reversing Destiny" (shorts) 3:30 p.m. La Petite Chartreuse (Denis, France) 4:15 p.m. Chokher Bali: A Passion Play (Ghosh, India) 6:15 p.m. Low Life (Im, Korea) 6:45 p.m. Ronda Nocturna (Cozarinsky, Argentina) 7 p.m. When the Tide Comes In (Moreau and Porte, France) 9:15 p.m. Los Muertos (Alonso, Argentina) 9:45 p.m. 5x2 (Ozon, France) 10 p.m. Zombie Honeymoon (Gebroe) midnight.
SUNDAY: SFIFF -- "Tracing Paths" (shorts) 12:30 p.m. Días de Santiago 1:15 p.m. Mad Hot Ballroom (Agrelo) 1:15 p.m. Cinévardaphoto 2 p.m. Little Sky (Menis, Argentina) 3:30 p.m. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Gibney) 3:45 p.m. Dear Enemy (Xhuvani, Albania) 4:30 p.m. Brad Bird delivers the festival's annual "State of Cinema" address (it's incredible!) 5 p.m. Holy Lola (Tavernier, France) 6:15 p.m. Pin Boy (Poliak, Argentina) 6:45 p.m. "Count Down: Nine Experimental Shorts" 7 p.m. Brothers (Bier, Denmark) 7:15 p.m. The Overture (Wichailak, Thailand) 9 p.m. Nelson Freire (Salles, Brazil) 9:15 p.m. Low Life 9:45 p.m. Three Times Two 10 p.m.
MONDAY: SFIFF -- Edgar G. Ulmer 10 a.m., 6:15 p.m. Zombie Honeymoon 1:15 p.m. When the Tide Comes In 3:15 p.m. The Fall of Fujimori 3:30 p.m. Innocence (Hadzihalilovic, France) 4:15 p.m. Ronda Nocturna 4:15 p.m. Brothers 6:15 p.m. Profiles Farmers: Daily Life (Depardon, France) 7 p.m. 5x2 7:15 p.m. Shepherds' Journey Into the Third Millennium (Langjahr, Switzerland) 8:30 p.m. Omagh (Travis, Ireland) 9 p.m. 3-Iron 9:30 p.m. King's Game (Arcel, Denmark) 9:45 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIFF -- Los Muertos 2:15 p.m. Two documentaries, Off to War (Renaud and Renaud) and Facing the Dead (Pfeiffer, Germany) 3 p.m. Pin Boy 3 p.m. Three ... Extremes 3:15 p.m. The Overture 3:15 p.m. "Tracing Paths" 6 p.m. Little Sky 6:30 p.m. La Petite Chartreuse 6:45 p.m. November (Harrison) followed by party. $25 7 p.m. Shape of the Moon (Helmrich, Netherlands) 9 p.m. Enron 9:15 p.m. Layer Cake (Vaughn, U.K.) 9:30 p.m.Sequins (Faucher, France) 9:45 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 21): The Lost Film Festival 2005 Tour screens political works including Nafta Dance (Evolution Control Committee), Don't Call Me Crazy on the Fourth of July (Rich Pell), and Lords of the Chain Gang (Adam Katzman and Zach Lihatch) 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 23): Other Cinema's annual PXL This fest of films made on the $100 toy camera of the 1980s. Highlights this year include 9-year-old Juniper Woodbury's My Magic Eightball and Robert Dobbs' Outer Rings. See www.othercinema.com for more info. $6 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 24): "Come out and enjoy the craziness" of Gapers Gone Wild, an extreme snowboarding movie, plus a set by the Mathematicians 8 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: The Balboa's Reel San Francisco series of S.F.-based films continues with Wayne Wang's The Joy Luck Club (1993; noon, 4, 8:40 p.m.), with author Amy Tan in person at the evening show, plus Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn meeting and greeting prospective son-in-law Sidney Poitier in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (Stanley Kramer, 1967; 2, 6:30 p.m.).
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Reel S.F. -- Gene Hackman has a bug up his ear in the sound-editing classic The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974; 2:45, 7 p.m.), with sound-editing master Walter Murch in person at the evening show Thursday, schedule permitting. Also, Richard Lester's great study of a fragmenting relationship, Petulia (1968; 12:40, 4:55, 9:15 p.m.).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Reel S.F. -- Two versions of Dashiell Hammett's detective classic, the acclaimed The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941; 1:30, 5:10, 8:55 p.m.), and the more obscure, but franker, The Maltese Falcon (aka Dangerous Female, Roy Del Ruth, 1931; 3:30, 7 p.m.), with Humphrey Bogart and Ricardo Cortez, respectively, as Sam Spade. Noir expert Eddie Muller introduces the films Saturday evening, Hammett expert Don Herron on Sunday.
SUNDAY: Reel S.F. -- Mary Pickford stars as a cigarette girl in working-class San Francisco in the silent Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley (Marshall Neilan, 1918), screening with Charlie Chaplin In the Park (1915) and Fatty and Mabel at the World's Fair (Roscoe Arbuckle, 1915) 11:30 a.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Reel S.F. -- Robert Mitchum takes the wrong road in Jacques Tourneur's classic noir Out of the Past (1947; 2:55, 7 p.m.), screening with Joan Crawford experiencing Sudden Fear (David Miller, 1952; 12:45, 4:50, 8:55 p.m.) from husband Jack Palance.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.com, $8 save as noted for regular programs; (925) 866-9559, www.sffs.org, $12 admission for the S.F. International Film Festival 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.
THURSDAY: The Opening Night program of the San Francisco International Film Festival screens The Ax (Costa-Gavras, France, 2004; 7 p.m.) with party to follow. $85. For more on the festival, see Page 34.
FRIDAY: A double bill of the juvenile-delinquent drama High School Caesar (O'Dale Ireland, 1960; 7, 10:45 p.m.) and an oddball horror film, The Fat Black Pussycat (Harold Lea, 1963; 8:45 p.m.).
SATURDAY: A double bill of the original (stolid, with one good campy catfight) Valley of the Dolls (Mark Robson, 1967; 2, 7 p.m.) and the deliberately lurid Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Russ Meyer, 1969; 4:30, 9:35 p.m.).
SUNDAY: SFIFF screenings of Innocence (Hadzihalilovic, France) noon. Touch the Sound (Riedelsheimer) 3:30 p.m. Pursuit of Equality (Callan and Show) 6:30 p.m. The Last Mitterrand (Guediguian, France) 9:15 p.m. For more on the festival, see Page 34.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Marilyn Monroe stars in two quintessentially 1950s comedies, The Seven Year Itch (Billy Wilder, 1955; 12:30, 4:45, 9:15 p.m.) and How to Marry a Millionaire (Jean Negulesco, 1953; 2:45, 7 p.m.), which is actually more fun.
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.
DELANCEY STREET SCREENING ROOM
600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), 677-8688 and www.sfsu.edu/~modgreek/filmfestival05.htm for information on this program. The annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival screens 35mm prints as a benefit for the Modern Greek Studies Foundation. $15.
THURSDAY (April 21): Delivery (Nikos Panayotopoulos, 2004) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 22): Love is sought "in all the wrong places" in Playing Part (Panayotis Portokalakis, 2003) 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.
DAILY (Closed Mondays): It's that sprite again -- Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 2001), screening through May 7 8, 10 p.m.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760, http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/enindex.htm. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (April 26): Grimme Award director Dr. Ulrich Spies introduces "The Best of German TV," offering Grimme Award winners The Rapoports (Sissi Hüetlin and Britta Wauer, 2004), about a couple who live through key 20th-century events, and Martin Luther King Ein Staatsverbrechen, on the conspiracy it says was behind King's death 7:30 p.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
THURSDAY (April 21): An update on the doings of Brazil's Landless Workers Movement (MST), MST March to Brazilia (2005). $5-20 donation 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.
THURSDAY: Guess Who (Kevin Rodney Sullivan, 2005) 6:30, 8:30 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 22): CinemaLit continues a month of Italian cinema with Pietro Germi's biting comedy Seduced and Abandoned (1964), replacing the previously scheduled A Special Day 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 23): Crusty Hobart Bosworth stars in The Sea Lion (Rowland V. Lee, 1921), with Bessie Love as "Blossom, a Nymph." It screens with a "Grantland Rice Sportlight," Bulls Eye (1926), and Al St. John in The Paper Hangers (1921) 7:30 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: Turtles Can Fly (Bahman Ghobadi, Iraq, 2004) 1:45, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 22-28): Schizo (Guka Omarova, Kazakhstan, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu, $8, second show $2 for regular programs; (925) 866-9559, www.sffs.org, $12 admission for the S.F. International Film Festival. 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 Life on Earth (Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauritania, 1998) and the splendid The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (Djibril Diop Mambety, Senegal, 1999) 3 p.m. A weekly "Games People Play" series concludes with David Cronenberg's eXistenZ (Canada, 1998), with Jennifer Jason Leigh as a video game designer stuck in her own (or someone's) creepy creation 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The San Francisco International Film Festival begins its PFA screenings with The Gravel Road (Menon, Malaysia) 4:30 p.m. Profiles Farmers: Daily Life (Depardon, France) 7 p.m. Innocence (Hadzihalilovic, France) 9 p.m. For more on the festival, see Page 34.
SUNDAY: SFIFF -- Monday Morning Glory (Woo, Malaysia) 2 p.m. Harvest Time (Razbezhkina, Russia) 4 p.m. The Holy Girl (Martel, Argentina) 6 p.m. Kings and Queen (Desplechin, France) 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY: A "Buddhism and Film" series, offering lectures by Robert Sharif and screenings of relevant pictures, screens The Reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche (Tenzig Sonam and Ritu Sarin, U.K., 1991) and The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei (Christopher J. Hayden, 1993) 3 p.m. SFIFF -- Todd Solondz's Palindromes has it both ways 7 p.m. Almost Brothers (Murat, Brazil) 9:10 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIFF -- "Count Down: Nine Experimental Shorts" 7 p.m. 10th District Court: Moments of Trials (Depardon, France) 9:15 p.m.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org/events.html for venue; (925) 866-9559, www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, here this week. This nine-decade-old remnant of a World's Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs. $12 save as noted. For more on the festival, see Page 34.
SATURDAY (April 23): SFIFF -- Programmer Anita Monga accepts the Mel Novikoff Award and screens Jacques Becker's excellent French noir Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954) 4:30 p.m. The American Music Club plays a live score for Frank Borzages' moving melodrama Street Angel (1928) 9 p.m.
MONDAY (April 25): Live scores by the Alloy Orchestra for both the silent version of Alfred Hitchcock's first talkie, Blackmail (U.K., 1929; 7 p.m.), and The Phantom of the Opera (Rupert Julian, 1925; 9:15 p.m.), with Lon Chaney.
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.
SUNDAY (April 24): Priority Africa Network screens the Frontline documentary The Ghosts of Rwanda (2005) and offers speakers and a discussion. $7 3 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9 regular admission; $9.25 for the Marin Environmental Film Festival 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: The Ballad of Jack and Rose (Rebecca Miller, 2005) 6:30, 9 p.m. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004) 7:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Up for Grabs (Michael Wranovics, 2004). Call theater for other films and times.
FRIDAY: The Marin Environmental Film Festival screens here this weekend. Oil on Ice (Djerassi and Boudart) 7 p.m. Opening Night Reception, $25 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Marin Environmental Film Festival -- "The State of California Rivers" (shorts). $6 11 a.m. "A Family Trio" (shorts). $6 11:15 a.m. Thirst (Snitow and Kaufman). $6 12:45 p.m. "This Is Our Planet" (shorts) 2:15 p.m. "Green Business, Green Living" (shorts) 4:10 p.m.
SUNDAY: Marin Environmental Film Festival -- "A Delicious Revolution" (shorts) 11 a.m. Ten Days to Paint the Forest (Kemp and Kemp) 11:10 a.m. "Amazing Graze" (food tasting event). $25 12:30 p.m. Broken Limbs (Howell and Evans) and Seeds of Change (Jones) 1:30 p.m. Talking to the Wall (Alves) and How to Kill a Fish (Trautman), plus 2005 Earth Day Every Day Awards 4 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Coen Brothers struck it rich with the cult favorite The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen, 1998); no similar following seems to be developing for their last three or four films 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:20 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: From Hong Kong, the acclaimed gangster favorite Infernal Affairs (Wai Keung Lau, 2002) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Jonathan Nossiter's wine documentary Mondovino (2005) 7, 9:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Double Dare (Amanda Micheli, 2004) 2, 4, 7, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: Black and Blue: Concerning Faith, Love & BBQ 7, 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
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, Mon, Tues 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 3 p.m. Gary Hill: Transcending the Senses (2001) Thurs, Fri, Mon, Tues 2:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1 p.m. A 15-minute film, Artist at Work: Robert Bechtle (Spark, 2005), also screens throughout the day.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/. A weekly video program screens on Thursday. Free.
THURSDAY (April 21): The highly acclaimed fable Donkey Skin (Jacques Demy, France, 1970) 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 theater for program.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. Alfred Hitchcock provides the films for April's series.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (April 22-24): Sir Alfred sings songs of innocence and experience, respectively, in a caper starring teenage Nova Pilbeam, Young and Innocent (U.K., 1937; 5:50, 9:25 p.m.), and one of his darkest, most mature films, Notorious (1946; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:55 p.m.).
1285 Sutter (at Van Ness), 474-2835. For regular screenings at this multiplex, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 22-28): The bright side of life is looked upon in this one-week engagement of the Monty Python features Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Jones, U.K., 1974; 2:50, 7:05 p.m.; also Fri & Sat 11:30 p.m.) and Life of Brian (Jones, 1980; 12:40, 4:55, 9:15 p.m.).
WEDNESDAY (April 20): "True Stories" presents a preview of George Paul Csicsery's latest, The Thursday Club (2005), a visit to the now-retired Oakland policemen who battled peaceniks and Panthers 40 years ago. Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (April 21): S.F. Cinematheque screens hand-painted films by Stan Brakhage, including Thigh Line Lyre Triangular, Delicacies of Molten Horror Synapse, and First Hymn to the Night -- Novalis, plus live poetry by Robert Grenier 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 22): A Fridays-in-April series of "trailer trash" movies continues with a double bill of Poor Pretty Eddie (Richard Robinson, 1973; 7:30 p.m.) -- Leslie Uggams' car breaks down in a Southern town populated by Slim Pickens and Shelley Winters -- and Girl on a Chain Gang (Jerry Gross, 1965; 9:15 p.m.), exploiting the Freedom Riders movement for white-trash glee. $8.
The Center for Modern Greek Studies offers "A Conversation With Costa-Gavras" in Humanities 587, San Francisco State University, Friday, April 22, at 1 p.m. Free.
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