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 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 Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004) 6:15 p.m. Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004) 8:15 p.m. Up for Grabs (Michael Wranovics, 2004) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. The Ballad of Jack and Rose (Rebecca Miller, 2005) 7, 9:15 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: Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and co-conspirator Audrey Tautou strike again with A Very Long Engagement (France, 2004) 7, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Wes Anderson, cinema's biggest miniaturist, goes overboard with The Life Aquatic (2004) 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:30 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Japanese children struggle to survive in Hirokazu Kore-eda's Nobody Knows (2004) 8 p.m.; also Sun 2, 5 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (May 3 & 4): Wong Kar-Wai's second feature, Days of Being Wild (Hong Kong, 1991), a prequel of much of what is to come. Let's see the H.K. parody sometime -- Days of Being Dumb 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Voices in Wartime (Rick King, 2005) 6:15, 7:45 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. Double Dare (Amanda Micheli, 2004) 7, 9 p.m. Mondovino (Jonathan Nossiter, 2004) 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 3:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 29-May 5): Hal Hartley's latest, The Girl From Monday (2005). See Opening for review. Director in person after Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 6 p.m. shows; call to RSVP 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m. Call theater for other films and times.
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 Thursdays. Free.
THURSDAY (April 28): The highly acclaimed fable The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1988) 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.
WEDNESDAY: Bay Area Adventure Film Festival 7:30 p.m.
STARTS THURSDAY: 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 29-May 1): A sex triangle impels Ray Milland to Dial M for Murder (1952; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:35 p.m.), screening with Saboteur (1942; 5:30, 9:25 p.m.), a sketch for North by Northwest on the foundation of The 39 Steps. Likable lightweight Bob Cummings co-stars in both.
1285 Sutter (at Van Ness), 474-2835. For regular screenings at this multiplex, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY (April 27 & 28): The bright side of life is looked upon in this limited engagement of the Monty Python features Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Jones, U.K., 1974; 2:50, 7:05 p.m.) and Life of Brian (Jones, 1980; 12:40, 4:55, 9:15 p.m.).
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
FRIDAY (April 29): "A fugitive couple explores the seedy side of S.F." in the 35mm indie feature Smok'd (Fred Banting, 2005). Call for price 8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (April 27): The S.F. Jewish Film Festival screens A Hungarian Passport (Sandra Kogut, 2005), a "whimsical and touching journey" begun when a filmmaker tries to reclaim her family's long-lost Hungarian citizenship 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 29): A Fridays-in-April series of "trailer trash" movies concludes with Steve Ballot's "underground exercise in bad taste," Bride of Frank (1996), about a homeless man's search for a mate. Filmmaker and star in person, the latter perhaps still looking for a bride. $8 7:30 p.m.
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