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THURSDAY (April 28): Mel Gibson is the world's angriest pump jockey as The Road Warrior (George Miller, Australia, 1981), screening as a benefit for Anarchy Magazine. $7 9:15 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, $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.

STARTS FRIDAY: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Alex Gibney, 2005). See Opening for review. The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Downfall, Up for Grabs, and Wild Parrots continue. Call for times.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $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 $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.


Koret Visitor Education Center, 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, Screenings are free with museum admission of $10.

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.


Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, 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, 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, $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, 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.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $7 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

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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