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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: Schizo (Guka Omarova, Kazakhstan, 2004) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 29-May 5): 16 Years of Alcohol (Richard Jobson, U.K., 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.

AMC KABUKI

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 SFIFF, see Page 33. For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY: SFIFF screenings of A Doula Story (Alpert) 10 a.m. "Boxers and Ballerinas" (shorts) 2 p.m. Into the Picture Scroll (Haneda, Japan) 3:15 p.m. Beyond Our Ken (Pang, Hong Kong) 3:30 p.m. Tempus Fugit (Folch, Spain) 4:30 p.m. Omagh (Travis, Ireland) 5:45 p.m. Black Friday (Kashyap, India) 6 p.m. La Petite Chartreuse (Jean-Pierre Denis, France) 6:15 p.m. The Search for the Captain (McEnery) 7:15 p.m. Dealer (Fliegauf, Hungary) 8:30 p.m. The Intruder (Claire Denis, France) 8:45 p.m. Hawaii, Oslo (Poppe, Norway) 9:15 p.m. My Mother, the Mermaid (Park, Korea) 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: SFIFF -- Duck Season (Eimbcke, Mexico) 10 a.m. "Revelations" (shorts) 12:45 p.m. Champions (Najbrt, Czech Republic) 3:45 p.m. King's Game (Arcel, Denmark) 3:45 p.m. In the Battlefields (Arbid, Lebanon) 4 p.m. Shepherds' Journey Into the Third Millennium (Langjahr, Switzerland) 5 p.m. Of Love and Eggs (Nugroho, Indonesia) 6 p.m. "Exquisite Luminance" (shorts) 6:15 p.m. Almost Brothers (Murat, Brazil) 6:30 p.m. Princess of Mount Ledang (Hin, Malaysia) 8 p.m. A Social Genocide (Solanas, Argentina) 8:45 p.m. Film as a Subversive Art (Cronin, U.K.) 9:15 p.m. Up Against Them All (Moreira, Brazil) 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: SFIFF -- "Small Tails and Tall Tales" (shorts) 10 a.m., 6 p.m. Hawaii, Oslo 12:45 p.m. The Search for the Captain 12:45 p.m. The Boys of Baraka (Ewing and Grady, USA/Kenya) 1 p.m. Harvest Time (Razbezhkina, Russia) 1:45 p.m. Relativity (Kovrig, Canada) 3:15 p.m. My Mother, the Mermaid 3:45 p.m. The Intruder 4 p.m. Days and Hours (Zalica, Bosnia) 4:15 p.m. Duck Season 6:30 p.m. Murderball (Shapiro and Rubin) 7 p.m. Czech Dream (Klusák and Remunda, Czech Republic) 7:15 p.m. "Split Screen" (shorts) 8:45 p.m. Delamu (Tian, China) 9:15 p.m. Mouth to Mouth (Murray, U.K.) 9:30 p.m. The Riverside (Amini, Iran/Iraq) 9:45 p.m. Phil the Alien (Stefaniuk, Canada) midnight.

SATURDAY: SFIFF -- The Boys of Baraka 12:45 p.m. Layer Cake (Vaughn, U.K.) 1 p.m. Dear Enemy (Xhuvani, Albania) 1:30 p.m. Paul Haggis offers a master class in screenwriting using his new film Crash 2 p.m. The Forest for the Trees (Ade, Germany) 3:45 p.m. "Youth Voices and Visions" (shorts) 3:45 p.m. Duck Season 4:15 p.m. Sepet (Ahmad, Malaysia) 6 p.m. Abel Raises Cain (Abel and Hockett) 6:30 p.m. The Cuban omnibus Three Times Two (Giroud, Hamlet, Insausti) 6:45 p.m. Champions 7 p.m. Crónicas (Cordero, Ecuador) 9 p.m. Kept and Dreamless (Fogwill and Desalvo) 9:15 p.m. Life in a Box (Cheslik) 9:15 p.m. Midwinter Night's Dream (Paskaljevic, Serbia) 9:45 p.m. Izo (Miike, Japan) midnight.

SUNDAY: SFIFF -- The Gravel Road (Menon, Malaysia) 1:15 p.m. The Riverside 1:30 p.m. Adam Curtis receives the Persistence of Vision Award and screens his latest, The Power of Nightmares 2 p.m. Nelson Freire (Salles, Brazil) 3 p.m. In the Battlefields 3:30 p.m. Relativity 3:45 p.m. Whisky Romeo Zulu (Piñeyro, Argentina) 6 p.m. Harvest Time 6:15 p.m. "Boxers and Ballerinas" 6:30 p.m. The Joy of Life (Dodge) 6:45 p.m. Almost Brothers 8:45 p.m. Me and You and Everyone We Know (July) 9 p.m. Following Sean (Arlyck) 9:15 p.m. Monday Morning Glory (Woo, Malaysia) 9:15 p.m.

MONDAY: SFIFF -- Czech Dream 12:30 p.m. The White Diamond (Herzog, Germany) 12:45 p.m. Phil the Alien 1:15 p.m. Film as a Subversive Art 2:45 p.m. The Forest for the Trees 3 p.m. Up Against Them All 3:15 p.m. Take My Eyes (Bollain, Spain) 3:30 p.m. Tempus Fugit 5:45 p.m. Omar and Pete (Lending) 6 p.m. Omagh 6:30 p.m. The Hero (Gamboa, Angola) 8:45 p.m. Rolling Family (Trapero, Argentina) 9 p.m. The Real Dirt on Farmer John (Siegel) 9:15 p.m. In Casablanca, Angels Don't Fly (Asli, Morocco) 9:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: SFIFF -- Izo 12:45 p.m. "Boxers and Ballerinas" 1 p.m. Kept and Dreamless 3 p.m. "Split Screen" 3:15 p.m. Mouth to Mouth 3:45 p.m. Off to War (Renaud and Renaud) and Facing the Dead (Pfeiffer, Germany) 5:15 p.m. Nelson Freire 5:45 p.m. Crónicas 6:45 p.m. A Doula Story 7 p.m. The World (Jia, China) 8:30 p.m. Private (Costanza, Italy/Palestine) 9 p.m. Waves (Fei, Italy) 9:15 p.m.Days and Hours 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 28): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail openscreening@atasite.org for submission info. $3 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (April 29): Penny Lane's work in progress, The Abortion Diaries, invites your comments 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (April 30): Other Cinema's electronic music program "Analog Avatars" opens with a set by "everyone's favorite synth-spoof combo," Krankenkabinet, and then screens Hans Fjellestad's documentary about the famed music synthesizer (Robert) Moog. See www.othercinema.com for more info. $6 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (May 1): Laura Fantone's Resistances/Existences documents the lives of women in Tuscany, Italy, over the 60 years since the war's end in 1945. $3 6 p.m. This month's installment of "Street Level TV" includes video reports by Lisa Sousa (an interview with ex-U.S. Army conscientious objector Aiden Delgado), Greg Rodgers (on Comcast), and Mia Rovegno ("stencil warriors" Josh MacPhee and Russel H) 8 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.

DAILY: The two-part, six-hour Italian film The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2003) continues on one screen through May 5. Call for times.

WEDNESDAY: The Balboa's Reel San Francisco series of S.F.-based films continues with Terry Zwigoff's documentary portrait of legendary weirdo Robert Crumb (1994; 1:05, 4:50, 8:30 p.m.), with director in person at the evening show. Another outlaw comic is captured in Lenny Bruce: Performance Film (John Magnuson, 1967; 3:25, 7:10 p.m.), filmmaker in person at the 7:10 show.

THURSDAY: Reel S.F. -- Mad killers stalk the city in two noirs making great use of San Francisco locales, The Sniper (Edward Dmytryk, 1952; 3:10, 7:10 p.m.) and Experiment in Terror (Blake Edwards, 1962; 12:50, 4:40, 8:50 p.m.).

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Reel S.F. -- Two locally filmed comedies, Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971; noon, 3:30, 7, 10:30 p.m.) and Play It Again, Sam (Herbert Ross, 1972; 1:45, 5:15, 8:45 p.m.), with Bud Cort and Woody Allen, respectively, spiritually guided by Ruth Gordon and Humphrey Bogart, respectively.

SUNDAY: Reel S.F. -- Lon Chaney is Outside the Law (1924), screening with shorts, trailers, and home movies featuring Chaney, and with live piano by Jon Mirsalis 11:30 a.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Reel S.F. -- James Stewart suffers Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958; 12:45, 5:10, 9:35 p.m.) while Ann Sheridan is a Woman on the Run (1950; 1:20, 5:20, 9:25 p.m.), with noir expert Eddie Muller in person at the Sunday 1:20 show.

TUESDAY: Reel S.F. -- Two recent locally filmed indies, Finn Taylor's Dream With the Fishes (1997; 3:25, 7 p.m.) and Mark Decena's Dopamine (2003; 1:50, 5:20, 5:10 p.m.), with directors and guests in person at both evening shows.

CASTRO

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.

WEDNESDAY: SFIFF -- The Film Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Direction goes to Taylor Hackford, followed by a screening of his The Idolmaker (1980). $25 7:30 p.m. For more on the fest, see Page 33.

THURSDAY: Robert Mitchum is a worldly, very weary Philip Marlowe in the lovingly detailed period piece Farewell, My Lovely (Dick Richards, 1975) 7, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY: SFIFF -- Joan Allen picks up the Peter J. Owens Award; her latest film, Yes (Sally Potter, U.K., 2005), will positively screen. $25 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: SFIFF -- In Casablanca, Angels Don't Fly (Asli, Morocco) noon. Rolling Family (Trapero, Argentina) 2:30 p.m. The White Diamond (Herzog, Germany) 6:15 p.m. Ingmar Bergman's sequel to Scenes From a Marriage, Saraband (Sweden) 8:45 p.m.

SUNDAY: Akira Kurosawa's samurai Lear, Ran (Japan, 1985) 1, 4:30, 8 p.m.

MONDAY: A new, uncut print of Master of the Flying Guillotine (Wang Yu, Hong Kong, 1975), a major influence on Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill 7, 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (May 3 & 4): Both volumes, lo, a complete encyclopedic set of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) 7 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. alternates with Vol. 2 (2004) 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 4:15 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 29 & 30): Oh those Mean Girls (Mark S. Waters, 2004), due for a remake starring Time cover girl Ann Coulter midnight.

FINNISH HALL

1970 Chestnut (at University), Berkeley, (510) 464-4640, www.verticalpool.com for information on this program. $5-10.

SUNDAY (May 1): Antero Alli's DV feature Under a Shipwrecked Moon (2003) screens with Sean Blosl's Hex (2004) as a benefit for Alli's film in progress, The Greater Circulation 8 p.m.

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), screening through May 7 8, 10 p.m.

GOETHE-INSTITUT

530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760, http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/enindex.htm. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.

THURSDAY (April 28): A new German documentary series screens Lumumba: Assassination in the Colonial Style, on the conspiracy around the African leader's death, and Death Pilots (Thomas Berndt, 2001), following the trail of the 9/11 hijackers 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (April 29): The Goethe's monthly "Happy Hour" screening of a recent German film offers Kroko (Sylke Enders, 2003), about a teen gang member sentenced to aid the disabled. Refreshments and chat at 5 p.m., film 6 p.m.

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO

Kanbar Hall, 3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org; (925) 866-9559, www.sffs.org for the S.F. International Film Festival. Please note that the SFIFF calendar gives the wrong address for this venue ("2300 California"). For more on the fest, see Page 33.

THURSDAY (April 28): An SFIFF screening of the documentary Murderball (Dana Adam Shapiro, Henry Alex Rubin), about rugby players in wheelchairs. Kanbar Hall is built to hold unlimited numbers of wheelchairs to capacity. $12 7:30 p.m.

LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER

3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org; (510) 644-9341 for information on this program. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings.

THURSDAY (April 28): The monthly offering here of the International Latino Film Festival-SF Bay Area is Sex With Love (Boris Quercia, Chile/Canada, 2003) -- and what better offer is there than that? $8 7:30 p.m.

LARK

549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Boys and Girls From County Clare (John Irvin, Ireland, 2004) Wed 6:30, 8:30 p.m.; Thurs 6:30 p.m.; Fri 9 p.m.; Sat 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Bukowski: Born Into This (John Dullaghan, 2004) Fri 6:30 p.m.; Sat 8:30 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.; Mon & Tues 7 p.m.

STARTS SATURDAY: Dana Brown's Baja road race documentary Dust to Glory (2005) Sat 5 p.m.; Sun 8:30 p.m.; Mon 8:50 p.m.; Tues 4:25 p.m.

LUMIERE

1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Schizo (Guka Omarova, Kazakhstan, 2004) 7:15, 9:35 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.

MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY

57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail rsvp@milibrary.org 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 29): CinemaLit concludes a month of Italian cinema with Federico Fellini's memorable "I remember," Amarcord (1974) 6:30 p.m.

NILES ESSANAY SILENT FILM MUSEUM

Edison Theater, 37395 Niles (near G Street), Fremont, (510) 494-1411 and www.nilesfilmmuseum.org. A weekly "Saturday Night at the Movies" series screens silent films in this historic theater. $5.

SATURDAY (April 30): White hat western star Tom Mix invites us to look into The Heart of Texas Ryan (E.A. Martin, 1917), screening with the Thomas Ince-produced two-reel comedy Jimmy (Scott Sidney, 1914) and the newsreel Mutual Weekly #109 for Jan. 31, 1917 7:30 p.m.

OPERA PLAZA

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.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 29-May 5): 16 Years of Alcohol (Richard Jobson, U.K., 2003). 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 Andrew Jarecki's creep-out documentary Capturing the Friedmans (2003) 3 p.m. The San Francisco International Film Festival continues its PFA screenings with Cinévardaphoto (Varda, France) 7 p.m. When the Tide Comes In (Moreau and Porte, France) 9 p.m. For more on the fest, see Page 33.

THURSDAY: SFIFF -- Sequins (Faucher, France) 7 p.m. The Last Mitterrand (Guediguian, France) 9 p.m.

FRIDAY: SFIFF -- Shape of the Moon (Helmrich, Netherlands) 4:30 p.m. Midwinter Night's Dream (Paskaljevic, Serbia) 7 p.m. Días de Santiago (Méndez, Peru) 9:05 p.m.

SATURDAY: SFIFF -- The Hero (Gamboa, Angola) 1 p.m. The Power of Nightmares (Curtis, U.K.) 3:25 p.m. Los Muertos (Alonso, Argentina) 7:15 p.m. Black Friday (Kashyap, India) 9 p.m.

SUNDAY: SFIFF -- Delamu (Tian, China) 1:15 p.m. A Social Genocide (Solanas, Argentina) 3:40 p.m. Days and Hours (Zalica, Bosnia) 6:25 p.m. The Intruder (Denis, France) 8:45 p.m.

MONDAY: A "Buddhism and Film" series, offering lectures by Robert Sharif and screenings of relevant pictures, presents Bernardo Bertolucci's Little Buddha (1991) -- Keanu Reeves is the One 3 p.m. SFIFF -- Bahman Kiarostami's documentaries Pilgrimage and Kamancheh (Iran) 7 p.m. Into the Picture Scroll (Haneda, Japan) 9:20 p.m.

TUESDAY: SFIFF -- Me and You and Everyone We Know (July) 7 p.m. S.F. Cinematheque's program of experimental film, "Exquisite Luminance" 9:20 p.m.

PARKWAY

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.

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.

RAFAEL FILM CENTER

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.

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.

RED VIC

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.

ROXIE

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

Koret Visitor Education Center, 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. 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.

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.

SPANGENBERG THEATRE

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.

STANFORD

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.

UA GALAXY

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.).

VICTORIA THEATRE

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.

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.ybca.org. $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.

FILM NOTES

This Thursday, April 28, at 8 p.m. the Danger and Despair Knitting Circle returns with a new series of films noir, beginning with King Vidor's Ruby Gentry (1952), with Jennifer Jones and the young Charlton Heston in a lurid swamp-water melodrama. For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail screenings@hotmail.com.

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