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.
THURSDAY: A neglected boy reveals hidden talents in Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (Shemi Zarhin, Israel, 2003) 8:45 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 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 (May 13): An Alec Guinness series continues with The Man in the White Suit (Alexander Mackendrick, 1951), an excellent science-fiction comedy (of sorts) about the unexpected consequences of the naive Guinness' invention 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 14): Douglas Fairbanks makes The Mark of Zorro (Fred Niblo) even as Harold Lloyd inquires Number, Please? (Fred C. Newmeyer and Hal Roach) in this entertaining program of films from 1920 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 13-19): Save the Green Planet (Jang Jun-hwan, Korea, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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 (May 12): Weather experiments (read: global warming) lead to an attack of giant mantises (higher gas prices) as the life and career of the 43rd president are accurately predicted in Son of Godzilla (aka Monster Island's Decisive Battle: Godzilla's Son, Jun Fukada, Japan, 1967). Live hula dancers and an episode of Ultra Man before the film. $7 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (May 15): The Oakland East Bay Men's Chorus performs live onstage before a screening of Trick (Jim Fall, 1999), a boy-meets-boy Broadway comedy featuring Tori Spelling. A benefit for the OEBMC at $8 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (May 17): "Audience Appreciation Night" features a free screening of Laserblast (Michael Rae, 1978), about a teenager who takes on an alien. The (still) unknown lead actors are supported by the likes of Eddie Deezen, Roddy McDowell, and Keenan Wynn 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, 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. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Alex Gibney, 2005) 6:30, 8:50 p.m. Turtles Can Fly (Bahman Ghobadi, Iran/Iraq, 2004) 6:45 p.m. Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004) 8:15 p.m. Don't Move (Sergio Castellitto, Italy, 2004) 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Watermarks (Yaron Zilberman, Israel, 2004); see Opening for review. Call for other films and times.
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: This year's "Academy Award Nominated Shorts" includes the live-action winner Wasp (Andrea Arnold, U.K.) and the animation winner Ryan (Chris Landreth, Canada) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Learn about "the Bitter and the Sweet of Temporary Things" in Travellers and Magicians (Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan, 2005) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com for regular screenings ($8 save as noted); 820-3907 and www.sfindie.com for S.F. Documentary Film Festival screenings ($9 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: Hal Hartley's latest, The Girl From Monday (2005) 7, 9 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 13-19): Girl Play (Lee Friedlander, 2005); see Opening for review Fri & Mon 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; Sat & Sun 2, 4, 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; Tues 5 p.m.
MONDAY: S.F. Doc Fest -- In a Nutshell (Bernier) 7:15 p.m. Trudell (Rae) 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: The San Francisco Irish Film Festival screens here through next Thursday. Tonight, "Magners 'n' Shorts" (short films). $10 7 p.m. Adam and Paul scrounge for drug money in Lenny Abrahamson's dark comedy. $10 9 p.m. Also, S.F. Doc Fest -- Call It Democracy (Kohn) 7:15 p.m. Derailroaded (Rubin and Lubin) 9:30 p.m.
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