Reps Etc.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.

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: Save the Green Planet (Jang Jun-hwan, Korea, 2003) 7, 9:35 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 20-26): Brothers (Susanne Bier, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.

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 (May 20): An Alec Guinness series continues with The Ladykillers (Alexander Mackendrick, 1955), a black comedy in color with pitched performances from a snaggle-toothed Guinness, and Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom as part of his criminal gang 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 (May 21): Fatty Arbuckle larks with a smiling Buster Keaton at Coney Island (Arbuckle, 1917) in this program of shorts that also includes Keaton's brilliant solo comedy The Goat (Keaton and Mal St. Clair, 1922), Harold Lloyd ice skating with Bebe Daniels in Don't Shove (Alf Goulding, 1919) and a MGM Studio Tour (1925) 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 (May 20-26): The Other Side of the Street (Marcos Bernstein, Brazil, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.

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.

TUESDAY (May 24): A "Local Filmmakers Showcase" screening of The Frisky Frolics, about a 1930s band in 2000s America , plus The Return of Howdy Hank, a documentary about the restoration of an Arizona mural 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: Watermarks (Yaron Zilberman, Israel, 2004) 6:45, 8:35 p.m. Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Alex Gibney, 2005) 6:30, 8:50 p.m. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004) 6:15 p.m.Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004) 8:15 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Ladies in Lavender (Charles Dance, U.K., 2004). Call for other films and 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: Famed author Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem) fights for the right to die in The Sea Inside (Alejandro Amenábar, Spain, 2004) 2, 7, 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Amandla! (Lee Hirsch, South Africa, 2002), documenting music's role in defeating apartheid, screens as a benefit for IDEX (International Development Exchange). $15-$30 sliding scale. Reception 6:30 p.m., film 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: It's the short people's guide to Howard Hughes as Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio channel the legend of The Aviator (2004) Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 2, 5:15, 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The lives of children Born Into Brothels(Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman India/U.S., 2004) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.

ROXIE

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: The San Francisco Irish Film Festival is on the Roxie's big screen today and Thursday. Tonight, Cyril Cusack in Poitin (Ireland, 1978), an hour-long film by Bob Quinn, plus Cinegaal Paradiso (2004), a documentary by Quinn's son Robert about his father's efforts to forge an Irish cinema. $10 7 p.m.An Irish-American comedy with Stephen Rea,The Halo Effect (Lance Daly, 2004) 9 p.m. The fourth San Francisco Documentary Film Festival continues at the Little Roxie with The Loss of Nameless Things (Rose) 7:15 p.m. Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? (Whinna and Hunter) 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Irish Film Festival -- "Magners 'n' Shorts" (short films). $10 7 p.m.Reefer and the Model (Joe Comeford, Ireland, 1986) and shorts including Nun Fight Club. $10 9 p.m. SF Doc Fest --Ears, Open. Eyeballs, Click (Brumley) 7:15 p.m. Trollywood (Farley, U.K.) 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Le Grand Voyage (Isma&emul;l Ferroukhi, France/Morocco, 2005). See Opening for review 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 3:30, 5 p.m.

FRIDAY: SF Doc Fest -- Velcrow Ripper's ScaredSacred (Canada) 7:30 p.m. A Whale of a Tale (Lynch, Canada) 9:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: Call theater for program.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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

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