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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. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Brothers (Susanne Bier, Denmark, 2005) 7, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 27-June 2): An entertaining Brazilian film about an amateur counterfeiter, The Man Who Copied (Jorge Furtado, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (May 25): Suicidal Marie Payen falls for Moroccan Sami Bouajila in Jacques Maillot's No vies heureuses (France, 1999) 6 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 (May 26): The ATA's monthly "Open Screening" puts your masterpiece on the screen, tonight with live music by Daniel Martin-McCormick. Advance submission is recommended. E-mail openscreening@atasite.org for more info. $3 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (May 27): "Alternate Sight" offers new abstract films from three L.A. filmmakers, Andy Kopra (Four Songs), Audri Phillips (Freeway Wind), and John Adamczyk (In the Moment). $5 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (May 28): Other Cinema concludes its spring season with its twice-yearly program of "New Experimental Works" by local filmmakers, including Greta Snider's Off Earth Now, Kerry Laitala's Transfixed, Damon Packard's Al's Techno Club, and Nate Boyce's Portals. See www.othercinema.com for more info. $6 8:30 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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Evidently a word-of-mouth hit, the two-part, six-hour Italian film The Best of Youth (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2003) continues on two screens. Part 1 12:15, 3:45, 7:30 p.m. Part 2 12:45, 4:15, 8 p.m. Separate admission for each part.

STARTS FRIDAY: A Peck on the Cheek (Mani Ratman, India, 2004); see Opening for review 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 p.m.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.com, $8 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.

DAILY: The restored and extended cut of Sam Peckinpah's Major Dundee (1965/2005) 5, 8:30 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, Sun, & Mon 2 p.m.

EL RIO

3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com. The MadCat Women's International Film Festival screens programs here through Oct. 3 on this bar's outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains). $7-20 sliding scale.

THURSDAY (May 26): Final screenings from San Francisco State University's visual anthropology course serve up nine ethnographic documentaries. $1-5 5:30-9:30 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.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Redirect from Broadway, it's (cue giant foot and music) Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Jones, U.K., 1975) 8:15, 9:45 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 11:15 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: Call for program.

GOLDEN GATE CLUB

135 Fisher Loop, The Presidio, 561-5500, www.presidio.gov for more information on this event. The Presidio Trust offers a free screening, first come, first seated.

WEDNESDAY (May 25): Orson Welles narrates Above San Francisco (Robert Cameron, 1973), a 45-minute aerial tour of the city as it was some three decades ago 5:30, 7:30 p.m.

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO

Kembar Hall, 3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org. This popular center offers a wide range of programs, many of them film-oriented. Free.

THURSDAY (May 26): A real rarity screens in a Yiddish-language series, Poland's last Yiddish-language film, Unsere Kinder (Our Children, Natan Gross and Shaul Gosland, 1948), starring the famous comedy team of Shimon Dzigan and Yisroel Shumacher in a Holocaust-themed drama 2:30 p.m.

LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER

3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film screenings.

THURSDAY (May 26): The International Latino Film Festival screens Oscar (Sergio Morkin, Argentina, 2000), an hourlong documentary of how a Buenos Aires cabbie repurposes publicity posters with collage and painting. $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.

DAILY: What happens when symbols Crash (Paul Haggis, 2005)? /i>Wed-Thurs 5:15, 7:30 p.m.; Fri 7, 9:15 p.m.; Sat 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.; Sun 6, 8 p.m.; Mon-Tues 7, 9 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: Brothers (Susanne Bier, Denmark, 2005) 7:15, 9:40 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 27-June 2): The Man Who Copied (Jorge Furtado, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.

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 28): Lon Chaney is Outside the Law (Tod Browning, 1921) in this set-in-San Francisco melodrama with Chaney in the double role of a criminal and a Chinese man. It screens with Harold Lloyd as a country hotel reformer, The City Slicker (Gilbert Pratt, 1918), and a 1972 documentary, Hollywood: The Dream Factory 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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Other Side of the Street (Marcos Bernstein, Brazil, 2004) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 27-June 2): "Look out, Haskell, it's real" -- Tell Them Who You Are (Mark Wexler, 2004). 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. 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.

TUESDAY (May 31): After its spring hiatus, the PFA returns with Jack Walsh's autobiographical film essay The Lost Generation (2004), a film about being a gay middle-aged man. It screens with Rising Tide (Robert Todd and Michael Dwyer, 2004), portraits of craftsmen dealing with the new economy 7:30 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 (May 26): A "Reel Cult Freakout" screening of that real cult freakout Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994). $7 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY (May 31): That punk sci-fi classic Repo Man (Alex Cox, 1984) screens as a benefit for Team Alameda Bicycle Club's AIDS Life Cycle Ride. $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: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Alex Gibney, 2005) 6:30, 8:50 p.m. Ladies in Lavender (Charles Dance, U.K., 2004) 6:45, 9 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: Indian prison reform involves Doing Time, Doing Vipassana (Eilona Ariel, Ayelet Menahemi, Israel/India, 1998). Call for other films and times.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Richard Peterson introduces a complete program of Jean Vigo's films, which unspools over three hours the three shorts and single feature by the visionary French filmmaker who died at 29. They include the justly famed schoolboy rebellion of Zero for Conduct (1933) and the lyrical river voyage of L'Atalante (1934). A must-see 3 p.m.

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: Jessica Yu animates outsider artist Henry Darger In the Realms of the Unreal (2004) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Argentine workers challenge globalization and occupy an abandoned factory in The Take (Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein, Canada, 2004) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (May 31 & June 1): The revised and expanded, still mind-expanding Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly, 2001/2004) 7, 9:40 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

ROXIE

3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, 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: Le Grand Voyage (Isma&emul;l Ferroukhi, France/Morocco, 2005) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. The lesbian romantic comedy Girl Play (Lee Friedlander, 2005) 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 27-June 2): Doing Time, Doing Vipassana (Eilona Ariel, Ayelet Menahemi, Israel/India, 1998) 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m.

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.

WEDNESDAY: Closed.

THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Gary Hill: Transcending the Senses (2001) Thurs, Fri, Mon 2:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 1 p.m. Video as Art (Art/New York, 1983) Thurs, Fri, Mon 4 p.m.; Sat-Sun 3 p.m. A 15-minute film, Artist at Work: Robert Bechtle (Spark, 2005), also screens throughout the day.

TUESDAY: Call for program.

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 (May 26): A theater-on-film series ends with Philadelphia, Here I Come! (John Quested, Ireland, 1975), an adaptation of Brian Friel's play about a man with an extroverted ("Private Gar," played by Des Cave) and introverted ("Public Gar," Donal McCann) side noon.

SPANGENBERG THEATRE

Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.

THURSDAY: The West Coast premiere of Jeremy Gilley's Peace One Day (2004), about the filmmaker's efforts to personally persuade the United Nations to declare an international day of peace. Director in person 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Robots (Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha, 2005) Fri 4 p.m.; Sat-Mon 1:30 p.m. Tennessee schoolchildren set out to represent the scale of the Holocaust by collecting Paper Clips (Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab, 2005) Fri, Sat, Mon 5:45 p.m.; Sun 3:30 p.m. Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004) Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 3 p.m.

SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY: A young girl and an old Maori woman become friends in Her Majesty (Mark J. Gordon, New Zealand, 2001) Sat & Mon 3:30 p.m.; Sun 5:15 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 (May 25): A San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screening of the Yiddish movie Yiddl With His Fiddle (Joseph Green and Jan Nowina-Przybylski, 1936), with Molly Picon as a cross-dressing fiddler 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (May 26): S.F. Cinematheque offers a rare screening of Marguerite Duras' experimental narrative Nathalie Granger (France, 1972), with Jeanne Moreau, Lucia Bosé, and washing machine salesman Gérard Depardieu 7:30 p.m. A documentary on Duras by longtime collaborator Dominique Auvray, Marguerite, A Reflection of Herself (France, 2002) 9 p.m.

FRIDAY (May 27): A Fridays-in-May series of "Anarchists and Film" concludes with a free screening of I.F. Stone's Weekly (Jerry Bruck Jr., 1972), about the maverick journalist 7, 8:30 p.m.

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