Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 13-19): Following Sean (Ralph Arlyck, 2005). See Page 36 for review. Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.
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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 (Jan. 12): International ANSWER presents a Cuban film, Bloquero (2005), protesting the U.S. embargo, and the Gloria LaRiva-produced Workers' Democracy in Cuba (1996), praising the state-approved unions 7:30 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Balboa revives the hugely popular, six-hour Italian epic The Best of Youth (Marco Giordana, 2003). Separate admission. Part 1 Wed 3:45 p.m.; Thurs noon, 7:30 p.m. Part 2 Wed noon, 7:30 p.m.; Thurs 3:45 p.m. On the Balboa's other screen, cheetahs prove fleetah in Duma (Carroll Ballard, U.S./South Africa, 2005) 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 8:55 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; www.goethe.de/sanfrancisco for Berlin & Beyond. $8 regular admission (Wednesday), $9 for Berlin & Beyond 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.
THURSDAY: The Berlin & Beyond festival of German-language films opens here tonight with its Opening Night Party 6:30 p.m. Sophie Scholl -- The Final Days (Marc Rothemund, Germany, 2004) 8 p.m. Film $10, film and party $30.
FRIDAY: Berlin & Beyond (all films from Germany save as noted) -- Rhythm Is It! (Grube) 1 p.m. A Michael Verhoeven tribute screens The White Rose (1982) 3:30 p.m. Ghosts (Petzold, Germany/France) 7 p.m. One Day in Europe (Stoehr, Germany/Spain) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- Sleeper (Heisenberg) noon. Bon Voyage (Ralston, Germany/Switzerland) 2:30 p.m. Truth or Dare (Scharf and Nolting) 4:30 p.m. Kebab Connection (Saul) 7 p.m. Agnes and His Brothers (Roehler, Germany/Austria) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- S.F. State graduate Sandra (Mostly Martha) Nettelbeck's Sergeant Pepper 11 a.m. Michael Verhoeven's filmmaking family is profiled in the documentary The Verhoevens (Moeller) 1 p.m. The Nasty Girl (Verhoeven, 1989) 2:30 p.m. The festival's selection as Best First Feature, Robert Thalheim's Netto 6:30 p.m. Off Beat (Hölzemann) 9 p.m.
MONDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- Kusskuss (Senn, Germany/Switzerland) noon. "Best of German Film Schools" 2:30 p.m. Oktoberfest (Brunner) 5 p.m. Love in Thoughts (von Borries) 7:30 p.m. Let the Cat Out of the Bag (Schwarz) 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- High Octane (Düringer, Austria) 4 p.m. The experimental late silent People on Sunday (Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, 1929), co-scripted by Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnemann -- what a pedigree! Live organ music by Dennis James. $10 7 p.m.Silentium (Murnberger, Austria) 8:30 p.m.
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: 2005 only felt like the end of the world -- see Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, U.K., 1964) for the real deal. Screens through Jan. 22. "Starts at dusk."
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 13-19) Following Sean (Ralph Arlyck, 2005). See Page 36 for review. Call for times.
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SATURDAY (Jan. 14): A shorts program finds Roscoe Arbuckle A Bandit (Mack Sennett, 1913), Charlie Chaplin taking to Laughing Gas (Chaplin, 1914) and then going Behind the Screen (Chaplin, 1916), William Collier having both Wife and Auto Trouble (Dell Henderson and Sennett, 1915), and Harold Lloyd vowing Never Weaken (Fred Newmeyer, 1921) 7:30 p.m.
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