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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111 MINNA GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $6.
MONDAY (Jan. 30): The eleventh season of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" opens with Dave Griffith's smoking Epic Drag (U.K.), Boris Despodov's collaboration with famed Danish documentarian Jørgen Leth, Schindler's Lift (Bulgaria), and Lizzie Akana's Marvelous, Keen Loony Bin (Berkeley, USA), among others 8 p.m.
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: After Innocence (Jessica Sanders, 2006) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Bubble (Steven Soderbergh, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation save as noted.
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 (Jan. 26): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail email@example.com for submission info 8 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.
WEDNESDAY: A "Noir City" series continues with the third of four evenings devoted to films from 1946. Today, lovesick widower Dan Duryea investigates his wife's death in the very good Black Angel (Roy William Neill; 2, 5:25, 9:10 p.m.) while Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake pluck Raymond Chandler dialogue out of The Blue Dahlia (George Marshall; 3:55, 7 p.m.).
THURSDAY: "Noir City" -- From 1946, two hardcore noir classics. Rita Hayworth suggests putting the blame on Mame in Gilda (Charles Vidor; 1, 5:10, 9:30 p.m.) as flashbacks pile upon flashbacks in The Killers (Robert Siodmak; 3:10, 7:20 p.m.).
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 27-Feb. 2): A "Photographers Double Feature" screens William Eggleston in the Real World (Michael Almereyda, 2005). See Opening for review 2:15, 5:20, 8:25 p.m. Also, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye (Heinz Bütler, Germany, 2003) 12:50, 3:55, 7 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; www.goethe.de/sanfrancisco for Berlin & Beyond. $9 regular admission, 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 & THURSDAY: Gay Sex in the '70s (Joseph Lovett, 2005) 12:30, 2:15, 4, 6, 8, 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY: A "Disco Roller Skating Extravaganza" offers not one, not two, but three relics of the glitter ball era, Roller Boogie (Mark Lester, 1979; 7:30 p.m.), with Linda Blair fighting to save her roller rink; Xanadu(Robert Greenwald, 1980; 9:45 p.m.), with Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly (!) in this musical from the future anti-WalMart crusading documentarian; and Skatetown, U.S.A. (William A. Levey, 1979; midnight), with Scott Baio, and Patrick Swayze as his arch-rival. Two for $8.50; all three for $12.
SATURDAY: A double feature of the SCTV spinoff comedy for hosers, Strange Brew (Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis, Canada, 1983; 1:45, 5:15, 8:45 p.m.), plus Cheech and Chong in the non-alcoholic Up in Smoke ( Lou Adler, 1978; 3:30, 7, 10:30 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.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film screenings. $5-10 sliding scale.
SATURDAY (Jan. 28): Cinemasports gives would-be filmmakers ten hours to write, film and edit a three minute film. If interested in joining, visit the www.cinemasports website and meet this morning in Berkeley at 9 a.m. To view the results, come here tonight. Admission $10 8 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $9 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Tristan and Isolde (Kevin Reynolds, 2005) 7, 9:30 p.m.
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