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 (Feb. 3-9): Be Here to Love Me (Margaret Brown, 2004). 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.
TUESDAY (Feb. 7): The new year's first meeting of the Super 8 Militia, a screening, discussion, and workshop of Super 8 cinema. Free 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: A "Photographers Double Feature" screens William Eggleston in the Real World (Michael Almereyda, 2005; 2:15, 5:20, 8:25 p.m.) and Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye (Heinz Bütler, Germany, 2003; 12:50, 3:55, 7 p.m.). On screen two, the Balboa revives the hugely popular, six-hour Italian epic The Best of Youth (Marco Giordana, 2003). Separate admission. Part 1 Wed noon, 7:30 p.m.; Thurs 3:45 p.m. Part 2 Wed 3:45 p.m.; Thurs noon, 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 3-9): A pre-Code double feature offers Barbara Stanwyck in the restored, five-minutes longer, Nietzsche-quoting Baby Face (Alfred E, Green, 1933), screening with a musical short, School for Romance (Archie Gottler, 1934), at 2:15, 5:20, 8:25 p.m. On the same program, William Wellman's Night Nurse (1931; 12:50, 3:55, 7 p.m.), with Stanwyck the heroine this time, battling evil chauffeur Clark Gable and drunken socialite clients. Call for programming on second screen.
MONDAY (Feb. 6): The documentary Bluegrass Journey (Ruth Oxenberg, 2003) screens with live bluegrass by the local band Homespun Rowdy between the first and second shows of this 86-minute film. $10 7, 9:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; 820-3907 and www.sfindie.com for the S.F. Independent Film Festival (Thursday). $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.
THURSDAY: The S.F. Independent Film Festival screens Blood Tea and Red String (Cegavske). $10 5 p.m. The Proposition (Hillcoat, Australia). $25, with opening-night party to follow at Balazo (Mission and 18th streets) 7 p.m. These Girls (Hazlett, Canada). $10 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 3-9): Join in the chorus with Maria and her charges with a week's worth of "Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins" (Robert Wise, 1965) -- projected subtitles facilitate your warbling. Dress as your favorite character. There's pre-show singing as well. $16 Fri 7 p.m.; Sat & Sun 2, 7 p.m. $15 Mon-Thurs 7 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.
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.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
SUNDAY (Feb. 5): Once upon a time, Steven Spielberg's aliens were friendly, as for example E.T. the Extraterrestrial (1982). $5.75 3 p.m.
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: Bubble (Steven Soderbergh, 2006) 4, 5:45, 7:30, 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program and times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing begins a spring film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Feb. 3): CinemaLit opens its spring season with a new host, our own Michael Fox. Tonight, Barbara Stanwyck is the notorious Baby Face (Alfred E. Green, 1933) in the pre-Production Code jaw-dropper 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 4): Charles Emmett Mack stars in the Great War drama The Unknown Soldier (Renaud Hoffman, 1926), with Syd Crossley in the comedy role of Peaceful Perkins. It screens with the short The New Janitor (Charles Chaplin, 1914) and Buster Keaton making The High Sign (Keaton and Eddie Cline, 1920/1921) in an underrated short held back by Keaton for a year after its making 7:30 p.m.
NORTH BEACH RECREATION CENTER
Joe DiMaggio Playground Clubhouse, 651 Lombard (at Mason), 274-0200 for venue, www.noirfilm.com for information on this program. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $10 donation to raise funds for the clubhouse.
SATURDAY (Feb. 4): The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle offers a month's worth of S.F.-set noirs at the site where the baseball legend learned to play. Tonight, war refugee Valentina Cortese assumes a false identity for life in a House on Telegraph Hill (Robert Wise, 1951) 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 (Feb. 3-9): Be Here to Love Me (Margaret Brown, 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.
WEDNESDAY: A UCB film history class open to the public and taught by Russell Merritt screens the early Soviet classic By the Law (1926), adapted from Jack London's tale of three people haunted by murder 3 p.m. In a Nutshell (Don Bernier, 2005) tells us of the elderly curator of a "Nut Museum" who has filled her home with them 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: An African Film Festival screening of Al'lèèsi ... an African Actress (Rahmatou Keïta, Niger, 2004), about the life of Africa's first professional actress, Zalika Souley. Free 5:30 p.m. The PFA's Mikio Naruse series of films by this Japanese master continues with Setsuko Hara as a wife dealing with her husband's philandering in Sound of the Mountain (1954) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: African Film Festival -- Sisters in Law (Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi, U.K./Cameroon, 2005) follows two women lawyers 7 p.m. The role of German missionaries in Africa's subjugation is traced in The Colonial Misunderstanding (Jean-Marie Teno, Germany/Cameroon, 2004) 9:05 p.m.
SATURDAY: African Film Festival -- A small boy yearns to play soccer in the family-oriented The Golden Ball (Cheick Doukouré, Guinea, 1994) 4 p.m. Two by Naruse -- Three geisha (Kinuyo Tanaka, Isuzu Yamada, Hideko Takamine) try to maintain their way of life in Flowing (1956) 7 p.m. Hideko Takamine tries to recapture a lost love in Floating Clouds (1955), considered the director's masterpiece in Japan 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: Two by Naruse -- Setsuko Hara and Shuji Sano struggle with married life in Sudden Rain (1956) 4:30 p.m. Hideko Takamine struggles to open a coffee shop over husband Toshiro Mifune's opposition in A Wife's Heart (1956) 6:20 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: The Women's Film Preservation Fund screens two "cine-poems" by Storm de Hirsh, The Reticule of Love (mid-1960s) and Aristotle (circa 1970), and Maya Deren's documentary on voodoo, Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (1947-51) 7:30 p.m.
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.
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: Duma (Carroll Ballard, 2005) 6:30, 8:45 p.m. The Real Dirt on Farmer John (Taggart Siegel, 2005) 6:45, 9 p.m. Winter Soldier (Winterfilm Collective, 1972) 7 p.m. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005) Wed 9:30 p.m.; Thurs 9:15 p.m.
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.
STARTS FRIDAY: An American Indian activist's true tale is Trudell (Heather Rae, 2004), screening through Feb. 11. See Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.; Wed 2 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com; 820-3907 and www.sfindie.com for the S.F. Independent Film Festival. $8 for regular programs, $10 with $8 matinees (before 4 p.m.) for S.F. IndieFest. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this newly reconstituted affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY: A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005) 2, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: Alcatraz Is Not an Island! (James M. Fortier, 2001), about the Native American seizure of the former prison site in 1969, screens as a benefit for Sacred Run. Activist Dennis Banks in person 6 p.m.
FRIDAY: The S.F. Independent Film Festival starts here today and runs through Feb. 14. Today, Initial D (Lau and Mak, Hong Kong) 2:15 p.m. The Holy Modal Rounders (Douglas and Lovelace) 4:30 p.m. Pirates of the Great Salt Lake (Nelson) 7 p.m. Lie With Me (Virgo, Canada) 9:30 p.m. Razor Blade Smile (West, U.K.) 11:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: IndieFest -- Blood Tea and Red String (Cegavske) noon. Hanging Garden (Toshiaki, Japan) 2:15 p.m. "Mini Movies" (shorts) 4:15 p.m. A/K/A Tommy Chong (Gilbert); see N&D Saturday, Page 21, for more 7 p.m. Mad Cowgirl (Hatanaka) 9:30 p.m. Jimmy and Judy (Schroder and Rubin); see N&D Saturday, Page 21, for more 11:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: IndieFest -- Fisher Poets (Winston) noon. These Girls (Hazlett, Canada) 2:15 p.m. A program of "Cartoons, etc." 4:30 p.m. Gambling (Allen) 7 p.m. Subject Two (Chidel) 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY: IndieFest -- December Ends (Kreiger) 2:15 p.m. Facade (Bedard) 4:30 p.m. Year (Carroll) 7 p.m. Naisi no Mori (Ishii, Ishimine, and Miki, Japan) 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: IndieFest -- Frisbee (Di Sabatino) 2:15 p.m. Danielson (Aronson) 4:30 p.m. Initial D 7 p.m. Ten 'Til Noon (Storm) 9:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (Closed Wednesday): Stones and Flies: Richard Long in the Sahara (Philip Haas, 1988) through March 2 2 p.m. Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress (Marian Cajori, 1997) through Feb. 28 4 p.m.; also Thurs 7:30 p.m.
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 and occasional other days. Free.
TUESDAY (Feb. 7): An ITVS Community Cinema screening of the PBS-bound Taking the Heat (Sandra Dickson and Churchill Roberts, 2004), about New York City's first women firefighters, with a panel discussion to follow 6 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. This spring's series emphasizes James Stewart, detective films, and Hollywood 1934-38. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Tara rises again with Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, 1939) 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 2 p.m.
3543 18th St. (at Guerrero), 820-3907 and www.sfindie.com for S.F. Independent Film Festival programming. $10 with $8 matinees (before 4 p.m.).
FRIDAY (Feb. 3): The San Francisco Independent Film Festival screens here this weekend and next. Today, Fisher Poets (Winston) 2:15 p.m. Year (Carroll) 4:30 p.m. December Ends (Kreiger) 7 p.m. Ten 'Til Noon (Storm) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 4): IndieFest -- Frisbee (Di Sabatino) noon. The Holy Modal Rounders (Douglas and Lovelace) 2:15 p.m. Danielson (Aronson) 4:30 p.m. Facade (Bedard) 7 p.m. "Fast, Funny and Short" (shorts) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 5): IndieFest -- "At the Molehills of Madness" (shorts) noon. Mad Cowgirl (Hatanaka) 2:15 p.m. Pirates of the Great Salt Lake (Nelson) 4:30 p.m. Fuck (Anderson) 7 p.m. "Kiss Kiss" (shorts) 9:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (Feb. 1): GreenCine presents the Euro-gangster classic The Sicilian Clan (Henri Verneuil, France, 1969), the only teaming of genre icons Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, and Leno Ventura. $7 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 5): San Francisco Cinematheque presents Andy Warhol's Factory response to Susan Sontag's groundbreaking essay "Notes on Camp," Camp (Warhol, 1965), with Mario Montez, Baby Jane Holzer, and other campers 7, 9 p.m.
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