Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.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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THURSDAY (Feb. 9): Antero Alli's The Greater Circulation (2004) translates Rainer Maria Rilke's "Requiem for a Friend," "a cinematic treatment of Rilke's powerful prose addressing the central drama of all women who feel torn between sacrificing their lives to their Art or to Motherhood," into film. Artist in person. $5-10 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: Be Here to Love Me (Margaret Brown, 2004) 7:15, 9:40 p.m.
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.
SATURDAY (Feb. 11): ATA's Other Cinema opens its 22nd year of programs with "Outsourcing Torture," an audiovisual lecture on Bush administration policies by Trevor Paglen and A.C. Thompson, followed by short films by Andrew Gilligan (Kidnapping American Style) and Katherin McInnis (Spook Speak) 8:30 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: 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. On this venue's second screen, Munich (Steven Spielberg, 2005; 3:25, 8:15 p.m.) and the Palestinian drama Paradise Now (Hany Abu-Assad, 2005; 1:30, 6:30 p.m.).
STARTS FRIDAY: Breaking News (Johnnie To, Hong Kong, 2005). See Opening for review 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $9 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: Join in the chorus with the nanny in "Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins" (Robert Stevenson, 1964) -- projected subtitles facilitate your warbling. Dress as your favorite character. $15 7 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 10-16): Far Side of the Moon (Robert Lepage, France, 2003). See Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2:30, 4:45 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.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468 and www.hkinsf.com/4star/ for venue; www.mykima.org for the 2006 San Francisco Korean American Film Festival. $8 save as noted. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings, this week of films from South Korea. For its regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY (Feb. 10): An SKAFF screening of Shiri (Je-Gyu Kang, 1999) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 12): A Bold Family (Myung Nam Cho, 2005) 1 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.
THURSDAY: J. Phoenix rises again as J. Cash and carries Walk the Line (James Mangold, 2005) 9:20 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
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 (Feb. 10-16): Manderlay (Lars von Trier, Denmark, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues a spring film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Feb. 10): Michael Fox hosts the "CinemaLit" spring season. Tonight, Miriam Hopkins is the still point of the triangle of Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch, 1933) opposite Fredric March and Gary Cooper in this pre-Code gem 6:30 p.m.
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