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.
SATURDAY (Feb. 11): Rudolph Valentino stars as his own son in the sequel to his greatest hit, Son of the Sheik (George Fitzmaurice, 1926), screening with the short Shootin' Mad (1918), written by and starring Niles' own Gilbert "Broncho Billy" Anderson 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 email@example.com for reservations. $10 donation to raise funds for the clubhouse.
SATURDAY (Feb. 11): The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle offers a month's worth of noirs at the site where the baseball legend learned to play. Tonight, Ann Sheridan sings as Nora Prentiss (Victor Sherman, 1947) 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Be Here to Love Me (Margaret Brown, 2004) 1:30, 4, 6:45, 10 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program and 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 Guy Maddin's brilliant parody of early Soviet cinema, The Heart of the World (Canada, 2000), and Jean Epstein's experimental feature The Fall of the House of Usher (France, 1928) 3 p.m. Okie Noodling (Brad Beesley, 2001) looks at the odd habits of Oklahoma "hand fishers" of catfish 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The PFA's Mikio Naruse series of films by this Japanese master continues with Summer Clouds (1958), about a war widow's efforts to write about her farming village 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The African Film Festival screens Zézé Gamboa's The Hero (Angola, 2004), about the suffering veterans of 40 years of war 7 p.m. "New Voices From Africa," a program of shorts including Daniel Cattier's prizefighting tale African Middleweights (Zimbabwe, 2004) 9:15 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 -- A young woman's marriage to a writer sours in Anzukko (1958) 7 p.m. Hideko Takamine is a bar hostess struggling for independence in the superb When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960) 9:10 p.m.
SUNDAY: Two by Naruse -- A widow finds work in a hotel in The Approach of Autumn (1960) 4:30 p.m. A car crash disrupts the lives of Daughters, Wives and a Mother (1956) 6:10 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Films by Austrian experimentalist Peter Tscherkassky include Outer Space (1999), Instructions for Light and Sound Machine (2005), and Dream Work (2001) 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.
THURSDAY (Feb. 9): Vincent Price's fembots invade San Francisco in the campy Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (Norman Taurog, 1965), directed by the 1931 Academy Award winner for Best Director (for Skippy). Skipping onstage, the burlesque troupe Hot Pink Feathers. $7 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (Feb. 14): Twenty-year-old urban rom-com Deperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, 1985), with Rosanna Arquette and one Madonna Ciccione, screens as a benefit for Bitch magazine. $7 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
WEDNESDAY: The San Francisco Korean American Film Festival screens here this week. All titles from South Korea. Tonight, Double Agent (Hyun Jung Kim, 2003) 7:15 p.m. Spring in my Home Town (Kwang Mo Lee, 1998) 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY: Voice (Ik-Hwan Choi, 2005) 7:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: Murder, Take One (Jin Jang, 2005) 7:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: The closing-night film is Taegukgi (Je-Gyu Kang, 2004), with Q&A session to follow. $10 4 p.m.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, 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: The World's Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2005) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Duma (Carroll Ballard, 2005) 6:30 p.m. 24 Hours on Craigslist (Michael Ferris Gibson, 2004) 7 p.m. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005) 8:45 p.m. The Real Dirt on Farmer John (Taggart Siegel, 2005) 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
SUNDAY: The "Beyond Borders International Family Film Series" screens the animated Alosha (Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 2004), about the adventures of a good-natured giant. For ages 5 and up; earphones with live translation available 4 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: An American Indian activist's true tale is Trudell (Heather Rae, 2004) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.; Sat 2, 4 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: The S.F. Independent Film Festival continues here through Feb. 14. Today, Filmic Achievement (Kerwin) 2:15 p.m. "Kiss Kiss" (shorts) 4:30 p.m. Hanging Garden (Toshiaki, Japan) 7 p.m. Trap (Bonner) 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: IndieFest -- Waterborne (Rekhi) 2:15 p.m. Under the Rainbow (Heffelfinger, Japan) 4:30 p.m. Ellektra (Mestdagh, Belgium) 7 p.m. Fuck (Anderson) 9:30 p.m. Kissing on the Mouth (Swanberg) 11:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: IndieFest -- Smok'd noon. "At the Molehills of Madness" (shorts) 2:15 p.m. Sidekick 4:15 p.m. Trap 7 p.m. Episodes from the Showtime series by Dario Argento and Don Coscarelli, Two Masters of Horror 9:30 p.m. House of Fury (Fung, Hong Kong) 11:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: IndieFest -- Ellektra noon.Turntable (Patton-Spruill) 2:15 p.m. "Fast, Funny & Short" (shorts) 4:30 p.m. The festival's closing-night film is Takashi Miike's "children's film" The Great Yokai War (Japan). $15 with party to follow 7 p.m. Naisi no Mori (Ishii, Ishimine, and Miki, Japan) 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY: IndieFest -- TBA.
TUESDAY: IndieFest -- TBA.
SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, www.23five.org for this week's programs. Home of the San Francisco Cinematheque, which specializes in avant-garde, historical, and experimental films at venues around the Bay Area. $8.
FRIDAY (Feb. 10): The annual "sound art" festival Activating the Medium offers two programs mingling live performances, music, film, and video. Tonight's presentation includes the sound/film performance I.C. You by Laetitia Sonami and Sue Costabile 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 11): Activating the Medium -- The program includes Dimitris Kariofilis' sound/film performance Ilios 8 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555; www.frameline.org for this program. "Frameline at the Center," a free monthly film series, continues.
THURSDAY (Feb. 9): The "rough and tumble lives" of The Aggressives (Daniel Peddle, 2005), "not your average group of butch lesbians," co-presented by the Butch-Femme Socials of San Francisco and Oakland 7:30 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.
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
1600 Holloway (at 19th Avenue), www.mykima.org for information on the 2006 San Francisco Korean American Film Festival. All programs screened on video. $6 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY (Feb. 8): In the Coppola Theater, Fine Arts Building, Room 101, an SFKAFF screening of documentaries includes Texas Doughnut Shop and Pilots Are Badass 10:15 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 10): Coppola Theater -- North Korea: Beyond the DMZ (J. T. Takagi and Hye Jung Park) 6:45 p.m. "Short Narratives I" 8 p.m. And Thereafter (Hosup Lee) 9 p.m. "Korean Short Selection" 10:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 11): In the Psychology Building, Room 116, Macho Like Me (Helie Lee). Free 1:30 p.m. Coppola Theater -- A State of Mind (Daniel Gordon, U.K.) 4:45 p.m. "Short Narrative 2" includes An Ode to Margaret Cho 6:30 p.m. Grace Lee's The Grace Lee Project 7:40 p.m. From North Korea, The Flower Girl (Hak Park and Ik-gyu Choi, 1972). Free 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 12): Coppola Theater -- Umma (Hohyun Joung, Korea, 2005) 1:45 p.m. The Game of Their Lives (Gordon, U.K.) 3 p.m. "Short Narratives 3" 4:30 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. Closed Monday through Thursday.
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. 10): The San Francisco Independent Film Festival screens here this weekend. Today, a program of "Cartoons, etc." 2:15 p.m. Gambling (Allen) 4:30 p.m. Turntable (Patton-Spruill) 7 p.m. Flamethrowing and other excitements from the Survival Research Laboratories, SRL Loves L.A. (Scardina and Pauline), with survivors in person 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 11): A/K/A Tommy Chong (Gilbert) noon. "Bang Bang" (shorts) 2:15 p.m. Filmic Achievement (Kerwin) 4:30 p.m. Subject Two (Chidel) 7 p.m. Waterborne (Rekhi) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 12): Kissing on the Mouth (Swanberg) noon.Johnny Montana (Gavin) 2:15 p.m. Under the Rainbow (Heffelfinger, Japan) 4:30 p.m. "Mini Movies" (shorts) 7 p.m. Jimmy and Judy (Schroder and Rubin) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 12): San Francisco Cinematheque presents a program of "Sound Works by Stan Brakhage," films that employ sound made by this usually silent experimental filmmaker. Titles include Boulder Blues and Pearls and ... (1992), The Stars Are Beautiful (1974), Passage Through (A Ritual) (1990), and more 7:30 p.m.
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