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. $9.50 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation save as noted.
THURSDAY (Feb. 16): French cinéaste Jean Epstein's stylized Poe adaptation The Fall of the House of Usher (France, 1928) screens with a live accompaniment by the Ahl-I Nafs. $10 7 p.m.
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 (Feb. 16): The ATA's monthly "Open Screening" 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 17): "Cinematastic" offers an hour's worth of new, short, narrative films 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 18): ATA's Other Cinema screens the Charles Manson-inspired punk puppet show Live Freaky! Die Freaky! (John Roeker, 2005) 8 p.m. Keir-la Janisse's Metal Storm, a look at Norway's black metal scene 9:45 p.m. $6.66 for one, $9.99 for both.
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: Breaking News (Johnnie To, Hong Kong, 2005) 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15 p.m. 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: A new print of a rediscovered gangster noir, Claude Sautet's Classes Tous Risques (France, 1960), with Lino Ventura and Jean-Paul Belmondo, screens through Feb. 26. See Opening for review 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
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: Far Side of the Moon (Robert Lepage, France, 2003) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also 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.
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: J. Phoenix rises again as J. Cash and carries Walk the Line (J. Mangold, 2005) Wed 6:45 p.m.; Thurs 10 a.m.
WEDNESDAY: P.S. Hoffman is T. Capote to a "T" in B. Miller's 2005 biopic 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A new documentary on the relationship between breast cancer and chemical exposure, Toxic Bust (Megan Siler, 2006), previews as a benefit for Marin Breast Cancer Watch. $25 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: G. Clooney says Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) to D. Strathairn's E. Murrow. Call for times.
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: Manderlay (Lars von Trier, Denmark, 2005) 3:45, 6:45, 9:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Boys of Baraka (Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 2005). See Page 32 for review. Call for 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 continues a spring film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Feb. 17): Michael Fox hosts the "CinemaLit" spring season. Tonight, a pre-Code series offers John Gilbert as a scheming servant in Monta Bell's witty Downstairs (1932), with former Roxie programmer Elliot Lavine as guest speaker 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 17): This usually silent theater hosts an evening of "Talkie Comedy Shorts" with prime Laurel & Hardy (Tit for Tat, Charles Rogers, 1935), Robert Benchley (The Courtship of the Newt, Roy Rowland, 1938), and W.C. Fields (The Pharmacist, Arthur Ripley, 1933), plus lesser efforts from Buster Keaton (The Taming of the Snood, Jules White, 1940), Harry Langdon (Sue My Lawyer, White, 1938), and the Three Stooges (Three Little Pirates, Edward Bernds, 1946) 7 p.m.
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