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.
SATURDAY (Feb. 18): A day of silents opens with films "For the Young and the Young at Heart" including cartoons with Felix the Cat, as Sure-Locked Homes (Otto Messmer, 1928) and the wonderful KoKo's Earth Control (Dave Fleischer, 1928), plus Our Gang in One Wild Ride (Robert McGowan, 1935) and more 10 a.m. Classics from "The Kings of Comedy" include Charles Chaplin's A Day's Pleasure (1919), Keaton's The Playhouse (Keaton and Eddie Cline, 1921), Langdon's His Marriage Wow (Harry Edwards, 1924), Laurel & Hardy's Angora Love (Lewis R. Foster, 1929), plus Harold Lloyd in Hey There! (Alfred Goulding, 1918) 1:30 p.m. A nice program of mostly rare "Hal Roach Comedy Classics" includes Lloyd Bumping Into Broadway (Roach, 1919), Snub Pollard Sold at Auction (Charley Chase, 1923), Chase in Fluttering Hearts (James Parrott, 1927), and the splendid Max Davidson in Don't Tell Everything (Leo McCarey, 1927) 4 p.m. A program of "Laurel and/or Hardy" shorts features Stan alone in Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde (Percy Pembroke, 1925), Ollie alone in Wandering Papas (Laurel, 1926), and the team together in Blotto (Parrott, 1929), plus many more 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 19): The "Midwinter Comedy Film Festival" continues with silents from "Forgotten Greats" Lloyd Hamilton (Nobody's Business, Norman Taurog, 1926), Monty Banks (Pay or Move, Edwards, 1924), Lupino Lane (Drama Deluxe, Taurog, 1927), and Ben Turpin (A Small Town Idol, Erle C. Kenton, 1921) 10 a.m. Raymond Griffith stars in the excellent feature Paths to Paradise (Clarence Badger, 1925), screening with Charles Chaplin in the outstanding Great War comedy Shoulder Arms (1918) 1:30 p.m. A final program projects "Mack Sennett and the Keystone Influence" onto not just Sennett productions like Dough and Dynamite (Chaplin, 1914) but also post-Sennett films like Roscoe Arbuckle's Good Night Nurse (1918) and Leo McCarey's Should Men Walk Home? (1927), with Mabel Normand 4 p.m.
NORTH BEACH RECREATION CENTER
Joe DiMaggio Playground Clubhouse, 651 Lombard (at Mason), 274-0200 for site, 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. 18): The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle offers a month's worth of noirs at the site where the baseball legend learned to play. Tonight, Loretta Young's an accidental killer in The Accused (William Dieterle, 1948) 7:30 p.m..
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 sound classic All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone, 1930) 3 p.m. "Weird America" looks at a sexual fetish Born in a Barn (Elizabeth Elson, 2004). Whoa, Nellie! 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The PFA's Mikio Naruse series of films by this Japanese master continues with Her Lonely Lane (1962), a biopic of the director's favorite author, Fumiko Hayashi (Hideko Takamine), from whom he adapted 16 stories 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The African Film Festival screens Zézé Gamboa's Dôlé (Imunga Ivanga, Gabon, 2001), about a troubled teen with few options 7 p.m. A couple journeys to save a dying child in Nilwam (Clarence Delgado, Senegal, 1992) 8:50 p.m.
SATURDAY: Two by Naruse -- Takamine is a war widow and shopkeeper struggling against the encroaching supermarket in Yearning (1964) 7 p.m. Naruse's last film, Scattered Clouds (1967) 9 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A Women's Film Preservation Fund screening of the comedy Matrimony's Speed Limit (Alice Guy-Blaché, 1913), "Queen of the Serials" Grace Cunard Unmasked (Francis Ford, 1917), Meredith Monk's Ellis Island (1979), and Francine Everett in the Rain reworking Dirty Gertie From Harlem USA (Spencer Williams, 1946) 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. 16): A Medical Marijuana Film Fest screens Pain Killer (with Clifton Powell), How to Roll a Joint, Show Me the Good Stuff, Fields of Green, and more. $7 9:15 p.m.
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, 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. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005) Wed 8:45 p.m.; Thurs 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: A teenage girl challenges her Texas town's conservatism in The Education of Shelby Knox<</i>/b> (Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt, 2005). Knox and filmmakers in person 7 p.m. STARTS FRIDAY: The Boys of Baraka (Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, 2005). See Page 32 for review. Call for other films and times. RED VIC 1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house. WEDNESDAY: As Johnny Cash, Joaquin Phoenix learns to Walk the Line (James Mangold, 2005) 2, 7, 9:45 p.m. THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Spend 24 Hours on Craigslist (Michael Ferris Gibson, 2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m. ROXIE FILM CENTER 3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this newly reconstituted affiliate of New College. WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005) 6:15, 9:45 p.m. STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times. SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted. 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. THURSDAY (Feb. 16): A "Cupid in Hollywood" series continues with Nicolas Cage romancing Cher in Moonstruck (Norman Jewison, 1987) noon. STANFORD 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. FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (Feb. 17-19): Howard Keel is a cleanshaven, nongambling, and undying Wild Bill Hickock in David Butler's musical-comedy Deadwood in Calamity Jane (1953; 5:40, 9:20 p.m.), with Doris Day all cleaned up in the tomboy leading role. Keel does show some spark as the leader of the pack in a much better musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Stanley Donen, 1954; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 3:50 p.m.). YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS 701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.ybca.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. WEDNESDAY (Feb. 15): The work of missionaries in the far corners of the world is captured in The Tailenders (Adele Horn, 2006). $7 7:30 p.m. THURSDAY (Feb. 16): Carlos Reygadas' much-praised debut feature, Japón (Mexico, 2003). Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY (Feb. 18): Reygadas' follow-up, Battle in Heaven (2005); see Night & Day Saturday, Page 22, for more. Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m. SUNDAY (Feb. 19): "A Tribute to Shirley Clarke" screens a new print of her drug drama The Connection (1961) 7:30 p.m.
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