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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.50. This duplex offers a midnight movie series (plus drawings for valuable and coveted prizes) on weekends. 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.
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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 (March 2): International ANSWER screens the legendary classic about a New Mexico mining strike Salt of the Earth (Herbert Biberman, 1954) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 4): ATA's Other Cinema presents the films of the late Canadian collagist Arthur Lipsett, whose works (Very Nice, Very Nice; Fluxes) have been meticulously preserved and restored by the Global A group 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: The Documentary Film Institute screens a program of 2006 Academy Award-nominated documentaries here today. Single admission for all films. March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet, France) noon. A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin (Corinne Marrinan and Eric Simonson) 1:40, 6:30 p.m. God Sleeps in Rwanda (Kimberlee Acquaro and Stacy Sherman) 4, 8:50 p.m. Darwin's Nightmare (Hubert Sauper) 4:30, 9:20 p.m. Murderball (Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro) 7:10 p.m.
THURSDAY: A farewell performance by the Sprocket Ensemble, which for years has played original music to animated films and which is now moving to Europe. $10 separate admission to each show. "Toones and Tunes" screens classic animated films from Joie de Vivre (Anthony Gross and Hector Hopkin, U.K., 1934) to the present 7 p.m. "Ideas in Animation," live scores to contemporary films from Russia to America 9 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: A return of the uncensored pre-Code shocker Baby Face (Alfred E. Green, 1933; 1:40, 5:05, 8:30 p.m.; also Sun 1:40 p.m.), screening with William Wellman's excellent thriller Night Nurse (1931; 3:35, 7 p.m.; also Sunday 12:10 p.m.). Both star Barbara Stanwyck, unleashed.
SUNDAY: The Balboa's "Oscar Party" offers you a chance to dress up as your favorite nominated movie star (expect lots of cowboys and Capotes). Live music. $10. Doors open 3:30 p.m. On-screen Oscars 5 p.m.
MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 6-9): All four "Oscar Short Documentary Films" with intermission between pairs. Single admission for both pairs. The Death of Kevin Carter (Dan Krauss) and God Sleeps in Rwanda 1:40, 4:30, 7:20 p.m. The Mushroom Club (Steve Okazaki) and A Note of Triumph 2:55, 5:45, 8:35 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: An Alfred Hitchcock double bill of the cheerful Rear Window (1954; 7 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.) and the nightmarish Frenzy (U.K., 1972; 9:10 p.m.; also Wed 4:35 p.m.)
SATURDAY: A "Tribute to Richard Leacock and D.A. Pennebaker" with the documentary legends in person. See www.collegeofcreativearts.org/DFI for more. Down From the Mountain (Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus, Pennebaker, 2001). Free noon. Town Bloody Hall (Hegedus and Pennebaker, 1979). Free 2 p.m. Louisiana Story (Robert Flaherty, 1948). Free 4:15 p.m. Dont Look Back (Pennebaker, 1967) and Monterey Pop (Pennebaker, 1968). $10 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Castro Loves Oscar" with a live screening of the Academy ceremony, plus pre-show trivia, prizes, and champagne. Come dressed as your favorite cowboy. Program benefits End Hunger Now. Advance tickets at www.ticketweb.com, $20 5 p.m.
MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (March 6-8): A new print of Hitchcock's unchallenging charmer To Catch a Thief (1955) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (March 2): A two-day "Tribute to Richard Leacock and D.A. Pennebaker" opens with Only the Strong Survive (Chris Hegedus and Pennebaker, 2002). Free 5 p.m. A Musical Adventure in Siberia With Sarah Caldwell (Leacock and Valérie Lalonde, 2000) and Lulu in Berlin (Leacock and Susan Woll, 1984). Leacock and Lalonde in person 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (March 3): A Stravinsky Portrait (Leacock and Rolf Liebermann, 1966) and shorts. Free noon. Company: Original Cast Album (Pennebaker, 1970). Free 2 p.m. Les Oeufs a la Cocque de Richard Leacock (Lalonde and Leacock, 1991). Free 4 p.m. Leacock's short Chiefs (1968) screens with a Leacock-Pennebaker collaboration with Jean-Luc Godard, One P.M. (1971). See Night & Day Friday, Page 21, for more 7:30 p.m.
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