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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Before the Fall (Dennis Gansel, Germany, 2004) 7, 9:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation save as noted.
WEDNESDAY (March 15): Two actors share magic mushrooms and love in Hors jeu (Karim Didi, France, 1998) 6 p.m.
THURSDAY (March 16): "Not really vampires, but just as evil" promises are made for selections from Louis Feuillade's serial Les Vampires (1916), with live music by the Ahl-I-Nafs. $10 7 p.m.
1881 Post (at Fillmore), 931-9800 for venue; 865-1588 and www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org for information on the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, here this week. $10. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)
FRIDAY: The SFIAAFF opens here with "Lost and Bound" (shorts) 4:45 p.m. Sobhraj -- or how to be friends with a serial killer (Wellmann, Finland) 5 p.m. Punching at the Sun (Chopra) 7 p.m. The Achievers (Lim) 7:15 p.m. No Sleep Til Shanghai (Angkasuwan) 9:15 p.m. "Memoirs of a Sudoku Superstar" (shorts) 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIAAFF -- American Fusion (Lin) noon. Chinese Restaurants: Latin Passions (Cheuk Kwan, Canada) 12:45 p.m. Eve and the Fire Horse (Julia Kwan, Canada) 2:30 p.m. The Journey of Vaan Nguyen (Dror, Israel) 2:45 p.m. Sentenced Home (Grabias and Newnham) 4:45 p.m. Grain in Ear (Zhang, South Korea/China) 5 p.m. "The Life Quixotic" (shorts) 6:45 p.m. Red Doors (Lee) 7:15 p.m. Conventioneers (Stephens) 9:15 p.m. Be With Me (Khoo, Singapore) 9:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIAAFF -- "The Life Quixotic" noon. Grassroots Rising (Winn) 12:30 p.m. "3rd I South Asian Cinema" (shorts) 2:30 p.m. The Slanted Screen (Adachi) 3 p.m. Kieu (Vu) 5 p.m. "Mystery Arcade" (shorts) 5:45 p.m. "Punchcards and Preoccupations" (shorts) 7:15 p.m. Rigodon (Dalena and Sicat, Philippines) 8 p.m. The Achievers 9:45 p.m. Sobhraj 10:15 p.m.
MONDAY: SFIAAFF -- Gaijin 2: Love Me as I Am (Yamasaki, Brazil) 6:30 p.m. China Blue (Peled) 6:45 p.m. View From a Grain of Sand (Nanji) 7 p.m.Eve and the Fire Horse 7:30 p.m. Conventioneers 9 p.m. "Music Video Asia 2006" 9:15 p.m. Kekexli: Mountain Patrol (Chuan, China) 9:30 p.m. Kieu 10 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIAAFF -- Only the Brave (Nishikawa) 6:30 p.m. Abduction: The Megumi Yakota Story (Sheridan and Kim) 6:45 p.m. Be With Me 7 p.m. Memories in the Mist (Dasgupta, India) 7:30 p.m. Colma: The Musical (Wong) 9 p.m. "Lost and Bound" 9:15 p.m. A tribute to Pat Morita screens The Karate Kid, Part II (John G. Avildsen, 1986) 9:30 p.m. The Slanted Screen 10:15 p.m.
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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.
FRIDAY (March 17): The Gadabout Film Festival presents more than 20 short films from all over the world, including Frank Lopez's Why I Love Shoplifting From Big Corporations, Lev's Tales of Mere Existence, and Funtime Entertainment's I Oversee the Maintenance of a Tool Shed. Sounds like a trilogy 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 18): ATA's Other Cinema screens a program devoted to our straight-shooting vice president, including a Canadian TV Unauthorized Biography of Dick Cheney and shorts by Michael Moore, Carroll Ballard, the Yes Men, Camp Chaos, and others 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (March 19): Amnesty International screens Dual Injustice, about the murdered women of Ciudad Juarez, and The Other Side of the Burka (Mehrdad Oskouei, Iran, 2005), about the lives of women on an isolated island 8 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: Jaws drop around the city, bang, boom, Crash (Paul Haggis, 2005) noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10, 9:20 p.m. On screen 2, two premieres -- performers are on the road When the Sea Rises (Yolande Moreau and Gilles Porte, France, 2005) 1, 5, 9 p.m. Electric Shadows (Xiao Jiang, China, 2005), a Cinema Paradiso for the Cultural Revolution 3, 7 p.m. Separate admission.
STARTS FRIDAY: Bernardo Bertolucci's astute, brilliantly colored analysis of Fascist personality, The Conformist (Italy, 1970) noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:15 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; 865-1588 and www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org for information on the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, opening here Thursday. $9 regular programs; $10 for the SFIAAFF 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: If only Kris Kristofferson, as the megastar on the way down, and Barbra Streisand, as his loyal discovery, had switched roles, then the 1976 version of A Star Is Born (Frank Pierson) might have had a chance 12:30, 3:15, 6, 8:45 p.m.
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