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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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.
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.
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.
THURSDAY: The opening-night program of the 24th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival screens Americanese (Eric Byler, 2006) 7 p.m. Reception to follow at the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. 9:30 p.m. Film $35, film and reception $55, reception $25.
FRIDAY: The SFIAAFF screens Citizen Dog (Sasanatieng, Thailand) 7 p.m. Rules of Dating (Han, Korea) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIAAFF -- "Confessions of Longing" (shorts) 7:15 p.m. A James Shigeta tribute screens Sam Fuller's lurid L.A. cop drama The Crimson Kimono (1960). It's not racism, it's "normal healthy jealous hate"! 3 p.m. Dreaming Lhasa (Sarin and Sonam, India/U.K.) 6:30 p.m. Parineeta (Sarkar, India) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIAAFF -- James Shigeta plays a World War II-era Japanese diplomat who marries Southern belle Carroll Baker in Bridge to the Sun (Etienne Perier, France, 1961) noon. Letter From an Unknown Woman (Xu, China) 3 p.m. The festival's Centerpiece presentation is Deepa Mehta's Water (India). $15 6 p.m. Café Lumiere (Hou, Japan) 9 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.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
TUESDAY (March 21): "FreudFest," marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the founder of psychoanalysis, is commemorated here by "Cinema on the Couch," a four-film retrospective. Tonight, G.W. Pabst's Secrets of a Soul (Germany, 1926), with Dr. Caligari himself (Werner Krauss) being cured of his "knife phobia" in the first film to positively employ analysis as a plot device. Introduction and post-film discussion led by UCB professor Anne Nesbet. Free; must call 292-1233 for reservations for this program 7 p.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film screenings.
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: Go for Zucker! (Dani Levy, Germany, 2005) 6:30 p.m. Crash<</i> (Paul Haggis, 2005) 8:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 17-23): Summer Storm (Marco Kreuzpaintner, Germany, 2004). 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. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
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: Before the Fall (Dennis Gansel, Germany, 2004) 2:15, 4:45, 7, 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for venue; 865-1588 and www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org for information on the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, here this week. $8, second show $2 for regular programs; $10 for SFIAAFF programs. 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 Elia Kazan's melodrama East of Eden (1955), with James Dean in domestic agony 3 p.m. A program of domestic video includes Jordan Birren's My Mother's Family (1997) and My Mother's House (2006), plus Jennifer Reeder's A Room With the Walls Blasted to Shreds and Falling (2001) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The 24th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival opens here with Xu Jinglei's remake of the 1948 Max Ophuls melodrama Letter From an Unknown Woman (China, 2004) 7 p.m. Linda Linda Linda (Yamashita, Japan) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIAAFF -- Memories in the Mist (Dasgupta, India) 4:30 p.m. Punching at the Sun (Chopra) 7 p.m. Citizen Dog (Sasanatieng, Thailand) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIAAFF -- Sentenced Home (Grabias and Newnham) 2:30 p.m. Grain in Ear (Zhang, South Korea/China) 4:45 p.m. An unusual western, Walk Like a Dragon (James Clavell, 1960), with co-star James Shigeta in person 7 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: SFIAAFF -- The Burnt Theatre (Pahn, Cambodia) 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. 21 and older only. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
SUNDAY (March 19): Rap Dreams (Kevin Epps, 2006) 2, 5 p.m. Call for other films.
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: Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2005) 7, 9:05 p.m. The World's Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2005) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. The Ister (David Barison and Daniel Ross, Australia, 2004) 7:15 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: San Francisco graffiti is documented, Piece by Piece (Nic Hill, 2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this newly reconstituted affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Rap Dreams (Kevin Epps, 2006) 7, 9 p.m. On the Roxie's second screen, Street Fight (Marshall Curry, 2005) 6:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. Separate admission for CSA: The Confederate States of America (Kevin Willmott, 2005) 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 4 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Sorry, Haters (Jeff Stanzler, 2006). Robin Wright Penn in person Friday and Saturday night. See Opening for review 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2:30, 4:30 p.m. Call for other films.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): "Early Films of San Francisco: Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire, 1896-1915" 2 p.m. An interactive presentation, Making Sense of Modern Art: Magritte and Surrealism 3:30 p.m. American Masters: Alexander Calder (Roger Sherman, 1998) 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.
TIBURON PLAYHOUSE THEATER
40 Main (near Paradise), Tiburon, 435-1234 for venue; 381-4123 and www.tiburonfilmfestival.com for this event. $10 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY (March 15): The Tiburon International Film Festival screens here today and tomorrow. "Senior Shorts Program" 3 p.m. Borrowed Bride (Yilmaz, Turkey) 3:30 p.m. Amazons (Lammers, Netherlands) 3:45 p.m.Strange Crime (Andò, France) 3:45 p.m. In the Shadow of the Palms -- Iraq (Coless-Janess, U.K.) 5:25 p.m. Between the Lines (Wartmann, Germany/India) 5:45 p.m. Many directors shot Moments, Jerusalem 2005 (Israel) 5:45 p.m. Souls of Naples (Monnikendam, Netherlands) 5:45 p.m. Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo (Claypool) 7 p.m. The Breakup Artist (Rubino) 7:25 p.m. Little Athens (Zuber) 7:30 p.m. The Wild Goose (Sani, Iran) 7:30 p.m. Love (Nikolic, U.S./Serbia) 9:20 p.m. The Porcelain Doll (Gárdos, Hungary) 9:30 p.m. Yasmin (Glenaan, U.K.) 9:35 p.m. Parabola (Ouelhaj, Belgium) 9:40 p.m.
THURSDAY (March 16): TIFF -- "Foreign Policy Shorts Program" 3:15 p.m. For Bread Alone (Benhadj, Morocco) 3:30 p.m. Manual for Love Stories (Torero, Brazil) 3:45 p.m. You Did What? (Morris) 3:45 p.m. Wrong Side Up (Zelenka, Czech Republic) 5:25 p.m. About Love (Shimoyama, Yee, Zhang, Japan/Taiwan/China) 5:30 p.m. My Suicidal Sweetheart (Parness) 5:30 p.m. Under the Radar -- A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music (Branch, U.S./Cuba) 5:40 p.m. Abjad (Jalili, Iran) 7:20 p.m. Mickybo and Me (Loane, Ireland) 7:30 p.m. My Tiny Universe (Scantlebury and Philips) 7:30 p.m. Saratan (Abdyshaparov, Kyrgyzstan) 7:30 p.m. Guarded Secrets (Böszörményi, Hungary) 9:25 p.m. Infidels (Kiarostami, Iran) 9:45 p.m. Idiot Love (Pons, Spain) 9:30 p.m. Stolen Life (Li, China) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Spike & Mike's 2006 edition of their Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation takes up residence here through April 29 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat 11 p.m.
THURSDAY (March 16): The Human Rights Watch Festival screens Mardi Gras: Made in China (David Redmon, 2004), demonstrating how the parade's traditional beads are now made in Fuzhou 7 p.m. Peru's war against terror in the 1990s is recalled in State of Fear (Pamela Yates, Paco de Onís, and Peter Kinoy, 2005) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (March 19): San Francisco Cinematheque screens States of UnBelonging (Lynne Sachs, 2005), about the death of an Israeli filmmaker. Sachs in person 7:30 p.m.
This Thursday the Danger and Despair Knitting Circle continues its series of 16mm rarities at 8 p.m. in an undisclosed location (say hello to Dick Cheney!). March 16's film finds George Sanders impersonating a German officer, Lancer Spy (Gregory Ratoff, 1937). For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, e-mail email@example.com.
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