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.
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: Summer Storm (Marco Kreuzpaintner, Germany, 2004) 1:45, 4:15, 7, 9:30 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 Yasujiro Ozu's late masterwork and last film, An Autumn Afternoon (1962) 3 p.m. The 24th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival continues here with Dreaming Lhasa (Sarin and Sonam, India/U.K.) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The SFIAAFF presents a weekend of "Heroic Grace,"; classic Chinese martial arts films. Tonight, Clans of Intrigue (Chu Yuan, Hong Kong, 1977), a "baroque martial arts saga" with bent genders 7 p.m. King Boxer (Chung Chang-wha, H.K., 1972), the first kung fu film widely screened in the West (as Five Fingers of Death) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIAAFF Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien's tribute to Yasujiro Ozu, Café Lumiere (Japan/Taiwan, 2004) 4:45 p.m. "Heroic Grace" The Boxer From Shantung (Zhang Che and Bao Xueli, H.K., 1972), set in 1936 Shanghai, made a star of Chen Guantai 7 p.m. Quentin Tarantino favorite Gordon Liu stars in Dirty Ho (Lau Kar-leung, H.K., 1979) 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org/events.html for venue; 865-1588 and www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org for information, (800) 225-2277 for tickets, for the closing-night event of the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. This nine-decade-old remnant of a World's Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs.
THURSDAY (March 23): The SFIAAFF screens Journey From the Fall (Ham Tran, Thailand/U.S., 2005) at 7 p.m., followed by the "Closing Night Gala Awards Presentation" 9:30 p.m. $35.
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.
THURSDAY (March 23): The Onion AV Club hosts a satirical takeoff on the end of the world, Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, U.K., 1964), appropriately for The Onion as this film is topical satire's gold standard 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (March 28): A "Local Filmmakers Showcase" screening of Boys of Summer (Robert Cochrane, 2006), about the travels of a father (who has Parkinson's) and his filmmaking son to each of Major League Baseball's 30 ballparks. All proceeds split between the National Parkinson Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation 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: In Good Conscience: Sister Jeanine Gramick's Journey of Faith (Barbara Rick and Albert Maysles, 2005) looks at a nun reaching out to the gay community. Rick and Gramick in person 7 p.m. Also, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (Marc Rothemund, Germany, 2004) 6:30, 9 p.m. The World's Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2005) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2005) 9:20 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Richard Attenborough's anti-war musical hall Oh! What a Lovely War (U.K., 1967). Call for other films and times.
SATURDAY: "An Evening With Ann Brebner" offers a conversation with the veteran Bay Area casting director, discussing the many local filmmakers with whom she's worked 7:30 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Cillian Murphy, the annoying Scarecrow in the most recent Batman, who's also the crazed seatmate in Red Eye, undergoes another transformation in time for Breakfast on Pluto (Neil Jordan, U.K., 2005) 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
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