Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; itÕs 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 Òdrawings for valuable and coveted prizesÓ) on weekends; go to www.act1and2.com for more info. 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: The Noise Pop Film Festival screens here for four nights starting tonight with The M-80 Project (1979), a video record of a No/New Wave festival starring Devo, the Suburbs, Judy Nylon, and more. $8 7:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: Noise Pop High and Dry (Michael Toubassi, 2005) features Òcool music from hot Tucson, Arizona,Ó including Giant Sand, Machines of Loving Grace, Supersuckers, and many more. $8 1:30 p.m. Borderline: The Heavenly States documents a bandÕs gig in isolated Libya. $8 4 p.m. Other Cinema hosts the ÒBreak the SilenceÓ collective, women who advocate Palestinian autonomy, with Susan Greene and Sara Kershnar speaking, narrating slides, and screening a video, When Your Home Is a Prison8:30 p.m. SUNDAY:Noise Pop Amazing Grace: Jeff Buckley (Nyla Bialek Adams and Laurie Trombley, 2004) explores the world of the singer-songwriter. 4 p.m. BALBOA
3630 Balboa (at 38th Ave.), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: She wore Blue Velvet (1986) in a new print of David LynchÕs reverie 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 p.m. On the BalboaÕs second screen, Sophie Scholl The Final Days (Marc Rothemund, Germany, 2005) 12:05, 4:30, 8:55 p.m. Joyeux Nöel (Christian Carion, France, 2005) 2:20, 6:45 p.m.
FRIDAY: Àlex de la IglesiaÕs adaptation of Barry GiffordÕs novel Perdita Durango (Mexico-U.S., 1997), featuring characters also seen in the Gifford-David Lynch film Wild at Heart, screens with Amy GlazerÕs half-hour adaptation of a Gifford play, Ball Lightning (2003) 1:40, 4:30, 7:30 p.m. Gifford and Glazer in person at the 7:30 p.m. show.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Two of LynchÕs Mobius-stripped sagas of amnesia, split/doubled personalities, suicide, and murder, Mulholland Drive (2001; 4:25, 9:25 p.m. ) and the co-scripted by Gifford Lost Highway (1997; 2, 7 p.m. ).
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Wild at Heart (Lynch, 1990; 12:40, 4:40, 8:40 p.m. )screens with LynchÕs digital restoration of his disquieting debut feature Eraserhead (1977; 3, 7 p.m. ). CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
FRIDAY (March 31): S.F. Cinematheque presents a double bill of two of Nagisa OshimaÕs more radical films, the excellent Death by Hanging (Japan, 1968), indicting both capital punishment and Japanese prejudice against its Korean population 7 p.m. OshimaÕs Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (Japan, 1969), a tale of radical students and a fetishistic thief 9:10 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 31 - April 6): The Intruder (Claire Denis, France, 2004). See Opening for review 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 1:45, 4:20 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com for venue; www.8tales.com for this series. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page. This gemlike box is one of the cityÕs last remaining single screens.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (March 31 & April 1): Now with extra cheese, Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994). $7 midnight.
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TUESDAY (April 4): ÒFreudFest,Ó marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the founder of psychoanalysis, is commemorated here by ÒCinema on the Couch,Ó a four-film retrospective. Tonight, Alfred HitchcockÕs Spellbound (1945). See ÒNight & DayÓ page XX for more. Introduction and post-film discussion led by UC BerkeleyÕs Marilyn Fabe. Free; must call 292-1233 for reservations for this program 7 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd sts.), 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.
DAILY: Young Che and friend drive, witness, and compose The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles Jr., Brazil, 2003). ÒStarts at dusk.Ó
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen Art Deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: 16 Blocks (Richard Donner, 2006) 6:45 p.m. Crash (Paul Haggis, 2005) 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a Òcalendar houseÓ rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Stoned (Stephen Woolley, U.K., 2005) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:25 P.M.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 31 - April 6): Lonesome Jim (Steve Buscemi, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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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, hosted by Michael Fox. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (March 31): A musical series concludes with Jean RenoirÕs eye-filling French Cancan (France, 1955), as splendid an evocation of ÒLa Belle EpoqueÓ as youÕll ever find 6:30 p.m.
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 BerkeleyÕs Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: Theater closed.
THURSDAY: A short series of the wondrous films of FranceÕs Jacques Demy screens Lola (1961), the life and adventures of cabaret dancer Anouk Aimée 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: DemyÕs Bay of Angels (1962), sets gambler Jeanne Moreau down in Monte Carlo 7 p.m. Demy brings his Lola to L.A. in his one American film, Model Shop (1969) 8:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: DemyÕs other, and equally audacious, candy-colored musical, The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) 3 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Adele HorneÕs The Tailenders (2005) documents evangelicals and the Christian recordings they distribute to the remotest places on earth 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.
THURSDAY (March 30): A Chainsaw Mafia Night of Mayhem screens Possession (Andrezj Zulawski, France, 1981), with Isabelle Adjani, her demon lover, Sam Neill, and a man with pink socks. $6 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (April 4): ÒWhen searching for love you can always count on your friends for a little ridicule,Ó or so the ÒLocal Filmmakers ShowcaseÓ World Premiere of Stupid Cupid (Chris Housh, 2006) informs us 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: Duma (Carroll Ballard, South Africa, 2005) 6:30 p.m. The WorldÕs Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2005) 6:45 p.m. Richard AttenboroughÕs antiwar music hall Oh! What a Lovely War (U.K., 1969) 7:15 p.m. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (Marc Rothemund, Germany, 2004) 8:40 p.m. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2005) 9:15 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Rabbit season! Duck season! Rabbit season! No, itÕs Duck Season (Fernando Eimbcke, Mexico, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for other films and times.
SUNDAY: ÒBeyond Borders,Ó a series of international films for families, screens Ginga (Hank Levine, Brazil, 2005), a documentary about BrazilÕs soccer-crazy kids 4 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8 save as noted. ThereÕs a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Hindi mystics, Naked in Ashes (Paula Fouce, 2005) 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: New York Doll Arthur ÒKillerÓ Kane makes a comeback with his old band in Greg WhiteleyÕs 2005 documentary 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: A coup against VenezuelaÕs Hugo Chavez unravels in real time in The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Kim Bartley and Donnacha OÕBriain, Ireland, 2004) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.
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 reconstituted affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Same Sex America (Henry Corra, 2006). See Opening for review 6, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Reproductive Rights Movie Night screens The Last Abortion Clinic (Raney Aronson-Rath, 2005), documenting the sole remaining clinic in Mississippi, and Jane GilloolyÕs dramatic short LeonaÕs Sister Gerri (1995) 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Xpress Fest Music Video Screening Tour presents an eveningÕs worth of indie filmmakersÕ videos for indie bands. Audiences will choose a prize winner. Doors open 7 p.m., screenings 8-11 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 31 - April 6): Battle in Heaven (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico, 2005). See Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m. Call for other films.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): 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.
THURSDAY: ÒEarly Films of San Francisco: Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire, 1896-1915Ó 2 p.m.
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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.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the ShattuckÕs schedule, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Stoned (Stephen Woolley, U.K., 2005) 2, 4:35, 7:05, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 31 April 6): Lonesome Jim (Steve Buscemi, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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. This springÕs series offers up films by the stylish Vincente Minnelli.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Closed.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 31 - April 6): Fred Astaire sells his hat in the opening scene of MinnelliÕs elegiac backstage musical The Band Wagon (1953) while Judy Garland and family sample catsup in MinnelliÕs elegiac musical Americana Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). Call for times.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Spike & MikeÕs 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.
701 Mission (at Third St., in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.ybca.org. $8 save as noted. This venueÕs Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
THURSDAY (March 30): The Human Rights Watch Festival concludes with Shakespeare Behind Bars (Hank Rogerson and Jilann Spitzmiller, 2005), following a Kentucky prisonÕs production of The Tempest 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 2): Christian missionaries propagate The Word to The Tailenders (Adele Horne, 2005) 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (April 4): Doug Varone: Modern Danceoffers the choreographer a chance to show and discuss videos of his Òhigh velocityÓ work. $7 7 p.m.
Thanks and farewell to Deborah Lewis, who copyedited this column so long and so well.
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