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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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 (April 20): Struggles in the Basque country are depicted in Iñaki ArtetaÕs Silent Voices 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 22): A program of ÒPranks and InterventionsÓ offers Òculture jammingÓ exercises by Tom Borden, Michael Dale and Aphid, plus clips of the Yes Men, the Biotic Baking Brigade and others. See www.othercinema.com for more info 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.
DAILY: Filmmaker Caveh Zahedi admits I Am a Sex Addict(2005) noon, 1:50, 3:40, 5:30, 7:20, 9:15 p.m. WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A two-week Reel San Francisco series of films set in the City continues with two Pre-Code dramas. Barbara Stanwyck aims to break out of San Quentin in Ladies They Talk About (Howard Bretherton and William Keighley, 1933; 2:40, 5:40, 8:40 p.m.) while Bette Davis flirts with danger in Fog Over Frisco (William Dieterle, 1934; 1:10), 4:10, 7:10 p.m. ).
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Reel S.F. Alfred HitchcockÕs The Birds (1963; 1:55, 7 p.m. ) run wild while Burt Lancaster befriends our feathered friends as Birdman of Alcatraz (John Frankenheimer, 1962; 4:15, 9:20 p.m. ).
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Reel S.F. Rita Hayworth buys a nightclub and pursues Frank Sinatra in Pal Joey (George Sidney, 1957; 12:50, 4:50, 8:50 p.m. ); Edward G. Robinson owns a nightclub and pursues Miriam Hopkins on the Barbary Coast (Howard Hawks, 1935; 3, 7 p.m. ).
TUESDAY: Reel S.F. Bluff Edmond OÕBrien discovers he should have moved to Utah and starred for HBO as The Bigamist (Ida Lupino, 1953; 12:25, 3:50, 7:15 p.m. ) and then, a tourist in this town, quaffs a fatal glass in D.O.A. (Rudolph Maté, 1950; 2, 5:25, 8:50 p.m. ).
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival. $9 save as noted; $11 save as noted for SFIFF programs (Saturday and Sunday). 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.
THURSDAY: The Opening Night offering of the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival is Peter ChanÕs Hong Kong musical Perhaps Love (2005), with party to follow at the Regency Center Grand Ballroom. $60 7 p.m. See our Festival coverage starting on page 16 for more.
FRIDAY: Midnights for Maniacs presents a ÒEarly 80Õs Aerobicize Triple FeatureÓ with Staying Alive (Sylvester Stallone, 1983; 7:30 p.m. ), Flashdance (Adrian Lyne, 1983; 9:45 p.m. ) and Heavenly Bodies (Lawrence Dane, 1984; midnight), with John Travolta, Jennifer Beals and Cynthia Dale, respectively, working it out in spandex, headbands, and legwarmers in this 1980s nightmare come to life. $10.
SATURDAY: SFIFF Heart of the Game (Serrill) noon Hal RoachÕs screwball comedy of swapped genders, Turnabout (1940) 3 p.m. Al Franken: God Spoke (Hegedus and Doob) 6 p.m. In Bed (Bizé, Chile) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF The Alloy Orchestra performs live scores to three silent shorts, including Buster KeatonÕs divine One Week (1920) 1 p.m. Iberia (Saura, Spain) 3:45 p.m. Alloy performs a live score for Rudolph Valentino as The Eagle (Clarence Brown, 1925). $20 7 p.m. The Wayward Cloud (Tsai, Taiwan) 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: A double bill of two of British great Michael PowellÕs more exotic blossoms, Black Narcissus (Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1947), with Deborah Kerr one of several repressed nuns in the Himalayas, and Age of Consent (Australia, 1969; 4:55, 9 p.m.), with Helen Mirren as a nude teen inspiring elderly painter James Mason.
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 (April 21 & 22): An Ò8 TalesÓ midnight movie series continues with political activist Rob ReinerÕs analysis of California state politics, The Princess Bride (1987), with Andre the Giant standing in for Gov. Schwarzenegger. $7 midnight.
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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Young Che and friend drive, witness, and compose The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles Jr., Brazil, 2003) ÒStarts at dusk.Ó
STARTS MONDAY: Call for program.
LARK549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8
Daily: Take the Lead(Liz Friedlander, 2006) Wed, Thurs, Fri, Tues 7, 9:15 p.m.; Sat 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.; Sun 3, 5:30, 7:45 p.m.; Mon 7 p.m.
LUMIERE1572 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: SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS (Hank Rogerson, 2005) 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
MECHANICSÕ 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, hosted by Michael Fox. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (April 21): Your Enlightment is Guaranteed when a German comedy series screens Doris DorrieÕs Enlightenment Guaranteed (2002), as two clueless brothers move into a Japanese Buddhist monastery 6:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu for venue; 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival. $8, second show $2 for regular programs; $11 save as noted for SFIFF 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: A UCB film history class open to the public and taught by Russell Merritt screens Ingmar BergmanÕs cutting Cries and Whispers (Sweden, 1972) 3 p.m. A documentary about a black female drag racer, Cinnamon (Kevin Jerome Everson, 2006) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The 49th San Francisco International Film Festival comes to Berkeley with Iberia (Saura, Spain) 4:45 p.m. Al Franken: God Spoke (Hegedus and Doob) 7 p.m. A Perfect Couple (Suwa, France/Japan) 9:15 p.m. See our Festival coverage starting on page 16 for more.
SATURDAY: SFIFF Taking Father Home (Ying, China) 1:30 p.m. WorkingmanÕs Death (Glawogger, Austria) 3:45 p.m. Illumination (Breton, France) 6:30 p.m. One Long Winter Without Fire (Zglinski, Switzerland) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF Gubra (Ahmad, Malaysia) 1:30 p.m. The Silent Holy Stones (Wanma-caidan, China) 4 p.m. Hal RoachÕs gender swap comedy Turnabout (1940) 6:15 p.m. Play (Scherson, Chile) 9 p.m.
MONDAY: SFIFF October 17, 1961 (Tasma, France) 7 p.m. Perpetual Motion (Ning, China) 9:25 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIFF News from Afar (Benet, Mexico) 7 p.m. ÒCock Byte,Ó a program of CGI animation 9:30 p.m.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org/events.html for venue; 650-834-1006 and www.carehomethemovie.com for information and tickets for this event. This nine-decade-old remnant of a WorldÕs Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs.
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 (April 20): ÒStreet philosophyÓ merges with Òultra-violenceÓ in the filmed-in-NYC Threat (Matt Pizzolo, 2005), about the race riot triggered by the friendship of a Òstraightedge punk-rockerÓ and a Òblack hip-hop radical.Ó $7 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 23): The San Francisco WomenÕs Film Festival screens All is Normal (Todd Bieber and Juliana Brafa, 2006), starring Brafa as a housesitter with an abusive boyfriend, Òin a disturbing mixture of isolation, confusion, and murder.Ó Co-stars Linda Blair. $7 5 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER 1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9.50 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: The WorldÕs Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2005) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy (Graham Coleman, 2005) 7:30 p.m. Duma (Carroll Ballard, South Africa, 2005) 6:30 p.m. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Jeff Feuerzeig, 2005) 8:40 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The above program continues; call for times.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: A new monthly series of Undiscovered Gems opens with a two day screening of one of indieWIREÕs ÒBest Undistributed FilmsÓ of 2005. The first selection is Jem CohenÕs Chain, a commentary on generic malls, hotels, and theme parks around the world 7 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: ItÕs a bird! ItÕs a plane! ItÕs The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen, 1998) 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m., Thurs 4:20 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Viet vet antiwar movement is recalled in Sir! No Sir! (David Zeiger, 2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Cory McAbeeÕs cult sci-fi musical The American Astronaut (2001) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 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: The Viet vet antiwar movement is recalled in Sir! No Sir! (David Zeiger, 2005) 7 p.m. Adam & Steve(Craig Chester, 2006) 8:40 p.m.FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 21-27): The premiere of a thriller about the kidnapping of the Vice President, In Her Line of Fire (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 2006), with Mariel Hemingway as the Secret Service Agent out to save him. 6 p.m. American Gun (Aric Avelino, 2006). See Opening for review. Filmmakers and others in person Friday evening7:45, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun 4 p.m. Call for other films and times.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): ÒEarly Films of San Francisco: Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire, 1896-1915Ó 2 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.
WEDNESDAY (April 19): The Resource Collection for Learning Differences screens a video, Developing Minds Producing and Communicating Ideas aimed at helping parents help their children 6 p.m.
THURSDAY (April 20): A ÒCinematic San FranciscoÓ series screens Jeanette MacDonald hitting the high note that causes the earthquake in San Francisco (W.S. Van Dyke, 1936) noon.
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: Shakespeare Behind Bars (Hank Rogerson, 2005) 1:45, 4:30, 7, 9:20 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 21-27): Kekexili Mountain Patrol (Lu Chuan, China, 2004). 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 includes tributes to stylish director Vincente Minnelli and suave actor Ronald Colman.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Two early talkies with Ronald Colman, the comedy The Devil to Pay! (George Fitzmaurice, 1930; 7:30 p.m.), as a spendthrift lord who straightens up when he meets Loretta Young, and as the tough, crime-fighting veteran Bulldog Drummond (F. Richard Jones, 1929; 5:50, 8:55 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: Bulldog Drummond 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Impoverished lord Colman woos Constance Talmadge by pretending to be a doctor in a well-regarded, hard to see silent comedy, Her Night of Romance (Sidney Franklin, 1924). Live organ accompaniment by Jim Riggs Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: MinnelliÕs urban romance The Clock (1945; 7:30 p.m. ) screens with the witty musical The Pirate (1948; 5:35, 9:10 p.m. ), both with Judy Garland at her most appealing.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Spike & MikeÕs 2006 edition of their Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation takes up residence here through April 29. $9 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat 11 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 23): San Francisco Cinematheque screens short films by Òlandscape filmmakerÓ Larry Gottheim, and his Òelaborate and elegant exploration of sound/image cooperation and conflict.Ó Tree of Knowledge (1980). Artist in person 7:30 p.m.
The Banff Mountain Film Festival takes up location at the Cowell Theatre, Herbst Pavillion, Fort Mason Center this weekend (April 21-22). See www.rei.com for event information, www.banffcentre for the films... This Wednesday the Danger and Despair Knitting Circle relocates its series of 16mm rarities to The First Street Café, 440 First St., Benicia, with a screening of the excellent, filmed in San Francisco, Thieves Highway (Jules Dassin, 1949). For more info, see www.noirfilm.com or call (707) 745-1400.
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