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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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.
WEDNESDAY (May 3): An award winning French documentary, Les mauvais garons (Carr Brown, P. Bourgeois and P. Bodet, 2004), a record of a year in the life of Creil, the "sixth most violent city in France" 7 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.
SATURDAY (May 6): A program of live music includes a Theremin demonstration, an interactive cell-phone symphony, and film clips of such greats as Spike Jones, Gene Simmons and the Punk Rock Orchestra. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (May 9): The "mother of all gory kung-fu flicks,"The Story of Ricky (Lik wong, Ngai Kai Lam, Hong Kong, 1991), finds an angry man adrift in a futuristic prison with only his fists to protect him. $3 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: Two women fight for justice inSisters-in-Law (Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi, Cameroon, 2005) 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, a double-bill ofI Am A Sex Addict (Caveh Zahedi, 2005; 2:05, 5:40, 9:15 p.m. ) and Kekexili Mountain Patrol (Lu Chuan, China, 2004; 12:20, 3:55, 7:30 p.m. ).
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 5-11):Rang de Basanti (Rakeysh Mehra, India, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.
BAY AREA MOTOR CLUB
SATURDAY (April 29): SF IndieFest presents "A Mighty Ruckus at Islais Creek", a music and film festival featuring 12 bands on two stages, rock posters, a DJ lounge, a custom car show, and films in a special screening room. All welcome 2-10 p.m.
FRIDAY (May 5): Grace Shafir'sChampions on Wheels (2005) tells of five young people who suddenly find themselves in wheelchairs 1 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 (Wednesday through Friday). 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: A Stanley Kubrick series concludes with the posthumous Eyes Wide Shut (1999) 1:30, 4:45, 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: It's Closing Night of the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival, featuring Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion (2006; 7 p.m. ) followed by a Closing Night Party at Mezzanie (444 Jessie Street). Film only $20, film and party $75.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 5-11):A Year Without Love (Anahi Berneri, Spain, 2005). See Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 5 & 6): An "8 Tales" midnight movie series screening of the original sunken boat tale The Poseidon Adventure (Ronald Neame, 1972). $7 midnight.
COBALT SUN STUDIO
411-A Coloma (at Bridgeway), Sausalito, 332-3323 for venue, 381-4123 for the event-sponsoring Tiburon Film Society.
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.
NIGHTLY: Federico Fellini exposes the sour side of the sweet life in La Dolce Vita (Italy, 1959), screening through May 28 "Starts at dusk."
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200 and www.jccsf.org for venue. This popular center offers a wide-range of programs, many of them film-oriented. Free, but you must call 292-1233 for reservations to this program.
MONDAY (May 8): "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, in Gallantar Hall, parts 3 and 4 of British documentarian Adam Curtis' investigation of Freud's use in advertising, culture and politics,The Century of the Self (U.K., 2002) 7 p.m.
TUESDAY (May 9): In Kanbar Hall, Herbert Ross' enjoyable meet-up of Freud and Sherlock Holmes,The Seven Per-Cent Solution (1976). Introduction and post-film discussion will be led by Peter L. Stein, Executive Director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 7 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
1835 Ellis (between Scott and Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, www.bjesf.org. This facility, located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, is operated by the Bureau of Jewish Education and is to be distinguished from the Jewish Community Library on 14th Avenue.
TUESDAY (May 9): A "Jewish Film Class" offers a DVD screening of Pearl Gluck's Divan (2003), about her efforts to recover a couch once belonging to her family in Hungary, where great rebbes may have slept 7 p.m.
549 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Stick It (Jessica Bendinger, 2006) 7 p.m.; also Thurs 4:30 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. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY:The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed, U.K., 1948) 2:45, 5, 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
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, hosted by Michael Fox. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
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 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 concludes with Tim Burton's loving homage to legendary bad filmmaker Ed Wood (1994) 3 p.m. The San Francisco International Film Festival presents Alexander Sokurov's The Sun (Russia, 2005) 7 p.m. The Betrayal (Faucon, France) 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: A free screening of newly restored footage from the early 1930s taken on the Southern Pacific's Sunset Route (New Orleans to San Francisco),By Rail and Trail 5:30 p.m. SFIFF Bashing (Kobayashi, Japan) 7 p.m. James Longley's excellent documentaryIraq in Fragments 8:45 p.m.
FRIDAY: A tribute to screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrire opens with two of his collaborations with Luis Buñuel, the disciplined Diary of a Chambermaid (France, 1964; 7 p.m. ), with Jeanne Moreau, andThe Milky Way (France, 1968; 9 p.m. ), two pilgrims' heresy hunt in one of the handful of films built around obscure points of theology (others include Dogma and The DaVinci Code).
SATURDAY: More Buñuel a la Carrire, the late masterpiece The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise (France, 1972; 6:30 p.m. ) and the free form The Phantom of Liberty (France, 1974; 8:30 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: "For the Love of It," the sixth annual festival of amateur films, screensThe Arctic Circle Club (Col. Alfred Strode, 1971) andIn Service to the Waxen Moon (David Enos, 2005) 3 p.m. A program of films and videos by UC students includes Eisner Prize winners MoMa Audio Adventure Club (Ian Cheng) andUnknown (Eric Martin) 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
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.
TUESDAY (May 9): A Local Filmmakers Showcase screening of a Landscape and Environment Film Festival screens shorts related to agriculture and the natural world. Films include Kim Miskowicz'sHere a Little AND There a Little and and Bill Basquin's family-orientedRange. See www.ce.berkeley.edu/~esw for more 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. $9.50 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: Duma (Carroll Ballard, South Africa, 2005) 6:30 p.m. The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed, U.K., 1948) 7, 9 p.m. The World's Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2005) 8:40 p.m. The Celestine Prophecy (Jeff Feuerzeig, 2005) 6:45, 8:50 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 5 - 11):The Promise (Chen Kaige, China, 2006),Water (Deepa Mehta, India, 2005) andThe Beauty School of Kabul (Liz Mermin). See Opening for reviews. Call for times and other films.
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.
STARTS TUESDAY: Call theater for program.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this reconstituted affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Game 6 (Michael Hoffman, 2006). See Opening for review 7, 8:45 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. Crossing Arizona (Joseph Mathew and Dan DeVino, 2006) 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m. 6 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Working Man's Death (Michael Glawogger, U.K., 2006). See Opening for review 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: "The Edge of Identity," a week long presentation of New College's Graduate Psychology program, opens with parts 1 and 2 of Adam Curtis' history of Freud's impact on the 20th century,Century of the Self (U.K., 2002) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: Edge of Identity Century of the Self parts 1 and 2 1 p.m. Century of the Self parts 3 and 4 4, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: Edge of Identity Maya Deren's experimental classicMeshes of the Afternoon (1943) screens with Peter Watkin's rock politics fablePrivilege (U.K., 1967) 4, 7 p.m.
MONDAY: Edge of Identity Alternate science is explored inWhat the #$! Do We Know? (William Arntz, Betty Chasse and Mark Vicente, 2004)7 p.m. TUESDAY: Edge of Identity Kevin Epps' rap docStraight Outta Hunter's Point screens with the Oscar winningCrash (Paul Haggis, 2005)7 p.m. SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ARTKoret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): "Early Films of San Francisco: Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire, 1896-1915" 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 (May 3):Developing Minds Thinking with Numbers offers solutions to teaching math to kids 6 p.m.
THURSDAY (May 4): A new series, "Asian in America" opens with Ang Lee's The Wedding Banquet (1994), about a gay man's sham wedding noon.
TUESDAY (May 9): Former Ambassador James Hormel introduces the West Coast premiere of A Blinding Flash of the Obvious (Taggart Siegel, 2006), a docmentary on Cincinnati's approval of a pro-gay rights initiative. A panel discussion follows 6:15 p.m.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 5-11): The Beauty School of Kabul (Liz Mermin, U.K., 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 spring's series includes tributes to stylish director Vincente Minnelli and suave actor Ronald Colman.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Ronald Colman, as poet François Villon, wonders what would beIf I Were King (Frank Lloyd, 1938; 7:30 p.m.) during the reign of Louis XI (Basil Bathbone) in this literate swashbuckler scripted by no less than Preston Sturges. It screens withUnder Two Flags (Lloyd, 1936; 5:30, 9:25 p.m. ), with Colman joining the French Foreign Legion and taking up with "Cigarette" (Claudette Colbert).
SATURDAY:If I Were King 9:05 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Minnelli's studio-bound (against his wishes) dreamworldBrigadoon (1954; 7:30 p.m. ) screens with the entertaining marital comedyFather of the Bride (1950; 5:45, 9:30 p.m. ).
SUNDAY (May 7): Guest S.F. Cinematheque curator Anita Chang presents "Aftershocks," a program of experimental work from Taiwan includingRed Label Rice Wine (Mia Chen) andFarewell 1999 (Nana Wu) 7:30 p.m.
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