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. This cultural asset of long standing offers regular Friday screenings on projected video with salon-style discussions to follow, and occasional other film programs. $10.
FRIDAY (May 4): A month of epic films commences with Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah (1949), one of those movies where the male lead's breasts (Victor Mature) are bigger than the female's (Hedy Lamarr) 6:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 4-10): Disappearances (Jay Craven, Canada, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times. Filmmaker in person Saturday and Sunday (call for times).
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Matthew Barney's a tapdancing devil in the final installments of his film epic, Cremaster 4 (1995) and Cremaster 5 (1997), together at 2, 7:15, 9:25 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: This year's Academy Award Nominated Documentary Shorts includes the winner, The Blood of Yingzhou District (Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon, China-U.S., 2006) 7, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Follow the trail to Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, Spain, 2006) 7, 9:25 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Comedy of Power (Claude Chabrol, France 2006) 6:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. What happened after the fall of Saigon? The tale's told in Journey from the Fall (Ham Tran, 2006) 8:30 p.m.; also Wed 4 p.m. On Screen 2, The Cats of Mirikitani (Linda Hattendorf, 2006) 6:20, 8, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 4-10): Sacco and Vanzetti (Peter Miller, 2006). See Opening for review Call for times and other films.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000 and www.sfmoma.org for regular programs, (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for the San Francisco International Film Festival, here Friday through Sunday. Museum screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted; SFIFF screenings $12.
FRIDAY: The San Francisco International Film Festival screens in the Phyllis Wattis Theater this weekend. The complete, four-part When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee, 2006) noon Special Forces (Hébert and Ostertag) 6:30 p.m. Strange Culture (Leeson) 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIFF, in the Phyllis Wattis Theater How is Your Fish Today? (Xiaolu, China) 12:30 p.m. Tuli (Solito, Philippines) 2:45 p.m. Everything's Cool (Gold and Helfand) 5:45 p.m. Slumming (Glawogger, Gemany) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF, in the Phyllis Wattis Theater A photographer snaps in Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project (Youngelson and Sutherland) 12:30 p.m. A cell-phone records urban malaise in Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me it Would Become This Bad in Afghanistan (Frisch, Netherlands) 2:45 p.m. Zolykha's Secret (Shansab, Afghanistan) 5 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.
THURSDAY (May 3): An "Animals are Beautiful People" series starts a month-long trek with March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet, France, 2005) noon.
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