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. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Feb. 12): Chantal Akerman's A Couch in New York (France, 1996) stars William Hurt and Juliette Binoche in this psychiatric romance 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 15): A Couch in New York 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
SATURDAY (Feb. 15): Other Cinema opens its spring season with Atenco, Machete Rebellion and Terra Si! Aviones No!, two video documentaries about a successful peasant rebellion against an airport 8:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: Transvestite actor/singer Akhiro Maruyama stars in a follow-up to the recently revived crime film Black Lizard, Black Rose Mansion (Kinji Fukasaku, Japan, 1969), as the main attraction at a men's club 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: A world premiere celebrating the 50th anniversary of the lesbian couple Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, No Secret Anymore (Joan E. Biren, 2003). $15. Reception 6 p.m., presentation 7:30 p.m., film 8 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 14-20): A revival of Henri-Georges Clouzot's icy Quai des Orfèvres (France, 1947) -- recommended to cynics and film lovers everywhere 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
DIGITAL MOVIE HOUSE
1306 Mission (at Ninth Street), 820-3907 and www.sfindie.com for the S.F. Independent Film Festival screenings here on Wednesday and Thursday. $8.50 evening/$6 before 4 p.m., save as noted.
WEDNESDAY (Feb. 12): IndieFest -- Reverend Billy & the Church of Stop Shopping 2:45 p.m. The Austin bicycle scene's immortalized in Bike Like U Mean It 5 p.m. Experimental filmmaker Harry Smith's remembered in American Magus 7:15 p.m. Seven kids meet cannibals on Hell's Highway (S. Lee Taylor, 2002) 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Feb. 13): IndieFest -- A romantic comedy set to Muzak, Easy Listening (Pamela Corkley, 2002) 2:45 p.m. "Fuel for the Quirky Alone" (shorts) 5 p.m. Punk rockers spend Monday Night at the Rock 'n Bowl (Genevieve Coleman, 2002) 7:15 p.m. Brian Flemming's Nothing So Strange is a documentary from an alternate world where Bill Gates was assassinated in 1999. How about one where MS/DOS software worked? 9:30 p.m.
6601 Shellmound, Emeryville, 820-3907 and www.sfindie.com for the S.F. Independent Film Festival screenings here Friday through Sunday. $8.50 evening/$6 before 4 p.m., save as noted. See Digital Movie House entry for some film descriptions.
FRIDAY (Feb. 14): IndieFest -- The computer-animated Missing Persons (Matthew and Dan O'Donnell, 2002) 4:45 p.m. A genius' clone wants to be a janitor in The Snowflake Crusade (Megan Holley, 2002) 7 p.m. Nothing So Strange 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY (Feb. 15): IndieFest -- Wealthy campers travel from Wal-Mart to Wal-Mart and discover This Is Nowhere 6 p.m. American Magus 8 p.m. "Sex Rated" (shorts) 10 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 16): IndieFest -- Bike Like U Mean It 12:30 p.m. "DIY and Doc" (shorts) 2:30 p.m. Monday Night at the Rock 'n Bowl 4:45 p.m. Five losers are Stuck (Paul Stephen and David Owen, 2002) 7 p.m. The bondage underground occupies its Headspace 9:15 p.m.
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: Mira Nair's colorful crowd-pleaser Monsoon Wedding (India, 2001) 6:15, 8:15, 10:15 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Gérard Depardieu stars in the highly popular costumer Cyrano de Bergerac (Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France, 1990), screening through March 2 6:15, 8:30, 10:45 p.m.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema" Mondays through Fridays. All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY: M. Emmet Walsh is in Critters (Stephen Herek, 1986) so it can't be all bad ... on the other hand, Stephen Herek went on to direct Mr. Holland's Opus and Life or Something Like It! 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: Recent Mexican upheaval is documented in Zapatista (Benjamin Eichert and Rick Rowley, 1999) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: John Michael McCarthy's Superstarlet A.D. (2000), about a post-apocalypse era roamed by women in vintage underwear 8 p.m.
MONDAY: Herbert Brenon's excellent silent version of Peter Pan (1924) stars Betty Bronson as the boy who won't grow up 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: My Bloody Valentine (George Mihalka, 1981) stars no one you ever heard of, and it's by a director who appears to have made a home for himself in French Canadian TV. Caveat emptor! 8 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 for reservations and information. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a "February Film Noir" series of projected video of classics, with salon-style discussions after the films featuring noir expert Eddie Muller.
FRIDAY (Feb. 14): For Valentine's Day, a love story for men sure their women will betray them -- Robert Siodmak's Criss Cross (1949) 6:30 p.m.
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.