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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $6. This duplex offers a midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes") on Saturdays. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
SATURDAY (March 22): The 3-D X-rated Lollipop Girls (Norm DePlume, 1977) midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (March 19): A Swiss comedy, Attention aux chiens (Christophe Marzal, 1999), a tale of a drug-addicted private eye 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 22): After the death of their daughter, a couple takes a road trip to Spain in Pleure pas Germaine (Alain de Halleux, France, 2000) 2 p.m.
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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.
THURSDAY (March 20): Lourdes Portillo's Missing Young Woman (2002) addresses the disappearance of over 300 women in Juarez, Mexico, since 1993 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (March 21): A benefit for "What They Shoulda Taught Free School" (aka the Do-It-Herself-Skillshare-Collective), designed "to help fund future skill shares and workshops that help fight oppression," screens "a German documentary on sex work, politics, women and queers in San Francisco" in addition to live performances, "frippery and fancy scandalous surprises." For more info, contact 920-8970 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 22): A program of home movies curated from garage and estate sales by Scott Stark, plus some of Stark's own manipulations of this footage 8:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8. 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: "The Big Picture," a three-week series marking the 50th anniversary of CinemaScope, continues with David Lean's Ryan's Daughter (1970), with Sarah Miles torn between a petulant lover (Chris Jones) and her nice husband, Robert Mitchum. Most viewers thought there was no contest! noon, 4, 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: "The Big Picture" -- Two Southern Gothics with a young and more or less virile Paul Newman, The Long Hot Summer (Martin Ritt, 1958; 7 p.m.) and Sweet Bird of Youth (Richard Brooks, 1962; 9:20 p.m.), drawn from Faulkner and Tennessee Williams, respectively.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: "The Big Picture" -- Two melancholy NYC romances, The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960; 9 p.m.; also Sat 4:30 p.m.) and Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979; 7 p.m.; also Sat 2:30 p.m.), show what can be accomplished with a good cast, good dialogue, and good black-and-white cinematography: comic dramas in subtle shades of gray.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: "The Big Picture" -- Two neo-noirs, in beautifully modulated color, of deceptive love: Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974; 7 p.m.; also Sun 2 p.m.) and François Truffaut's Mississippi Mermaid (France, 1969; 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 4:30 p.m.).
TUESDAY: "The Big Picture" -- Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau strip by night and make revolution by day in Louis Malle's Viva Maria! (1965; 7 p.m.), while John Sturges' The Magnificent Seven (1960; 9:20 p.m.) is a pleasing, full-bodied western.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. "Laugh Riot," an eight-week midnight series of comedies, starts this weekend. For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (March 21 & 22): Bowling for the Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski (1998) 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: Terry Gilliam's retro futurescape Brazil (1985) 6:30, 8:45, 11 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Pass the butter -- Last Tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci, France, 1973) screens today through April 13 7, 9:15 p.m.
GOLDEN GATE 303
303 Columbus (at Broadway), 955-9080. Free with meal. This venue now offers "Dinner and a Movie" with a James Bond series this March, plus weekend shows. Sound played over loudspeakers.
WEDNESDAY: James Bond learns Diamonds Are Forever (Guy Hamilton, 1971) 7, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: James Bond gives Goldfinger (Hamilton, 1964) 7, 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: James Bond tells Dr. No (Terence Young, 1962) 7, 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Hitchcock Sunday" -- Vertigo (1958) 7, 9:15 p.m.
MONDAY: James Bond's got mail From Russia With Love (Young, 1963) 7, 9 p.m.
TUESDAY: James Bond rides the Thunderball (Young, 1965) 7, 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975).
510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com; and 345-9832 and www.microcinema.com for information on the UnAmerican Film Festival, here Wednesday through Friday. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "S.F. IndieFest MicroCinema" Monday through Friday (most weeks). Screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. All programs are free; donations welcome for the UnAmerican Film Festival.
WEDNESDAY: The UnAmerican Film Festival, out to screen films and videos that "question the government and social norms," opens with The NEA Tapes, a look at the culture wars among Robert Mapplethorpe, Karen Finley, Rudy Giuliani, and the Christian Action Network 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: UnAmerican Film Fest -- So it's true you may have to sell your soul to the devil to win office in California, as we see as a Satanist minister performs Unspeakable rituals for the powers that be 8 p.m.