Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.com). 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. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.

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ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE 345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.

THURSDAY (March 22): Roy Dupuis stars as a famed Quebequois hockey star, Maurice Richard (The Rocket, Canada, 2005), with the Canadian Consulate General and the Délégation du Québec providing free, bilingual pre-screening hors d'oeuvres 7 p.m.

AMC VAN NESS THEATRES

1000 Van Ness (at O'Farrell), (800) 231-3307 for venue; www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), here this week. $10 save as noted for festival screenings.

WEDNESDAY: SFIAFF — The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival continues here with Love for Share (Dinata, Indonesia) 6:45 p.m. Kabul Transit (Edwards, Zulfacar, Whitmore) 7 p.m. “How To Be Good” (shorts) 7 p.m. Action master Johnnie To's Exiled (Hong Kong) 9:15 p.m. Oh, Saigon (Hoang) 9:15 p.m. Ghosts (Broomfield, U.K.) 9:30 p.m. Tie a Yellow Ribbon (Dietrich) 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: SFIAFF — And Thereafter II (Lee, Korea/U.S.) 6:45 p.m. It's Only Talk (Hiroki, Japan) 7:15 p.m. TBA 7:30 p.m.

ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
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.

FRIDAY (March 23): “Cinematastic,” a program of locally-made short films, includes Lev's Tales of Mere Existence and Kenneth Lo's Rice Balla Chronicles. $6 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 24): Other Cinema —Paul Chan's Charged in the Name of Terror looks at artists and others under suspicion and screens with short subjects on anti-war, pro-freedom themes. $7 8:30 p.m.

BALBOA
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: Bertolt Brecht's “Ballad of Sexual Dependency,” as acted out by the cast of Hee-Haw: Black Snake Moan (Craig Brewer, 2006) noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10, 9:25 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, a double feature of Breach (Roger Michell, U.K., 2006; 1, 4:55, 8:50 p.m. ) and Music and Lyrics (Marc Lawrence, 2007; 3:05, 7 p.m. ).

STARTS FRIDAY: The Namesake (Mira Nair, 2007). Call for times and other films.

CASTRO
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com for regular programs, www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), here this week. $10 save as noted. 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 Michelangelo Antonioni series screens his finest achievement (in this corner's opinion), Eclipse (Italy, 1962). A wandering Monica Vitti wonders what it's all about 8 p.m.

THURSDAY: Antonioni's breakthrough to international fame, L'avventura (Italy, 1960). Again, the plot: Wandering Monica Vitti wonders what it's all about 7 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 23-29): Boy Culture (Q. Allan Brocka, 2006). See Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 1, 3. 5 p.m.

CERRITO SPEAKEASY
285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), www.cerritospeakeasy.com. This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, features “Cerrito Classics,” a different revival every weekend. $5.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY (March 24 & 25): Billy Wilder's still affecting urban dramedy The Apartment (1960). “Shut up and deal!” Sat 6 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.

CLAY
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. In addition to its regular films, and occasional special programs, a midnight movie series starts this weekend. $9.75.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (March 23 & 24): Scooter Libby finally turns on Karl Rove as the Late Night Picture Show screens Cannibal Holocaust (Ruggerio Deodato, Italy, 1980), an adults only screening that's really about documentary filmmakers being eaten midnight.

DARK ROOM THEATRE
2263 Mission (between 18th and 19th “between the pawn shop and the laundromat”), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com. Live cabaret, plus regular film screenings with audience cat-calling encouraged. $5.

SUNDAY (March 25): Dark Room's weekly “Bad Movie Night” continues a 3-D series with Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (Robert Rodriguez, 2003), with all three dimensions of Sylvester Stallone as “the Toymaker.” “Glasses will be provided. Refunds will not” 8 p.m.

EL RIO
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com. This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains).

TUESDAY (Feb. 27): The Heads Up Collective's “Televising the Revolution” series offers Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (Isaac Julien, France/U.K., 1996), a biography of the anti-colonial theorist. Free, donations welcome as a benefit for the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement 8 p.m.

FILM ARTS FOUNDATION
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), www.filmarts.org, 552-8760. $5; free for members.

THURSDAY (March 22): A monthly Open Screening of new Bay Area short films; alas, poor filmmakers, your deadline to apply was March 19. But you can put in now for next month 7 p.m.

FOREIGN CINEMA
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35 mm, 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: Get your Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards, 1961) “Starts at dusk.”

STARTS MONDAY: The full, 179-minute version of Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison, 1971), screens through April 29 “Starts at dusk.”

GOETHE-INSTITUT
530 Bush (at Grant), 978-2787. The place to go for German cultural events. $5 donation. [page]

TUESDAY (March 20): A retrospective of the films of Helmut Käutner screens Romance in a Minor Key (Germany, 1942), a blackmail-themed melodrama from a story by Guy de Maupassant. As this series screens, Käutner's Nazi-era films show their superiority to his compatriot Detlef Sierck's (who as Douglas Sirk had a whole second career in Hollywood) 7 p.m.

ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA

425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura promotes Italian language and culture in Northern California with occasional film screenings. Free.

TUESDAY (March 27): The Institute is “Gearing Up for the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival” with a series of films featuring actor Kim Rossi Stuart. Tonight, part one of his 200-minute Uno blanca (Michele Soavi, Italy, 2001), a crime melodrama based on the exploits of policemen moonlighting as gangsters 6:30 p.m.

LUMIERE
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a “calendar house” rep theater. $9.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Follow monks Into Great Silence (Philip Gröning, Germany, 2006) 4:30, 8 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 rsvp@milibrary.org for reservations. This cultural asset of long standing offers regular Friday screenings on projected video with salon-style discussions to follow. $10.

FRIDAY (March 23): A Brit Noir series screens Cast a Dark Shadow (Lewis Gilbert, U.K., 1955), with fortune hunter Dirk Bogarde entangled with Margaret Lockwood and Kay Walsh 6:30 p.m.

MEZZANINE
444 Jesse (between Mint and 6th Street), www.sf360.org for more information. 21 and over only. $8, $5 if reserved in advance at info@sf360.org.

WEDNESDAY (March 21): San Francisco Film Society's monthly social screening series the SF360 Film Club offers a “Trapped in the Closet Sing-Along,” a “tribute to the artistic canon of R. Kelly” including early videos, a pre-recorded “live” interview, and 12 chapters of his epic Trapped in the Closet (Kelly and Jim Swaffield, 2005). No word about bathroom breaks 7:30 p.m.

OPERA PLAZA
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 267-4893 and www.landmarktheatres.com for venue, www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), here this week. $10 save as noted for festival screenings.

WEDNESDAY: SFIAAFF —A rotoscoped fairy tale, Year of the Fish (Kaplan) 7 p.m. New Year Baby (Poeuv, Cambodia/U.S.) 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: SFIAAFF — “Throwing Away the Maps” (shorts) 7 p.m.

PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org/events.html for venue; www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF).

THURSDAY (March 22): It's Closing Night for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (although it continues in Berkeley and San Jose for a while). The program includes Chinese opera director Chen Shi-zeng's film debut, Dark Matter, with Gala to follow. $45 7 p.m.

RED VIC
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: Robert DeNiro croons the Whiffenpoof Song (“Baa, baa, baa”) in his The Good Shepherd (2006) with Matt Damon as both sheep and shearer 8 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Clive Owen lives out a lullaby (the one about the cradle in the tree) in Children of Men (Alfonso CuarÓn, U.K., 2006) 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:20 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Itinerant street musicians from Mexico strum Romantico (Mark Becker, 2005) 7:15, 9:20 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: Little Children (Todd Field, 2006) 5:30, 8:15 p.m.; also Wed 2:30 p.m. On Screen 2, Blood Diamond (Edward Zwick, 2006) 5:30, 8:10 p.m.; also Wed 2:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Oil be sorry! Crude Impact (James Jandak Wood, 2006). See Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. Call for other films and times.

SATURDAY: New College's Cine Del Barrio program of independent Latin American film screens films by New College instructor Adrian Carrasco Zanini, including Monimbo es Nicaragua (1981; 11:30 a.m. ) and Women in the Nicaraguan Revolution (1980; 12:30 p.m. ). Free.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret 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): Jackson Pollock: Portrait of an Artist, through April 1 2:30 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. Brice Marden (Edgar Howard, 1977), through May 13 4 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 (March 22): Barbara Stanwyck investigates the death of her husband in the old dark house thriller Cry Wolf (Peter Godfrey, 1947), opposite Errol Flynn as the master of the house noon.

VICTORIA THEATRE
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings. 18 plus only. $9.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: The latest Spike and Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation runs through April 25 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat 11 p.m.

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

THURSDAY (March 22): A Human Rights Watch screening of Rosita (Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, 2005), a video about a 9-year-old Nicaraguan girl, pregnant as the result of a rape, whose parents must fight for an abortion for her 7, 8:45 p.m. [page]

SUNDAY (March 25): S.F. Cinematheque presents Sharits/Snyder a program of short films by 1970s S.F. experimental filmmakers Dean Snider (Stink, Ish) and Greg Sharits 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY (March 27): Dance video from the Stephen Petronio Company, Lareigne (1990) and Middlesexgorge (1995). $7 7 p.m.

FILM NOTES
The Tiburon International Film Festival screens 240 films from 80 countries over nine days, March 22-30. Programs include spotlights on Marin filmmakers, Tunisian cinema, the Iraqi war, and director Mark Rydell in person with his latest film. See www.tiburonfilmfestival.com for the complete program… The San Francisco International Film Festival co-sponsors a $1000 prize for completing a film on the theme “What It Means to Be Green.” Submit your films on www.jumpcut.com/groups/greenworld by April 22, or view already posted entries.

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