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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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.
WEDNESDAY (April 26): A “fucked-up urban fairytale about the quest for horny unicorny” (whatever that means!) is promised in Jaded Consumer Looking for Something More (2006), featuring music by Glass Candy, Hey Willpower, Gravy Train!!!!, autonervous, Extra Action Marching Band, Veronica Lipgloss, New Collapse, and more 8:30, 10 p.m.
THURSDAY (April 27): An evening of Resistance Documentary screens Tazers and Lies (about military recruitment), Divine Persecution (antigay activity in Ohio) and Voices from the Movement (footage from several antiwar demos). See www.mentalrev.com for more 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (April 28): “Long Notes for Spring,” an evening of live “drone music,” includes Paul Clipson's Super-8 footage as accompaniment for Jefre Cantu-Ledesma 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (April 29): Pedro Carvajal's POPaganda (2005) profiles media prankster Ron English and screens with short subversive work by Craig Baldwin, Bryan Boyce and Negativland. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 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: Filmmaker Caveh Zahedi admits I Am A Sex Addict (2005) noon, 1:50. 3:40, 5:30, 7:20, 9:15 p.m. A two-week Reel San Francisco series of films set in the city concludes with Peter Bogdanovich's neo-screwball What's Up Doc? (1972; 1:40, 5:20, 8:55 p.m.) and Woody Allen's directorial debut Take the Money and Run (1969; noon, 3:35, 7:15 p.m.).
STARTS FRIDAY: Two women fight for justice in Sisters-in-Law (Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi, Cameroon, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times and other films.
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.
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: The 49th San Francisco International Film Festival honors German filmmaker Werner Herzog with its Film Society Directing Award and a screening of his science fictional The Wild Blue Yonder (2005). $25 7:30 p.m. See our Festival coverage starting on page 38 for more.
THURSDAY: SFIFF — The House of Himiko (Inudo, Japan) 5:45 p.m. The “avant-pop” band plays live accompaniment to avant gardist Herry Smith's Heaven and Earth Magic (1962) and five of his “early abstractions” (1939-49). $20 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFIFF — The Lost Domain (Ruiz, France) noon Princess Racoon (Suzuki, Japan) 2:30 p.m. The Peter J. Owens Award goes to actor Ed Harris, in person with Victor Nuñez's A Flash of Green (1984). $25 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: A Stanley Kubrick series opens with a gruelling double bill of A Clockwork Orange (U.K., 1971; 1:30, 7 p.m.) and The Shining (1980; 4:05, 9:35 p.m.). More fun than being chased around with an axe.
SUNDAY: Kubrick repeats himself with the heavy antimilitary satires Full Metal Jacket (1987; 12:45, 4:45, 8:50 p.m.) and the marginally more idealistic Paths of Glory (1957; 3, 7 p.m.).
MONDAY: How do you solve a problem like Lolita (Kubrick, 1962)? 2, 5, 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: Kubrick wears his heart on his sleeve in one of his more personal projects, the overlooked epic Barry Lyndon (1975) 1, 4:30, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (April 28 & 29): An “8 Tales” midnight movie series screening of Wes Anderson's unmannered masterpiece Rushmore (1999). $7 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.
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
Gallantar Hall, 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 1): “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, Part One of British documentarian Adam Curtis' investigation of Freud's use in advertising, culture, and politics, The Century of the Self (U.K., 2002). Part Two screens here next Monday 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: Take the Lead (Liz Friedlander, 2006) 7, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 28-May 4): Tsotsi (Gavin Hood, South Africa, 2005). Call for times. [page]
SATURDAY: The Lark's First Annual Youth Film Festival screens locally made short films by Bay Area youth, ages 10-18 1 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a “calendar house” rep theater. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Kekexili Mountain Patrol (Lu Chuan, China, 2004) 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed, U.K., 1948). See Night & Day, page 24 for more. Call for times and other films.
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.
FRIDAY (April 28): A German comedy series screens the sex farce Rossini (Helmut Dietl, 1997), set in an Italian restaurant frequented by the Munich film industry. 6:30 p.m.
NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), First Floor, 552-5950, www.ninthstreet.org. $10.
THURSDAY (April 27): The 9th Street Film Forum presents a panel discussion, “The Digital Generation,” on the use of blogging, podcasts, Web streams and other innovations by young filmmakers, some of them here and showing clips. Reception to follow 7 p.m.
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 screens Wim Wenders' urban film poem Wings of Desire (Germany, 1989) 3 p.m. The San Francisco International Film Festival presents The Heart of Guy Maddin, a program of short films including his latest, starring Isabella Rossellini in a biography of her dad, director Roberto, My Dad is 100 Years Old (2005). Filmmaker in person 7 p.m. The Lost Domain (Ruiz, France) 9 p.m. See our Festival coverage starting on page 38 for more.
THURSDAY: SFIFF — Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (Harris, South Africa) 6:30 p.m. Three Times (Hou, Taiwan) 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: SFIFF — Gabrielle (Chéreau, France) 7 p.m. The Wayward Cloud (Tsai, Taiwan) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: SFIFF — The Dignity of the Nobodies (Solanas, Argentina) 1 p.m. The Giant Buddhas (Frei, Switzerland) 3:45 p.m. Wide Awake (Berliner) 5:45 p.m. Regular Lovers (Garrel, France) 8:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: SFIFF — Into Great Silence (Groening, Germany) 1:30 p.m. Sex meets surrealism in the Luis Buñuel classic Belle de Jour (France, 1967), with screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrire in person 5 p.m. Princess Racoon (Suzuki, Japan) 8 p.m.
MONDAY: SFIFF — Jonestown (Nelson) 7 p.m. Iron Island (Rasoulof, Iran) 9:10 p.m.
TUESDAY: SFIFF — “Fugitive Prayers,” a program of experimental film and video 7 p.m. The Bridge (Steel) 9:20 p.m.
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.
THURSDAY (April 27): Join the Parkway Tribe and see Raiders of the Lost Ark (Steven Spielberg, 1981) for two-for-one admission. See www.speakeasytheaters.tribe.net for more 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 30): Escaped fish are Darwin's Nightmare (Herbert Sauper, 2005) at a benefit for Priority Africa Network. $6 2 p.m.
TUESDAY (May 2): A Local Filmmakers Showcase screening of the popular 24 Hours on Craig's List (Michael Ferris Gibson, 1925) 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
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: The World's Fastest Indian (Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2005) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy (Graham Coleman, 2005) 7:30 p.m. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Jeff Feuerzeig, 2005) 8:40 p.m.
THURSDAY: Duma (Carroll Ballard, South Africa, 2005) 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 28 – May 4): The Fallen Idol (Carol Reed, U.K., 1948). See Night & Day, page 24 for more. 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.
WEDNESDAY: Melancholy hangs over the lovely, inventive fantasy The City of Lost Children (Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, France, 1995) 2, 7:15, 9:40 p.m.
THURSDAY: Rebellious Israeli punks in mohawks voice Jericho's Echo (D. Liz Nord, U.S./Israel, 2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: San Pedro's “avant garage” punk band We Jam Econo is memorialized in this entertaining documentary by Tim Irwin (2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Jack Nicholson swaps idenity with an arms dealer in The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni, France/Spain, 1975) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (May 2 & 3): Neil Gaiman goes to ask Alice in the inventive fantasy Mirrormask (Dave McKean, U.K., 2005) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
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: Crossing Arizona (Joseph Mathew and Dan DeVino, 2006) 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m. On the smaller screen, a thriller about the kidnapping of the Vice President, In Her Line of Fire (Brian Trenchard-Smith, 2006), with Mariel Hemingway as the Secret Service Agent out to save him 6 p.m. [page]
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 28-May 4): Game 6 (Michael Hoffman, 2006). See Opening for review 7, 8:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. Call for other films and times.
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): “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 (April 26): Rebuilding San Francisco: The Workers' Story tells of the thousands of tradesmen who rebuilt the city after the 1906 quake. A panel discussion follows 6 p.m.
THURSDAY (April 27): A “Cinematic San Francisco” series screens Mike Myers wondering just why So I Married an Axe Murderer (Thomas Schlamme, 1993) in the city by the bay noon.
TUESDAY (May 2): An ITVS Community Cinema screening of The Real Dirt on Farmer John (Taggart Siegel, 2005), about a Midwestern farmer who goes organic 6 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Kekexili Mountain Patrol (Lu Chuan, China, 2004) 1:20, 3:45, 7:05, 9:20 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 28-May 4): Art deco meets decadence in Bernardo Bertolucci's analysis of sex, lies, and fascism in a new print of his classic The Conformist (Italy, 1970). Call for times and other films.
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: Married lawyer Ronald Colman slips into an affair with a shopgirl who won't easily let him go in Cynara (King Vidor, 1932; 7:30 p.m. ), and then finds himself Condemned (Wesley Ruggles, 1929; 5:50, 9 p.m.) to Devil's Island.
SATURDAY: Cynara 9:35 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Belle Bennett stars as luckless Stella Dallas (Henry King, 1925), an excellent silent version of the better-known talkie that starred Barbara Stanwyck. Ronald Colman is featured. Live organ accompaniment by Jim Riggs Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Minnelli's strong, emotion-laden adaptation of Flaubert's Madame Bovary (1949; 7:30 p.m.) screens with the compelling Hollywood melodrama The Bad and the Beautiful (1948; 5:20, 9:25 p.m.). Recommended.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: The final weekend of Spike & Mike's 2006 edition of their Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. $9 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.ybca.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (April 26): The S.F. Jewish Film Festival screens Gina Angelone's Rene and I (2005), about the lives of two children who'd been in the hands of Dr. Josef Mengele at Auschwitz and then separated for many years. $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (April 27-29): In 1974 photographer William Eggleston shot hours of video footage of life in the bars and streets of Memphis, footage now edited into Stranded in Canton(Eggleston and Robert Gordon, 1974/ 2005). It's hard out here for a snapshot 7:30 p.m.