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) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a “calendar house” for Landmark Theatres. A midnight series continues. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The 106-minute English-language version of the anime Steamboy (Katsuhiro Otomo, Japan, 2004 — the longer Japanese version is at the Lumiere). See Ongoing for review 7:15, 9:40 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 25-31): Dot the I (Matthew Parkhill, U.K./Spain, 2003). See Opening for review. Filmmaker in person both evening shows Saturday. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): The third of Sam Raimi's “Evil Dead” series, Army of Darkness (1993), aka “Medieval Dead.”
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (March 23): Billed as “incredibly bleak” and dedicated “to the need for consolation,” Sandrine Veysset's Martha…Martha (France, 2001) stars Valerie Donzelli as an unhappy housewife 6 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.
THURSDAY (March 24): ATA's monthly “Open Screening” of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail email@example.com for submission info. $3 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (March 25): Cinemasports Lost Episodes screens some of the results of last January's made-in-one-day movies shot here in S.F., plus some others made on March 20 in London 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 26): ATA's Other Cinema debuts Maybe Logic (Lance Bauscher and Cody McClintock, 2003), a documentary about “visionary philosopher”/S.F. author Robert Anton Wilson 8 p.m. Wilson portrays Wilhelm Reich in Hell 10 p.m. $6.66 for first film, $9.99 for both. See www.othercinema.com for more info.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY: Lost Embrace (Daniel Burman, Argentina, 2004); see Ongoing for review 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A double bill of Martin Scorsese's one-two punch of Taxi Driver (1976; 4:30, 9:45 p.m.) and Raging Bull (1980; 1:45, 7 p.m.) in new prints.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (March 24-30): Catherine Deneuve stars in Jacques Demy's silken fairy-tale Donkey Skin (France, 1970), reissued in a new print 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Aging political activists enjoy their Sunset Story (Laura Gabbert, 2003); see Ongoing for review. $6. Call for times.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.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 on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Eating Out (Italy, 1970); see Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (March 25-30): After Midnight (Davide Ferrario, Italy, 2004). See Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 3, 5 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.
DAILY (Closed Mondays): Tim Burton finds his trash alter ego in the world's worst director, Ed Wood (1994), screening through April 10 7, 9:15 p.m.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (March 29): “Deconstructing the Foreign,” a series of new documentaries, screens Riders of the Sacred Blood (Douglas Wolfsperger, Germany, 2003), about the thousand-year-old ritual of 3,000 horsemen paying tribute to a holy relic 7:30 p.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings.
THURSDAY (March 23): An International Latino Film Festival screening of Dirt (Nancy Savoca, 2003), about the struggles of a woman from El Salvador in New York. $8 7:30 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. $9.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Mission Accomplished (Sean Langan, U.K., 2004), a documentary filmed on the spot in Iraq's Sunni triangle 7, 8:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The Chorus (Christopher Barratier, 2004). See Ongoing for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat 5 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a “calendar house” rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The 120-minute, original Japanese-language version of the anime Steamboy (Katsuhiro Otomo, Japan, 2004 — the shorter English version is at all other venues). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Mail Order Wife (Andrew Gurland, 2005); see Opening for review. Star Eugenia Yuan will speak with audiences on both evening shows on Friday. Call for times.
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. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a weekly film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (March 25): CinemaLit concludes a month of French films with the hugely popular farce (two sequels and a Hollywood remake) La Cage aux Folles (Edouard Molinaro, 1978) 6:30 p.m. [page]
NILES ESSANAY SILENT FILM MUSEUM
Edison Theater, 37395 Niles (near G Street), Fremont, (510) 494-1411 and www.nilesfilmmuseum.org. A weekly “Saturday Night at the Movies” series screens silent films in this historic theater. $5.
SATURDAY (March 26): One of Douglas Fairbanks' first starring vehicles cast him as The Lamb (Christy Cabanne, 1915), co-scripted by D.W. Griffith. It screens with Charles Chaplin's evergreen The Immigrant (1917), and the made-in-Niles Bronco Billy's Fatal Joke (1914), starring and directed by Bronco Billy Anderson, the Clint Eastwood of his day. Is Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood's fatal joke? 7:30 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 25-31): Dot the I (Matthew Parkhill, U.K./Spain, 2003). See Opening for review. Filmmaker in person both evening shows Friday. Call for times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu, $8, second show $2 for regular screenings; and 865-1588, www.naatanet.org, $10 with no second feature discount for the S.F. International Asian American Film Festival. 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.
THURSDAY: An Edgar G. Ulmer series continues with his Yiddish-language Green Fields (Ulmer, Jacob Ben-Ami, 1937) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Ulmer's nihilist masterpiece Detour (1946), with the incredible Ann Savage in person 7:30 p.m. The Man from Planet X (1951) 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: Ruthless tycoon Zachary Scott rises and falls in this 1948 Ulmer entry 7:30 p.m. An all-black cast stars in Moon Over Harlem (Ulmer, 1939) 9:05 p.m.
MONDAY: A “Buddhism and Film” series, offering lectures by Robert Sharif and screenings of relevant films, continues with Yasujiro Ozu's touching Tokyo Story (Japan, 1953) 3 p.m.
TUESDAY: Michael Gitlin watches the birdwatchers in The Bird People (2004), screening with Jim Trainor's animal The Magic Kingdom and Nancy Andrews' animated Monkey and Lumps 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $5. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing “Movie Classics Series” regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
FRIDAY (March 25): A short series of the original and two remakes of the 1940 charmer The Shop Around the Corner concludes with Nora Ephron's Internet-era You've Got Mail (1998). Doors open at 7 p.m., film at 8 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. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
THURSDAY (March 24): A Reel Cult Freakout screens Jeff Bridges bowling for peace of mind in The Big Lebowski (1998). $6 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (March 29): A local filmmaker's Showcase screening of Hassan Zee's Night of Henna (2005); see Ongoing for review 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. See Ongoing for review.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now 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: Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004) 7:30 p.m. The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (Judy Irving, 2004) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Born Into Brothels (Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, 2004) 7, 9 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: After Midnight (Davide Ferrario, Italy, 2004). See Opening for review. Downfall, The Wild Parrots and Born Into Brothels continue. Call for times.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Baby's got Bob Dylan's Don't Look Back (D.A. Pennebaker, 1965) 2, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.
THURSDAY: A sensitive musician can't handle fame in Joroen Berkvans' A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake (Netherlands, 2000), screening with shorts 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: Kubrick week continues with The Shining (1980), all work and no play making Jack Nicholson less than dull 7, 9:50 p.m.
FRIDAY: Kubrick anticipates punk, and life as a first-person-shooter video game, in A Clockwork Orange (U.K., 1971) 7, 9:50 p.m.
SATURDAY: Kubrick's literal Lolita (1962) 2, 5, 8 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: A holistic health system originating in India is documented in Pan Nalin's Ayurveda: The Art of Being (Germany/Switzerland, 2001) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (March 22 & 23):
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 one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Prozac Nation (Erik Skjoldbjaerg, 2001) 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 4 p.m. The Animation Show 6:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land (Bathsheba Ratzkoff and Sut Jhally, 2004) 6:30, 8:15 p.m. Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong, 1991) 9:45 p.m. See Ongoing for review.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret Visitor Education Center, 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $10.
DAILY (closed Wednesday): In conjunction with “John Szarkowski,” John Szarkowski: A Life in Photography (Richard B. Woodward and Sandra McLeod, 1998) Thurs 4 & 7:30 p.m.; Fri 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 3 p.m.; Mon & Tues 4 p.m. In conjunction with “Belles Lettres,” Jack Stauffacher, Printer (Jim Faris, 2002) Thurs & Fri 2:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1 p.m.; Mon & Tues 2:30 p.m. A 15-minute film, Artist at Work: Robert Bechtle (Spark, 2005), also screens throughout the day. [page]
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/. A weekly video program screens for free.
THURSDAY (March 17): A Dashiell Hammett series screens the documentary Dashiell Hammett: Detective, Writer (1999) noon.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This newly refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The Spangenberg opens its Spring program wide with The Phantom of the Opera (Joel Schumacher, 2004). Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Iraq and roll Mission Accomplished (Sean Langan, U.K., 2004). Call for times.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: John Sayles' political parable Silver City (2004). Call for times.
SUNDAY: A word-of-mouth hit, Gloomy Sunday (Rolf Schübel, Hungary, 1999) returns to the Spangenberg for an ongoing Sunday matinee. Call for time.
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. A winter series pairs Marx Brothers and Preston Sturges comedies.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (March 25-27): Preston Sturges' home front parable of honor, Hail the Conquering Hero (1945; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:05 p.m.), screens with the elderly Marx Brothers enjoying a really not-so-bad A Night in Casablanca (Archie Mayo, 1946; 5:55, 9:20 p.m.).
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings. The Fearless Tales Genre Festival screens here March 29-April 3.
TUESDAY: The Fearless Tales series opens with warrior woman Hundra (1983) seeking revenge. Director Matt Cimber (Butterfly) in person 7 p.m. Cimber's The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976) stars Millie Perkins as an abused child on a murder spree 9:15 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.
WEDNESDAY (March 23): Visioning Tibet (Isaac Solotaroff, 2005), about a San Francisco doctor who has dedicated his life to ending preventable blindness in Tibet. Solotaroff and Dr. Marc Lieberman in person. $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (March 24): S.F. Cinematheque screens Christopher Harris' still/here (2000), documenting St. Louis' empty lots and abandoned businesses, and Peter Hutton's New York Portrait: Chapter Two (1980-81) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (March 25): A Fridays-in-March series of “Ravished: Retro and Recent Kink” continues with a program of Cinekink Shorts, a collection of “kink positive” films including T. Arthur Cottam's Pornographic Apathetic 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (March 25 & 26): In the YBCA's Theater, DJ Spooky's live performance “Rebirth of a Nation” using D.W. Griffith's
1915 epic as its base. $45 8 p.m.
TUESDAY (March 29): A free screening of Paul Taylor Dance Films with dancers present for discussion. Call for reservations 7:30 p.m.