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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.

We're interested in your film or video event. Please send materials at least two weeks in advance to: Film Editor, SF Weekly, 185 Berry, Suite 3800, San Francisco, CA 94107.

ACT ONE/TWO

2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.50. This duplex offers a midnight movie series (plus Òdrawings for valuable and coveted prizesÓ) on weekends; go to www.act1and2.com for more info. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Summer Storm (Marco Kreuzpaintner, Germany, 2004) 7, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 24-30): Stoned (Stephen Wooley, U.K., 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Go bowling with The Big Lebowski (Joel Coen, 2001) Fri midnight; Sat noon, midnight; Sun noon.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

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

WEDNESDAY (March 22): Sandrine Veysset's Martha ... Martha (France, 2000), "an incredibly bleak tale" of a desperate housewife 6 p.m.

AMC KABUKI

1881 Post (at Fillmore), 931-9800 for venue; 865-1588 and www.asianamericanfilmfestival.org for information on the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. $10. For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY (March 22): The SFIAAFF continues with The Burnt Theatre (Pahn, Cambodia) 6:30 p.m. American Fusion (Lin) 6:45 p.m. Dear Pyongyang (Yonghi, Japan) 7 p.m. The late Kayo Hatta's Picture Bride (1994) 7:30 p.m. China Blue (Peled) 9 p.m. "Memoirs of a Sudoku Superstar" (shorts) 9:15 p.m. Linda Linda Linda (Yamashita, Japan) 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (March 23): SFIAAFF — Chinese Restaurants: Latin Passions (Cheuk Kwan, Canada) 7:15 p.m. "Mystery Arcade" (shorts) 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 24): The latest entry, "Death by Tealight V," of this series of locally made short films and videos presents new work from Candice Lin, Goody B. Wiseman, Roger Ngim, and others 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (March 25): ATA's Other Cinema screens French legend Chris Marker's latest, Case of the Grinning Cat (2005), documenting the French anti-Iraq War movement. It screens with a live translation and shorts by Jacob Bricca, James Schneider, and Edouard Salier, as well as free red wine. Go to www.othercinema.com for more info 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: Bernardo Bertolucci's astute, brilliantly colored analysis of Fascist personality, The Conformist (Italy, 1970) noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 24-30): She wore Blue Velvet (1986) in a new print of David Lynch's reverie 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 p.m.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; $9 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: Kirk Douglas is an architect, Kim Novak is his lover, in the underrated melodrama Strangers When We Meet (Richard Quine, 1960), notable for its then-novel suburban setting, and Ernie Kovacs in a straight role, and Walter Matthau as the bad guy. Recommended 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Jane Wyman discovers just what All That Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, 1955) in this sincere, commendable soaper, recently reworked by Todd Haynes as Far From Heaven 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 24-30): Local author, or something, JT LeRoy penned The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (Asia Argento, 2006). See Page 41 for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.

CLAY

2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com for venue; www.8tales.com for this series. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page. This gemlike box is one of the city's last remaining single screens.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (March 24 & 25): This spring's "8 Tales" series opens with Sean Astin and his comrades playing pirate in The Goonies (Richard Donner, 1985), (over) produced by Steven Spielberg. $7 midnight.

FOREIGN CINEMA

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: Life's out of balance but the Philip Glass music isn't in the city symphony Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1982). "Starts at dusk."

STARTS MONDAY: Young Che and friend drive, witness, and compose The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles Jr., Brazil, 2003). "Starts at dusk."

LARK

549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Crash (Paul Haggis, 2005) Wed 7 p.m.; Thurs 9:10 p.m. Kirk Douglas stars in Illusion (Michael A. Goorjian, 2005) Wed 9:10 p.m.; Thurs 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

LUMIERE

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.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 24-30): Stoned (Stephen Wooley, U.K., 2005). See Opening for review. Call for 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. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues a spring film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

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