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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: The Namesake (Mira Nair, 2007) noon, 2:25, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30 p.m. On the Balboa's second screen, a double feature of Breach (Roger Michell, 2006; 1:20, 5:15, 9:10 p.m. ) and Music and Lyrics (Marc Lawrence, 2007; 3:25, 7:20 p.m. ).
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3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.landmarktheatres.com. This popular little theater offers off-beat cinema fare when it can. $9.75.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (April 6-8): The premiere of Grindhouse (Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriquez, 2007) is accompanied here by thirty minutes of coming attractions to 1970s B, C and D movies before each screening, with a nurse on hand for Friday and Saturday evening shows in case of too much excitement. Call for times.
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 (April 7 & 8): Vivien Leigh hops a one-way A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, 1951) 6 p.m.
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 (April 6 & 7): Learn just how Mel Gibson came to own Malibu as the Late Night Picture Show screens The Road Warrior (George Miller, Australia, 1981) midnight.
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.
DAILY: If you were a rich man, you could enjoy the complete, 179-minute version of Fiddler on the Roof (Norman Jewison, 1971) at home, fiddling on your roof. Or you can come here through April 29 "Starts at dusk."
530 Bush (at Grant), 978-2787. The place to go for German cultural events. $5 donation.
TUESDAY (April 10): Two friends enjoy a carefree life Under the Bridges (Germany, 1944-5), the last film directed under the Nazis by the very talented Helmut Käutner. Highly recommended to see what a filmmaker can do under adversity; only marginally connected to reality, though 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 (April 10): The Institute is "Gearing Up for the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival" with a series of films featuring actor Kim Rossi Stuart. Tonight, Stuart is a man reconnecting with his disabled son in The Keys to the House (Gianni Amelio, Italy, 2004) 6:30 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org. This popular center offers a wide-range of programs, many of them film-oriented.
SATURDAY (April 7): Mark Cantor hosts a monthly series, Giants of Jazz on Film, tonight featuring a program of "Women in Jazz" featuring rare footage of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Ina Ray Hutton and her Melodears, Rita Rio and Ada Leonard's big bands, soloists Melba Liston, Corky Hale, Hazel Scott and more. Plus a live performance by pianist Corky Hale. $22 8 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Cultural learnings make benefit great state of Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (Jasmila Zbanic, Bosnia, 2006) 5, 7:30, 9:15 p.m.
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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. This cultural asset of long standing offers regular Friday screenings on projected video with salon-style discussions to follow, and occasional other film programs. $10.
FRIDAY (April 6): An "April in Paris" series of French films opens with The Chambermaid on the Titanic (Bigas Luna, 1997), with Olivier Martinez claiming carnal knowledge of same 6:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (April 4): San Francisco Film Society's monthly social screening series the SF360 Film Club offers Doug Pray's new documentary Infamy (2007), all about six prolific graffiti artists, plus the "buffer" who paints them out. A live performance by Flosstradum follows 7:30 p.m.
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 & THURSDAY: Oscar nominee Penelope Cruz stars in Volver (Pedro Almodovar, Spain, 2006) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Oscar nominee Kate Winslet is one of several Little Children (Todd Field, 2006) 7, 9:45 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: And speaking of children, The City of Lost Children (Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, France, 1995) reminds of a pre-treacle, pre-Amelie Jeunet 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (April 10 & 11): And speaking of ominous oceans, of which Lost Children has many, there's the SoCal doc Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea (Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer, 2005). Metzler in person for evening shows 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 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: A reverent documentary on A Zen Life (Michael Goldberg, U.S.-Japan, 2006), that of scholar D.T. Suzuki 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 3, 5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett act like little children in Notes on a Scandal (Richard Eyre, U.K., 2006) 6:30 p.m. Take notes on the scandals of Little Children (Todd Field, 2006) 8:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: Frameline sponsors three episodes from a new Showtime documentary, Lesbian Sex and Sexuality (2007) 7 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (April 6-12): Follow a Police Beat (Robinson Devor, 2006) with a Muslim bicycle cop in Seattle. See Opening for review 7, 8:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: New College's Cine Del Barrio program of independent Latin American film screens El Baile Rojo (Yezid Campos, Columbia, 2004), about a failed peace accord in 1984. Free 11:30 a.m.
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): Roy Lichtenstein: Reflections (1993) screens through April 15 2:30 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. Brice Marden: Four Decades (Michael Blackwood, 2006) 4 p.m.
THURSDAY & SUNDAY: Phyllis Wattis Theater "Fidelity and Betrayal," a series devoted to screening originals and their remakes, screens Su Friedrich's Damned If You Don't (1987), followed by its highly atmospheric model, the nuns-in-the-Himalayas Black Narcissus (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1947). $7 Thurs 6:30 p.m.; Sun 2 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 (April 5): An "Alphabet Soup" series opens with Alfred Hitchcock's all-in-order Dial M for Murder (1954) noon.
TUESDAY (April 10): An ITVS Community Cinema screening of Sentenced Home (Nicole Newnham and David Grabias, 2007), about the fate of three Cambodian refugees due to be sent back due to crimes committed as teens. A discussion follows 6 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY
HSS Building, Room 130. Occasional on-campus screenings are open to the general public.
WEDNESDAY (April 4): The Arab Film Festival and the General Union of Palestinian Students present Melis Birder's The Tenth Planet: A Single Life in Baghdad (2004), about a single young woman's life, and Hicham Kayed's Neither Here Nor There (Palestine, 2006), about youth in refugee camps who choose exile. Free 7 p.m.
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 (April 5): "Hippie Daydreams" are promised by the Led Zeppelin concert film The Song Remains the Same (Peter Clifton and Joe Massot, 1976). They promise "to blast the shit out of it" 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (April 8): The "elimination of visual pleasure" is promised by a program of films including Hollis Frampton's Poetic Justice 7:30 p.m.