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) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $6. This duplex offers a midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes") on Saturdays. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
SATURDAY (March 15): The Warriors (Walter Hill, 1979) come out to play in Walter Hill's stylish gang movie midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (March 12): Lebanese-born filmmaker Maroun Bagdadi's last movie, La fille de l'air (France, 1992), involves a jailed couple in love. Subtitled 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 15): A Swiss comedy, Attention aux chiens (Christophe Marzal, 1999), a tale of a drug-addicted private eye 2 p.m.
1881 Post (at Buchanan), 931-9800. This just-off-Geary multiplex is one site for the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. For more info, see www.naatanet.org. Festival tickets $9, before 5 p.m. $6, save as noted. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)
WEDNESDAY (March 12): Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity (Mina Shum, Canada, 2002) 7 p.m. "Handmade" (shorts) 7:15 p.m. Four Indo-Canadians are Bollywood Bound in Nisha Pahuja's documentary (Canada, 2002) 7:30 p.m. Unknown Pleasures (Jia Zhang-Ke, China, 2002) 9:15 p.m. Suburban videogamers compete in Tamara Katepoo's Bang the Machine (2002) 9:30 p.m. "Crouching Asian, Hidden Cheese" (shorts) 9:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: Closing Night Gala Screening of Robot Stories (Greg Pak, 2002), with reception to follow. $20 7 p.m. "All in the Family" (shorts) 7:15 p.m. TBA 7:30 p.m.
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992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (March 13): "Ladies and boys and touching," a program of audio and video curated by Astria Suparak, includes Jacqueline Goss' Slapstickers (1999), which asks the question, "What if Dian Fossy and her favorite mountain gorilla Digit had survived and moved to Generica , USA?" Also, Ann Wethersby's Humane Restraint, Karen Yaskinsky's Fear and Alex Villar's Upward Mobility 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (March 14): James Reed's bike messenger documentary [Helmet Optional] screens with Benjamin Connelly's personal documentary about the merits of bikes over SUVs, Widdershins 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (March 15): Live music by Hans Grüsel accompanies the early American avant-garde shorts by James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber The Fall of the House of Usher (1928) and Lot in Sodom (1933). Also, Michael Wilson's Flora's Film, about the life and death of the wife of screen pioneer Eadweard Muybridge; and magic lantern slides 8:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: The American Film Theatre series of filmed plays concludes its Castro run with Alan Bates' turn as a bisexual teacher in Simon Gray's Butley (Harold Pinter, U.K., 1974) 2:40, 7 p.m. Jean Genet's tale of two murderous servants, based on a true incident, The Maids (Christopher Miles, 1975), stars Glenda Jackson and Susannah York 12:45, 5:05, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Frameline-hosted series "Close-Up: Visionaries of Modern Cinema" offers an evening with independent filmmaker Barbara Hammer, interviewed onstage by Patty White. $12 8 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: ³The Big Picture², a three-week series marking the 50th anniversary of CinemaScope, opens with a new print of Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) -- a sexploitation soap opera parody that probably isn't what studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck had in mind when Fox introduced the format back in 1953 (though he was still at the studio in 1970). Call for times.
TUESDAY: The Big Picture -- The subtly scary The Haunting (Robert Wise, 1963) screens with Tony Scott's unsubtle The Hunger (1983), the lesbian vampire tale with Catherine Deneuve and David "I'm melting" Bowie. Call for times.
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): Terry Gilliam's retro futurescape Brazil (1985) screens through March 23 at 6:30, 8:45, 11 p.m.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com; and 401-9768 and www.sfstage.org for the Absolute Time Film Festival, here Friday-Sunday. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "S.F. IndieFest MicroCinema" Mondays through Thursday (this week). Screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Programs are free save for the Absolute Time Film Festival, $5 at the door.
WEDNESDAY: Oscar-winning street musician Thoth (Sarah Kernochan, 2002) 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: The underground Austin drug/rock scene's the setting for Bob Ray's Rock Opera (1999) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: The Absolute Time Film Festival is "devoted to films written, directed, or produced by women and people of color." Tonight, a shorts program includes Maria Gonzalez Palmier's White Like the Moon and Michael Cheng's A Berkeley Love Story 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: Absolute Time -- Lesbian-themed shorts include Jennifer McGlone's Breaking up Really Sucks 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: Absolute Time --Brenda Keesal 's Jack & Ella (2001) is described as "an erotic neurotic love story between an African-Canadian man and Jewish-Canadian woman" 7 p.m.
MONDAY: MicroCinema resumes with their weekly silent, Douglas Fairbanks carving his way through California in The Mark of Zorro (Fred Niblo, 1920) 8 p.m.