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THURSDAY (May 27): The "May Flowers Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" presents 13 short films and videos meant to "interpret the colorful nuances of Spring, Creationism, and the organic nature of life through careful experimentation; intricate, sensitive and complicated animation, and philosophical, whimsical comedy." Films include Christina Spangler"s tale of a dug up potato Unearthed, Benjamin Kingsley"s nature porn Lessons in Plant Reproduction, and Arnault Labaronne"s retelling of Sleeping Beauty, Bug. $5-10 sliding scale 8 p.m.
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 this week. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Guy Maddin"s The Saddest Music in the World (Canada, 2004). See Ongoing for review 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 28-June 3): John Dullaghan documents charismatic postal worker Bukowski: Born Into This (2004); see Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat-Mon 1:15, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 28 & 29): Brad Pitt"s got Bruce Willis and 12 Monkeys (Terry Gilliam, 1995) on his back in this film explaining why the world ended in 1997. Maybe it"s so Troy would never be made! $7.50 midnight.
430 Emerson (at Lytton), Palo Alto, (650) 266-9260, www.landmarktheatres.com. $7.25 for this midnight series. For additional Aquarius screenings, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (May 28 & 29): Bill Murray"s a Blume in love in the prep school comedy Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998). Prize drawings on Saturday midnight.
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 (May 27): An extract with live music from Walter Ruttenberg"s Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (Germany, 1928) warms us up for Margarethe von Trotta"s docudrama about revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg (Germany, 1986), played by Barbara Sukowa 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (May 29): Other Cinema concludes its 40th season (!) with a program of new work by locals including Robbyn Leonard"s Happier Than My Psychiatrist plus much more 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY (May 31): "NYC Loves the West Coast," a collection of Gotham-lensed shorts including Marie Losier"s Bird, Bath and Beyond, three by Huckleberry Lain including Untitled Flicker, Joaquin dela Puente III"s Hate Man and more 8 p.m.
TUESDAY (June 1): The free monthly meeting of Super 8 Militia 7 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.
FRIDAY & SUNDAY (May 28 & 30): Humphrey Bogart stalks San Francisco in The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941; 7 p.m. ) and Dark Passage (Delmer Daves, 1947; 9 p.m.; also Sun 5 p.m. ). No film Saturday.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.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 or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: A multiweek screening of Lucas Belvaux"s Trilogy, comprised of three overlapping films in three different genres, has opened with the noirish On the Run (2002). See Ongoing for review 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: The Trilogy"s comedy, An Amazing Couple (2002). See Opening for review 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:20 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: On the Run noon, 7:15 p.m. An Amazing Couple 2:30, 9:35 p.m. Belvaux"s melodrama After the Life (2002). See Opening for review 4:40 p.m.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (June 1-3): After the Life 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.
FILM ARTS FOUNDATION
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), www.filmarts.org. 552-8760 for this event. $5.
FRIDAY (May 28): The Mission Creek Film Festival plays music videos from local bands including Eats Tapes, DJ Shitbird, Bride of Ozzy, and Dan the Automator, plus old-timers like Jonathan Richman, the Loud Family, and the Residents 8 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): Photographer David Hemings seeks proof in his proofs in Blowup (Michelangelo Antonioni, U.K., 1966), screening through June 6 8:15, 10 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 11:45 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. $7 for this program. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. Midnights for Maniacs, a 10 week, 17 film series of rarities in 35mm prints, starts this Friday. For regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY (May 28): The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (Rod Amateau, 1987), a spinoff of the 1980s collector card fad about Valerie Vomit, Windy Winston, Foul Phil, and their friends midnight.
SATURDAY (May 29): All babies speak to each other in a secret code and are otherwise Baby Geniuses (Bob Clark, 1999) midnight.
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 (May 27): Havana Feelings (Sylvio Heufelder, Germany, 2002) hosts a tour of Havana in the 1940s-50s. $8 7:30 p.m.
3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down. Call ahead to see if the scheduled film is actually continuing, as movies play here in an open-ended run.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Two short features shot in "Pixelvision," using the toy video camera, by Michael Almereyda, The Rocking Horse Winner (2004) -- from D.H. Lawrence"s story, previously filmed by Carol Reed -- and Another Girl, Another Planet (1992) 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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 (May 27): Peter Cushing leads an army of undead Nazis against an island of castaways (not including Gilligan) in Shock Waves (Ken Wiederhorn, 1977). $6 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (June 1): Mark Neale"s documentary about the MotoGP world, Faster (2003), screens as a benefit for City of Dreams. $7 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: The Saddest Music in the World (Guy Maddin, Canada, 2003) 6:45, 9:10 p.m. Monty Python's Life of Brian (Terry Jones, U.K., 1979) 7, 9:15 p.m. The Twilight Samurai (Yoji Yamada, Japan, 2003) 6:30 p.m. Touching the Void (Kevin MacDonald, U.K., 2003) 9 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Call for titles and times.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There"s a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Movie buffs in the buff comprise Bernardo Bertolucci"s The Dreamers (France, 2003) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Charles Gatewood"s snaps of S/M enthusiasts comprise the Forbidden Photographs (Bill Macdonald, 2003) of this documentary 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Arab rebels fight the French to a standstill in Gillo Pontecorvo"s The Battle of Algiers (Algeria/Italy, 1965) Sun 2, 5, 8 p.m.; Mon 7, 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Philippe de Broca"s anti-war fable King of Hearts (France, 1967) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Gov. George Ryan"s commutation of all of Illinois" death-row prisoners" death sentences is the subject of Deadline (Katy Chevigny and Kristen Johnson, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (May 28-June 3): Scrabble buffs fight Word Wars (Eric Chaikin and Julian Petrillo, 2004). See Opening for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This recently refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
THURSDAY (May 27): Mel Gibson"s The Passion of the Christ (2004) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY (May 28-31): The Triplets of Belleville (Sylvan Chomet, France, 2003) 4 p.m.; no show Sunday. Nói (Dagur Kári, Iceland, 2003) 5:35 p.m. Mystic River (Clint Eastwood, 2003) 7:30 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.fearlesstales.com for this series. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings. This month "The Best of Fearless Tales," a horror/sci-fi series, offers "Film Legends of Tomorrow." $8.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY (May 26-31): A salesman loses touch in the science-fiction satire Moonlight by the Sea (Justin Hennard, 2003) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 4:30 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $6 save as noted. This venue"s Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (May 26): The Jewish Film Festival screens Tomer Heymann"s It Kinda Scares Me (Israel, 2001), about teen delinquents in drama school. $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (May 27): A program of films by Ross Lipman features The Interview, billed as a "muted psychological narrative," plus shorts, a slide show about the dispossessed of London, and live music. Filmmaker in person. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (May 28): A "Films From Along the Silk Road" series of Central Asian cinema concludes with Ardak Amirkulov"s re-creation of the Fall of Otrar (Kazakhstan, 1990), depicting the fall of a lost civilization at the hands of Genghis Khan 7 p.m.
This Thursday the Danger and Despair Knitting Circle screens a double bill of noirs photographed by the great John Alton, Bury Me Dead (Bernard Vorhaus, 1947), with June Lockhart attending her own funeral, and The Madonna's Secret (William Thiele, 1946), with Francis Lederer as an artist afraid he"s killed his models. For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com.