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 10 weeks. For additional screenings see our Showtimes page.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 25): Strangers have sex, become friends in An Affair of Love (Frédéric Fonteyne, France, 1999), known at home by the spicier title Une liaison pornographique 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 28): An Affair of Love 2 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 (Sept. 26): The ATA's monthly "Open Screening" -- $3; free for artistes. BYO video by 7 p.m., screenings at 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 27): The MadCat Women's International Film Festival presents a program of shorts, "Altered Realities," featuring Abigail Child's Dark, Dark, made up of fragments of re-edited Hollywood films with music by Ennio Morricone; Amy Hicks' stop-motion, found-footage Hatching Beauty, about a single mom considering selling her ovum; and Pearce Williams' animated Sharp Proofing, behind a psychiatrist's closed doors. Program repeats tomorrow. $7 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 28): "Altered Realities," $7 5 p.m. A program devoted to "Playing Public Space" screens Sarah Lewison's Situationist critiques of urban spaces, Brad Vanderburg's Bloodhag (heavy-metal heads in the library), work from the Surveillance Camera Players, and more 8:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7 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 & THURSDAY: Herbert Brenon's silent film version of Peter Pan (1924), with Ernest Torrance a definitive Capt. Hook and Betty Bronson the perfect Peter Pan, screens with live piano accompaniment by Joel Adlen. $10 7:30 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 352-0870, www.landmarktheatres.com. An eight-week "8 Tales" midnight series continues; see www.8tales.com for more. For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Sept. 27 & 28): The Coen Brothers' cult hit The Big Lebowski (1996), about the hunt for a rug that ties together a room midnight.
EL RIO OUTDOOR CINEMA
El Rio Bar & Patio, 3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325. $5. This once-a-month alternative film and video series offers movies projected on a screen hung between a lemon and a fig tree in the outdoor patio of a neighborhood bar.
TUESDAY (Oct. 1): Microcinema's "Independent Exposure" program of short films, videos, and digital works from around the world screens a special "Halloweird Edition" of scary movies, including I Have Some Regrets About the 60's by Galaxaco of Seattle, We Hate You Little Boy by Janene Higgins, The Loneliest Little Boy in the World by Mike Dereniewski, Abusive Parental Guidance Suggested by Matt Kovalakides (seems to be a theme here), Shitheel Blues by Javid Kazmi, and scariest sounding of all, Yodeling Lesson by Vanessa Renwick 8 p.m.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $7. A fall season continues for this innovatively programmed art house.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Two films by the documentary team of Deborah Dickson, Susan Froemke, and Albert Maysles, Lalee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton (2001; 7:30 p.m.), about a fight for better schools in the Mississippi Delta, and Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center (1997; 9:15 p.m.), on the architecture and angst surrounding the building of the new L.A. landmark.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Herbert Brenon's delightful silent film version of Peter Pan (1924) screens with live piano by Joel Adlen. Don't miss the man in the big dog suit in the opening scenes -- he's great Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 4:30, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 4:30 p.m.
MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Sept. 30-Oct. 2): Anne Makepeace's interesting documentary Coming to Light (1999; 7:30 p.m.), about famed photographer Edward S. Curtis and his photographs of American Indians, screens with the amusing Forgotten Silver (Peter Jackson and Costa Botes, New Zealand, 1995; 9:10 p.m.), a biodoc about an imaginary New Zealand film pioneer.
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 (Sept. 25): Heather Rose Dominic's The Shield Around the K (1999), about the growth of the punk DIY record label K Records 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (Sept. 26): Bob Bryan's Grafitti Verite 3 (2000), the latest installment of the filmmaker's documentary series about graffiti art. Tag, you're it 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 27): Keith Border's goth doc Sex, Death and Eyeliner delves into vampirism, blood play, and "Drac Pac" trading cards 8 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. Taking over from the Lumiere this fall season, 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Satin Rouge (Raja Amari, Tunisia/France, 2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $7, second show $1.50. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: Pat Ferrero's Yield to Total Elation (2002) tells us of the unbuilt buildings of San Francisco architect Achilles Rizzoli 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The MadCat Women's International Film Festival offers Su Friedrich's The Odds of Recovery (2002), about her battles with illness and Western medicine 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: A program of short silent Japanese comedies screens the surviving footage from Yasujiro Ozu's A Straightforward Boy (1929) and Fighting Friends -- Japanese Style (1929) together with Mikio Naruse's white-collar comedy Flunky, Work Hard (1931), all at 7:30 p.m. Minoru Murata's Foghorn (1934), a drama set in Westernizing Yokohama in the 1870s 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: MadCat -- "To Know Is Always Better," a program featuring Cade Bursell's Test Sites (2002), a film about A-bomb testing made by Scotch-taping found footage onto 35mm stock. Bursell in person 7:30 p.m. "NYC, Just Like I Pictured It," a program of poetry and sound from the streets of New York and filmmakers Shirley Clarke, Helen Levitt, Marie Menken, and more 9:05 p.m.
SUNDAY: MadCat -- A live program by puppeteer Nancy Andrews, plus Natalija Vekic's The Girl With the Pearl Suspended (2002) and other surreal fantasies 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: A UC Berkeley class on courtroom dramas, "Trials and Film," with lectures by Carol Clover, is open to the public as space permits. Today, the D.W. Griffith short Falsely Accused (1908) plus The Unwritten Law (1907) and the late silent The Kiss (Jacques Feyder, 1929) with Greta Garbo 3 p.m. King Hu's The Valiant Ones (Hong Kong, 1975), about a husband-and-wife sword-fighting team 7 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. A film noir series concludes.
THURSDAY: A "Thrillville" screening of Richard Quine's very good thriller Pushover (1954), with crooked cop Fred MacMurray wonderful in his sleazy mode, as always, and Kim Novak in her debut. Author Eddie Muller (Dark City) in person. $6 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $8.50. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Satin Rouge (Raja Amari, Tunisia/France, 2001) 6:30, 8:30 p.m. The Last Kiss (Gabriele Muccino, Italy, 2001) 6:45, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, U.K., 2000) 7, 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Kevin Epps' Straight Outta Hunters Point (2001), billed as a raw look at the turf wars there. Filmmaker in person for evening screenings 7:30, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Oct. 1 & 2): Chris Smith's documentary look at eccentric households, Home Movie (2001) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 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 U.S.A.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Satin Rouge (Raja Amari, Tunisia/France, 2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Jean-Luc Godard's In Praise of Love (France/Switzerland, 2001) screens for two weeks. See Opening for review. Call for times.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.swixo.com/stanford. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Preston Sturges' indulgent satire of get-rich-quick dreamers, Christmas in July (1940; 7:30 p.m.), screens with Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and wonderful tunes by George Gershwin in the balmy Shall We Dance (Mark Sandrich, 1937; 5:50, 9:05 p.m.).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Sandler what? It's the original Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Frank Capra, 1935; 3:30, 7:30 p.m.), with Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur, screening with Capra's road movie It Happened One Night (1934; 5:35, 9:35 p.m.).
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
449B 23rd St. (between Telegraph and Broadway), Oakland, (510) 444-7263, email@example.com. (Note -- no longer at its old 21 Grand Ave. address!)
SATURDAY (Sept. 28): Hans Fjellestad's documentary on Tijuana border culture, Frontier Life, with sections on underground street racing clubs, water, and Nortec music, a bicultural fusion of regional Mexican folk music and U.S./Euro-electronica. Live music by Titicacaman. $8 9 p.m.
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $5 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: Isat Batsry's These Are Not My Images (Neither There Nor Here) (2000), a "poetic investigation" of ethnographic images of South India, screens through Oct. 13 at noon.
FRIDAY (Sept. 27): A monthlong series of the films of Italian thrillmeister Mario Bava concludes with Kidnapped, shot in 1974 but only edited (by Video Watchdog editor Tim Lucas) and released now, here, tonight. $6 7, 9 p.m.
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