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.
SATURDAY (Oct. 12): A 3-D X-rated film from the "Boogie Nights" era, Disco Dolls in Hot Skin (Norm DePlume, 1977), with John Holmes midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (Oct. 12): Heads or Tails 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.
FRIDAY (Oct. 11): "Motion Detector," a program of experimental shorts curated by the new media collective systemsoular, offers Johnny deKam's Crude, systemsoular's Seashell, the Ralph Nader-narrated Countdown, and more 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 13): Video artist Julie Mallozzi's Once Removed (2002) records her visit to China, where she learns for the first time of her mother's relatives' suffering during China's political upheavals. Her video incorporates dreams, archival footage, and scenes from her relatives' lives 7 p.m.
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 & THURSDAY: Nicely tied to the ongoing exhibit of Lewis Carroll's photos at SFMOMA, Gavin Millar's Dream Child (U.K., 1986) casts Ian Holm as the dotty but good-hearted author of Alice in Wonderland. Jim Henson's "Wonderland" creations look rather sinister, though 7, 9:10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A 21-day series of Akira Kurosawa's films, all but one made in collaboration with the dynamic actor Toshiro Mifune, gives audiences a new chance to appreciate Kurosawa's mastery of every aspect of film form. His free transcription of Shakespeare's Macbeth into the mist-shrouded Throne of Blood (Japan, 1957) reimagines a captain's paranoid worldview in terms of gritty volcanic rock, castles weighed down like mushrooms, and too many arrows to count 7, 9:20 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Kurosawa & Mifune" -- An excellent crime film on par with the best American noir of the time, Stray Dog (1949) finds Mifune a cop who loses his gun in the August heat of postwar Japan 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Kurosawa & Mifune" -- The clever structure of the hugely influential Rashomon (1950) still works for new audiences. Mifune was directed to ham unmercifully, though 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
MONDAY: "Kurosawa & Mifune" -- Unreleased here until recently, I Live in Fear (1955) stars Mifune as a businessman terrified of atomic warfare 7, 9:10 p.m.
TUESDAY: "Kurosawa & Mifune" -- In their first collaboration, Mifune is a tubercular gangster treated by an alcoholic slum doctor, a Drunken Angel (1948), played by the future leader of the seven samurai, Takashi Shimura 7, 9:10 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 (Oct. 11 & 12): This screening of Wes Anderson's delightful prep school Bildungsroman, Rushmore (1998), features a live performance by the Max Fischer Players midnight.
EMBARCADERO CENTER CINEMA
1 Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, 552-8760 ext. 302 for advance tickets to this program. $50. For other screenings at this multiplex, see our Showtimes page.
FILM ARTS FOUNDATION
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 9): "Arthur Dong: A Look Back" showcases 20 years of the career of the social issue documentarian (Coming Out Under Fire, Licensed to Kill, and the new Family Fundamentals). Dong will show clips from his work and discuss it. $20 7 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: Glenn Ford is an outlaw escape artist in custody of rancher Van Heflin in Delmer Daves' excellent western 3:10 to Yuma (1957; 7:30 p.m.), screening with Alfred Hitchcock's comic Cold War drama North by Northwest (1959; 9:15 p.m.), with Cary Grant a puppet of U.S. intelligence pursued by enemy spies.
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.
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