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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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, $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. 26): Jack Nicholson, poster boy of writer's block, stars in The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980) midnight.


345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 23): Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault co-star as a gay odd couple in a sequel to the hugely popular farce La Cage aux Folles II (Edouard Molinaro, France, 1980) -- no remake with Robin and Nathan has been announced 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 26): La Cage aux Folles II 2 p.m.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 23): A "Peripheral Produce" program returns from Portland, Ore., offering "fresh picks" from Matt McCormick, Bryan Boyce, and others. Artists in person 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (Oct. 24): "A Better World Is Under Construction," a program of anti-FTAA and globalization videos sponsored by S.F. IndyMedia and the Bay Area Social Forum 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Oct. 25): BYO media to the ATA's monthly "Open Screening," free to artistes. $3 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 26): Other Cinema offers a "Pantheistic Panorama," a lecture on modern pagan culture by V. Vale and Marian Wallace, with video interviews with Judi Bari, Julia Butterfly, Genesis P-Orridge, Starhawk, and others. Also, a live fire ritual and George Kuchar's Spawn of the Pagan 8:30 p.m.


3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $7.50. This great neighborhood house is a good place to catch second-run Hollywood fare. See our Showtimes page for the Balboa's other screen.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Two classic farces play through Oct. 24, Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959; 12:45, 4:45, 8:45 p.m.) and The Producers (Mel Brooks, 1968; 3, 7 p.m.) -- go and laugh.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, $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: A bureaucrat with cancer decides to do something useful with his remaining life in Akira Kurosawa's moral fable Ikiru (1952), a very fine film 1:30, 4:15, 7:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 25-31): Kurosawa's evergreen action spectacle The Seven Samurai (1954) 2, 7:30 p.m.


2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 352-0870, An eight-week "8 Tales" midnight series concludes; see for more. For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Oct. 25 & 26): No, it's not the Rally Monkey we've got on our backs, it's Iron Monkey (Wing-poo Yuen, Hong Kong, 1993), a prequel to the popular Once Upon a Time in China series. "Closing night festivities, trailer show, fun and games" are promised midnight.


2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, $7. A fall season continues for this innovatively programmed art house.

WEDNESDAY: Monteith McCollum's Hybrid (2000; 7:30 p.m.), reportedly an entertaining look at a hundred-year-old developer of hybrid corn, plays with Alexander Dovzhenko's lovely hymn to nature, Earth (U.S.S.R., 1930; 9:20 p.m.).

THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Oct. 24-30): F.W. Murnau's horror classic Nosferatu (Germany, 1922; 7:30 p.m.) plays with a live accordion score by Rich Kuhn, and Victor Halperin's atmospheric tale White Zombie (1932; 8:55 p.m.), with Bela Lugosi.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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 THROUGH SUNDAY: An opera-loving thief bootlegs a performance by a technophobic Diva (Jean-Jacques Beineix, France, 1982), screening through Oct. 27 at 6:30, 8:45 p.m.; also Fri & Sat 11 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) screens through Nov. 17 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat 11 p.m.


510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema" Thursdays through Saturdays. All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY (Oct. 23 & 24): Cartoonist/madman Bill Plympton's Mutant Aliens are loose in this theater. These aliens hail from the Planet of the Nose People 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Oct. 25): Meanwhile on this planet, street musician Thoth plans to create "a world not unlike Tolkein's Middle Earth with its own language, culture and history." An Oscar-winning documentary from Sarah Kernochan 8 p.m.


111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and for information on this program. $5.

TUESDAY (Oct. 29): The Independent Exposure Screening Series concludes this year's season with the "Halloweird 2002 Edition" of 16 "weird, odd, creepy, gross, and frightening" shorts from international filmmakers, including Brian Tane's Punkarelli, Orin Portnoy's Killer Bunnies, and Matt Kovalikades' Abusive Parental Guidance Suggested 8 p.m.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, 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: Claude Chabrol's latest thriller, and 48th feature, Merci pour le chocolat (France, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 25-31): Takashi Miike's The Happiness of the Katakuris (Japan, 2001). See Opening for review. Call for times.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $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: George Kachadorian's Divining Mom (2001) is a water witch 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A series of the films of Rob Nilsson continues with two entries in his latest project, a cycle of "9 @ Night" films whose overlapping stories all begin at 9 p.m. and are set in San Francisco's Tenderloin with dialogue improvised by the Tenderloin yGroup. In one film, an aging Beat suffers a Stroke (2000; 7 p.m.); in another, a homeless man employs Scheme C6 (2001; 9:15 p.m.) to fund a hip hop group.

FRIDAY: Three buddies on a British bender are the subject of Husbands (1970), John Cassavetes' hard-to-take film that tests your tolerance for drunks 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: A monthlong series of the films of Italian thrillmeister Mario Bava concludes with a double bill of Lisa and the Devil (1972, 7 p.m.), with Telly Savalas as the Evil One, followed by Joseph Cotton as Baron Blood (1972; 9 p.m.), a 400-year-old sadist with designs on Elke Sommer.

SUNDAY: Mathematician Ron Graham introduces N Is a Number (George Paul Csicsery, 1993), a documentary about Graham's friend Paul Erdös, a much-traveled, oft-exiled thinker with metaphysical concerns 5:30 p.m. Gustavo Mosquera's Moebius (Argentina, 1996), a puzzler about a missing kink in the Buenos Aires subway, screens with the filmmaker in person 7:10 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. The Leopold & Loeb case is reargued in Compulsion (Richard Fleischer, 1959), with Orson Welles for the defense 3 p.m. Ang Lee's tasty family comedy Eat Drink Man Woman (Taiwan, 1994) 7 p.m.

TUESDAY: Part 3 of "A Calculated Cinema" offers a program of math-related experimental shorts, with works by Oskar Fischinger, Paul Sharits, Larry Cuba, and others 7:30 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance.

THURSDAY (Oct. 24): It's the Return of Captain Cosmic, starring Bob Wilkins, with trailers, prizes, John Stanley, Dr. Goulfinger, the Bay Area premiere of Godzilla vs Space Godzilla (Kensho Yamashita, Japan, 1994), and the martial arts favorite Inframan (Shan Hua, Hong Kong, 1975), about a mutant's battles with Dragon Mom. In case you were wondering, Space Godzilla is a beast "spawned from Godzilla's particles in space." $12 7:30 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, $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: Merci pour le chocolat (Claude Chabrol, France, 2000) 6:45, 9 p.m. The Man From Elysian Fields (George Hickenlooper, 2001) 7, 9:15 p.m. The Last Kiss (Gabriele Muccino, Italy, 2001) 8:30 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 6:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: A fundamentalist Christian Hell House (2001) is documented in George Ratliff's film. See Ongoing for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Drug dealers consume their own goods, go mad in the horror feature Cookers (Dan Mintz, 2001). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Oct. 29 & 30): F.W. Murnau's still-fanged vampire classic Nosferatu (Germany, 1922) gets an 80th-anniversary screening with live music by Jill Tracy & the Malcontent Orchestra. $10 7:30, 9:30 p.m. (There'll be a silent screening on Wednesday for $4.50 at 2 p.m.)


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Dog Soldiers (Neil Marshall, U.K., 2002); see Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Weekly screenings of Scott Ritter's In Shifting Sands (2002), billed as "The Truth About UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq," continue on weekends at noon.

TUESDAY: Three artists from Creativity Explored, right down 16th Street from the Roxie, are profiled in Life Itself, a 2001 documentary by Todd Herman and Francis Kohle, screening with animation produced by artists from the studio 7, 9 p.m.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $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: Claude Chabrol's latest thriller, and 48th feature, Merci pour le chocolat (France, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 25-31): Takashi Miike's The Happiness of the Katakuris (Japan, 2001). See Opening for review. Call for times.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $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' still-timely farce about fake military heroics, Hail the Conquering Hero (1944; 7:30 p.m.), screens with the Marx Brothers' second feature, the stage-bound but still hilarious Animal Crackers (Victor Heerman, 1930; 5:40, 9:20 p.m.). Last night I shot an elephant in my pajamas.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Frank Capra's household comedy You Can't Take It With You (1938; 3:50, 7:30 p.m.) screens with the Marx Brothers going to war in Leo McCarey's Duck Soup (1933; 6:10, 9:50 p.m.).



701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $5 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.

WEDNESDAY: A work-in-progress screening of The Lost Boys of Sudan (2002), a video by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk that follows two refugees of the Sudanese civil war from a Kenyan refugee camp through their first year in the United States. Filmmakers in person. $7 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: The San Francisco Cinematheque presents a landmark of New German Cinema, Alexander Kluge's Strongman Ferdinand (1975), about a director of security's obsession with same. $7 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: The Opening Night party for "Bay Area Now 3" screens short films by Cade Bursell, Gibbs Chapman, Peaches Christ, Caveh Zahedi, and more. $12 8-11 p.m.

SATURDAY: Daily screenings of "Bay Area Now 3" programs begin with the S.F. dot-com boom doc Boom! The Sound of Eviction (Francine Cavanaugh, A. Mark Liiv, Adams Wood, 2001), screening every Saturday through Jan. 12 at noon.

SUNDAY: "Bay Area Now 3" -- Livermore by Rachel Raney and David Murray (2002), a humorous look at the East Bay community noon.

MONDAY: Venue closed.

TUESDAY: "Bay Area Now 3" -- Artists in Exile: A Story of Modern Dance in San Francisco by Austin Forbord and Shelley Trott (2000) noon.

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