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.
SATURDAY (Nov. 2): Businessman Daniel Auteuil loses sleep in Mama, There's a Man in Your Bed (Romuald et Juliet, Coline Serreau, France, 1989), co-starring Firmine Richard, currently seen to good advantage in 8 Women 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 (Nov. 1): "The Activists' World" -- Whispered Media presents videos by anti-corporate globalization activists in Ecuador, Argentina, and elsewhere in the Americas. Also, indymedia shorts, videos from the past week of protests in S.F. as available, and a documentary of "a project to send hundreds of used computers from the Bay Area to Ecuador for use by the anti-globalization movement." This may not be such a good idea: Anti-globalization protests could be crushed when their MS-DOS programs crash. For info: www.whisperedmedia.org. $5-10 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 2): A program of "Avant-Horror" offers Martha Colburn's Skelehellavision, Kerry Laitala's handmade Journey Into the Unknown, J.X. Williams' The Virgin Sacrifice, Rodney Ascher's Bride of Ozzy, and free mulled wine. Costumes encouraged 8:30 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: Akira Kurosawa's evergreen action spectacle The Seven Samurai (1954) 2, 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 1-7): Christopher Hitchens (an Iraq war supporter, you figure it out) argues that Henry Kissinger should be tried as a war criminal in The Trials of Henry Kissinger (Alex Gibney, Eugene Jerecki, 2002; 2:50, 7 p.m.), while Patricio Guzman's The Pinochet Case (2001; 12:30, 4:40, 9 p.m.) reviews the Chilean general's 1998 arrest for crimes against humanity. Separate admission for each film; special $12 combined admission for both. See Opening for review of Kissinger.
DELANCEY STREET THEATER
600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), (866) 468-3399 and www.ticketweb.com for tickets; www.latinofilmfestival.org for information on this program. The Latino Film Festival hosts its annual event here and at Yerba Buena Center beginning this weekend.
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: 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.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: John Carpenter's overpopular, overrated, moody slasher film Halloween (1978; 7:30 p.m.) paved the way for two decades of teenage gore movies; conversely, his The Thing (1982; 9:20 p.m.), while not popular, may be Carpenter's best film, the fullest expression of a uniquely libertarian nihilism. Separate admission for each film.
SATURDAY: The ninth Berkeley Video and Film Festival. For ticket and schedule information, call (510) 843-3699.
SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Nov. 3-6): Halloween 7:30 p.m. The Thing (1982) 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 5:20 p.m. Separate admission for each film.
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. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: Alfred Hitchcock's tale of romantic obsession, Vertigo (1958), screens through Nov. 17 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat 11 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 30): Weekly screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975) start tonight 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (Oct. 31): Keith Border's Sex, Death and Eyeliner explores the goth scene, for which "every day is Halloween" 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Nov. 1): A "hyper-kinetic satirical black sex comedy" from Japan, Party 7 8 p.m.
101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6098. This venue hosts its first independent film festival this Sunday. Free.
SUNDAY (Nov. 3): "Come See Our Shorts," a collection of five comedies from Bay Area universities, including Dance Machine (Ward Evans and John Benson), about a man obsessed with a dancing video-game contest; Karin Thayer's Daphne's Vegas Boyfriend, about a stand-up's search for love; and The Manns in Gay Paris, by Desiree Holman, about the psychological dynamics of a family of paper dolls. Filmmakers in person 2, 4, 6 p.m.
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