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 (Nov. 2): Molly Ringwald stars in Pretty in Pink (Howard Deutch, 1986), billed as a "hard-hitting tale of the suburban class struggle" midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 30): Jeanne Moreau and Michel Serrault are con artists in An Affair of Love (Laurent Heynemann, France, 1991) 7 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY (Nov. 1): Opening Night screening of Viva Chile (2001), with its star, Luis Dobo, in person. Reception and film $25 6:30 p.m. Orlando Lubbert's Taxi for Three (2001). $9 9:45 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: 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.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema." All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
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.
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.