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. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The Parkway"s fifth annual Film Noir Fest opens with Howard Hawks" The Big Sleep (1946), with Humphrey Bogart and of course Lauren Bacall in this famously confusing adaptation of Raymond Chandler"s novel. The chauffeur did it (???) Fri 6:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 6 p.m.
MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Sept. 8-10): Bogart and Bacall together again in Dark Passage (Delmer Daves, 1947) -- the first third filmed with a subjective camera, the middle third with Bogie in bandages, the last third with standard technique Mon 9:15 p.m.; Tues 9 p.m.; Wed 6:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Sept. 9): A poetry slam for inmates at S.F. Juvenile Hall is the backdrop for Slam (Marc Levin, 1998), screening as a benefit for the writing program the Beat Within. $7 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), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Surfers Step Into Liquid (Dana Brown, 2003) 7:15, 9:15 p.m. The Secret Lives of Dentists (Alan Rudolph, 2003) 6:30, 9 p.m. Jacques Perrin"s Winged Migration (France, 2002) 6:45 p.m. The Cuckoo (Kukushka) (Aleksandr Rogozhin, Russia, 2003) 8:45 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: Martin Doblmeier"s Bonhoeffer (2003) examines the life of the Lutheran theologian martyred by the Nazis. See Opening for review. Call for times and other films.
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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.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Christopher Guest and his team riff on folk music in the mildly amusing A Mighty Wind (2003) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Peyton Reed"s very funny, if ultimately non-feminist, take on early 1960s sex comedies, Down With Love (2003) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY: Michael Moore takes on downsizing shoe companies in The Big One (1998) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY: A two-week series of the films of the late German wunderkind R.W. Fassbinder continues with his early movies The American Soldier (1970; 2:40, 6:20, 10 p.m. ), an atmospheric reworking of American crime noir, and an acrid picture about filmmaking, Beware of a Holy Whore (1970; 4:15, 8 p.m. ).
THURSDAY: Fassbinder"s take on Sunset Boulevard, Veronika Voss (1982), a sad story of a has-been film star 7, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Fassbinder casts himself as a prole victimized by the upper crust in Fox and His Friends (1974) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: One of Fassbinder"s best, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973), about the love of a washerwoman and a Moroccan immigrant 2, 4:30, 8, 10 p.m.
MONDAY: Fassbinder"s first mature statement of his favorite theme, the victimization of the working class, The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971) 6, 8, 10 p.m.
TUESDAY: The little-seen Fear of Fear (1975; 8 p.m. ) is a good study of a woman"s nervous breakdown, while Satan's Brew (1976; 10:15 p.m. ) is a bizarre comedy mocking the egotism of a would-be genius.
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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: Helen Stickler"s Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator (2003); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This recently refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $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: Stanford favorite Audrey Hepburn takes Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards, 1961; 7:30 p.m. ) and then travels through time and across France with lover Albert Finney in Two for the Road (Stanley Donen, 1967; 5:25, 9:35 p.m. ).
THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: James Whale"s Universal Studios version of Show Boat (1936; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:45 p.m. ) highlights Paul Robeson singing "Old Man River." Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier star in Rouben Mamoulian"s clever Love Me Tonight (1932; 5:50, 9:35 p.m. ).
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