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") starting this Saturday 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.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 3): Christophe Gans" thriller Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001), involving a wild beast on the loose in the rural France of 1765 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 6): Brotherhood of the Wolf 2 p.m.
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992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (Sept. 4): Lavender Diamond and the Long Armed Lady present Birdsongs of the Bauharoque, described as their "complete and literal rejection of the impotent cynicism of Post-Modernism" 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 5): Michael "Super 8 Man" Smith presents "Dreamy Visions, Dreamy Music, Dreaming Live," a simultaneously screened mix of Athletic Muscle Guild movies from the "50s and "60s, straight porn, and gay porn. What, no Arnold? 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 6): After a season"s hiatus, ATA"s Other Cinema returns with the San Francisco Video Activists" Network"s new compilation video of Iraq War protest, We Interrupt This Empire, screening with Norman Thomas" Why War? and other shorts 8:30 p.m.
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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.
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2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com; www.8tales.com for this series. A weekend midnight movie series starts this week. For the rest of the Clay"s schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.
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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Pedro Almodóvar"s engrossing weepie All About My Mother (Spain, 1999) screens through Sept. 7 8:15, 10 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Call for program.
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SATURDAY (Sept. 6): Two video features by Berkeley artist Antero Alli, Hysteria (2002; 7:30 p.m. ), about a disturbed Croatian soldier, and Under a Shipwrecked Moon (2003; 9:30 p.m. ), about what happens when "the rituals of a self-made shamanic punk rocker lead him into the dreams of his Finnish grandfather who lies comatose and drifting through visions of his first love, a sorceress." Filmmaker in person.
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2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. 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: An R.W. Fassbinder series continues with the ironic The Merchant of Four Seasons (1971; 7 p.m. ), and the compassionate Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1973; 8:50 p.m. ).
FRIDAY: Fassbinder reviews the history of postwar Germany in The Marriage of Maria Braun (1978; 7 p.m. ) and coolly studies romantic obsession in The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972; 9:20 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: Fassbinder"s debut feature, Love Is Colder Than Death (1969; 5, 9 p.m. ) -- but who is colder than Fassbinder? -- screens with his best early work, Katzelmacher (1969; 7 p.m. ), with R.W.F. a put-upon immigrant. Katzelmacher is paired with his early short City Tramp (1966).
SUNDAY: Fassbinder"s Katzelmacher (no short this program) screens at 5:30 p.m. followed by another of his early gangster films, Gods of the Plague (1969; 7:20 p.m. ), which like Love Is Colder Than Death and The American Soldier consists of Rainer and his buddies horsing around playing gangsters (kinda like early Godard and Tarantino).
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Martina Kudlácek"s In the Mirror of Maya Deren (Austria, 2003) documents the life of the American surrealist and screens with Deren"s classic short film Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $5. This beautifully restored picture palace"s ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
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. ).
STARTS MONDAY: Call for program.
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DAILY (Closed Mondays): Continuous screenings of "Looking Is Better Than Feeling You," a loop of videos by women, through Oct. 5 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
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