THURSDAY: The 26th Mill Valley Film Festival opens here with John Sayles' Casa de los Babys (2003). Film $20, film and party to follow $125. The movie screens at 7, 9:15 p.m. Madame Brouette (Absa, Senegal) 8 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Daily screenings of Mill Valley Film Festival continue here and at the Sequoia Theater in Mill Valley through Oct. 12. See Zoom Lens box on Page 58 for commentary and www.cafilm.org for programs.
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.
WEDNESDAY: That "'70s Cinema" -- The still underrated Hal Ashby's sex and politics farce Shampoo (1976) 2, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY: "'70s Cinema" -- Robert Altman's surgical comedy MASH (1970) 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Jeffrey Blitz's absorbing documentary about kids who are Spellbound (2003) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Oct. 7 & 8): A program of new anti-war shorts precedes a documentary of last spring's protests, We Interrupt This Empire... (2003) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
DAILY: George Butler's strongman doc Pumping Iron (1976) shows Arnold Schwarzenegger doing to his rivals what he'll do for the state of California 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25. 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: A scoundrel becomes rich in Tycoon (Pavel Lounguine, Russia, 2002). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 3-9): China's role in Tibet is condemned in Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tom Peosay, 2003). See Opening 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.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (Oct. 2-4): Conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler is critiqued for not Taking Sides (István Szabó, Germany, 2002), the most recent of Piano scenarist Ronald Harwood's music-themed revisitings of World War II. See Ongoing for review 7 p.m.; also Sat 9:15 p.m.
Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus; www.aff.org and (925) 866-9559 for festival information. This college theater hosts screenings from Cinemayaat, the seventh annual San Francisco Arab Film Festival. $9.
SATURDAY (Oct. 4): Planet of the Arabs (Salloum) 2 p.m. Souha Surviving Hell (Sabbag, Lebanon) 3:45 p.m. Under the Sky of Baghdad (Balsamo and Scialotti, Italy) 5:30 p.m. Forget Baghdad (Samir, Germany, 2002) 7:15 p.m. Closing Night Party 9:45 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (Oct. 1-5): Continuous daily screenings of "Looking Is Better Than Feeling You," a loop of videos by women 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
THURSDAY (Oct. 2): A program of films by Naomi Uman includes a hand-processed portrait of life on a dairy ranch in central Mexico, Leche, and its sequel, Mala Leche, following members of the same family to Central California. Uman in person 7:30 p.m.
Join My Voice Nation for free stuff, film info & more!