Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). 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 10-week midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes"). For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
SATURDAY (Oct. 11): What sex scandal? Our new governor bicycles toward Sacramento in Pee-wee's Big Adventure (Tim Burton, 1986) midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 8): A François Truffaut series continues with his true tale of romantic obsession, The Story of Adele H. (1975), with Isabelle Adjani hopelessly in love with Bruce Robinson (future director of Withnail and I) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 11): The Story of Adele H. 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
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.
FRIDAY (Oct. 10): An elderly Finnish man plans to reunite with his family after a tragedy-induced separation of many years in Antero Alli's Under a Shipwrecked Moon (2003). $5-10 8 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 10-16): Don Coscarelli's Bubba Ho-Tep (2003); see Opening for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com; www.8tales.com for this series. A weekend midnight movie series continues. For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Oct. 10 & 11): Mike Judge's live-action feature Office Space (1999), like his cartoons, has built up quite the following. Saturday contests include "My Assistant's Revenge" and "Madcap Cubicle Breakout" midnight.
DANGER & DESPAIR KNITTING CIRCLE
182 Second St. (at Howard), Third Floor, 552-1533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve seats. Free with reservation; don't come without one. A "16mm Noir" series presented by the Danger & Despair Knitting Circle screens every Thursday, with round-table discussion to follow. Come at 7 p.m. for no-host bar; lobby doors locked at 8:15 p.m.
THURSDAY (Oct. 9): A "Film Noir Bad Girls" series concludes with a "Surprise Title Night," billed as "An 'A' Picture from a major studio with a Hollywood mega-star not thought of as a film noir actress ... an often overlooked or unrecognized film noir and an excellent top drawer production ... within our current theme of dangerous women." Title will be announced at screening. What could it be? Mae West in Double Indemnity? Mary Pickford in Sunset Boulevard? Greta Garbo in Touch of Evil? The suspense! 8 p.m.
FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH OF OAKLAND
685 14th St. (at Castro), Oakland, (510) 704-5293 or (510) 684-8270. Free.
FRIDAY (Oct. 10): Brothers & Others, a documentary on mistreated Arab and South Asian immigrants in the United States after 9/11. Sponsored by Refuse & Resist 7 p.m.
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.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. $7.50. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. For its regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY (Oct. 10): Werepad impresario Jacques Boyreau screens an evening of campy horror, and sometimes just plain horror -- Voodoo Black Exorcist (Manuel Caño, Spain, 1973) 7 p.m. His own sci-fi spoof, Candy von Dewd (2002) 9 p.m. Lamberto Bava's Demons 2 (Italy, 1986) 10 p.m. Zombie (Lucio Fulci, Italy, 1979) midnight. Plus live Ghoul Girls.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
SUNDAY (Oct. 12): Parts 1, 2, and 3 of an acclaimed German miniseries about literary brethren Thomas and Heinrich Mann, their families and times, The Manns -- Novel of a Century (Heinrich Breloer, 2001), screens in a marathon 1-6 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Prey for Rock & Roll (Alex Steyermark, 2003); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 10-16): Sounds like Yentl! A sexually frustrated rabbinical student falls in love with a young Russian prostitute in The Holy Land (Eitan Gorlin, Israel, 2001). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MARIN CIVIC CENTER
Showcase Theatre, 3501 Civic Center (at Avenue of the Flags), San Rafael, 499-6800 and www.italianfilm.com for this series. The 2003 Italian Film Festival screens at this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed complex for six weeks. $10.75.
SATURDAY (Oct. 11): A repressed wedding planner goes off her meds and finds happiness in Francesco Falaschi's comedy I Am Emma (2002) 7:15 p.m. screening is sold out; tickets available at press time for 9:15 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing hosts an ongoing film series on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
THURSDAY (Oct. 9): Patrick McGilligan, author of biographies of Robert Altman and Fritz Lang, among others, turns his attention to Alfred Hitchcock with his latest, Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light. He'll appear for an in-person discussion with host Terrance Gelenter at 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Oct. 10): A monthlong Alfred Hitchcock series continues with McGilligan introducing the rare silent film The Farmer's Wife (U.K., 1928) 6:30 p.m.
Action Theater, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), Second Floor, 369-6098 and www.metreon.com/events for information, www.acteva.com/go/metreon for advance tickets. $15 admission includes all films, plus workshops, guest appearances, and tournaments.
SATURDAY (Oct. 11): A day of Japanese animation comprises the Third Festival of Anime, with programs including the forthcoming revival of Astro Boy and the new anime feature Witch Hunter Robin 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
MOVIE PALACE AUCTION SALES ROOM
FRIDAY (Oct. 10): Stanley Kubrick's time-traveling nihilistic thriller The Killing (1956) 7, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 11): John Ford explains what makes a man wander in his classic western The Searchers (1956), with John Wayne 7, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Oct. 12): Alfred Hitchcock explains what makes people fall off buildings in Vertigo (1958), with James Stewart 7, 9 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.25.
STARTS FRIDAY: No films on calendar.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
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.
THURSDAY: A series of films on genetic mutations continues with Megan Holliday's comedy about a clone with an ID crisis, The Snowflake Crusade (2002), plus shorts 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A range of Brazilians recite erotic poetry by a famed author, and then discuss their own erotic histories, in O Amor Natural (Heddy Honigmann, Brazil, 1996) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: A series of new Latin American films opens with Crane World (Pablo Tropero, Argentina, 1999), about a 50-year-old man's attempt to make a new career operating a crane 5:10, 9:20 p.m. A dying man's reveries constitute Japón (Carlos Reygadas, Mexico, 2002) 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Japón 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A three-Tuesday series of experimental films by Ernie Gehr continues with his exploration out of a Rear Window (1986-91), his "cubist still life" Table (1976), and more, including his recent Glider (2001). Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.
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.
THURSDAY (Oct. 9): "Horror Host-Palooza" -- Live and in person, not one but two cable-access TV horror hosts, Berkeley's Doktor Goulfinger and Sacramento's Mr. Lobo, fronting for a double bill of the ultra-gory Zombie (Lucio Fulci, Italy, 1979) and Voodoo Black Exorcist (Manuel Caño, Spain, 1973), "about a witchdoctor/zombie/mummy on the rampage, or something like that, but by then, you'll be drunk anyway, so a good time is promised for all." $8 7:30 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.
STARTS MONDAY: Casa de los Babys (John Sayles, 2003); see Ongoing for review. Call for times and other films.
MONDAY: Bay Area film figures Eddie Muller and Terrance Gelenter introduce Alfred Hitchcock's justly celebrated thriller The 39 Steps (U.K., 1935) 7 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tom Peosay, 2003). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
TUESDAY: "A Century of Curly" offers six Three Stooges shorts starring the charismatic Curly Howard (1903-1952) on the occasion of his centennial. Sony Pictures chose these particular shorts for "maximum Curly impact" -- Punch Drunks (1934), Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb (1938), From Nurse to Worse (1940), Dutiful But Dumb (1941), What's the Matador (1942), and Micro-Phonies (1945) 7:30 p.m.
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: A program of new anti-war shorts precedes a documentary of last spring's protests, We Interrupt This Empire... (2003). Q&A at evening screenings 2, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.
THURSDAY: Once upon a time, in the rust -- The Matrix (Andy and Larry Wachowski, 1999) 7, 9:55 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Second time around, in the dust -- The Matrix Reloaded (Andy and Larry Wachowski, 2003) 7, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat 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.
THURSDAY: A free preview screening of the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Marcus Nispel, 2003); you must call (866) 528-8802 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and perhaps get on mailing lists for people with odd tastes in "leather" 8 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 10-16): The post-Soviet electrification of Georgia is the subject of Paul Devlin's Power Trip (2003). See Opening for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOWS: Friday -- Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (Richard Blackburn, 1972), aka Lady Dracula, a highly regarded vampire rarity. Saturday -- The original Willard (Daniel Mann, 1971).
Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sffs.org. "The Seventh Art: New Dimensions in Cinema," a collaboration between SFMOMA and the San Francisco Film Society, continues its monthly series. $15.
THURSDAY (Oct. 9): David Cronenberg's S/M-tinged fantasy of the New Flesh, Videodrome (1982) 7 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: Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tom Peosay, 2003). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 10-16): The Holy Land (Eitan Gorlin, Israel, 2001). 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY (Oct. 10-14): Neither Sparkplug nor Secretariat has anything on Seabiscuit (Gary Ross, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:15 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints and with excellent projection.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Closed.
FRIDAY: A series of the films of India's Satyajit Ray begins with the complete "Apu Trilogy," a wonderful series about the childhood and education of a Bengali boy -- Pather Panchali (Song of the Road, 1955) 5:25 p.m. Aparajito (The Unvanquished, 1957) 7:30 p.m. Apur Sansar (The World of Apu, 1959) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Apu redux -- Pather Panchali 3:20, 9:25 p.m. Aparajito 5:25 p.m. Apur Sansar 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Same films and times as Friday.
2430 Third St. (between 20th and 22nd streets), 824-7334, www.werepad.com. $8. This shagadelic venue screens vintage films in 16mm.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 8): A Latino Film Festival screening of Havana Feelings (Sylvio Heufelder, Cuba/Germany, 2002), documenting the city's "golden years" as the "Paris of the Caribbean" under Gen. Batista. $8 6:30 p.m. Cuban singer Bola de Nieve (Jose Sánchez-Montes, Spain, 2003) is documented 8:30 p.m.$8 admission for either or both.
THURSDAY (Oct. 9): Early slides and videos by Jeanne C. Finley, displaying "the push and pull of documentary with narrative forms through a poetic sensibility." Works include Deaf Dogs Can Hear and I Saw Jesus in a Tortilla. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Oct. 10): Serge Bergli's concert video Iggy Pop: Live at Avenue B (1999). $6 7, 9 p.m.
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