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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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, $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. 18): Frank Oz's musicalization of the old three-day wonder Little Shop of Horrors (1986) stars Rick Moranis, plus Steve Martin as a gleefully sadistic dentist midnight.


345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 15): A François Truffaut series continues with his true tale of romantic obsession, Jules and Jim (1962), with Jeanne Moreau driving men mad 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 18): Jules and Jim 2 p.m.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, for most programs, for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 15): ATA impresario Craig Baldwin's collage/sci-fi-cinema film Spectres of the Spectrum (1999), about outlaw resistance to the New Electromagnetic Order in 2007. A 16mm screening celebrates the film's DVD release 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (Oct. 16): "intervals: (themes and variations in) relational space, Program 1, of video, film, and sound performances, some live, all local 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Oct. 17): "intervals, Program 2 screens Patricia Rozema's film of Samuel Beckett's Happy Days (2001) and Peter Greenaway's musical doc 4 American Composers: John Cage (1983) 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 18): "Amped-Up Images," a program of live, multiple-projector performance pieces from Raymond Salvatore Harmon and the Overdub Club 8:30 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120,, $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: Don Coscarelli's Bubba Ho-Tep (2003); see Ongoing for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 17-23): Delphine Gleize's chilly con Carnage (France, 2003); see Opening for review 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 4 p.m.


2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893,; 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. 17 & 18): O Superman (Richard Donner, 1978), with Christopher Reeve (as Tobey Maguire), Margot Kidder (as Kirsten Dunst), Marlon Brando (as Cliff Robertson), and Gene Hackman as Magneto. Saturday contests include "Kneel to Zod" midnight.


600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), (650) 724-5544 and for this program. $8.

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 15): The sixth annual UNAFF, coming soon to Palo Alto, screens a sampler of some of the 30 documentaries from all over the world that will be shown at Stanford University next week on the theme of "Promotion of Universal Respect" 7 p.m.


3601 Lyon (at Richardson), 563-7337, Free.

THURSDAY (Oct. 16): "Wing and a Prayer," a site-specific installation by Jeanne C. Finley and John Muse, projects video onto each of the Exploratorium's 15-foot-high angel sculptures. Live music by Pamela Z 7:30-9:30 p.m.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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: The anime instant classic Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 2002) 7, 9:15 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: The original Dutch version, albeit no treat, of George Sluizer's thriller The Vanishing (1988) screens through Nov. 9 6:15, 8:15 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:15 p.m.


San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400 or for tickets to this event. $25.

TUESDAY (Oct. 21): The world premiere of Let's Get Real (2003), a new documentary by Oscar-winning director Debra Chasnoff and producer Helen S. Cohen (It's Elementary, That's a Family!), designed to encourage diversity education for youth 6:30 p.m.


1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, 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: 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 Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 17-23): The all-male Girls Will Be Girls (Richard Day, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.


57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and for information; phone or e-mail for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing hosts an ongoing film series on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (Oct. 17): An Alfred Hitchcock series screens one of the most unusual of all wartime propaganda films, Lifeboat (1944) 6:30 p.m.


2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, $7. Classic films in 35mm screen in a former U.S. Navy theater, the Alameda facilities of Auctions by the Bay.

FRIDAY (Oct. 17): Jacques Tourneur's justly celebrated noir Out of the Past (1947), with Robert Mitchum doing what he can to understand the web spun 'round him 7, 9 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 18): David O. Selznick's close reading of Margaret Mitchell's Civil War melodrama Gone With the Wind (Victor Fleming, et al., 1939) 2:30, 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Oct. 19): The bouncy, New York-loving musical On the Town (Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen, 1949) -- are the management Yankees fans? 7, 9 p.m.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $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: A series of films by Peruvian-born Dutch filmmaker Heddy Honigmann continues with a drama about a romantic triangle, Good-bye (Netherlands, 1995) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A series of films on genetic mutations continues with Lynn Hershman Leeson's insane clone posse Teknolust (2003), screening with the cleverly shot Copy Shop (Virgil Widrich, Austria, 2001), aka Nightmare on Kinko Street 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: The musicians of Paris' Metro perform as The Underground Orchestra (Heddy Honigmann, 1997) 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: A series of new Latin American films continues with Bolivia (Adrian Caetano, Argentina, 2001), a Cassavetes-style look at an illegal alien's struggles in wealthier Argentina 5:25, 8:50 p.m. São Paulo's domestics are the subject of an overly slick comedy, Maids (Fernando Meirelies, Nando Olival, Brazil, 2001) 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: A series by pioneer Mexican filmmaker Fernando Fuentes opens with the first two installments of his trilogy on the Mexican Revolution, Prisoner Number 13 (1933; 5:30 p.m. ) and El Compadre Mendoza (1933; 7:05 p.m. ), an ironic tragedy and a satire, respectively.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: A three-Tuesday series of experimental films by Ernie Gehr concludes with works exploring the urban topography of San Francisco -- Side/Walk/Shuttle (1991) -- and Berlin -- This Side of Paradise (1991) and Passage (1991-2003). Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.


2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, $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.

FRIDAY (Oct. 17): Harold Lloyd climbs that building in the iconographic silent Safety Last (Fred Newmeyer, Sam Taylor, 1923). Doors open at 7 p.m. , film at 8 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $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. 16): A rural Southerner is harassed by crank calls in Andrew Shea's The Corndog Man (1998), billed as "a blistering comedy" on sex and racism. Filmmaker in person. $5 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 18): A "shattering" documentary about the death of a Laotian immigrant (and father of filmmaker Fahm Saeyang), Death of a Shaman (Richard Hall and Saeyang, 2003) screens as a benefit for Lao Family Community Development. $6 3 p.m.

SUNDAY (Oct. 19): Alice Walker presents Ho'oku'ikahi (To Unify as One, Meleanna Aluli Meyer), a documentary about Hawaiian culture, and Onipa'a (To Move Forward With Steadfastness, David Kalama), on the islands' last queen. Walker and Meyer in person. $5 1, 5 p.m. The Hi Lo Film Festival of low-budget indie shorts. For more info, see $6 6, 9 p.m.

TUESDAY (Oct. 21): A Croatian soldier is haunted by dreams of the Virgin Mary in Antero Alli's well-acted video Hysteria (2002). Filmmaker in person. $5 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, $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: Casa de los Babys (John Sayles, 2003) 6:45, 8:50 p.m. Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tom Peosay, 2003) 6:30, 8:40 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

THURSDAY: "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.

STARTS FRIDAY: Carnage (Delphine Gleize, France, 2003); see Opening for review. Call for times and other films.

SATURDAY: "A Century of Curly" -- see Thursday for program 1 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: Other American Voices (Corinna Belz, Neil Hollander, 2002) profiles post-9/11 American dissidents. A speaker from the National Lawyers Guild accompanies evening screenings (with a special "Dissidents Get Out of Jail Free" card, we hope) 2, 7:30, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: A homeless community on the Albany Landfill is memorialized in Bums' Paradise (Tomas McCabe and Andrei Rozen, 2002). Filmmakers will be present 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Film buffs display their Cinemania (Angela Christlieb and Stephen Kijak, U.S./Germany, 2002); see Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Oct. 21 & 22): X-2: X-Men United (Bryan Singer, 2003) 7, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The post-Soviet electrification of Georgia is the subject of Paul Devlin's Power Trip (2003). See Ongoing for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 17-23): A Palestinian woman faces a deadline in Rana's Wedding (Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine, 2003). See Opening for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $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: The Holy Land (Eitan Gorlin, Israel, 2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 17-23): The all-male Girls Will Be Girls (Richard Day, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.


Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, This recently refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.

WEDNESDAY: Radicals protest in The Weather Underground (Sam Greene, Bill Siegel, 2003) 7 p.m.


FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Gospel singers feud in The Fighting Temptations (Jonathan Lynn, 2003). See Ongoing for review Fri 7 p.m.; Sat TBA; Sun 7 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

TUESDAY: The Fighting Temptations 7 p.m.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $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 THROUGH FRIDAY: A series of the films of India's Satyajit Ray continues with Nayak (The Hero, 1966), about the introspections of a Bollywood film star (Uttam Kumar). Co-star Sharmila Tagore, a favorite of Ray, in person after Friday"s screening 7:30 p.m. Four twentysomething friends spend Days and Nights in the Forest (1970) in a good character study 5:25 p.m.; also Wed & Thurs 9:40 p.m.; Fri 10:30 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: The excellent Devi (The Goddess, 1960) with Sharmila Tagore, who will appear in person after Saturday's evening screening 3:40, 7:30 p.m. Bengali's business life is explored in Company Limited (1971) 5:25 p.m.; also Sat 10 p.m.; Sun 9:15 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $6 save as noted. This venue"s Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 15): Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain screens her latest work and its inspiration, Ilha das Flores (Jorge Furtado, Brazil, 1989) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (Oct. 16): A program of videos by Cecilia Dougherty includes "early unflinching portrayals of sexuality, attachment, community and isolation" plus profiles of authors Laurie Weeks, Kevin Killian, and Cedar Sigo. $7 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 18): "Ten Hours of Torment" offers a "trash film marathon" of "some of the worst movies ever made ... excruciating, mind-bending Z-movies." All of them star Arnold Schwarzenegger and cost an average of $150 million each. No? Well, then, come see for yourself, bearing in mind that admission is free but "you pay to get out!" noon-10 p.m.

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