SUNDAY & MONDAY: Charming little Keisha Castle-Hughes (a Padme princess in the next Star Wars, by the way) is the Whale Rider (New Zealand, 2002) in Niki Caro's popular film 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Oct. 28 & 29): F.W. Murnau's vampire smash Nosferatu (Germany, 1922) screens on video with a live score by Jill Tracy and the Malcontent Orchestra. $10 7:30, 9:30 p.m. Film-only matinee ($4.50) 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Don McGlynn's new documentary about blues legend Chester Arthur Burnett, The Howlin' Wolf Story (2003) 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Oct. 27-29): The Roxie presents the results of the 48 Hour Film Project. Teams from the Bay Area have just spent two days (Oct. 24-26) writing, shooting, and editing their short films, which screen here tonight 7, 9:30 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: The all-male Girls Will Be Girls (Richard Day, 2003). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 24-30): Gasoline (Elena Stancanelli, Italy, 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.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (Oct. 23-25): Robert Duvall and Michael Caine are Secondhand Lions (Tim McCanlies, 2003), with Haley Joel Osment as the robot boy searching for the Blue Fairy. See Ongoing for review Thurs 7 p.m.; Fri 7, 9:15 p.m.; Sat 4 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, with excellent projection. The theater has begun to program films by Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray with Hollywood classics.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Satyajit Ray's dark comedy about Bengali business practices, The Middle Man (1976; 7:30 p.m.), screens with Billy Wilder's drama about dark doings in the insurance game, Double Indemnity (1944; 5:30, 9:55 p.m.).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: A taxi driver tries to get business in rural Bengal in Ray's Abhijaan (The Expedition, 1962) 3:40, 7:30 p.m. Two musicians get the business at the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Wilder's Some Like It Hot (1959) 5:20, 10:10 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
2700 45th Ave. (at Sloat), 387-9615 for info and reservations.
THURSDAY (Oct. 23): Ireland's Jewish community is profiled in Shalom Ireland. $10. Reception 6 p.m., film 7 p.m.
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WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (Oct. 22-25): The fourth annual Christian WYSIWYG Film Festival offers four days of guest speakers, networking, short films, and features, including The Roman Trilogy Episode One: The Apostle Paul; the new VeggieTales movie, The Ballad of Little Joe (not to be confused with the 1993 western about a cross-dressing rancher, this one might be about a carrot converso); and a four-minute clip from Mel Gibson's The Passion.
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THURSDAY (Oct. 23): "California Stories," a program of video documentaries by students from S.F. State and UC Berkeley, screens films about the homeless, the Ashby Flea Market, Craigslist, and other Bay Area institutions. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Oct. 24): Melinda Stone's "The California Tour Homecoming Show" re-creates the ambience of a drive-in movie theater in the YB screening room, offering commissioned films by Kate Haug, Karla Dovoka, and Michael Rudnick. What, no root beer? 7 p.m.
The sixth annual UNAFF presents 30 documentaries from all over the world on the theme "Promotion of Universal Respect" at Stanford University this week, Oct. 22-26. For more info, call (650) 724-5544 or visit www.unaff.org. ... The San Francisco World Film Festival and Marketplace screens short independent films and features in search of distributors at the Avalon Ballroom and the Palace of Fine Arts Thursday through Saturday. Visit www.sfworldfilmfestival.com for more. ... Betty & Ann's "Reel to Real Film Series" for "lesbians and all others in our LGBT community" offers a preview screening of Shattered Glass (Billy Ray, 2003), about Charles Glass' creative journalism, this Saturday at the Variety Club in downtown San Francisco's Hobart Building. RSVP for your $25 tickets and screening info to firstname.lastname@example.org. ... George Ratliff's Hell House (2001), a documentary about a damnation-themed teen attraction offered by fundamentalists, screens in the rear dining room of Schroeder's Restaurant, 240 Front St., this Saturday at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the sauerkraut-fancying S.F. Atheists; see www.sfatheists.com for more. ... Finally, the Sixth Street Cinema in Mariposa has programmed a three-day seminar and screening of Krzysztof Kieslowski's great miniseries inspired by the Ten Commandments, The Decalogue (Poland, 1988), Friday through Sunday, with many guest lecturers from the Bay Area. See www.6thstreetcinema.org for more. "Geographic isolation doesn"t have to mean cultural isolation."
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