MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday and Saturday): The regular Saturday-night screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal, promises an extra-special Halloween effort this weekend (note added screening Friday). $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: Bubba Ho-Tep (Don Coscarelli, 2003) 7, 9 p.m. Casa de los Babys (John Sayles, 2003) 6:30 p.m. Dirty Pretty Things (Stephen Frears, U.K., 2003) 8:30 p.m.Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tom Peosay, 2003) 6:45, 8:50 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: John Adams' opera about a Palestinian takeover of a Mediterranean cruise ship, The Death of Klinghoffer (Peggy Woolcock, U.K., 2003); see Opening for review. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain, 2003); see Ongoing for review. Call for times and other films.
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: Animal rights activists uncage an infected chimp, and 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle, U.K., 2003) England is pretty much done. A good thriller that comes with two alternate endings -- neither really satisfying 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:20 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: A family tears itself apart, and captures it all on home video, in Andrew Jarecki's Capturing the Friedmans (2003) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Nov. 4 & 5): Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things (U.K., 2003) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com for regular programming; www.filmarts.org and 552-3456 for Film Arts Festival; www.thirdi.org and 835-4781 for the South Asian Film Festival. $8 regular and South Asian Film Festival screenings, $10 Film Arts Festival screenings save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY: The Roxie presents the results of last weekend's 48 Hour Film Project, which involved teams from the Bay Area who took two days to shoot and edit their movies, screening here tonight 7, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The 19th annual Film Arts Festival screens here for three days. Today, the local high school student-filmed Bus 24: The Diversity Bus, free 3 p.m. Soulsville (Bob Sarles) 7 p.m. Waiting to Inhale (Jed Riffe) 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Film Arts Festival -- "Media Activism Panel" 1 p.m. "Women on the Verge" (stories of aging) 3 p.m. "Spirit of Gravity" (dance films) 5 p.m. "Memory Sightings" ("films of seeing bodies," including a new work by Jay Rosenblatt) 7 p.m. "New Storytellers" (narratives, including David Munro's Compulsory Breathing) 9 p.m. Open Screening 11 p.m.
SUNDAY: The San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival screens here for two days. Films include My Mother India (Uberia, Australia) 2 p.m.DAM/Age (Seth, India) 4 p.m. Road to Ladakh (Kumar, India) 6 p.m. A Nation Without Women (Jha, India) 8 p.m.
STARTS MONDAY: Call theater for program.
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: Gasoline (Elena Stancanelli, Italy, 2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 31-Nov. 6): John Carlos Frey's The Gatekeeper (2002). 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.
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: Buster Keaton's justly popular detective fantasy Sherlock Jr. (1924) screens with a live organ score by Jerry Nagano 7:30 p.m. Satyajit Ray's fantasy The Golden Fortress (1974) 5:20, 8:35 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Ray's excellent Charulata (The Lonely Wife, 1964; 3:15, 7:30 p.m.) screens with Billy Wilder's Sabrina (1954; 5:25, 9:40 p.m.), with Audrey Hepburn as a lonely chauffeur's daughter.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 29): A romance between an Arab Christian woman and a Russian immigrant man is the subject of Lina and Slava Chaplin's love story A Trumpet in the Wadi (Israel, 2002). Presented by the S.F. Jewish Film Festival. $7 7:30 p.m.
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