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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449B 23rd St. (between Telegraph and Broadway), Oakland, (510) 444-7263, 21grand.org.
THURSDAY (Dec. 11): A Croatian soldier's disturbing dreams constitute Antero Alli's Hysteria (2002); filmmaker in person. Also, live music by Sylvi Alli. $5-10 sliding scale 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Dec. 13 & 14): The fourth annual T-10 Video Festival screens 20 short videos by 20 different people over two nights, with works by Peter Freund featured Saturday and Lise Swenson on Sunday. Other videos include Alicia Pattner's Comedy: The Other Black Gold and Bruce Bottin's Golem vs. Dumbeast. $5-10 sliding scale 8:30 p.m.
2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25. Replacing the Shattuck, one of this venue's two screens is now a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Ben Coccio's Zero Day (2003); see Ongoing for review 7, 9 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (Dec. 13): Querelle 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.
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 10): Kerry Laitala presents a "New Wave Stop Action Sex Party" featuring movies spawned from the loins of the Graphics Film Class at the San Francisco Art Institute, including the group projects Death Has a Driver's License, Motion Spastics, and Filmalicious Findings. Three Dollar Frolics begin at 7:30 p.m., films at 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (Dec. 11): ANSWER screens Filipino radical filmmaker Lino Brocka's Ora Pro Nobis (Fight for Us, video, 1989), a docudrama about the human rights abuses of anti-communist citizens' committees 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Dec. 13): A program of "Direct Animation" offers handmade work by Phil Solomon, Luis Recorder, Devon Damonte, Ken Paul Rosenthal, and others, plus an eight-hour Direct Film Manipulation Workshop prior to the show (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to participate) 8:30 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
FRIDAY (Dec. 12): A showing of Mitchell Leisen's Remember the Night (1940), a warm Christmas drama scripted by Preston Sturges, with Barbara Stanwyck as a shoplifter incarcerated for the holidays in Fred MacMurray's home, is an unexpected seasonal treat 7, 9 p.m.
SUNDAY (Dec. 14): Rear Window 5 p.m. Remember the Night 7:15 p.m. Separate admission.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A new print of Fred Zinnemann's film of James Jones' novel about the U.S. Navy on the eve of Pearl Harbor, From Here to Eternity (1953), with '50s icons Lancaster, Clift, Sinatra, Borgnine, and Reed 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 12-18): A new print of Federico Fellini's "Rimini Graffiti," I Vitelloni (Italy, 1954), an autobiographical film about the prolonged adolescence of young men in a small town. See Opening for review 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 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. A "Midnites for Maniacs" series continues on Saturdays. For the Four Star's regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): A "Slumber Party Triple Feature" will keep you up all night with Prom Night (Paul Lynch, 1980), with Jamie Lee Curtis and a bevy of slasher trailers midnight. Skatetown USA (William A. Levey, 1979), with Scott Baio and more trailers 2 a.m. And Zapped! (Robert Rosenthal, 1982), with Baio and free cereal to all who've survived 4 a.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 10): A young girl wants to dance at the Tropicana in the comedy Paradise Under the Stars (Cuba, 1999), a benefit screening for SF-Bay Area Friendshipment/ Pastors for Peace. $8-15 7 p.m.
THURSDAY (Dec. 11): The perils of genetic engineering are posed in Fed Up! $6 7:30 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 12-18): Yossi & Jagger (Eytan Fox, Israel, 2002); see Opening for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 p.m.
Action Theater, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), Second Floor, 369-6098 for venue and www.thenorthface.com for event information.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (Dec. 11-13): The premiere of a new 16mm ski and snowboard film, High Life (2003) Thurs 8 p.m.; Fri & Sat 6, 8 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY (Dec. 10 & 11): Ben Coccio's Zero Day (2003); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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.
WEDNESDAY: Program 5 of "Standby," a five-week series of video art made in New York City, 1983-93, screens Jem Cohen's This Is a History of New York (1988) and Shelly Silver's sociological survey of thirtysomethings, The Houses That Are Left (1991) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Two silents by Yasujiro Ozu – The formally adventurous Woman of Tokyo (1933) 7:30 p.m. A rare drama, A Mother Should Be Loved (1934) 8:40 p.m.
FRIDAY: Ozu's beautiful There Was a Father (1942) 7:30 p.m. Ozu's first postwar film, The Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947) 9:20 p.m.
SATURDAY: Ozu's family dramas Early Summer (1951; 4, 8:35 p.m.) and A Hen in the Wind (1948; 7 p.m.).
SUNDAY: Two warm comedies from the early Ozu, Passing Fancy (1933; 5:30 p.m.) and A Story of Floating Weeds (1934; 7:30 p.m.).
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
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 (Dec. 11): It's the Chairman's birthday eve bash, featuring a screening of The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962), with those famed Rat Packers Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Angela Lansbury ... no? Oh well, it has the Chairman! Also, a live set by the Atomic Lounge Show. $8 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, 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: A love triangle in 1930s Budapest lasts until wartime in Rolf Schübel's Gloomy Sunday (Germany, 2000) 6:30, 8:50 p.m. War refugees in the United States are the Lost Boys of Sudan (Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk, 2003) 6:45 p.m. Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tom Peosay, 2003) 8:40 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Cynthia Wade's Shelter Dogs (2003); see Page 46 for a full review. Gloomy Sunday, Lost Boys of Sudan, and Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion continue. Call for times.
SUNDAY: A Beyond Borders International Family Film screening of Abrafaxe: Under the Black Flag (Gerhard Shahn and Tony Power, 2001), from a popular German comic book about three kids who travel in time, back to pirates of the Caribbean Blackbeard and Anne Bonney (not Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush). English-dubbed 1 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.
THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Dana Brown invites you to Step Into Liquid (2003), a surfing documentary 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: The Guerrilla News Network's Aftermath (2002) asks 11 "unanswered questions" from nine people about Sept. 11. Q&A with activists at every screening 7:15, 9:15 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.
WEDNESDAY: Lost Boys of Sudan (Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk, 2003) 2, 6 p.m. Tamala 2010 (t.o.l., Japan, 2002) 4, 8 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
THURSDAY: A "Short Film Showcase" screens works by local filmmakers, including Casey Stegman's Joe's Homeless Phone, John Mazyck's pit bull-inflected love story Dog Eat Dog, and Beryl Lusen's The Right Gift for a soon-to-be ex-spouse. $5. First screening, with filmmakers in attendance 7 p.m., second show 9:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Cynthia Wade's Shelter Dogs (2003); see Page 46 for a full review 6:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sffs.org. "The Seventh Art: New Dimensions in Cinema" continues a monthly series of films with directors in person this week. $15.
SF LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), Second Floor, 865-5555, www.outandequal.org for more about this event. Suggested donation $20.
THURSDAY (Dec. 11): Out & Equal Workplace Advocates sponsors "The Commercial Closet," a video show hosted by Michael Wilke of gay images in commercials worldwide over the past 30 years. Drinks and networking at 6 p.m., film at 7 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 works by Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray with Hollywood classics.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Satyajit Ray's Branches of a Tree (1990; 7:30 p.m.) screens with the family difficulties of William Wyler's film of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes (1940; 5:20, 9:45 p.m.).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Musicians Goopi Gayin and Bagha Bayin set out to reform a corrupt kingdom in Ray's comedy The Kingdom of Diamonds (1980; 3:35, 7:30 p.m.), screening with the Marx Brothers farce A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935; 5:45, 9:40 p.m.).
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
THURSDAY (Dec. 11): A program of films by Bay Area auteur Dominic Angerame includes Pixiscope and I'd Rather Be in Paris. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Dec. 12): "Ten Perfect Moments," a series of highlights from 10 years of the YBC's screenings, presents Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro (English-dubbed; Japan, 1988), an anime classic about a vanishing rural Japan, screening with Sally Cruikshank's short Face Like a Frog (1987) 7 p.m.
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