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Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.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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21 GRAND

449B 23rd St. (between Telegraph and Broadway), Oakland, (510) 444-7263, 21grand@21grand.org. $5-10 sliding scale for this event.

THURSDAY (Aug. 12): A "Sight and Sound" series presents, in conjunction with an ongoing "Discrete Palettes" exhibit, an evening of video and film work by local musicians Merlin Coleman, Peter Conheim, Gretchen Hildebran, and others 8:30 p.m.

ACT ONE/TWO

2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Maximilian Schell's My Sister Maria (Austria, 2002). See Ongoing for review 7:10, 9:20 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 13-19): Divan (Pearl Gluck, U.S./Hungary, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

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

WEDNESDAY (Aug. 11): A teen tries to survive civil war-torn Beirut in West Beyrouth (Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon, 1998) 6 p.m.

ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS

992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

THURSDAY (Aug. 12): ANSWER screens The Murder of Fred Hampton (Howard Alk, 1971), documenting the death of a Black Panther in Chicago, 1969 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (Aug. 14): The Rough Cut Film Festival 2004 presents trailers and new and unfinished films, offered up for audience comment to aid the filmmakers. See www.lilycat.com for more 8 p.m.

BALBOA

3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $7.50. This great neighborhood house is a good place to catch second-run Hollywood fare. See our Showtimes page for what's at the Balboa the rest of this week.

DAILY: The Iranian comedy The Lizard (Kamal Tabrizi, 2004). See Ongoing for review. $9 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.

BRIDGE

3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday this summer, hosted by Peaches Christ. $8.

SATURDAY (Aug. 14): "Midnight Mass" concludes with its annual S.F. Underground Short Film Festival of new works by Bay Area iconoclasts midnight.

CASTRO

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: Jackie Curtis is Superstar in a Housedress (Craig Highberger, 2004). See Ongoing for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 13-19): A new print of Federico Fellini's hugely popular exposé of the decadent rich, La Dolce Vita (Italy, 1959) 1, 4:30, 8 p.m.

EXPLORATORIUM

3601 Lyon (at Marina), 563-7337, www.exploratorium.edu. Free with museum admission of $12. A "Tinkering!" film series continues all summer. Screenings are in the center's McBean Theater, through the front doors and on the left.

SATURDAY (Aug. 14): Exploratorium founder Frank Oppenheimer is found at play in this, The Palace of Delights (Jon Else, 1982) 2 p.m.

SUNDAY (Aug. 15): Sound is tinkered with in John Sanborn's Ear to the Ground (1985), Jason Leonard's Sonata for the World (2002), and more 2 p.m.

FOREIGN CINEMA

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.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Damian Pettigrew's documentary Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (Italy, 2003) tells all 8:30, 10:15 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: Niki Caro's Whale Rider (New Zealand, 2003) screens through Sept. 5 8:15, 10 p.m.

FOUR STAR

2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings and, Aug. 12-23, its eighth annual Asian Film Festival. (Note: Some screenings are projected video.) $8 for AFF shows save as noted.

THURSDAY: The Asian Film Festival opens here with the much-anticipated Ju-On 1 (Shimizu, Japan). $10 /i>8 p.m.

FRIDAY: AFF -- A widow drives a minibus in Lost in Time (Yee, Hong Kong) 12:30 p.m. A police drama, Colour of the Truth (Wing and Mak, Hong Kong) 2:50 p.m. A true-life murder case is re-created in Macabre Case of Prom-Pi-Ram (Udomdej, Thailand) 4:55 p.m. Mother and daughter reunite, but one of them has SARS, in Homecoming (Portes, Philippines) 7:20 p.m. A San Francisco kung fu school-produced Gate of Souls (Heinrich) 9:45 p.m.

SATURDAY: AFF -- Romance and rivalry during the Cultural Revolution amid The Foliage (Lu, China) noon. Colour of the Truth 2 p.m. A melodrama set during Japan's occupation, In the Bosom of the Enemy (Portes, Philippines) 3:55 p.m.Gate of Souls 6:05 p.m. A carjacking goes wrong in Drive (Sabu, Japan) 8 p.m. An old samurai teaches kids to fight in Azumi (Kitamura, Japan) 10 p.m.

SUNDAY: AFF -- Adultery goes awry in Men Suddenly in Black (Pang, Hong Kong) noon. A transvestite caught up in World War II becomes Markova: Comfort Gay (Portes, Philippines) 2 p.m. Homecoming 4:05 p.m. Coming of age with Conduct Zero (Cho, Korea) 8:15 p.m. Macabre Case of Prom-Pi-Ram 10:15 p.m.

MONDAY: AFF -- Azumi noon. The Foliage 2:55 p.m. Conduct Zero 5 p.m. A gangster signs on for a fake wedding in Failan (Song, Korea) 7:10 p.m. Drive 9:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: AFF -- Failan 12:30 p.m. Colour of the Truth 2:55 p.m. Lost in Time 5 p.m. A lost girl returns home after 10 years in Antenna (Kumakiri, Japan) 7:20 p.m. Macabre Case of Prom-Pi-Ram 9:40 p.m.

LARK

549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111. This single-screen art deco theater has just reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8 per feature save as noted.

WEDNESDAY: A weeklong "Tribute to Marlon Brando" concludes with Marlon singing and dancing in Guys and Dolls (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1955) 6:30 p.m. Brando then goes On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954) 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: A Basque radical is profiled in Helena Tabera's Yoyes (Spain, 1999). $9 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.

LITTLE ROXIE

3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Hunting of the President (Nickolas Perry and Harry Thomason, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6, 9 p.m. Hijacking Catastrophe 7:45 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.

OPERA PLAZA

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. $8.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Maximilian Schell's My Sister Maria (Austria, 2002). See Ongoing for review 2:40, 5:10, 7:40 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 13-19): Divan (Pearl Gluck, U.S./Hungary, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.

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 Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.

WEDNESDAY: An "Exploit-O-Scope" series screens a new print of John Waters' smell-o-visionary Polyester (1981), with audiences sniffing Odorama cards 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A Luchino Visconti series continues with Senso (Italy, 1954; 7 p.m.), a romantic tragedy set during the war of the 1860s, and Bellissima (Italy, 1951; 9:20 p.m.), a tragicomedy set in a film studio.

FRIDAY: Visconti's unauthorized adaptation of James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice, Ossessione (Italy, 1943) is full of Po River Valley atmosphere 7 p.m. Visconti's episode, The Witch Burned Alive (Italy, 1967), from a compilation film, The Witches, plus his portrait of Anna Magnani from a 1953 film 9:35 p.m.

SATURDAY: Visconti's masterpiece The Leopard (Italy, 1963), restored to its 188-minute grandeur in a new print 7 p.m.

SUNDAY: The Witch Burned Alive and Anna Magnani 5:30 p.m. Ossessione 7 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: Pre-Columbian art is forged in Ruins (Jesse Lerner, 1999), depicted as yet another form of revenge by the heirs of Montezuma 7:30 p.m.

PARKWAY

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.

SATURDAY (Aug. 14): Good Vibrations marks Anal Sex Month (who knew?) with a talk by Carol Queen and a screening of Bend Over Boyfriend (Shar Rednour, 1998) and Bend Over Boyfriend 2: More Rockin' Less Talking (Rednour and Jackie Strano, 1999). $7 5 p.m.

TUESDAY (Aug. 17): Which should prepare us for the second annual Oakland International Black Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Film Festival, here today and next Sunday. For films and show times (unavailable at press time) and more information, see www.clubrimshot.com/filmfestival.html. $8 per program.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. See Ongoing for review.

RAFAEL FILM CENTER

1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), 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: The Story of the Weeping Camel (Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni, Mongolia, 2003) 6:30 p.m. The Corporation (Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Canada, 2003) 8:30 p.m. Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston, 2004) 6:45, 9 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

WEDNESDAY: An advance screening of Stander (Bronwen Hughes, U.K.), with director Hughes and star Thomas Jane in person 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: "Singer at 100" -- I.B. Singer's centennial is marked with a double bill of Isaac Singer's Nightmare and Mrs. Pupko's Beard and the documentary Isaac in America (Amran Nowak, 1986) 7 p.m. The Hunting of the President (Nickolas Perry and Harry Thomason, 2004). See Ongoing for review 9:10 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Seducing Dr. Lewis (Jean-François Pouliot, Canada, 2003); see Ongoing for review. The Corporation, Maria Full of Grace, and The Story of the Weeping Camel continue. Call for times.

SUNDAY: A twice-weekly Barbara Stanwyck series opens with Mick LaSalle introducing Frank Capra's dream portrait of China, The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) 7 p.m.

RED VIC

1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: A French anime, Kaena: The Prophecy (Chris Delaporte and Pascal Pinon, France, 2004) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Morgan Spurlock demands, Super Size Me (2004), and who are we to refuse? 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.

MONDAY: A week of real and fake samurai flicks, concluding with Kill Bill Volume 2, opens with Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino, 2003) 2, 4:20, 7, 9:20 p.m.

TUESDAY: Toshiro Mifune is a masterless samurai in Akira Kurosawa's masterful Yojimbo (Japan, 1961) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.

ROXIE

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

WEDNESDAY: Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (Robert Greenwald, 2004). See Ongoing for review 1, 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.

THURSDAY: City Lights offers a special screening of Outfoxed with a Q&A session to follow with anti-war activist Jeremy Glick, among others, in person 8 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 13-19): Tom Dowd & the Language of Music (Mark Moorman, 2004). See Opening for review 6, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m.

STANFORD

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.

WEDNESDAY: A weekly silent series, featuring Dennis James on the organ, screens William Wellman's aerial epic Wings (1927; 7:30 p.m.), with Clara Bow in support to male buddies Buddy Rogers and Richard Arlen. Bow entered the sound era as The Saturday Night Kid (A. Edward Sutherland, 1929; 9:30 p.m.), with Jean Arthur as her kid sister.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Tyrone Power's on trial in Witness for the Prosecution (Billy Wilder, 1957; 7:30 p.m.), but Charles Laughton and Marlene Dietrich are the real scene thieves. Alfred Hitchcock's Stage Fright (U.K., 1950; 5:30, 9:35 p.m.) would loom large in anyone else's filmography if only for another colorful turn by Dietrich.

SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Two 1953 films about show business by industry vet Vincente Minnelli, the musical The Band Wagon (7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:55 p.m.) and the inside-Hollywood The Bad and the Beautiful (5:20, 9:50 p.m.). Chapter 8 of Superman (1948) precedes The Band Wagon.

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $7, $2 for second feature, save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY (Aug. 11): A Latino Film Festival screening of Helena Tabera's Yoyes (Spain, 1999), a profile of the first woman to assume a leadership position in the Basque separatist group the ETA. $8 6, 8:15 p.m.

FILM NOTES

The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle continues its "Mostly Pre-Code" series of 1930s proto-noirs, most featuring dangerous blonde Gertrude Michael. On Thursday, Aug. 12, the Circle screens a double bill of The Return of Sophie Lang (George Archainbaud, 1936), a post-Code comedy about a now-reformed jewel thief, at 8 p.m., and Witching Hour (Henry Hathaway, 1934), a courtroomer with Michael limited to a dream sequence, at 9:30 p.m. For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail darkmarc@msn.com.

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