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


1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), 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: Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston, 2004) 6:45, 9 p.m. Mean Creek (Jacob Aaron Estes, 2004) 7, 9:10 p.m. The Story of the Weeping Camel (Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni, Mongolia, 2003) 6:30 p.m. Stander (Bronwen Hughes, U.K., 2004) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

STARTS FRIDAY: Ju-On: The Grudge (Takashi Shimizu, Japan, 2003); see Opening for review. Hijacking Catastrophe (Jeremy Earp and Sut Jhally, 2004); see Ongoing for review. Maria Full of Grace and Mean Creek continue. Call for times.

SATURDAY: The Sausalito houseboat community defends itself against development in the Marin-made independent film The Last Free Ride (Roy Nolan, Saul Rouda, 1974). Filmmakers in person for this 30th-anniversary screening 7 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY: The Worker Cooperative Film Fest ( continues with "Worker-Powered: Bikes and the Cooperative Movement," a program of vehicular shorts 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: Worker Coop Film Fest -- This "Made in America" program includes Democracy in the Workplace, a documentary featuring the S.F. co-ops Rainbow Grocery, Inkworks Press, and the Cheese Board. Also, Made in the USA: Worker Coops Across America. Speakers in person 7:15, 9:25 p.m.

FRIDAY: A giant octopus attacks San Francisco in It Came From Beneath the Sea (Robert Gordon, 1955) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

SATURDAY: All the world's monsters, imprisoned on a small island, are taken over by aliens and set free to terrorize the planet in Godzilla creator Inoshira Honda's documentary on last week's Republican convention, Destroy All Monsters (Japan, 1968) 2, 4, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Bugs go wild in a field in France, photographed in extreme close-up in Microcosmos (Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou, France, 1996) 7:30, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Sept. 14 & 15): Walter Hill's The Warriors escape from the Bronx in this stylized gang film from 1979 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Paul Alexander's Brothers in Arms: The Story of the Crew of Patrol Craft Fast 94 (2004) presents a timely take on the war that never ends. See Ongoing for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 10-16): Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye (Heinz Bütler, France, 2003); see Opening for review 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 3:30, 5 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, with excellent projection.

WEDNESDAY: Two by F.W. Murnau, his hard-to-see last Hollywood film, City Girl (1930; /i>7:30 p.m.) and the acknowledged classic Sunrise (1927; circa 9:15 p.m.). Both films juxtapose urban and rural life as two (very different) young women travel to the country.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: A double bill of dark British comedies about murder from England's Ealing Studio. Alec Guinness leads a band of The Ladykillers (Alexander Mackendrick, 1955; 7:30 p.m.) while playing eight roles, all murdered by Dennis Price, in Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1948; 5:30, 9:10 p.m.).

SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Bette Davis, Celeste Holm, George Sanders, and others tell us All About Eve (1950; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:35 p.m.) in Joseph Mankiewicz's talky theatrical drama. Monty Woolley is bossy and talkative as The Man Who Came to Dinner (William Keighley, 1941; 5:25, 10:20 p.m.) in this adaptation of the Kaufman & Hart stage play, featuring Davis. Chapter 12 of Superman (1948) precedes Eve.


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

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 8): The Latino Film Festival screens House With a View of the Sea (Alberto Arvelo, Chile, 2001), about a widowed father and his son living in the Andean foothills. $8 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (Sept. 9): A "Thursday Night (A)Live! Series screens a program of new low-tech videos by and with Raymond Pettibon, looking back at the punk scene circa 1980. $6 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (Sept. 10): A September "Giant Monster Attack series opens with Godzilla vs. Smog Monster (Yoshimitsu Banno, Japan, 1971), with Godzilla taking on a creature that absorbs waste and spews sulfuric acid. English-dubbed 7:30 p.m.


A monthly "Old Oakland Outdoor Cinema" series concludes with Gene Kelly's beloved musical Singin' in the Rain (Kelly and Stanley Donen, 1952), this Friday, Sept. 10, on Washington Street between Ninth and 10th streets. Limited seating provided; BYO chairs and blankets. Free parking at Eighth and Washington. For more information, call (510) 238-4734 or visit Free. Live music 5 p.m., shorts and feature 8 p.m. ... Also, the Danger and Despair Knitting Circle opens a series devoted to the noirs of 1941 with Raoul Walsh's classic High Sierra, with Humphrey Bogart as a justly bitter ex-con. Introduced by author Spence Selby, this Saturday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. For more info, see; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail

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