Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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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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: Vincent Gallo seeks The Brown Bunny of love in his 2004 film. See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
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.
SATURDAY (Sept. 11): ATA's Other Cinema opens its fall season with a program of 2004 political reportage, including David Martinez's On the Frontlines of Fallujah; video from last week's Republican convention by Miles Montalbano, Adams Wood, and Mark Liiv; and the short films Thief of Baghdad (Diane Nerwin), Strategic Cyber Defense (Dara Greenwald), and more. Martinez and others in person 8:30 p.m.
BAY AREA VIDEO COALITION
THURSDAY (Sept. 9): BAVC's "Open House," a Bay Area networking mixer, includes demonstrations, installations, screenings, and DJ music. Free 5-9 p.m.
2789 24th St. (at York), 647-2822 for box office, www.filmarts.org/events.php for program. This restored movie house, with two screens, hosts "Frame by Frame," a three-day series of HBO-sponsored documentaries. $7.
FRIDAY (Sept 10): Three shorts, including A Dog's Life (Kirschenbaum), a "dogamentary" partially shot by the filmmaker's Shih Tzu with a camera on her back 5 p.m. HIV-positives pose Positively Naked (Nelson and Nelson), filmmakers in person 7 p.m. A filmmaker traces the Vietnam tour of the father he never knew, Unknown Soldier (Hulme) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 11): Unknown Soldier 11 a.m. Rory Kennedy's A Boy's Life traces how the government rescues a kid from a destructive family 1 p.m. A Dog's Life 2:30 p.m. Short films include Worth Saving (Wolchok and Hildebran), about San Francisco's 15,000 heroin users, and Jornalero (MacPherson), about a Mexican day laborer in S.F. 4:30 p.m. Videos by the terminally ill, collected into The End (Kirby Dick) 7 p.m. A Jewish women's swim team from 1930s Vienna reunites in Watermarks (Zilberman) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY (Sept. 12): Watermarks 11 a.m. An elderly woman who was raped crusades against lax laws in A Rape in a Small Town (Chapman) 1 p.m. Rory Kennedy's Indian Point imagines an attack or accident at this nuclear plant 35 miles north of Manhattan. Also, two shorts on Russian children, one of them on victims of Chernobyl 3 p.m. Nick Broomfield's second film about executed murderer Aileen Wournos, Aileen 5 p.m. The late James Miller's footage about Gaza children, Death in Gaza (Miller and Shah) 7 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 10-16): Burt Lancaster stars as a Sicilian prince in Luchino Visconti's 1860s epic The Leopard (1960), in a new, uncut, Italian-language print. Highly recommended 12:30, 4:15, 8 p.m.
400 block of Sir Frances Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo, 453-4333, www.filmnight.org. A summer-long "Film Night in the Park" continues. BYO chairs, blankets, and pillows. $5 donation, no one turned away.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325 for venue, www.madcatfilmfestival.org for this program. The MadCat Women's International Film Festival screens programs here beginning this week and continuing through Oct. 3 on this bar's outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains). $7-20 sliding scale.
TUESDAY (Sept. 14): The eighth annual MadCat festival gets under way with Stephanie Rothman's The Velvet Vampire (1971), one of a handful of proto-feminist B-movies by this director. Free barbecue 6:30 p.m. Film 8:30 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.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760, www.goethe.de/uk/saf/enindex.htm. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (Sept. 14): A series of the Holocaust-themed films of producer Arthur Brauner screens A Love in Germany (Andrzej Wajda, Germany, 1983), retelling an affair between a German woman and a Polish slave laborer during the war 7:30 p.m.
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA
425 Washington (at Battery), Suite 200, 788-7142, www.sfiic.org. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura promotes Italian language and culture in Northern California with occasional film screenings. Free.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings.
THURSDAY (Sept. 9): The late, great Katy Jurado is paid tribute to with a screening of Beautiful Secret (Leopoldo Laborde, Mexico, 2002), starring Jurado in her final role as an elderly writer who'd known everyone who was everyone in her era's art circles. $8 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 11): Patricio Guzman's three-hour tribute to the Allende government, The Battle of Chile (Venezuela/Cuba, 1975), on the 31st anniversary of its fall. The Pinochet Affair author Roger Burbach introduces the film. Voluntary donation 7:30 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Imagining Argentina (Christopher Hampton, U.K./Argentina, 2004). See Ongoing for review Wed 4:30, 7 p.m.; Thurs 4:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Jagmohan Mundhra's Sandstorm (India, 2001). See Opening for review. Call for times.
3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down.
DAILY: Orwell Rolls in His Grave (Robert Kane Pappas, 2004) 6, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2 p.m. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (Robert Greenwald, 2004) 8 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex offers a midnight movie series, "The Filth," with just the film on Fridays and audience participation events on Saturdays. $8. For other Lumiere programs, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Vincent Gallo as Elmer Fudd, seeking the wascally wabbit they call The Brown Bunny (Gallo, 2004). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 10-16): Eloy de la Iglesia's Bulgarian Lovers (Spain, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Blood-crazed zombies take London in 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle, U.K., 2003).
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues its fall film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
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: "Performance Anxiety," a series on video performance art, screens Linda Montano's Mitchell's Death (1978) and more recent films on loss by Donigan Cumming, Joe Gibbons, and others 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A man watches his mother die of cancer in Pialat's The Mouth Agape (France, 1974; 7:30 p.m.), while Gérard Depardieu plays a burned-out cop tracking a drug ring in Police (France, 1985; 9:15 p.m.).
SATURDAY: Teens in a mining town drift in Pialat's Graduate First (France, 1979) 7 p.m. Tentatively scheduled, "French Chronicles" screens with others of Pialat's early short films. No titles. Call (510) 642-1412 to confirm 8:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: A six-hour film made for French television, The House in the Woods (1971) is about a couple who take in children during World War I. Screens with dinner break. $10 3 p.m.
MONDAY: 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: "Tim Goodman's Fall TV Preview" features the S.F. Chronicle columnist plus radio celebs from KFOG treating us to glimpses of the "hot new shows." Free 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The Parkway's sixth annual Film Noir Fest runs through Sept. 30 with a series of rotating programs. This weekend, Michael Curtiz's Angels With Dirty Faces (1938), an excellent gangster film featuring one of James Cagney's best performances as a good bad man. It's not a noir, though! Fri 6:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 6 p.m.
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, 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: 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, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $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 (www.nobawc.org) 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.
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 & 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.
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: 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.
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 www.filmoakland.com. 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 www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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