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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449B 23rd St. (between Telegraph and Broadway), Oakland, (510) 444-7263 for venue, www.paratheatrical.com for program.
THURSDAY (Sept. 23): The Orphans of Delirium are 11 performers executing "a series of convulsive initiatic rites" at the hands of video artist Antero Alli. $7-12 suggested donation 9 p.m.
111 MINNA GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
MONDAY (Sept. 27): The "Autumnal Edition" of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" presents 13 short films and videos "as a poignant reminder of Autumn's time of change," including Shannon Silva's The Unbelievable Act of Totally Disappearing, Leighton Pierce's Pink Socks, and Leif Petersen's Museums of Forests 8 p.m.
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: On separate screens, Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Last Life in the Universe (Thailand, 2003; 7, 9:30 p.m.), and the Karl Rove documentary Bush's Brain (Joseph Mealey, Michael Shoob, 2004; 7:30, 9:40 p.m.). See Ongoing for reviews.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 24-30): Bang Rajan (Thanit Jitnukul, Thailand, 2000). See Opening for review. Call for times.
ALBERT PARK BASEBALL FIELD
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 22): The equation of money and happiness is posed in Robert Guédiguian's dramedy L'Argent fait le bonheur (1993) 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 (Sept. 23): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" allows you to present your homemade masterpiece. Advance submission is encouraged (email@example.com) to reserve space. Free for filmmakers; looky-loos are $5 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 24): The MadCat Women's International Film Festival (www.madcatfilmfestival.org) screens "The Truth of the Matter," films about artists questioning the government, including Diane Nerwen's The Thief of Baghdad, starring Charlton Heston. $7-20 sliding scale 7 p.m. "Patriot Acts," a program of vintage Vietnam-era anti-war films (including Carolee Schneemann's Viet-Flakes, 1966) and new work from Iraq (Sietske Tjallingii's The General, 2004). $7-20 sliding scale 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 25): A program of films on biology and law, screening as a benefit for the PATRIOT Act-busted Critical Art Ensemble of Buffalo, includes Dale Hoyt's Transgenic Hair Shirt, Rachel Mayeri's Genome, and films by the CAE. "What's freedom of expression worth to you?" asks Other Cinema. "Put your money where your mouth is, you armchair radicals!" $5-50 8:30 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Political corruption in the heat of the sun -- a timely screening of Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974) 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Wed 1:30, 4:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 24-30): The war that never ends -- a timely screening of Peter Davis' Oscar-winning Vietnam documentary Hearts & Minds (1974) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 4:15 p.m.; Sat & Wed 1:30 p.m.
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 through Oct. 3 on this bar's outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains). $7-20 sliding scale.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 22): The eighth annual MadCat festival continues with "Growing Up Is Hard to Do," a program of "side-splitting educational films" on themes of growing up and sexuality from the 1950s-80s. Free barbecue 6:30 p.m. Films 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Sept. 28): MadCat -- A program by pioneering French film feminist Germaine Dulac screens her experimental narrative The Smiling Madame Beudet (1922) and her abstract Antoine Artaud adaptation Seashell and the Clergyman (1928). Free barbecue 6:30 p.m. Films 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. 28): A series of the Holocaust-themed films of producer Arthur Brauner screens Hanussen (István Szabó, Germany, 1987), about the famous psychic who predicted Hitler's rise to power ... and what happened after he was right 7:30 p.m.
3200 Grand (at Lake Park), Oakland, (510) 452-3556, www.oaklandfilmfestival.org for this event. This multiplex usually shows first-run movies. $9 save as noted. For the rest of the Grand Lake's schedule, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 22): The third Oakland Film Festival concludes with a program of shorts, "A Reminder of Our Humanity" 7 p.m.
INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS
446 Valencia (between 15th and 16th streets), 626-3311, www.theintersection.org. This art space offers a film screening this week. $9-15 sliding scale.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (Sept. 23-25): Filmmaker Pierre Hébert and composer Bob Ostertag combine for a live "sampled sound" performance of Endangered Species (2004), "a new work about disappearance, panic, witness and humor" 8 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.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for film and 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.
THURSDAY: Orwell Rolls in His Grave 6 p.m. Three Kings director David O. Russell in person with his documentary follow-up to that film, Soldier's Pay (2004), screening with Uncovered: The War on Iraq (Greenwald, 2004) 8 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Monumental (Kelly Duane, 2004); see Ongoing for review 6 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2 p.m. Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism 7:40 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4 p.m. Soldier's Pay and Uncovered: The War on Iraq 9:15 p.m.
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.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Strange doings at a nursing home animate Bubba Ho-Tep (Don Coscarelli, 2003).
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. This cultural asset of long standing continues its fall film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
THURSDAY (Sept. 23): Byron Haskin's classic Outer Limits episode "Demon With a Glass Hand" (1964) will screen as part of a lecture on science fiction by this writer, Doug Williams, and Metro critic Richard von Busack, discussing our contributions to The Science Fiction Film Reader (Limelight Editions). $5 6 p.m.
Action Theater, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), Second Floor, 788-7142 and www.focusitalia.org for this program. Free.
SATURDAY (Sept. 25): As part of the annual Celebrazione Italiana, the second annual Italian Animation Festival offers two days of films direct from Positano's annual Cartoons on the Bay festival. Today, "Program 1" screens Canada's Penguins Behind Bars and the ever-popular zoomorphic Creature Comforts (Nick Park, U.K., 1989) 3 p.m. "Program 2" includes Stefi's World (Italy), Franny's Feet (Canada), and Raju and I (India) 7 p.m.
SUNDAY (Sept. 26): "Program 2" 3 p.m. "Program 1" 7 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. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Last Life in the Universe (Thailand, 2003). See Ongoing for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for title and 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: "Performance Anxiety," a series on video performance art, screens Martha Rosler's Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simply Obtained (1977), measuring every inch of a body; a food fight by the HalfLifers (1997's Actions in Action); and more 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Pialat's Under Satan's Sun (1987) casts Depardieu as a haunted priest 7 p.m. The family melodrama A nos amours (1983) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Depardieu weighs wife, mistress, and son in Le Garçu (Pialat, 1995) 7 p.m. More Depardieu, this time with Isabelle Huppert in Loulou (Pialat, 1980) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: "The McBoingBoing Revolution" offers a program narrated by Russell Merritt of the stylized and funny UPA cartoons of the early 1950s, including the Dr. Seuss-penned Gerald McBoingBoing (Robert Cannon, 1951), John Hubley's Rooty Toot Toot (1952), and Ted Parmalee's chilling Poe adaptation The Tell-Tale Heart (1953) 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A program of 1970s "Collage Films" includes Robert Breer's Rubber Cement (1976), Bruce Conner's atomic Crossroads (1976) and excellent Valse Triste (1979), and Frank Mouris' hilarious Frank Film (1973) 7:30 p.m.
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: A "Thrillville" screening, hosted by Will the Thrill Viharo and Tiki Goddess Monica, of The Burglar (Paul Wendkos, 1956), with Dan Duryea and Jayne Mansfield an unusual pair of criminal quasi-siblings. With an episode of the serial The Shadow 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Film Noir -- Longtime favorite Double Indemnity (1944), with Wilder, Chandler, Cain, Stanwyck, MacMurray, Robinson 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) 6:30, 8:45 p.m. Bush's Brain (Joseph Mealey, Michael Shoob, 2004) 6:45, 9 p.m. Mean Creek (Jacob Aaron Estes, 2004) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Bush's Brain, Maria Full of Grace, and Mean Creek continue. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: A short cycle of two of Jacques Tati's generously spirited comedies opens with his abstract art masterpiece Playtime (France, 1967) 7 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4 p.m.
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Tati's beloved Mr. Hulot's Holiday (France, 1953) Sat & Sun 2 p.m.; Mon & Tues 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: Jan Svankmajer's Little Otik (Czech, 2000) tells the tale of a tree trunk turned baby. Pinocchio this is not 2, 7, 9:35 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Brett Ingram's Monster Road (2004). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Sept. 28 & 29): Brian Dannelly's born-again high school satire Saved! (2004) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 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.
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.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 22): Just the Fox, ma'am -- Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (Robert Greenwald, 2004) 5:45 p.m. Denzel meets The Manchurian Candidate (Jonathan Demme, 2004) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Sept. 23): Was it all a dream? It seemed like a movie could unelect a president. Fahrenheit 9/11 (Michael Moore, 2004) 5 p.m. The Manchurian Candidate 7:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
THURSDAY (Sept. 23): The eighth annual MadCat Women's International Film Festival (www.madcatfilmfestival.org) screens "The Art of Performance," a program of performance art pieces from legendary women artists including Yoko Ono, Valie Export, Carolee Schneemann, and Amy Taubin. $7-20 sliding scale 7 p.m. "Art on Artists" screens four portraits of artists including the premiere of Marie Losier's Electrocute Your Stars (2004), about filmmaker George Kuchar. $7-20 sliding scale 9 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 24): A September "Giant Monster Attack" series continues with Godzilla vs. Gigan (Jun Fukuda, Japan, 1972), the one film in the long series that gave Godzilla some dialogue (dubbed in English) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 25): It's Lights Gamera Action as the YBC spotlights the heroic giant fighting turtle in a triple bill of Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995; 2 p.m.), Gamera: Attack of Legion (1996; 4:15 p.m.), and, after a dinner break, Gamera: Revenge of Iris (1999; 7:30 p.m.). All were directed by Shusuke Kaneko and are subtitled.
The Danger & Despair Knitting Circle continues a series of 16mm screenings devoted to the noirs of 1941 with the genre's granddaddy, The Maltese Falcon, John Huston's close adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's Bush Street-set crime drama. It screens Saturday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. Noir expert Eddie Muller in person to introduce the film. For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail email@example.com.
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