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: Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation (2004). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 29-Nov. 4): Jim Van Bebber's The Manson Family (2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): William Friedkin's extended version of The Exorcist (1973/2000), aka Spider Walk With Me.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 27): Julie-Marie Parmentier faces unwed motherhood in Le Ventre de Juliette (Martin Provost, 2003) 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 (Oct. 28): The Say Your Thing Video Collective offers an hour's worth of political tapes including Tim Planigan's The Monkey's Hive, Nancy Garvin's Masters of War, Joseph Hilsenrad's Horton Hears a Human, and Steev Hise's A Million Dollars Later 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Oct. 29): The expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Weine, Germany, 1919) screens with a live score by the Zag Men 8 p.m.
TUESDAY (Nov. 2): The monthly meeting of the small-gauge enthusiasts Super 8 Militia 7:30 p.m.
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 Season of Horror" every Saturday this fall, hosted by Peaches Christ. $8.
SATURDAY (Oct. 30): Stuart Gordon's cult favorite Re-Animator (1985) screens with a short by and featuring Peaches herself, Grindhouse (Joshua Grannell, 2004). Also, a "fiercely competitive" costume contest midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 save as noted; $10 for Icelandic Film Festival screenings Friday and Saturday. 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: A week's screening of films photographed by Hollywood master cinematographer James Wong Howe continues with the "neurotic western" Pursued (Raoul Walsh, 1946; 2:30, 7 p.m.), with Robert Mitchum as a death-haunted cowpoke. Escaped prisoners tell their stories in the superior wartime epic Passage to Marseille (Michael Curtiz, 1944; 4:45, 9:15 p.m.), with Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre.
THURSDAY: James Wong Howe -- Are vampires on the loose in this small village? Professor of demonology Lionel Barrymore investigates the Mark of the Vampire (Tod Browning, 1935; 7:30 p.m.). Howard Hawks' The Criminal Code (1931; 9 p.m.) is a good prison melodrama with Boris Karloff.
FRIDAY: The first annual Icelandic Film Festival screens for two days; see www.826valencia.org or www.mcsweeneys.net for more info. Tonight, a Japanese businessman travels across the icy countryside in Cold Fever (Fridriksson, 1995) 7 p.m. Filmmaker Hrönn Sveinsdóttir enters the Miss Iceland Beauty Pageant in In the Shoes of the Dragon (Sveinsson and Sveinsdóttir, 2002) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Icelandic Film Festival -- Family secrets spill in The Sea (Kormákur, 2002) 1:30 p.m. An outcast plans escape in Nói Albinói (Kári, 2002) 4:30 p.m. Sneak preview of a world premiere 7 p.m. The popular 101 Reykjavik (Kormákur, 2000) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Oct. 31-Nov. 3): John Frankenheimer's classic paranoid comedy-thriller The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Sun 1:30, 4:15 p.m.; Mon & Tues 7, 9:30 p.m.; Wed 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.
DAILY (Closed Mondays): Amélie filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet's much darker science-fictional dream, The City of Lost Children (co-directed by Marc Caro, France, 1995), screens through Nov. 7 6:15, 8:15 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:15 p.m.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760, www.goethe.de/uk/saf/enindex.htm. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
FRIDAY (Oct. 29): A series of Germany's Heimatfilm, pastoral escapes from postwar reality, continues with a happy hour screening of Gustav Ucicky's The Girl of the Moors (1958), a remake of Swedish Nobelist Selma Lagerlöf's novel about a put-upon unwed mother, already filmed (and screened earlier this year) as a silent by Victor Sjoström 6 p.m.
TUESDAY (Nov. 2): A mountain farmer dies sans will in The Farmer's Perjury (Rudolf Jugert, 1956) and his stepbrother seizes his property 7:30 p.m.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
TUESDAY (Nov. 2): "Election Night Watch" offers an opportunity for progressive networking while sharing "this historic Dia de Los Muertos." Live satire plus big-screen TV. Free. Starts at 5:30 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.
LEGION OF HONOR
100 34th Ave. (at Clement, in Lincoln Park), 863-3330 for venue, (800) 850-7353 and www.sfjazz.com/concerts/ for information, 776-1999 for advance tickets. The San Francisco landmark hosts this San Francisco Jazz Festival event. $18-32.
SATURDAY (Oct. 30): A 3-D screening of Jack Arnold's atmospheric monster classic The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) screens with live music and new dialogue provided by the Jazz Passengers (shades of MST3K) 7 p.m.
3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. One of this multiplex's screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For other Lumiere programs, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 29-Nov. 4): Jim Van Bebber's The Manson Family (2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MARIN CIVIC CENTER
Showcase Theatre, 3501 Civic Center (at Avenue of the Flags), San Rafael, 499-6800 and www.italianfilm.com for this series. The 2004 Italian Film Festival screens at this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed complex for six weeks. $10.75.
SATURDAY (Oct. 30): Enzo Monteleone's well-received war film The Line of Fire (El Alamein, 2001) 7, 9:15 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. This cultural asset of long standing continues its fall film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow. $7 save as noted.
FRIDAY (Oct. 29): For Halloween, Henri-Georges Clouzot's thriller Diabolique (France, 1955) 6:30 p.m.
MONDAY (Nov. 1): A lecture series on Shakespeare's Henry V as a "study of war" screens Kenneth Branagh's film version, Henry V (1989), "which shows war as it really is." Shakespearean scholar Saul Galin introduces the film and leads a post-screening discussion. $12 7 p.m.
NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), First Floor, 552-5950, www.ninthstreet.org. $8.
THURSDAY (Oct. 28): The S.F. Cinematheque offers "October Surprise," a program of short films including a 1938 home movie of a New Jersey Nazi rally, Bruce Baillie's A Hurrah for Soldiers (1963), Phil Patris' Gulf War Campaign (1991), and a 1955 Britannica documentary on how to recognize Despotism 7:30 p.m.
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.
THURSDAY: A Kurdish immigrant's passage to Germany is traced in A Little Bit of Freedom (Yüksel Yavuz, Germany, 2003). Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: "Behind the Seen: Walter Murch on Feature Film Editing" offers the famed sound designer and editor in an in-person discussion with Charles Koppelman. Program was all but sold out at press time 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: Guy Maddin's Alpine parody of prewar German mountain films, Careful (Canada, 1992) 7 p.m. A surprise co-feature, Charlton Heston versus the ants in The Naked Jungle (Byron Haskin, 1954): "Haskin has been reading my mail" (Maddin) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: Maddin's silent ballet Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary (Canada, 2002) screens with his shorts It's a Wonderful Life (1996) and Sissy-Boy Slap-Party (1995) 7 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.
TUESDAY (Nov. 2): Live election coverage on big-screen TV. Free. Over 21 only, thanks to alcohol sales (and predicted "massive consumption"). Doors open at 5:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal, screens for two nights this Halloween weekend. $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: Josh Kornbluth is the Red Diaper Baby (Doug Pray, 2004) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation (2004) 7 p.m.; also Thurs 9 p.m. Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (Deb Ellis, Denis Mueller, 2004) profiles the populist historian Wed 6:30 p.m.; Thurs 8:20 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
WEDNESDAY: Actor, director, and Dr. Melfi psychiatrist Peter Bogdanovich in person will screen his underrated Saint Jack (1979), with Ben Gazarra, and discuss and sign copies of his new book about Hollywood actors, Who the Hell's In It. $10, $38 for ticket and book 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The sad career of Weimar personality Kurt Gerron is traced in the excellent documentary Prisoner of Paradise (Malcolm Clarke, Stuart Sender, 2003). See Opening for review. Zelary (Ondrej Trojan, Czech Republic, 2003); see Ongoing for review. Call for times and other programs.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (Deb Ellis, Denis Mueller, 2004) 7:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m. A separate-admission screening of Robert Greenwald's Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (2004) 9:15 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Jonathan Demme's clever remake of The Manchurian Candidate (2004) 7, 9:40 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 THROUGH SATURDAY: Red Diaper Baby (Doug Pray, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed & Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY: The Roxie and the S.F. Cinematheque co-sponsor a Halloween double feature (separate admissions) of Political Advertisement 2004 (Antonio Muntadas and Marshall Reese), with Muntadas in person, offering 50 years of TV ads 2, 4, 6 p.m. Red Diaper Baby 8 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Red Diaper Baby 6, 8, 10 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (Oct. 29-31): The return of Rolf Schubel's popular romantic drama Gloomy Sunday (Germany, 2002) 7 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 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. The Stanford continues a mostly Marlon Brando series, mingled with musicals.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were first united in support of Dolores Del Rio and Gene Raymond (!) in the curiosity Flying Down to Rio (Thornton Freeland, 1933; 7:30 p.m.), screening with Frank Capra's excellent, sentimental comedy Lady for a Day (1934; 5:45, 9:10 p.m.).
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Brando gamely sings and dances in Guys and Dolls (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1955; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3 p.m.), playing with Elvis Presley singing the Jailhouse Rock (Richard Thorpe, 1957; 5:40, 10:10 p.m.).
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.unembedded.org for this series. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings. $9, $35 pass for all programs.
WEDNESDAY: The "UnEmbedded Film Series" continues "cracking the media monopoly" with a half-hour film on the media from the three-part Shocking and Awful by Deep Dish, plus Spin 7 p.m. Shocking and Awful: Capitalism and Cale Media's Mardi Gras: Made in China 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Shorts From the Bay" (StreetLevel TV) 7 p.m. Miami Model (Indymedia) 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: All three Shocking and Awful shorts 7 p.m. Miami Model 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: Miami Model 7 p.m. Indymedia's Republican National Unconvention (2004) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: Shocking and Awful: Iraq plus the Video Activist Network's We Interrupt This Empire 3 p.m. Miami Model 5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 27): The S.F. Jewish Film Festival offers Y.I.D.: Yehudeem in the Diaspora (Igal Hecht, Canada, 2003), about old and new waves of Jewish immigrants 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Oct. 29): A three-week series, "Hecho en Califas Film & Video Works," continues with "Remember the Mission," featuring films by Alfredo Hernandez, Veronica Majano, Dolisse Medina, and Pepe Urquijo. Panel discussion follows. $8 8 p.m.
The Danger & Despair Knitting Circle continues a series of 16mm screenings of film noirs on political topics with Frank Lovejoy testifying I Was a Communist for the FBI (Gordon Douglas, 1949), based on labor union infiltrator Matt Cvetic's own story. It plays Thursday, Oct. 28, 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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