Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.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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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: Jim Van Bebber's The Manson Family (2004). Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Molly Ringwald counts her Sixteen Candles (1984) and it's morning in America again.
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.
THURSDAY (Nov. 4): Incident at Oglala (1992) offers its version of the events that led to Indian activist Leonard Peltier's imprisonment 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 30): True or Farce?, a program of three unreality programs, including local filmmaker Gibbs Chapman's Push Button, Damon Packard's Lucas parody The Untitled Star Wars Mocukumentary and William Karel's Dark Side of the Moon, "a fake documentary about a fake movie about a fake moon landing." See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 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 (Nov. 6): You'll be crying too as Peaches submits us to Sing-Along Purple Rain (Albert Magnoli, 1984) midnight.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
THURSDAY (Nov. 4): "Touch That Dial," an evening with media activist and academic Dee Dee Halleck, offers her "pivotal clips and agitprop urgings" 7 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 save as noted; $9 save as noted for the International Latino Film Festival (Friday to Sunday). 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: John Frankenheimer's classic paranoid comedy-thriller The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The International Latino Film Festival screens for three days; see www.latinofilmfestival.org for more info. Today, "Friday Flicks, Film-a-thon and Fidel" (shorts) $7 noon KordaVision, a panel discussion. $14 2:45 p.m. Opening Night film, Hector (Querejeta, Spain). $70 film and party, $14 film only 6:30 p.m. The Favor (Sofovich, Argentina) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Latino Film Festival -- The Supreme Uneasiness (Ospina, Columbia/Mexico). $7 10:45 a.m. End of a Mystery (Hermoso, Spain). $7 12:45 p.m. The Storytellers (Caffe, Brazil). $7 3 p.m. Such Is Life (Ripstein, Mexico). $30 5:15 p.m. Sexual Dependency (Bellott, U.S.) 7:50 p.m. Whore (Luna, Spain) 10 p.m.
SUNDAY: Latino Film Festival -- Aro Tolbukhin, In the Mind of a Killer (Villaronga et al, Mexico). $7 11 a.m. Sex with Love (Quercia, Chile). $7 1 p.m. Step Forward (Schneider, Venezuela). $7 3:25 p.m. Arcibel's Game (Lecchi, Argentina ) 5:45 p.m. Awards Ceremony and the film Torremolinos 73 (Berger, Spain). $25 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Nov. 8-10): Brit filmmaker Simon Pummell's "kaleidoscopic lifecycle journey" Bodysong (2004). $8.50 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3, 5 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Amélie filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet' s much darker science-fictional dream, The City of Lost Children (co-directed by Marc Caro, France, 1995) 6:15, 8:15 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:15 p.m.
1285 Sutter (at Van Ness), 474-8700 for venue; 554-5525 and www.aifisf.com for this program. For regular screenings at this multiplex, see our Showtimes page. The 28th annual American Indian Film Festival screens here this week. See Night & Day for more information. $6 save as noted.
SATURDAY: A Tattoo on My Heart: The Warriors of Wounded Knee (Abourezk and Lawlor) and The Ghost Riders (Aamodt) 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: Documentaries including Shellmound (Cediel) and Oil on Ice (Boudart and Djaressi). $5 noon Totem (Cardinal) and G (De la Rosa and Lowe). $5 3:30 p.m. America's First Horse (Midthunder) and the Hollywood feature Hidalgo (Johnston) 7 p.m.
MONDAY: Documentaries including The Rules of the Game (Lam and Burke) and Tribal Journey to Tulalip (Browder). $5 noon Three shorts, including one by the prolific Alan Smithee, and the narrative feature American Indian Grafitti (Judd and Jacob) 7 p.m.
TUESDAY: From Canada, Jaynelle (Rajotte) and Circle of Justice (Francis and Barnes). $5 12:30 p.m. On the Corner (Geary, Canada) 7 p.m.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760, www.goethe.de/uk/saf/enindex.htm. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (Nov. 9): A series of Germany's Heimatfilm, pastoral escapes from postwar reality, continues with Roses Bloom on the Grave in the Meadow (Hans H. König, 1952), a melodrama about a farmer's daughter pursued by a fat greasy peasant but in love with a city boy 7:30 p.m.
1310 Mission (at 9th St.), www.icangallery.com. 21 and over. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 3): Indie Cinema meets Roller Disco in Boogie Nights, a weekly film and roller disco program, opening tonight with Brien Burroughs' Security (2003). Doors 7 p.m. film 8 p.m. with roller disco to follow.
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: Prostitutes, other people, and a cat travel while man lands on the moon in A Tale of a Naughty Girl (Buddhadeb Dasgupta, India, 2002) 7 p.m. Ross McElwee's latest auto-documentary Bright Leaves (2004) 8:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: Bright Leaves 4:45, 6:45 p.m. A Tale of a Naughty Girl 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
LEGION OF HONOR
SATURDAY (Nov. 6): The International Latino Film Festival screens a documentary about the Mystery of the Maya (Howells and Rochin, Canada) 11 a.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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Jim Van Bebber's The Manson Family (2004). Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
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 (Nov. 6): Five people, including an unemployed factory worker and a waitress with panic attacks learn to Break Free (Gianluca Maria Tavarelli, 2003) 7, 9:15 p.m.
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. $7 save as noted.
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: Mexican video artist Ximena Cuevas in person with a program of her works, including Half-Lies (1995), about contemporary Mexican culture 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A free screening, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, of recent videos from Mexico City, as curated by Cuevas 5:30 p.m. The artist dries her eyes with chiles in Sleepworld (Cuevas, 1998-99) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Also from India, Shashanka Ghosh's Anything Can Happen (2003) 6:30, 9:10 p.m.
SUNDAY: I Have Found It (Rajiv Menon, India, 2000) 5:30 p.m. 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.
THURSDAY (Nov. 5): Cure your election hangover with Thrillville's "Martini Night" featuring Peter Moody's documentary history Olive or Twist? (2004), plus live music by "theremin lounge band" Project Pimento 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.
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: Zelary (Ondrej Trojan, Czech Republic, 2003) 7 p.m. The sad career of Weimar personality Kurt Gerron is traced in the excellent documentary Prisoner of Paradise (Malcolm Clarke, Stuart Sender, 2003) 6:45, 8:50 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Josh Kornbluth is the Red Diaper Baby (Doug Pray, 2004) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (Deb Ellis, Denis Mueller, 2004) profiles the populist historian 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Opportunities for Independence screens Thomas Riedelsheimer's Rivers and Tides (2002), all about the literally outsider artist Andy Goldsworthy. Reception and film, $75 6 p.m. Film only, $45 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets available at www.ofiinc.org.
STARTS FRIDAY: Incident at Loch Ness (Zak Penn, 2004). See Opening for review. Zelary, Prisoner of Paradise and Howard Zinn continue. Call for times.
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.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Joshua Marston's absorbing (but not if you do it right) Maria Full of Grace (U.S./Columbia, 2004) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: The sharks have pearly teeth, dear, and don't keep them out of sight in Open Water (Chris Kentis, 2004) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
155 Fell (at Van Ness), 861-2011, www.rickshawstop.com. A monthly SF IndieFest sponsored program starts this week. 18 and up. $5 donation.
THURSDAY (Nov. 4): Rock n Roll Horror Show debuts with Gory Gory Hallelujah (Sue Corcoran, 2003), an "apocalyptic zombie musical horror comedy fairy tale." Doors 7 p.m. film 8 p.m. with live music to follow.
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: Red Diaper Baby (Doug Pray, 2004) 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 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' first great musical, The Gay Divorcee (Mark Sandrich, 1934) 7:30 p.m. plays with Ernst Lubitsch's jewel of a movie Trouble in Paradise (1932; 5:55, 9:25 p.m.).
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Marlon Brando is a Mexican revolutionary in Viva Zapata! (Elia Kazan, 1952; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:05 p.m.) while Yul Brynner rides to the rescue of Mexican peasants in John Sturges' western The Magnificent Seven (1960; 5:10, 9:35 p.m.).
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
WEDNESDAY: The Goethe Institute screens Dialogues 99/II (Dirk Szuszies and Ferdinand Teubner, 2004), a record of a dance performance at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, and Art Liberates (Solo Avital and Adam Horowitz, Israel/Germany 2002), interviews with Berlin artists by Israeli filmmakers. $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Merge Happy Hour, YBCA's "cocktail party for the young professional," offers drinks, music and a screening of Gen Mex: New Video Art from Mexico $15 5:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul is YBCA's artist-in-residence this weekend. He'll appear with three of his films, with YBCA promising "a total reinvention of cinema," beginning with Blissfully Yours (2002) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: Weerasethakul's latest, Tropical Malady (2004), receives its West Coast premiere 7, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Weerasethakul's debut, Mysterious Object at Noon (2000) 2 p.m.
On Set With French Cinema, a travelling series of directors appearing in person, offers Jean-Paul Rappeneau (Horseman on the Roof, Bon Voyage) at Stanford University on Nov. 3 and San Francisco State University on Nov. 4. See www.onsetwithfrenchcinema.com or call 338-1629 for information for the SF State appearance... The Film Arts Foundation offers two days with independent narrative filmmaker Rose Troche (The Safety of Objects) on Nov. 9-10 for $165; contact 552-8760 ext. 311 or e-mail email@example.com for more info.
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