549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted. The science-fiction series (Wednesday and Thursday) offers four films for $20.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Abe Levy's locally made flight-attendant comedy The Aviary (2005) Wed 4 p.m.; Thurs 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: A science-fiction series continues with the visionary space adventures Forbidden Planet (Fred Wilcox, 1956; 6 p.m.) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968; 8 p.m.).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Lila Says (Ziad Doueiri, France, 2004) 7:30, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (July 29-Aug. 4): Ma Mère (Christophe Honoré, France, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MOUNTAIN VIEW CENTURY CINEMA 16
1500 N. Shoreline (at Pear), Mountain View, (650) 960-0970 for venue; (925) 225-9490 and www.sfjff.org for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. $11 save as noted. The 25th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screens here for five days.
SUNDAY (July 31): Professional Revolutionary (Montell) 1 p.m. Anya (Marzynski) 3:30 p.m. Go for Zucker! (Levy, Germany) 6 p.m.Metallic Blues (Verete, Canada) 8 p.m.
MONDAY (Aug. 1): 100 Children (Schwartz and Margolin, Israel) 2 p.m. Isn't This a Time! (Brown) 4:15 p.m. A Cantor's Tale (Anjou) 6:15 p.m. Rashevski's Tango (Garbarski, Belgium) 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Aug. 2): Maidan, Nave of the World (Janelidze, Georgia) 2 p.m. Odessa ... Odessa! (Boganim, France) 4:15 p.m. Arye (Kachanov, Israel) 6:45 p.m. A depressing film about prostitution in Tel Aviv, Or (Yedaya, Israel) 8:45 p.m.
SATURDAY (July 30): Pauline Frederick is a business executive with Smoldering Fires (Clarence Brown, 1925), in love with employee Malcolm McGregor in a very interesting Hollywood response to feminism. It screens with pickled-puss movie Scotsman Jimmy Finlayson Chasing the Chaser (1925), directed by future Finlayson foil Stan Laurel, and a newsreel, Memories of Silent Stars #2 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.
WEDNESDAY: A spy film series screens Ken Russell's directorial debut, Billion Dollar Brain (U.K., 1967), with Michael Caine in his third go-round as cockney spy Harry Palmer. Françoise Dorleac, subject of a eulogy in the new Film Comment, co-stars 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A pre-Code series screens William Wellman's excellent and still-timely Heroes for Sale (1933), about an umemployed and addicted veteran 7 p.m. James Cagney takes over as The Mayor of Hell (Archie Mayo, 1933) as a reforming prison warden 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: The FBI surveils Nazis in the influential spy drama The House on 92nd Street (Henry Hathaway, 1945; 7:30 p.m.), screening with Sam Fuller's ode to pickpockets, Pickup on South Street (1953; 9:15 p.m.), supposedly disliked by J. Edgar Hoover for its anti-hero's disdain for flag waving.
SATURDAY: From the pre-Code era, Josef von Sternberg's Blonde Venus (1932; 7 p.m.) tracks Marlene Dietrich's rise and fall and rise again, torn between scientist Herbert Marshall and gambler Cary Grant. Loretta Young is Wellman's Midnight Mary (1933; 9 p.m.), having to choose between gangster Ricardo Cortez and playboy Franchot Tone.
SUNDAY: Harold Lloyd says Welcome Danger (Clyde Bruckman, 1929), but in titles only in this newly rediscovered mute version of Lloyd's first talkie. A must-see for history buffs, as the better-known sound version was a marked falloff from Lloyd's great silents 3 p.m. The pre-Code series offers Busby Berkeley's choreography of chorines and forgotten men in Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn Le Roy, 1933) 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: "Eyeing Nature," a series of new documentaries on humanity's impact on the ecology, continues with "Storm and Stress," a program of "laments and memorials" for humanity's encounters with nature. Films include Eve Heller's Behind This Soft Eclipse and Rebecca Meyers' Things We Want to See 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5. 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 (Aug. 2): Paul Newman stars as the nonconformist prisoner Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg, 1967), screening as a benefit for Critical Resistance, a grass-roots organization opposed to "society's reliance on prisons and police." See www.criticalresistance.org or call (510) 444-0484 for more. $7 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
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.
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