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 (Aug. 25): The Latino Film Festival screens The Storytellers (Elaine Caffe, Brazil, 2003), about townspeople trying to prevent their submersion beneath the waters of a new dam by recounting the heroic events of its history. $8 7:30 p.m.
LUMIERE1572 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: A revival screening of Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle, France, 1958). Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 26-Sept. 1): A revival screening of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Park Chanwook, Korea, 2002). Call for times.
SATURDAY (Aug. 27): Look into The Eyes of Julia Deep (Lloyd Ingraham, 1918), with Mary Miles Minter moving in with platonic boyfriend Allan Forrest in a then-daring romantic comedy. It screens with Charlie Chaplin as The Vagabond (Chaplin, 1916) 7:30 p.m.
OPERA PLAZA601 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 26-Sept. 1): The Talent Given Us (Andrew Wagner, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for 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: A spy series continues with William Castle's 13 Frightened Girls (1963), a thriller with teen protagonists 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A Louis Malle series continues with God's Country (France, 1985), a documentary portrait of a small Minnesota town 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Excuse me while I kiss Ten Skies (2004), with artist James Benning in person 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5; www.bbitl.net and $8 a program for the Oakland Black, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Film Festival, screening here this week. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
901 Gilman (at 7th Street), Berkeley, (510) 528-9880, www.pyramidbrew.com for more information. This brewery offers food, drink and a summer film series. $5.
SATURDAY (Aug. 27): What is reality? Maybe another beer will help answer this question. Find out at this outdoor screening of The Matrix (Wachowski Brothers, 1999). Gates open 7 p.m. Film at sundown
RAFAEL FILM CENTER1118 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: The inexorable March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet, France, 2005) 4:15, 5:30, 6:30, 7:45, 8:40 p.m. The Bay Area premiere of a documentary about the 50-years-gone actor, James Dean: Forever Young (Michael J. Sheridan, 2005) 4:30 p.m.; also Thurs 7, 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Intimate Stories (Carlos Sorin, Argentina, 2002) and The Talent Given Us (Andrew Wagner, 2004). See Opening for reviews. Call for other films and times.
SUNDAY: An Álex de la Iglesia series continues with Common Wealth (Spain, 2000), with Carmen Maura in a comedy of greed. $9.25 7 p.m.
RED VIC1727 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. The previously announced (and on the Red Vic's printed calendar) "Midnights for Maniacs" series has been canceled.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Walter Hill's stylized gangland classic The Warriors (1979) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:20 p.m.
ROXIE3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: See what happens at 11:14 (Greg Marcks, 2000) 6, 8, 9:45 p.m. What it's like in Iraq for American soldiers comes through loud and clear in Occupation: Dreamland (Garrett Scott and Ian Olds, 2004) 6:45 p.m. The Power of Nightmares (Adam Curtis, U.K., 2004). $10 8:15 p.m.
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