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Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.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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142 THROCKMORTON

142 Throckmorton (at Miller Ave.), Mill Valley, 383-9600, www.142throckmortontheatre.com/events. This Marin meeting place hosts occasional film programs along with many other events.

WEDNESDAY (Aug. 24): The 9th International Latino Film Festival screens José Sánchez-Montes' documentary about beloved musician Bola de Nieve (Cuba, 2003). See www.latinofilmfestival.org. for more. $10 7 p.m.

FRIDAY (Aug. 26): "The definitive explanation of the UFO phenomenon," Out of the Blue (James Fox and Boris Zubov) is narrated by Peter Coyote, who as Keys in E.T. was in a good position to suss out the truth. Filmmakers in person. $10 7:30 p.m.

ACT I & II2128 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: 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.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Aug. 24): Danielle Darrieux is at En Haut des Marches (The Top of the Stairs, Paul Vecchiali, France, 1983), a film about conflicting memories of the Occupation 6 p.m.

ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS992 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 (Aug. 25): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail openscreening@atasite.org for submission info. $3, free for exhibitors 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Aug. 26): Death by Tealight III, a program of experimental videos including work by Catherine Czacki, Minna Suoniemi, Curtis Muenze and others. Live music at 8 p.m., video 9 p.m.

SATURDAY (Aug. 27): Vladmasters and the Apt Ensemble present a View-Master Performance with live musical accompaniment. All audience members receive a View-Master viewer with discs prepared by Portland's Vladimir to click through that tell three different stories: Lucifugia Thigmotaxis ("the misadventures of a cockroach"), The Public Life of Jeremiah Barnes and Actaeon at Home 8 p.m.

BALBOA3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. See our Showtimes page for additional listings.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A Louis Malle series concludes with the bourgeoisie observing the May '68 rebellion from afar in May Fools (1989; 12:45, 4:50, 8:55 p.m.), screening with the comedy Zazie Dans le Metro (1960; 2:55, 7 p.m.). On the Balboa's other screen, a double bill of two multi-character films, the comedy Happy Endings (Don Roos, 2005; 12:10, 4:35, 9:05 p.m.) and drama Crash (Paul Haggis, 2005; 2:30, 7 p.m.).

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 26-Sept. 1): Intimate Stories (Carlos Sorin, Argentina, 2002). See Opening for review 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.).

CASTRO429 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 on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

WEDNESDAY: A Harold Lloyd series continues with the good talkie comedy Movie Crazy (Clyde Bruckman, 1932; noon, 3:10, 7 p.m.) and a program of five of Lloyd's inventive short films (circa 1918-20) at 1:15, 5, 8:55 p.m.

THURSDAY: The Lloyd series concludes with his last really successful sound film, Leo McCarey's boxing comedy The Milky Way (1936; 7 p.m.) and the excellent short feature that put him over as a major film star, Grandma's Boy (Fred Newmeyer, 1922; 8:45 p.m.).

FRIDAY: A two-day Ultramania program offers several productions made over 40 years starring a silver and red-clad Japanese superhero. Today, episode 1 of the TV series Ultraman Maxx 7 p.m. The Bay Area premiere of the latest Ultraman feature, Ultraman: The Next (Kazuya Konaka, 2005; 7:40 p.m.). A "Special Surprise Classic" from the vaults 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Ultramania continues with Ultraman Zearth (Shinya Nakajima, 1996) 1 p.m. Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey (2000) 2 p.m. Another "Special Surprise Classic" 3:40 p.m. A live-on-stage "Ultraman Stunt Show" 7 p.m. Ultraman Maxx Episode 2 7:30 p.m. Ultraman: The Next 8 p.m. The third and final "Special Surprise Classic" 9:40 p.m.

SUNDAY: The Three Stooges 71st Annivoisary Collection screens six shorts by the sometime bargain basement dwellers of slapstick (who in comparison with Johnny Knoxville et al are clearly touched with genius) noon, 3:45, 7:30 p.m.

STARTS MONDAY: The drip drip drop of a limited fuel supply powers The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror (Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy, 2004), screening through Sept. 4. See Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, Sun 1, 3, 5 p.m.

FOREIGN CINEMA

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): Jewish refugees from Germany find themselves Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2001), screening through Sept. 4. "Starts at dusk."

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.

NILES ESSANAY SILENT FILM MUSEUM

Edison Theater, 37395 Niles (near G Street), Fremont, (510) 494-1411 and www.nilesfilmmuseum.org. A weekly "Saturday Night at the Movies" series screens silent films in this historic theater. $5.

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.

FRIDAY: Two of Malle's best-regarded films, the French Occupation-set Au Revoir les Enfants (1987; 7 p.m.) and the drama of an aging Burt Lancaster Atlantic City (1980; 9:05 p.m.).

SATURDAY: A new print of Orson Welles' clever essay on Howard Hughes, art forgery, and creativity, F for Fake (France, 1973) 7, 8:45 p.m.

SUNDAY: Peter Watkins' intense look at an intense artist, Edward Munch (U.K., 1976) 2, 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: Excuse me while I kiss Ten Skies (2004), with artist James Benning in person 7:30 p.m.

PARKWAY

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.

PYRAMID ALEHOUSE

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.

WEDNESDAY: A black comedy by Spain's Álex de la Iglesia, El Crimen Perfecto (The Perfect Crime, 2005) screens with filmmaker in person. $10 7 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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Jane Fonda proffers weapons of mass distraction in the sf sex comedy Barbarella (Roger Vadim, France, 1968) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Walter Hill's stylized gangland classic The Warriors (1979) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:20 p.m.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: McDonald's sues some British critics, and lives to regret it, in the documentary McLibel (Franny Armstrong, U.K., 2005) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 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.

STARTS FRIDAY: A State of Mind (Daniel Gordon, North Korea, U.K., 2004); see Opening for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2, 4 p.m. Call for other times.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Koret Visitor Education Center (save as noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50.

DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): "Photographers in Focus," a program of shorts 11 a.m. Richard Tuttle: Never Not an Artist (Chris Maybach, 2005) 1 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. Gilbert & George (the EYE) (2002), a documentary by Illuminations 3 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARYKoret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays. Free.

THURSDAY (Aug. 25): A series of filmed operas offers up Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro (Alexandre Tarta, Germany, 1999), with Rene Pape, Roman Trekel, Emily Magee and Dorothea Roschmann in a Berlin State Opera production conducted by Daniel Barenboim noon.

SPANGENBERG THEATRE

Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.

WEDNESDAY: Machuca (Andrés Wood, Chile, 2004) 5 p.m. Plan your escape from East Berlin via The Tunnel (Roland Suso Richter, Germany, 2001) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Ladies in Lavender (Charles Dance, U.K., 2004) 5:15 p.m. The Tunnel 7:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.

STANFORD

221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored and newly expanded neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection.

WEDNESDAY: Max Schreck puts the shriek into F.W. Murnau's horror classic Nosferatu (Germany, 1922), with live organ accompaniment by Dennis James 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY FRIDAY: Two uncensored Pre-Code classics, Barbara Stanwyck in the newly rediscovered and even raunchier Baby Face (Alfred E. Green, 1933; 6, 8:55 p.m.), and Warren William as a department store manager overseeing the Employees' Entrance (Roy Del Ruth, 1933; 7:30 p.m.).

SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: The stage door classic All About Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:50 p.m.) screens with the (all snarls, to some) newspaper yarn Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941; 5:20, 10 p.m.), co-scripted by Joe's brother Herman Mankiewicz.

UNION SQUARE PARK

601 Columbus (at Union), 465-3456, www.sfntf.org. The San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation presents Film Night in this park on a giant outdoor screen. Free.

SATURDAY (Aug. 27): Mistake your identity and make a run for Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). BYO pillows and blankets; chairs discouraged 8 p.m.

VICTORIA THEATRE

2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org; www.thisdividedstate.com for this film. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: This Divided State (Steven Greenstreet, 2005), documenting Michael Moore's appearance at Utah State Valley College amid attendant controversy, plays weekends through Aug. 28. $10 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 5 p.m.

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.ybca.org. $7 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

DAILY (Closed Mondays): "4 x 4," commissioned videos by Ellen Bruno, Bill Daniel, Sam Green, and Caveh Zahedi, screens through Sept. 25. Free with gallery admission of $6 3 p.m.

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