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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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ACT I & II

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: Reel Paradise (Steve James, 2005). Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 9-15): El Crimen Perfecto (Álex de la Iglesia, Spain, 2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): The extended director's cut of Richard Kelly's cult favorite Donnie Darko (2001/2004).

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

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

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 7): Julie Gayet is Clara, which must mean co-star Julian Boisselier is moi, in the romance Clara et moi (Arnaud Viard, France, 2004) 6 p.m.

AQUARIUS

430 Emerson (at Lytton), Palo Alto, (650) 266-9260, www.landmarktheatres.com. $8 for this midnight series. "Midnight Moovies" starts this week, with Bunny the Cow hosting a pre-film show with prize giveaways and cartoons/TV shows on Saturdays only. There will be additional shows Saturday and Sunday "around noon" (call for more info). See our Showtimes page for the Aquarius' regular listings.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Sept. 9 & 10): O Dude, where art thou? The Big Lebowski (Coen Brothers, 1998) midnight.

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 (Sept. 8): Direct from Grand Rapids, Minn., the Bearded Child Film Festival screens "extremely bizarre short films" from the heart of the Midwest. See www.beardedchild.com for more 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (Sept. 9): "Kodachrome 40: In Requiem" -- Filmmaker Mike Missiaen mourns the passing of Super 8 Kodachrome movie film (discontinued by Kodak this year) with a screening of 10 reels he shot using said film. Musical accompaniment provided by another obsolete technology, LPs (don't laugh, digital will be extinct too someday) 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Sept. 10): An Other Cinema screening of a favorite of programmer Craig Baldwin, Lutz Dammbeck's The Net (2004), a fascinating look at the back story of the Unabomber via the advancing information technologies of the postwar era. Highly recommended to anyone who uses a computer 8, 10 p.m.

BALBOA

3630 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: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Dai Sijie, China, 2004) 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:15 p.m. The Ninth Day (Volker Schlöndorff, Germany, 2004) 12:40, 2:45, 4:50, 7, 9:05 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 9-15): My Mother's Smile (Marco Bellocchio, Italy, 2002). See Opening for review 12:25, 2:35, 4:45, 7, 9:10 p.m. Call for other films and times.

BERNAL PLAYGROUND

Moultrie & Jarboe, 695-5007, www.bhoutdoorcine.org for more information. Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema offers the second of three straight Saturday evenings of screenings by local filmmakers in area parks. BYO blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics.

SATURDAY (Sept. 10): Meet the filmmakers at Chez Maman, 803 Cortland Ave. 6-7 p.m. Films to be screened include Zoom In: Why Violence, the work of students aged 9 to 15 at BAYCAT (Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology); Stephanie Miller's record of the Bay Area Gay Prom, Prom Night; and Pat Ferrero's Quilts in Women's Lives sundown.

CASTRO

429 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 Cold War series continues with giant mutated ants rampaging through L.A. in a film that could be remade with Hummers, Them! (Gordon Douglas, 1954; noon, 3:30, 7:15 p.m.). It screens with Ray Milland as a survivalist saving his family by any means necessary in the aftermath of L.A.'s destruction in Panic in Year Zero! (Milland, 1962; 1:45, 5:15, 9 p.m.).

THURSDAY: Richard Burton is The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (Martin Ritt, 1965; 7 p.m.), while James Mason's involved in the excellent The Deadly Affair (Sidney Lumet, 1966; 9:05 p.m.), both intelligent adaptations of two of John le Carré's spy novels.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Barbara Stanwyck is the Baby Face (Alfred E. Green, 1933) literally sleeping her way to the top of a very tall skyscraper in the newly rediscovered uncensored version of this pre-Code scorcher 8 p.m.

MONDAY: A "Dueling Divas" series opens with Joan Crawford Possessed (Curtis Bernhardt, 1947; 7 p.m.) with lurid love for Van Heflin (!), screening with Bette Davis coolly taking her best shot in the much more upmarket The Letter (William Wyler, 1940; 9 p.m.). Round 1: advantage Bette.

TUESDAY: "Dueling Divas" -- Joan Crawford is one of The Women (George Cukor, 1939; 7 p.m.), an all-star cast with the standout scenes going to Paulette Goddard and Rosalind Russell (sorry, Joan). As entertaining as The Women is, it can't top the gossipy masterpiece All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1950; 9:25 p.m.), so heading into next week it's Davis in the lead, 2-0.

CLAY

2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com or www.8tales.com for this series. "Eight Tales," a midnight movie series, starts this weekend. For additional Clay screenings, see our Showtimes page. $8.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Sept. 9 & 10): Richard Kelly's ultracool Donnie Darko (2001/2004) finds the titular teenager saving the world, 28 days later. On Saturday, a live appearance by "Sparkle Motion" and more midnight.

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