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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 THEATRE

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

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 28): The ninth International Latino Film Festival screens José Sánchez-Montes' documentary about Lithuanian Jew, Spanish partisan, and Auschwitz survivor Luis Frank, Remembrance (Marcela Arteaga, Mexico, 2003). See www.latinofilmfestival.org. for more. Reception and film, $40 6 p.m.

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: Dear Wendy (Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark, 2005) 7, 9:25 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 30-Oct. 6): MirrorMask (Dave McKean, U.K., 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): She wore Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986).

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

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

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 28): Capitaines d'Avril (Maria de Medeiros, Portugal, 2000) tells the story of the two army officers at the center of the overthrow of Portugal's dictatorship in 1974 6 p.m.

AQUARIUS

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

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Sept. 30-Oct. 1): Ralph Macchio channels the force in The Karate Kid (John G. Avildsen, 1984), with Pat Morita as Yoda 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. 29): ATA's monthly "Open Screening" of your film epics, with advance submissions recommended. E-mail openscreening@atasite.org for submission info. $3 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Sept. 30): Live sets by German electro-pop musician Torsten Kretchzmar (you know him from his hits "Dunkelheit" and "Feuchtigkeit") and local multimedia trio Moped, include the former's new DVD in a live multimedia show and "the oddball visuals of video wizard Cripes! in creating an AV feast to shake your booty to" for the latter 9 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 1): An Other Cinema presentation devoted to those who ride the rails and leave their mark behind includes Bill Daniel's Bozo Texino and Vanessa Redwick's Lovejoy, plus a slide show of wet-cement sidewalk engravings, live music, and free hobo stew 8:30 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: Touch the Sound (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2004) 12:40, 2:45, 4:40, 7, 9:05 p.m. Also, a double bill of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Dai Sijie, China, 2004; 3:10, 7:15 p.m.) and Junebug (Phil Morrison, 2005; 1:10, 5:10, 9:15 p.m.).

STARTS FRIDAY: A revival of I Am Cuba (Mikhail Kalatozov, Cuba/U.S.S.R., 1964). See Opening for review noon, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15 p.m. Call for other films and times.

CALIFORNIA

2113 Kittredge (near Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980 and www.landmarktheatres.com for venue; www.aff.org for program and tickets. This Landmark Theatres multiplex hosts the Arab Film Festival this weekend. See Showtimes for regular programming. $10 save as noted.

FRIDAY (Sept. 30): The ninth Arab Film Festival screens here today through Sunday. Iraqi filmmakers film their country after Saddam's fall in The Dreams of Sparrows (Daffar, Iraq) 4 p.m. The Syrian Bride (Riklis, Israel) 7 p.m. Liberace of Baghdad (McAllister, U.K./Iraq) 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 1): Minders (McAllister, Iraq) and A Stone's Throw Away (Halvorsen, Palestine) 1 p.m. When Men Cry (Kassari, Morocco) 3 p.m. The Sleeping Child (Kassari, Morocco) 5 p.m. Occupied Minds (Dajani and Michaelis, U.S./Palestine) 7 p.m. Threads (Belabbes, Morocco) 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Oct. 2): Waiting for Quds (Blachor, Israel/Palestine) noon. All About Darfur (Elsanhouri, Sudan/U.K.) 2 p.m. The Concrete Curtain (Brunner, Palestine/U.S.) 4 p.m. Terra Incognita (Salhab, Lebanon) 6 p.m. Clay Dolls (Bouzid, Tunisia) 8:30 p.m.

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 & THURSDAY: French cinema has never been cooler than in this double bill of new prints of Jean-Luc Godard's Masculine-Feminine (1966; 7 p.m.; also Wed 3 p.m.) and Band of Outsiders (1964; 9 p.m.; also Wed 1, 5 p.m.).

FRIDAY: Godard's causeless rebels were influenced by some of James Dean's performances of a decade earlier, including his unhappy son East of Eden (Elia Kazan, 1954) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: James Dean is Nick Ray's Rebel Without a Cause (1955), one of Godard's favorites 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: George Stevens' Texas-size soaper Giant (1956), with Dean as the drunken oilman running for president, nope, pursuing Rock Hudson's bride, Liz Taylor 2:30, 7 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: A 3-D series gets under way with a tridimensional screening of Rita Hayworth as Miss Sadie Thompson (Curtis Bernhardt, 1953) 7, 9:15 p.m.

CINEARTS@EMPIRE

85 West Portal (at Santa Clara), 661-2539 for venue; www.sfworldfilmfestival.com for program and tickets. This multiplex, part of the CineArts chain, hosts several S.F. World Film Festival (SWIFT) programs this week. See Showtimes for regular programming. $12 save as noted.

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