Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 4-10): Never Been Thawed (Sean Anders, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Dorothy and friends pay a visit to The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939).
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.
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.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Most say it's great, some say it's terrible, we say it's terribly great -- The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939).
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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.
FRIDAY (Nov. 4): Music videos from Jascha Ephraim record his "3D Business Trip" across America by Amtrak. Live music by the Merdivorators 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 5): The Bernadette Corporation's Get Rid of Yourself (France, 2005) a cine-essay on anarchy, the left, and globalization, an "incendiary post-Situationist tract." Also, Erik Gandini's Surplus 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Nov. 6): This month's installment of "Street Level TV" includes Meg Dixit's interview with S.F. District Attorney Kamala Harris, YO! TV (Youth Outlook) reports from around the world, a music video with hip hop artist Aima Paule, and reports from Katrina survivors 8 p.m.
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: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Nick Park, U.K., 2005) 12, 1:50, 3:40, 5:30, 7:20, 9:10 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Two Tab Hunter features, an excellent western, Gunman's Walk (Phil Karlson, 1958; 3:20, 7 p.m.), and the spoof Lust in the Dust (Paul Bartel, 1985; 1:35, 5:20, 9 p.m.). Hunter in person for evening screening of the latter.
THURSDAY: A "Sin in Soft Focus" series of pre-Code films from Paramount opens with Mae West proving I'm No Angel (Wesley Ruggles, 1933; 1:40, 5:10, 8:55 p.m.) to Cary Grant, and the very rich Grant competing with caveman Randolph Scott over who gave Nancy Carroll a Hot Saturday (William A. Seiter; 3:25, 7 p.m.), a neat little film. It screens with W.C. Fields rampant as The Dentist (Leslie Pearce, 1932).
FRIDAY: "Sin in Soft Focus" -- The pretty darn outrageous Murder at the Vanities (Mitchell Leisen, 1934; 1:35, 5:05, 8:50 p.m.) -- nudity and marijuana -- screens with George Raft dancing with Carole Lombard in Bolero (Wesley Ruggles, 1934; 3:25, 7 p.m.).
SATURDAY: "Sin in Soft Focus" -- Marlene Dietrich stars in Josef von Sternberg's dazzling The Scarlet Empress (1934; 1, 4:50, 8:45 p.m.), as the wicked Catherine the Great, and poses nude for Brian Aherne in Song of Songs (Rouben Mamoulian, 1931; 3:05, 7 p.m.).
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: "Sin in Soft Focus" -- A late-show rarity, The Story of Temple Drake (Stephen Roberts, 1933), a sensationalist adaption of Faulkner's novel Sanctuary (which was pretty sensationalist itself). Jack LaRue plays the impotent rapist "Popeye" 11 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Sin in Soft Focus" -- Politics go slapstick in the satires Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933; 1:15, 4:05, 7 p.m.) and Million Dollar Legs (Edward Cline, 1932; 2:40, 5:30, 8:20 p.m.), with the Marx Brothers and W.C. Fields, respectively.
MONDAY: "Sin in Soft Focus" -- Henry Stephenson murders his wife and attempts to cover up his crime in Guilty as Hell (Erle C. Kenton, 1932; 2, 5:15, 8:35 p.m.). Also screening, Billion Dollar Scandal (Harry Joe Brown, 1933; 3:40, 7 p.m.), with Robert Armstrong as "Fingers" and Olga Baclanova as "Go Go." A "surprise mystery bonus feature" is announced for 10:10 p.m.
TUESDAY: "Sin in Soft Focus" -- Maurice Chevalier suggests spending One Hour With You (Ernst Lubitsch and George Cukor, 1932; 2:10, 5:20, 8:35 p.m.) to Jeanette MacDonald in this charming musical, screening with another rarity, This Is the Night (Frank Tuttle, 1932; 3:45, 7 p.m.) -- Cary Grant's feature debut.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.peacheschrist.com for this series. This popular little theater offers, in addition to its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), two weekends of "Sing-Alongs" hosted by Peaches Christ. $10.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Nov. 4 & 5): "Sing-Along Purple Rain" features projected song lyrics for maximum audience involvement in Prince's musical (Albert Magnoli, 1984). A "Totally '80s Slut Pageant" enlivens the pre-show costume contest midnight.
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