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142 Throckmorton (at Miller), Mill Valley, 383-9600, www.142throckmortontheatre.com for venue; www.latinofilmfestival.org for information on this weekend's programs, 383-9600 for tickets. This Marin meeting place hosts occasional film programs along with many other events. $8 save as noted.
FRIDAY: Opening night of the Ninth International Latino Film Festival screens Caroline Neal's documentary If You're a Warlock: A Tango Story (Argentina, 2004). Party to follow featuring the Tango Cabaret Noche de Buenos Aires. $45 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: International Latino Film Festival -- Mirror Dance (McElroy and Rodríguez, U.S./Cuba) 2 p.m. Hippies Forever (Moro and Alaejos, Spain) 4 p.m. Caribe (Ramírez, Costa Rica) $10 6 p.m. I Am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth (Ferraz) looks at the making of the 1964 classic I Am Cuba. $10 8 p.m.
SUNDAY: International Latino Film Festival -- Imaginum (Mar, Mexico) 1 p.m. Tijuana Jews (Artenstein) 2:50 p.m. A Buddha (Rafecas, Argentina) 4:30 p.m. The closing-night film is KordaVision (Sandoval, Cuba/U.S.), with reception to follow. $40 6:45 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: Never Been Thawed (Sean Anders, 2005) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 11-17): A reissue of Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (Italy/Spain, 1975) is a parable of identity with Jack Nicholson trading his old self in. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Bruce Lee stars in Enter the Dragon (Robert Clouse, Hong Kong, 1973).
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): Michel Ende's German fantasy gets das boot in The NeverEnding Story (Wolfgang Petersen, 1984).
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 (Nov. 10): International ANSWER screens The Landless: The Roads to America (Brazil, 2004), a documentary about landless peasants seizing unused property 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Nov. 4): A "Pinned Down" program of three shorts includes Jennifer Gilomen's Sigmund Freud: Professional Psychoanalyst, a "queer day" in the life of the psychoanalyst acted out with hand puppets, plus two lesbian-themed films, FtF: Female to Female (a work in progress by Kami Chisholm and Elizabeth Stark) and Seven Questions About Desire (Chisholm) 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 5): Other Cinema presents a live performance by British "AV artist" Vicki Bennett, "Story Without End", plus the electronic cinema of Semiconductor 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Nov. 6): Amnesty International screens Persons of Interest (Alison Maclean and Tobias Perse, 2003), interviews with post-9/11 detainees 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: Live performance by the "Sin Pan Alley Burlesque Review." "Come dressed as a pre-Code character." $12 8 p.m. .
THURSDAY: A "Sin in Soft Focus" series of pre-Code films from Paramount continues with teens kidnapping a gang boss in This Day and Age (Cecil B. DeMille, 1933; 3:50, 7 p.m.) and Miriam Hopkins as at least one of Two Kinds of Women (William C. de Mille; 2:25, 5:30, 8:40 p.m.). (The two brothers spaced and capitalized their last names differently.)
FRIDAY: "Sin in Soft Focus" -- Hopkins enjoys a platonic union with both Gary Cooper and Frederic March in Ernst Lubitsch's Design for Living (1932; 3:30, 7:05 p.m.), while Maurice Chevalier encourages Jeanette MacDonald to Love Me Tonight (1932; 1:45, 5:15, 8:50 p.m.) in Rouben Mamoulian's ingenious musical.
SATURDAY: "Sin in Soft Focus" -- Marlene Dietrich stars in Josef von Sternberg's still-impressive Shanghai Express (1932; noon, 3:25, 7 p.m.) and rises high and low as Sternberg's Blonde Venus (1932; 1:35, 5, 8:35 p.m.). A great double bill.
SUNDAY: "Sin in Soft Focus" -- The Marx Brothers disrupt higher education in the wonderful comedy Horse Feathers (Norman C. McLeod, 1932; 12:55, 3:55, 7 p.m.), and Cary Grant is a singing beautician in Kiss and Make Up (Harlan Thompson, 1934; 3:40, 7 p.m.), screening with a "Betty Boop" cartoon.
MONDAY: "Sin in Soft Focus" -- More Boop, plus Clara Bow in the rare Kick In (Richard Wallace, 1931; 2:20, 5:25, 8:35 p.m.) trying to help ex-con husband Regis Toomey stay straight. Claudette Colbert is a very good Torch Singer (Alexander Hall and George Somnes, 1933; 3:50, 7 p.m.).
TUESDAY: "Sin in Soft Focus" -- Frederic March terrorizes Miriam Hopkins as the two-faced Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Mamoulian, 1932; 1:35, 5, 8 p.m.), while Blanche Frederici installs a horn in her crypt in case she's buried alive in the chiller Murder by the Clock (Edward Sloman, 1931; 3:30, 7 p.m.).
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.