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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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.
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.
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.
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.).
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