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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.).
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.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 9): S.F. Cinematheque presents "Follow to Philosophize with a Flicker", with guest curator Jeanne Liotta screening such films on the nature of truth and beauty as Tony and Beverly Conrad's Straight and Narrow, Barbara Sternberg's Life is a Dream That Vanishes, and Corinna Schnits' Living a Beautiful Life 7:30 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com, $8 save as noted for regular programs; 835-4783 and www.thirdi.org for the 3rd I Film Festival, here Saturday, $9. 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: The sin's in hard focus in a double bill of the camp '60s science-fiction adventures Barbarella (Roger Vadim, France, 1968; 7 p.m.; also Wed 3 p.m.) and the rarely screened Danger: Diabolik (Mario Bava, Italy, 1967; 9 p.m.; also Wed 1, 5 p.m.). Both star John Phillip Law, angelic in the first film, a thief and killer in the second.
FRIDAY: William Friedkin's gripping, grueling, and quite underrated remake of the French classic The Wages of Fear, Sorcerer (1977; 7 p.m.), screens with Michael Mann's impressive and little-seen Nazis-vs.-demons thriller The Keep (1983; 9:15 p.m.).
SATURDAY: The Third Annual 3rd I Film Festival screens films from South Asia. A Bollywood classic, Cloud-Capped Star (Ritwik Ghatak, India, 1960) 2:30 p.m. It's My Country Too (Clifford Bestall, U.K./Pakistan, 1965) follows Pakistani-American rock star Salman Ahmed. Ahmed in person 2:30 p.m. A drama about the anti-Sikh riots of 1984, Amu (India 2005), with director Shonali Bose in person 5:15 p.m. A new Bollywood epic, Paheli (Amol Paleker, India, 2005), starring favorites Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee 8:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: The re-premiere of a long-thought-lost silent melodrama with screen legends Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino, Beyond the Rocks (Sam Wood, 1922). Live organ accompaniment by Dennis James. Matinee $13 2 p.m. Evening $15 7 p.m.
MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 14-17): A new print of Sergio Leone's mythical super-Western, Once Upon a Time in the West (Italy/U.S., 1968) 8 p.m.; also Wed 1, 4:30 p.m.
CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO
Rosenberg Library, Room 304, 50 Phelan Ave. (at Ocean), 239-3720 for venue, www.latinofilmfestival.org for the Latino Film Festival, screening here this week.
MONDAY (Nov. 14): Race is the Place. Free; email email@example.com for reservations 6:45 p.m.
DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Guzman Hall (second floor), 50 Acacia (between Olive and Magnolia), San Rafael, 454-4039 and www.dominican.edu for venue, www.latinofilmfestival.org for the Latino Film Festival, screening here this week. $10.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 9): Mojado (Torres, Honduras) 7:30 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine.
GALERĺA DE LA RAZA
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $9 save as noted.
DAILY: Chicken Little (Mark Dindal, 2005) Wed, Thurs, Mon, Tues 4:30, 6:15 p.m.; Fri, Sat 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:15 p.m.; Sun 12:15, 1:45, 3:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: North Country (Niki Caro, 2005) 8:15 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Never Been Thawed (Sean Anders, 2005) 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 11-17): Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (Italy/Spain, 1975). Call for times.
MARIN ACADEMY PERFORMING ARTS THEATER
1600 Mission (at Cottage), San Rafael, 453-4550 for venue, www.latinofilmfestival.org for the Latino Film Festival, screening here this week.
SUNDAY (Nov. 13): A Youth in Video program. Free; email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations 1 p.m.
MARIN CENTER SHOWCASE THEATRE
3501 Civic Center (at Avenue of the Flags), San Rafael, 499-6800 and www.italianfilm.com for this series. The 2005 Italian Film Festival screens at this Frank Lloyd Wrightdesigned complex through Nov. 12. $10.75.
SATURDAY (Nov. 12): A married couple comes to terms with reality in Vanilla and Chocolate (Ciro Ippolito, 2003) 7, 9:15 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for (required) reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues its fall film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
SATURDAY (Oct. 29): John Barrymore stars as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (John S. Robertson, 1920), screening with Mary Pickford in the short A Beast at Bay (D.W. Griffith, 1912) and a cluster of French short-shorts from 1907-10, including The Yawner and Whiffles Wins the Beauty Prize 7:30 p.m.
1500 Ralston Ave. (between El Camino Real and Alameda de las Pulgas), Belmont, (650) 508-3500 and www.ndnu.edu for venue, www.latinofilmfestival.org for the Latino Film Festival, screening here this week. $10.
THURSDAY (Nov. 10): Nietos (Villa, Argentina) 7 p.m.
FRIDAY (Nov. 11): Temporada de Patos (Eimbcke, Mexico) 7 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: Hungarian Péter Forgács illuminates seven principles of the Wittgenstein Tractatus (1992) and compiles home movies of the 1940s into Meanwhile Somewhere (1994) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Selling Democracy," a series screening U.S. government films made for European audiences promoting the Marshall Plan, offers "Help is on the Way," films depicting postwar recovery, including The Extraordinary Adventures of a Quart of Milk (1951) and Hansl and the 200,000 Chicks (1952) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Sam Peckinpah series screens the re-edited and restored Major Dundee (1965) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Taisho Chic on Screen," a series of silent Japanese films, screens Winter Camellia (Ryoha Hatanaka, 1921), a sentimental but, for its time, realist drama 5 p.m. The surviving fragment of Kenji Mizoguchi's Tokyo March (1929) precedes a government-sponsored educational tour, Public Manners: Sightseeing in Tokyo (Kaname Mori, 1925) 7 p.m. Takako Irie stars in the ironic melodrama The Water Magician (Mizoguchi, 1933) 8:50 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Taisho Chic" -- The surviving fragment of a newspaper-commissioned celebration of journalism, Rising Sun (Mizoguchi and Seiichi Ina, 1925), precedes Mikio Naruse's drama about two generations of geishas, Apart from You (1933) 5:30 p.m. Yasujiro Ozu's charming romantic comedy The Lady and the Beard (1931) 7:15 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Michael Snow's legendary La Région Centrale (Canada, 1971) spirals across a deserted plain for three hours 7:30 p.m.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org for venue; 554-0525 and www.aifisf.com for information on the American Indian Film Festival. This nine-decade-old remnant of a World's Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 9): Teton Gravity Research offers a mountain-climbing jaunt, The Tangerine Dream (2005). For more info call 285-8932. $14 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: The 29th American Indian Film Festival screens here this weekend. Best of the Tribal Touring Program Showcase (shorts). Free 10 a.m. California's "Lost" Tribes (Riffe) and Hank Williams' First Nation (Sorensen). $8 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: American Indian Film Festival -- Johnny Tootall (Cheechoo). $10 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: American Indian Film Festival -- Awards Show. $15 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs. $7 save as noted.
THURSDAY (Nov. 10): "Thrillville's Crazy Beatnik Party" offers live music by Arundo and the horror comedy A Bucket of Blood (Roger Corman, 1959). $7 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (Nov. 13): Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center screens a mariachi documentary, Pasajeo: A Journey of Time and Memory (2005), and offers music as well. $7 2 p.m.
TUESDAY (Nov. 15): Travis Bickle suggests ways of ridding your condo of unwelcome tenants? That seems to be the case as Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976) screens as a benefit for the housing redevelopment agency ACORN. $7 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY: The Film Arts Festival closes with a screening of a new documentary about the 1972 election, One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern (Stephen Vittoria, 2005). $10 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: Jennifer Jones stars in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1950) 3, 7 p.m. Beyond Borders, an international family film series, screens a Finnish film about a comical troll, Rolli's Amazing Tales (Olli Soinio, Finland, 1991), with live translation for your little trolls and trollettes 4 p.m.
MONDAY: "An Evening with Bertrand Tavernier" offers the famed filmmaker in person with his latest film, Holy Lola (France, 2004) 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Nov. 15 & 16): Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino together again for the first time since 1922 in Beyond the Rocks (Sam Wood). Recorded soundtrack 7 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
THURSDAY: The lives of the endangered herds of northern Alaska are followed in Being Caribou (Leanne Allison and Diana Wilson, 2005), with Sierra Club activist Vicky Hoover at both screenings 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 11-17): The Dalai Lama constructs a sand mandala in Werner Herzog's new documentary Wheel of Time (2005). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.; Wed 2 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com; 835-4783 and www.thirdi.org for further information on 3rd I Festival screenings. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Make It Funky! (Michael Murphy, 2005). All proceeds for this film go to Louisiana Rebirth, an organization devoted to rebuilding New Orleans culture 7 p.m. Where the Truth Lies (Atom Egoyan, 2004) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. The Aristocrats (Paul Provenza, 2005) 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 11-17): "Matters of Life and Death", a program of recent films by Jay Rosenblatt. 7, 8:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2, 4 p.m.
FRIDAY: The 3rd I Festival screens here today and Sunday. "Local South Asian Short Films" 7 p.m. The rapid rise and sudden fall of Indian film stars Rahul Roy, Kumar Gaurav and Bhagyashree is charted in Sunset Bollywood (Tolani, Hong Kong/India) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: 3rd I -- The story of Indian migrants attempting to land in Canada in 1914, Continuous Journey (Kazimi, Canada/India) 11:30 a.m. Silent Waters (Sumar, Pakistan) 1:30 p.m. City of Photos (Jain, India) 4 p.m. No More Tears, Sister (Klowdawsky, Canada/Sri Lanka) 5:30 p.m. A film about the mighty river Ganges: River to Heaven (Ferraro, U.S./India) 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: The local premiere ofWalMart: The High Cost of Low Prices (Robert Greenwald, 2005). $10 8 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555; www.frameline.org for this program. "Frameline at the Center," a free monthly film series, continues.
THURSDAY (Nov. 10): A transgender seminary student tours America in Call Me Malcolm (Joseph Parlagreco, 2004) 7:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Through Nov. 18 -- What's in the box? An interactive presentation of The Magical Worlds of Joseph Cornell (2003) Thurs, Fri, Mon, Tues 2:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1 p.m. My Eyes Were Fresh Thurs 4, 7:30 p.m.; Fri, Mon, Tues 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 3 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.
THURSDAY (Nov. 10): A "Guns, Germs and Steel" series tracing 13,000 years of human evolution continues with Conquest (2005) noon.
SUNDAY (Nov. 6): The 12th annual Exhibition and Competition of Independent Filipino Films and Videos. Titles TBA 1 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. Closed Monday through Wednesday.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: "Bang! Bang! Bang!" exclaims Jennifer Jones' plumber in Ernst Lubitsch's very pleasant comedy Cluny Brown (1946; 7:30 p.m.), with Charles Boyer her intended. Vivian Leigh and Laurence Olivier star in Winston Churchill's favorite film of all time, Lady Hamilton (Alexander Korda, U.K., 1941; 5:15, 9:20 p.m.).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: There's intrigue among Himalayan nuns in Black Narcissus (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1947; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 3:45 p.m.), beautifully photographed in color by the late great Jack Cardiff. It screens with Jack Clayton's careful adaptation of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, The Innocents (1961; 5:35, 9:20 p.m.), chillingly shot in black and white by Freddie Francis.
1285 Sutter (at Van Ness), 474-8700 for venue; 554-0525 and www.aifisf.com for this program. For regular screenings at this multiplex, see our Showtimes page. The 30th annual American Indian Film Festival concludes a run here this week.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 9): A program of eight documentaries, averaging half an hour each, begins with Grandmother's Prayer (Murray). $5 noon Mohawk Girls (Deer) and Sleep Dancer (Pocowatchit). $7 7 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 9): California Newsreel screens The Blue Eyes of Yonta (Flora Gomes, Guinea-Bissau, 1991), about teenage girls in this post-independence African nation. $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY & SATURDAY: Visiting Artist: Miranda July showcases the director of Me and You and Everyone We Know with a program of short films and readings. Check the YBCA Web site for the assignment July wants all her auditors to complete before attending her presentation ("Learning To Love You More Assignment #52: Write the phone call you wish you could have") 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Nov. 6): S.F. Cinematheque presents "Crosscurrent of Indelible Fragments", a program of Super 8, video and live performance by John Reily, the collective EPIC [abridged] and Owen O'Toole 7:30 p.m.
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