MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, 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 & THURSDAY: Gabrielle (Patrice Chéreau, France 2005) 6:45, 9 p.m. Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck, 2006) 7, 9:15 p.m. Darshan, the Embrace (Jan Kounen, France, 2005) 6:30 p.m. Conversations With Other Women (Hans Canosa, 2005) 8:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Heading South (Laurent Cantet, France, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for other films and times.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: 82-year-old director Robert Altman envisions the spirit of death as a beautiful woman (and why not?) in the oddest interpolation in the oddball celebration A Prairie Home Companion (2006) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 1-7): Takashi Miike's fantasy The Great Yokai War (Japan, 2005). See Opening for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.; Wed 2 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 1-7): What happens when art is Stolen (Rebecca Dreyfus, 2005). See Opening for review 6:15, 8, 9:40 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:30, 4:30 p.m. Call for other films.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): An hour-long exposition of The Body as Matrix: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle 4 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m. In the Phyllis Wattis theater, Drawing Restraint 9 (Barney, 2005). Come dressed as your favorite blob of Vaseline! Free 2 p.m.; also Thurs 6:15 p.m.
STARTS SATURDAY: Tina in Mexico (Brenda Longfellow, 2002) screens through Jan. 2 at 2:30 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.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Lunacy (Jan Svankmajer, Czech Republic/Slovakia, 2005) 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept 1-7): Heading South (Laurent Cantet, France, 2005). See Opening for review. Also, Viva Pedro!, an eight-film series of new prints of films by Pedro Almodovar, opens with Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Spain, 1988), Call for times.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney series continues with Strike Up the Band (Busby Berkeley, 1940; 7:30 p.m. ), plus Garland an adult for the first time in Little Nellie Kelly (Norman Taurog, 1940; 5:40, 9:50 p.m. ).
SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Two very different 1950s romances with much to recommend them, not least outstanding color cinematography. James Wong Howe filmed shirtless William Holden intriguing Kim Novak in Picnic (Joshua Logan, 1956; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3 p.m. ); Winton Hoch and Archie Stout shot haunted John Wayne intriguing feisty Maureen O'Hara in The Quiet Man (John Ford, 1952; 5:10, 9:40 p.m. ).
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 5-7): Wholesome Garland is an unlikely Ziegfeld Girl (Robert Z. Leonard, 1941; 7:30 p.m. ) together with likelier showgirls Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner, while Life Begins for Andy Hardy (George B. Seitz, 1941; 5:35, 10 p.m. ), with Garland in her last appearance in the Mickey Rooney series. <
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