Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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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ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS 992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted.
SATURDAY: Other Cinema presents a program devoted to "Kaiju," the giant rubber monsters of the Godzilla films and their spinoffs 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: For your consideration, For Your Consideration (Christopher Guest, 2006) 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20 p.m. In Theater 2, Helen Mirren is The Queen (Stephen Frears, U.K., 2006), and don't you forget it 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:10 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com. $10 save as noted. 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: A double-bill of Albert & David Maysles' documentaries about two faded Northern belles, Grey Gardens (1975; 3:20, 7 p.m. ) and the premiere of The Beales of Grey Gardens (2006; 1:30, 5:05, 9:10 p.m. ), leftover footage of the eccentric mother and daughter, passing time in a run-down mansion. Beale visitor and documentary supporting player Jerry Torre in person after Grey Gardens this evening.
THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Do is for dear, Ray's a drop of golden sun in Sing-a-Long Sound of Music, the 1964 Robert Wise musical presented with subtitles so you too can join in with the nuns and the kids. $15 7 p.m.; also Fri, Sat, Sun 1 p.m.
TUESDAY: An unstoppable hitman strides through a mining town in Teshigahara's debut feature, Pitfall (1962) 7, 9:15 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893 for Landmark theaters, 346-1124 for theater boxoffice, www.landmarktheatres.com. A midnight movie series continues this weekend at this single-screen jewel. $9.75.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The more complete, European release version of Terry Gilliam's prescient satire of our totalitarian future, Brazil (1985) midnight.
DAVIES SYMPHONY HALL
201 Van Ness (at Grove), 864-6000, www.sfsymphony.org. $31-$114 for this special event.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: City Lights, live music 8 p.m.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com; www.madcatfilmfestival.org for the MadCat Festival. This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains). 21 and over only.
TUESDAY (Nov. 28): The Heads Up Collective screens a program of "short films by and about native youth" as a benefit for HOMEY (Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth). "Bring your mittens" 8 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35 mm, 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.
DAILY: Life is or is not a Cabaret (1972), in Bob Fosse's Weimar musical "Starts at dusk."
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Language is a four letter word in Fuck (Steve Anderson, 2005) 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and 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 & THURSDAY: Closed.
FRIDAY: A festival of new 35 mm prints from classics film distributor Janus Films screens The Cranes are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov, U.S.S.R., 1957) a tragic wartime love story told with a plethora of flying cranes 7 p.m. Ingmar Bergman made his first international mark with Monika (Sweden, 1953) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: A family matinee screening of the Marx Brothers college comedy Horsefeathers (Norman C. McCleod, 1932). Whatever it is, we're against it 2 p.m. A Jacques Rivette series screens his debut feature, Paris Belongs to Us (France, 1959) 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: All four parts of Masaki Kobayahsi's Japanese ghost story anthology Kwaidan (1964) set a high water mark for J-horror. No stringy-haired girls on video here! 3 p.m.
TUESDAY: Lebanese video artist Akram Zaatari introduces an early, sympathetic look at Palestine's cause Ici et ailleurs (Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville, Jean-Pierre Gorin, France, 1974), shot in 1970 and re-edited after the 1972 Munich terrorist event into a commentary on terror "here and elsewhere" 7:30 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.parkway-speakeasy.com. $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.
TUESDAY: The premiere of a documentary about TV horror show hosts, America Scary (Sandy Clark, 2006) featuring John Stanley and Mr. Lobo 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): Barely Legal's live presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975). $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: What's that in your cup? Black Gold (Marc Francis, Nick Francis, U.K. 2006) 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Catch a Fire (Phillip Noyce, South Africa, 2006) 7, 9:10 p.m. Deliver Us from Evil (Amy Berg, 2006) 6:45 p.m. Sleeping Dogs Lie (Bobcat Goldthwait, 2006) 8:55 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Cave of the Yellow Dog (Byambasuren Davaa, Mongolia, 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.
THURSDAY: Closed for the holiday.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 28-30): The filmed official record of the 2006 Mavericks Surf Contest, when on 24 hours notice top surfers convened to ride last winter's big waves 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also 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. WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Hot coffee is Black Gold (Marc and Nick Francis, U.K., 2005) 6:15, 8, 9:35 p.m. STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program. 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 Wednesday and Thursday): Tina in Mexico (Brenda Longfellow, 2002) 2:30 p.m. Expressionism (Rainer Mortiz, Austria, 1991) 4 p.m. SHATTUCK
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: Language is a four letter word in Fuck (Steve Anderson, 2005) 1:30, 3:45, 7:30, 10:05 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 24-30): Cave of the Yellow Dog (Byambasuren Davaa, Mongolia, 2005). See Opening for review. 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. A Twentieth Century Fox series continues. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Newlyweds William Holden and Jeanne Crain find an Apartment for Peggy (George Seaton, 1948; 7:30 p.m.) while Dorothy McGuire is a nave bride in Claudia (Edmond Goulding, 1943; 5:45, 9:20 p.m. ).
FRIDAY: Jeanne Crain's a country girl in the nostalgic hit Margie (Henry King, 1946; 7:30 p.m. ), screening in a rare Technicolor print. Crain then chooses not to pass for white in the racial drama Pinky (Elia Kazan, 1949; 5:35, 9:15 p.m. ).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: William Holden travels to Hong Kong in Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (King, 1955; 3:55, 7:30 p.m. ) even as Tyrone Power travels back in time to the 18th century I'll Never Forget You (Roy Baker, 1951; 5:50, 9:25 p.m. ) in these two love stories.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.ybca.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
TUESDAY: A new documentary about Africa's contemporary dance movement (the title's being withheld in a clever move to avoid publicity). Filmmaker Joan Frosch in person. Free for YBCA members or ticket-holders for the Compagnie TchéTché performances on Dec. 1 or 2; call for reservation. Otherwise $8 6:30 p.m.
Those who sit in on the Multiracial Comedians show ("More identities! More fun!") at the La Peña Gallery, 3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, this Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m., will find themselves part of the audience in a special being filmed for PBS. The show, and a chance for immortality for the back of your head or your loud, distinctive laugh, is $10. For more info, call (510) 849-2568 or see www.lapena.org.
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