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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $6. This duplex offers a midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes") beginning this Saturday and running for 10 weeks. For additional screenings see our Showtimes page.
SATURDAY (Sept. 7): Eight years old, it's a cinematic gold watch that takes a licking and keeps on ticking -- Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994) midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 4): The little French girl who could -- Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 2001) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 7): Amélie 2 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY (Sept. 6): The MadCat Women's International Film Festival presents a program of shorts, "This Crazy Thing Called Love," featuring Kelly Reichardt's Then a Year with a soundtrack culled from true-crime TV shows; Zoey Kroll's Fingers, Mouth; Janet Merewether's Making Out in Japan; and Jen Sachs' Student Academy Award Winner The Velvet Tigress, an animated recreation of the 1931 Winnie Ruth Judd "Trunk Murders." $7 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 7): The opening program of the venerable "Other Cinema" fall series. From Philadelphia, Scott Beibin introduces his traveling Lost Film Fest, featuring the Situationist musical Gigi From 9-5, the "vegan-porno" G-Sprout, Becky Goldberg's Hot and Bothered: Feminist Pornography, anarchist LEGO animation, and more 8:30 p.m.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
DAILY: A 70mm print of Ron Fricke's global immersion in exotic scenery and people, Baraka (1992), screens through Sept. 12; see Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed & Fri-Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $7. The scheduled demolition of this Berkeley landmark has been pushed back, and there will be a fall season for this innovatively programmed art house.
DAILY: The neo-realist classic The Bicycle Thief (Vittorio De Sica, Italy, 1948; 7:30 p.m.) screens with John Cassavetes' raw debut feature, Shadows (1959; 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 5:45 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. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: How do you solve a problem like Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 2001)? How do you hold a CGI pixie in your hand? The sweetheart of Paris screens here through Sept. 15 7:45, 9:45 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema" in its 40-seat theater. All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 4): A man infiltrates a gang of racist skinheads in Randolph Kret's Pariah 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (Sept. 5): Aron Ranen sets out to question whether or not men landed on the moon in the rather aimless doc Did We Go? 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 6): An ambitious feature about a deranged street hustler that began as a high school class project, Two Days Till Tomorrow stars and was written, directed, produced, edited, and everything else by the team of Temple and Kicak 8 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. Taking over from the Lumiere this fall season, this multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Benoît Jacquot's version of the opera Tosca (France, 2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 6-12): From the director of Waco: The Rules of Engagement, William Gazecki's Crop Circles: Quest for Truth (2002) threatens to expose the mystery behind the secret behind the enigma. See Opening for review. Filmmaker in attendance Friday evening. Call for times.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $7, second show $1.50. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A program of videos by Scott Stark, with filmmaker in person, includes I'll Walk With God (1994), "glimpses of a troubled world," and Noema, "an undulating dance" 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A series of Italian filmmaker Elio Petri's political fables continues with Numbered Days (1962; 7 p.m.), about a man living life to the fullest, and We Still Kill the Old Way (1967; 9 p.m.), a drama of Mafia killings and official cover-ups with Gian Maria Volonte and Irene Papas.
FRIDAY: A program of ultra-rare Japanese silent films offers the crime drama Policeman (Tomu Uchida, 1933; 7:30 p.m.) and the earliest surviving film by the great Kenji Mizoguchi, the rural drama The Song of Home (1925; 9:20 p.m.).
SATURDAY: A weekend series devoted to silent actresses, introduced by historian Anthony Slide and with live piano accompaniment by Neil Brand, screens Alice Joyce as The Home Maker (King Baggot, 1925; 7 p.m.) and Blanche Sweet as The Sporting Venus (Marshall Neilan, 1925; 9:10 p.m.).