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 10-week midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes"). For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
SATURDAY (Nov. 8): Terry Gilliam's delightful, overlooked fantasy The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), with the young Sarah Polley midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 5): Alain Corneau's Le Cousin (1997) casts French comedians in a drug drama about a cop and his informer 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 8): Le Cousin 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (Nov. 6): Ardac Animal Rights screens Chattel, a protest against animal mistreatment 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Nov. 7): The world premiere of David Herrera's half-hour experimental film Rebus (2003) 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 8): Mark Boswell's experimental feature The Subversion Agency (2003) postulates an American-Communist golf match somewhere in an imaginary Caribbean. Filmmaker in person 8:30 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.
FRIDAY (Nov. 7): Preston Sturges' divorce and remarriage screwball comedy The Palm Beach Story (1942) lightly treads ground recently stomped on by the Coen brothers 7, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 8): Vincente Minnelli's splendid backstage musical The Band Wagon (1953) 7, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Nov. 9): Late greats Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg's fame claim On the Waterfront (1954), with Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, and the late great Rod Steiger 7, 9:15 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), a "Midnight Mass" every Saturday, hosted by Peaches Christ. $8.
FRIDAY (Nov. 7): Peaches presents a second, all-new San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival, full of shorts both "high art" and "drive-in trash" midnight.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com, $8 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.
WEDNESDAY: Harry Smith's "abstract city symphony" inspired by Brecht, Weill, and Duchamp, Film #18: Mahagonny (1980), gets a rare 35mm screening 2, 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Opening night of the seventh Latino Film Festival screens "Noche de Málaga," an evening of shorts from Spain's Málaga Film Festival, plus food, flamenco dancing, and a reception. Film and party $65; film only $15 6 p.m. Red Bear (Caetano, Argentina), $9 10 p.m.
FRIDAY: Latino Film Festival -- "Unusual Encounters" (shorts), $7 10:30 a.m. Queen of the Gypsies (Ajami, Spain/U.S.), $7 1 p.m. Collect Call (Argueta, Guatemala/U.S.), $7 3:15 p.m. A "Tribute to Moctesuma Esparza" honors the producer of The Milagro Beanfield War and many other films with clips and the first Mocte Award for influential Latinos in Hollywood. Tribute and film $20, plus dinner $135 6 p.m. We Are the Music (Paris, Cuba), $9 10 p.m.
SATURDAY: Latino Film Festival -- Lesbians in Buenos Aires (Garcia, Argentina), $7 10:30 a.m. Francesca, Which Side Are You On? (Sanchez, Mexico), $7 1 p.m. An evening of silent films from Brazil screens Fragmentos da Vida (Medina, 1929) and Aitare da Praia (Roiz, 1925). Reception (with live samba) $45 6 p.m., film only (with live music) $15 7:30 p.m. Wedding Days (Pinzás, Spain), $9 9:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: Latino Film Festival -- Sex, Politics and Cocktails (Hernandez), $7 10:30 a.m. The Last Sephardic Jew (Nieto, Spain), $7 1:30 p.m. Bedtime Fairy Tale for Crocodiles (Cruz, Mexico), $9 4 p.m. "Director's Night" offers a reception, awards, and the film Bolivar Am I (Triana, Colombia), $45 6 p.m. Awards and film only $9 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY: "Reel Food: An Insider's Guide to Cooking in the Movies" features a critique, with clips, of cooking scenes from films from Joey Altman and Kerry Heffernan, plus the documentaries Our Lady of Tamales and Cat's in the Kitchen. $15 7 p.m. $55 for film program and food/wine reception to follow.
TUESDAY: Jacques Perrin's continually popular Winged Migration (France, 2002); see Ongoing for review 7, 9:10 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The original Dutch version, albeit no treat, of George Sluizer's thriller The Vanishing (1988) 6:15, 8:15 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:15 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Wim Wenders' angelic Wings of Desire (Germany, 1988) screens through Nov. 30 6:30, 8:15 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:45 p.m.
1040 Columbus (at Chestnut), 441-8855. Curry and drinks available. Free.
THURSDAY (Nov. 6): Lance Carnes and Marc Dolezal offer a film noir series screening classics on 16mm shot at least in part in San Francisco. A hit man takes refuge in North Beach in The Raging Tide (George Sherman, 1951) 8 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.