Repertory Film Listings

Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). 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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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: A reissue of Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (Italy/Spain, 1975) is a parable of identity with Jack Nicholson trading his old self in 7, 9:40 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 18-24): Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (Liam Lynch, 2005). Call for times.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Endless sequels are possible (and have been made) for /i>The NeverEnding Story (Wolfgang Petersen, Germany, 1984).

AMC KABUKI

1881 Post (at Fillmore), 931-9800; (925) 866-9559 and www.sffs.org for this event. This just-off-Geary multiplex is one site for the 10th “New Italian Cinema Film Series.” $10 save as noted. (For the rest of the Kabuki fare, see our Showtimes page.)

WEDNESDAY: Six kids kidnap in Gas (Luciano Melchionna) 7 p.m. Eight friends kidnap in Facts of Banda Magliana (Daniele Costantini) 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: You Must Be the Wolf (Vittorio Moroni) 6:45 p.m. Gas 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: An Albanian-Italian teen, Saimir (Francesco Munzi) 7 p.m. The hunger strike of Bobby Sands, The Silence of the Skylark (David Ballerini) 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: The Silence of the Skylark 1:30 p.m. You Must Be the Wolf 4 p.m. An unlikely love affair is Unnatural (Alessandro Tofanelli) 6:45 p.m. A comedy of downsizing, I Truly Respect You (Eugenio Cappuccio) 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Facts of Banda Magliana 1:30 p.m. Saimir 4 p.m. The closing-night film is The Remains of Nothing (Antonietta de Lillo; 6:45 p.m.), on revolution in Naples, 1799, with award ceremony to follow at 9 p.m. Closing-night party, with above-listed film and ceremony, $40 9:30 p.m.

AQUARIUS

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.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): Bruce Lee's last completed film, Enter the Dragon (Robert Clouse, Hong Kong, 1973).

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.

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 16): The aftermath of a 2002 Folsom State Prison riot is probed in Amy Happ's Code of Silence (2005). Filmmaker in person. $3 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Nov. 18): An “ATA Pix” program of previously screened favorites is a fundraiser for this venue's 2005 fund. Films include the hand-processed Torchlight Tango (Kerry Laitala and Robert Fox, 2005) , a “queer day” in the life of a psychoanalyst acted out with hand puppets, plus Happy Are the Happy (Sarah Jane Lapp and Jenny Perlin, Czech Republic/U.S., 1999), live music by German electro-pop performer Torsten Kretchzmar, and more. $5-50 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Nov. 19): Live music by “noise vaudevillians” features Anti-Ear's “optical blitz” Neuropteronics and Tarantism's multimedia When Turkey Calls. $6 8:30 p.m.

BALBOA

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: A double bill of North Country (Niki Caro, 2005; 12:35, 4:50, 9:05 p.m.) and Flightplan (Robert Schwentke, 2005; 3, 7:15 p.m.).

WEDNESDAY: A “Sin in Soft Focus” series of pre-Code films from Paramount continues with Buster Crabbe's Search for Beauty (Erle C. Kenton, 1934; 1:55, 5:30, 9:05 p.m.), Ida Lupino's debut in a beauty-contest film with a moment of male full-frontal nudity in at least one extant print. It screens with the two-color musical Follow Thru (Lloyd Corrigan and Laurence Schwab, 1930; 2:25, 5:30, 8:40 p.m.), with Buddy Rogers, Nancy Carroll, and Zelma O'Neal introducing “Button Up Your Overcoat.”

THURSDAY: “Sin in Soft Focus” — Carole Lombard is a White Woman (Stuart Walker, 1933; 2:50, 5:40, 8:45 p.m.) up against the jungle and Charles Laughton, while Buster Crabbe is Kaspa the Lion Man, aka King of the Jungle (H. Bruce Humberstone and Max Marcin, 1933; 4:05, 8 p.m.) in this “Tarzan” knockoff.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 18-24): The President's Last Bang (Korea, 2004). See Opening for review 12:45, 2:50, 4:55, 7, 9:05 p.m.

FRIDAY: “Sin in Soft Focus” — Mae West is the “She” (and Cary Grant the “Him”) in the hugely successful She Done Him Wrong (Lowell Sherman, 1933; 2:15, 5:25, 8:40 p.m.), screening with Kay Francis and Lilyan Tashman as Girls About Town (George Cukor, 1931; 3:45, 7 p.m.).

SATURDAY: “Sin in Soft Focus” — Cecil B. DeMille mounts Claudette Colbert in the spectacles The Sign of the Cross (1932; noon, 3:25, 7 p.m.), with Charles Laughton as Emperor Nero, and Cleopatra (1934; 2:40, 7 p.m.). Take that, HBO! You are outdone!

SUNDAY: “Sin in Soft Focus” — Two of Ernst Lubitsch's best, the elegant Trouble in Paradise (1932; 1:50, 5:15, 8:45 p.m.) and the terrific musical The Smiling Lieutenant (1931; 12:05, 3:30, 7 p.m.).

MONDAY: “Sin in Soft Focus” — Charles Laughton is the master of the Island of Lost Souls (Kenton, 1933; 4:10, 7 p.m.) even as the half-animals wonder, pre-Devo, “Are we not men?” It screens with Murders in the Zoo (A. Edward Sutherland, 1933; 2:55, 5:40, 8:30 p.m.) — you know your zoo's in trouble when Charles Ruggles is your press agent. [page]

TUESDAY: “Sin in Soft Focus” — Mae West's debut steals the show in the speak-easy drama Night After Night (Archie Mayo, 1932; 2:30, 5:25, 8:25 p.m.), co-billed with Allison Skipworth as Madame Racketeer (Alexander Hall and Henry Wadsworth Gribble, 1932; 4, 7 p.m. ). George Raft stars in both.

CASTRO

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 on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A new print of Sergio Leone's mythical superwestern, Once Upon a Time in the West (Italy/U.S., 1968) 8 p.m.; also Wed 1, 4:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Ski-film maestro Warren Miller's latest, Higher Ground (2005). See www.warrenmiller.com for more. $17.50 8 p.m.

SATURDAY THROUGH FRIDAY (Nov. 19-25): Formula 17 (DJ Chen, Taiwan, 2004). See Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed, & Thurs 1, 3, 5 p.m.

FOREIGN CINEMA

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.

DAILY (Closed Mondays): Young Blue Eyes is back — Steve McQueen stars as Bullitt (Peter Yates, 1968) through Nov. 27. “Starts at dusk.”

LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER

3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org for venue; www.latinofilmfestival.org for the International Latino Film Festival, screening here this week. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings.

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 16): Mapuche filmmaker Jeannette Paillán in person with her film The Veil of Berta (Chile, 2005), about Mapuche Indian resistance to a Chilean dam. $5; no one turned away for lack of funds 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (Nov. 17): The International Latino Film Festival screens Failing Grades (Nicolas López Fernández, Chile), a comedy about a teenage comic-book fan. $10 7 p.m. Samba music is explored in Everything Blue (Jesse Acevedo, Brazil). $10 9:10 p.m.

FRIDAY (Nov. 18): International Latino Film Festival — Scribble's Creations (Kathy Huang), about the colonias, unincorporated settlements along the Mexican border, and Inventos: Hip Hop Cubano (Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Cuba/U.S.). Filmmakers in person. $10 7 p.m. A Colombian noir, The Art of Losing (Sergio Cabrera). $10 9 p.m.

LARK

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 & Tues 4:30, 6:15 p.m.; Thurs & Fri 4:30, 6:15, 8:15 p.m.; Sat 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:15 p.m.; Sun 1:45, 3:30, 5:30 p.m.; Mon 5 p.m.

MONDAY: Leslie Caron takes on Parisian custom in Vincente Minnelli's musical Gigi (1958). $10 7 p.m. Dinner to follow; price, time, and place TBA.

LUMIERE

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: Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (Italy/Spain, 1975) 4, 6:45, 9:25 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 18-24): Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (Liam Lynch, 2005). Call for times.

MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY

57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail rsvp@milibrary.org 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.

FRIDAY (Nov. 18): Alec Guinness enjoys but loses The Captain's Paradise (Anthony Kimmins, 1953), when he switches his presents to wife and mistress 6:30 p.m.

METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH

150 Eureka (near Market), 863-4434 and www.mccsf.org. “A house of prayer for all people; a home for queer spirituality.”

THURSDAY (Nov. 17): Discuss weighty issues in the gay community with the film Do I Look Fat? (2004) and director (Travis Mathews) and men featured in the movie 7 p.m.

NILES ESSANAY SILENT FILM MUSEUM

Edison Theater, 37395 Niles (near G Street), Fremont, (510) 494-1411 and www.nilesfilmmuseum.org. A weekly “Saturday Night at the Movies” series screens silent films in this historic theater. $5.

SATURDAY (Nov. 19): A shorts program finds Charlie Chaplin enjoying life on Easy Street (1917), Tom Mix enjoying Local Color (D.W. Griffith, 1916), Roscoe Arbuckle enjoying Fatty's Tin Type Tangle (1915), and newlywed Buster Keaton surviving One Week (Keaton and Eddie Cline, 1920) 7:30 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: “Rotary,” an evening devoted to experimental films employing telephones, calls up Andy Warhol's Phoney (1973) and a live performance by Marisa Olson, plus more 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: “Selling Democracy,” a series screening U.S. government films made for European audiences promoting the Marshall Plan, offers “True Fiction,” fiction films and documentaries with a strong admixture of drama, including Let's Be Childish! (1950) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: A Sam Peckinpah series screens the legendary and still-dynamic end-of-the-west western The Wild Bunch (1969) 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: “Taisho Chic on Screen,” a series of silent Japanese films, screens Heinosuke Gosho's much-praised musical comedy The Neighbor's Wife and Mine (1931), Japan's first all-talking film 5 p.m. Yasujiro Shimazu's slice-of-life Our Neighbor, Miss Yae (1934) 6:30 p.m. Seijun Suzuki re-creates the late 1920s in a ghost story full of sexual intrigue, Zigeunerweisen (1980) 8:10 p.m.

SUNDAY: “Taisho Chic” — The surviving fragment of Daisuke Ito's Slashing Swords (1929) precedes Toko Yamazaki's samurai drama Castle of Wind and Clouds (1928) 5 p.m. Yasujiro Ozu's gangster comedy Walk Cheerfully (1930) 7 p.m. [page]

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: “Group Hallucinations,” a program of experimental short films, includes Michael Snow's SSHTOORRY (Canada, 2005); Kenneth Anger's showcasing of his Mickey Mouse doll collection, Mouse Heaven (2004); and two records of Ken Jacobs' “Nervous System” performances, Mountaineer Spinning (2004) and New York Street-Trolleys 1900 (1999) 7:30 p.m.

PARKWAY

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.

TUESDAY (Nov. 22): “Audience Appreciation Night” offers up Mike Nichols' The Graduate (1967). Free 9:15 p.m.

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 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 & THURSDAY: Ballets Russes (Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine, 2005) 6:30, 9 p.m. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (Jane Anderson, 2005) 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Separate Lies (Julian Fellowes, U.K., 2005) 9:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino together again for the first time since 1922 in Beyond the Rocks (Sam Wood). Recorded soundtrack 7 p.m.

THURSDAY: A Michael Powell series marks the director's 100th birthday with a screening of the controversial, career-wrecking Peeping Tom (U.K., 1960), introduced by David Thomson 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: The Dying Gaul (Craig Lucas, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for other films and times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 18-24): “Matters of Life and Death,” a program of recent films by Jay Rosenblatt. See Urban Experience, Page 29, for more. Call for times.

SUNDAY: A restored print of Michael Powell's late work Age of Consent (Australia, 1969), with aging painter James Mason finding inspiration in a very young Helen Mirren. Restored print. Don't miss this one! 4, 7 p.m.

RED VIC

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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Dalai Lama constructs a sand mandala in Werner Herzog's new documentary, Wheel of Time (2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Never mind Dylan, it was Miles Davis' shift to electric that riled his fans, as shown in Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue (Murray Lerner, 2005). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.

STARTS TUESDAY: The selling of stuff online, documented in 24 Hours on Craigslist (Michael Ferris Gibson, 2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

ROXIE

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 one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: “Matters of Life and Death,” a program of recent films by Jay Rosenblatt. See Urban Experience, Page 29, for more 7, 8:45 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: “Undiscovered Gems,” a series showcasing indieWIRE's favorite undistributed films, screens a creepy Hotel (Jessica Hausner, Austria) 2 p.m. Liberia: An Uncivil War (Jonathan Stack and James Brabazon) 4:30 p.m. Demolition derby king Speedo (Jesse Moss) 7 p.m. A teen won't sleep in No Rest for the Brave (Alain Guiradie, France) 8:45 p.m.

THURSDAY: “Undiscovered Gems” — Hotel 7 p.m. Two sisters, one a filmmaker, confront their childhood molester in the first-person documentary Awful Normal (Celesta Davis) 8:45 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Koret Visitor Education Center (save as noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50. Closed Wednesdays.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: What's in the box? An interactive presentation of The Magical Worlds of Joseph Cornell (2003) 2:30 p.m. My Eyes Were Fresh: The Life and Photographs of John Gutmann 4 p.m.; also Thurs 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY THOUGH MONDAY: A Kiki Smith exhibit offers Art:21:Stories (PBS, 2003) through Jan. 29 2 p.m. Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress 4 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.

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 16): An Independent Television Service preview screening of a new documentary about North Koreans fleeing the homeland to China, Seoul Train. Panel discussion with Bay Area activists follows, perhaps dissing the demeaning title 6 p.m.

THURSDAY (Nov. 17): A “Guns, Germs and Steel” series tracing 13,000 years of human evolution continues with Tropics (2005) noon.

SATURDAY (Nov. 19): Director David Riker in person with his “American neorealist” film The City (La Ciudad, 1998), about workers struggling to establish themselves 2 p.m.

SPANGENBERG THEATRE

Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5 save as noted.

THURSDAY (Nov. 17): Warren Miller's skifest Higher Ground (2005). $17.50 8 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Cary Grant also climbs mountains in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). Call for times.

STANFORD

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: John Barrymore is a Counsellor at Law (William Wyler, 1933; 7:30 p.m.) burdened by an unfaithful wife in this enjoyable pre-Code legal melodrama. It screens with the classic Depression musical Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy; 5:40, 9:05 p.m.). [page]

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: The highly regarded ballet company tragedy The Red Shoes (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1948; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 3:05 p.m.) screens with the much less heavy and equally nice to look at An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli, 1951; 5:25, 9:50 p.m.).

VICTORIA THEATRE

2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.

THURSDAY (Nov. 17): The Beth Custer Ensemble accompanies the hilarious and brilliantly stylized Soviet Georgian comedy of bureaucracy My Grandmother (Kote Mikaberidze, 1929). Highly recommended. $15 8 p.m.

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.

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 16): The Mexican Museum presents two works by Mission-based filmmaker Lourdes Portillo, her early After the Earthquake (1979), about a Nicaraguan woman's rising consciousness, and her latest, about the actor Steve McQueen. Also screening is Portillo's son Karim Scarlatta's work in progress about Latino male identity. Directors in person 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Nov. 20): S.F. Cinematheque presents filmmakers Lynn Marie Kirby and Harrell Fletcher's collaborative work Side by Side, a children's karate class shot on both video and film, the resultant “images set next to and in dialogue with each other and with the original event.” Karate chroniclers in person 7:30 p.m.

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