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) 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: Ron Mann follows Woody Harrelson's bus in Go Further (2004). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 19-25): Brother to Brother (Rodney Evans, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 17): Otar Iosseliani's Lundi Matin (Monday Morning, France, 2002), a pleasant, almost plotless film that follows hangdog factory worker Vincent (Jacques Bidou) from his tedious rounds to an attempted escape south, to follow his dream and paint 6 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.
THURSDAY: “Kucharathon! It Never Ends” screens some of the rarely seen feature-length films by local indie legend George Kuchar, in person with the hourlong Symphony for a Sinner (1979) and the half-hour short Color Me Shameless (1967) 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: November's City Film Festival screens 90 minutes from local filmmakers Jennifer Phang, Kristian Hansen, and John Erik Lawson 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: A “Hillbillies and Hobos” program screens Jesse Drew's Red Country, a record of country music's takeover by the right, plus Johnny Cash Ridin' the Rails. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: Chris Arnold's “poetic vision of San Francisco at night,” Dark Out, screens as a benefit for www.sfhomespun.com. Plus live music. $5-10 sliding scale 8 p.m.
BAY CLUB MARIN
220 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, 945-3000 for venue, 381-4123 and www.tiburonfilmfestival.com for event info. The Tiburon Film Society continues a “third Thursday” film series this week.
THURSDAY (Nov. 18): A mother pushes to make her daughter a top model in Bellissima (Artur Urbanski, Poland, 2002), screening with Love Parade from ex-Soviet Georgia 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
Timken Hall, 1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500, www.ccarts.edu. $7.
SUNDAY (Nov. 21): “Virtual Beirut,” program two of a “Truth of Consequence” series, employs “various anti-photographic techniques to make contact with the virtual” in Akram Zaatari's feature This Day, questioning the truth value of archival images, plus Lina Ghaibeh's Sad Man and Rabih Mroué's Face A/Face B 7:30 p.m.
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. Goodbye, Anita, you'll be missed.
WEDNESDAY: A weeklong Godzillafest of the beloved Japanese monster series opens with Godzilla vs. Destroyah (Takao Okawara, 1995; 1, 5 p.m.), double billed with Godzilla 2000 (Okawara, 1999; 3 p.m.). A second double bill follows: a rare original Technicolor print of Rodan (Ishiro Honda, 1956; 7:20 p.m.) and the U.S.-release version, with Raymond Burr, of Godzilla (Honda, 1956; 9 p.m.).
THURSDAY: Godzillafest — Star Russ Tamblyn is promised for War of the Gargantuas (Honda, 1966; 7:15 p.m.), screening with Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (Masaaki Tezuka, 2002; 9 p.m.).
FRIDAY: Godzillafest — The uncut original Japanese version of Godzilla (Honda, 1954; 7:15 p.m.) plus his angry return to smash Japan in GMK: Giant Monsters All Out Attack (Shusuke Kaneko, 2001; 9:30 p.m.).
SATURDAY: Godzillafest — Atomic mutants melt human flesh in Honda's science noir The H-Man (1958; 1:15, 5 p.m.), double billed with Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (Kazuki Omori, 1991; 3 p.m.). A second double bill follows — the original Mothra (Honda, 1961; 7 p.m.) with Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (Tezuka, 2003; 9:10 p.m.).
SUNDAY: A family screening of Born Free (James Hill), with Elsa the Lion, and no giant lizards. $12.50 noon. Godzillafest — The U.N.'s plan to isolate all monsters is violated by alien females in Honda's Destroy All Monsters (1968; 4 p.m.), double billed with Battle in Outer Space (Honda, 1959; 5:45 p.m.). A second double bill follows with Son of Godzilla (Jun Fukuda, 1967; 7:35 p.m.) and Monster Zero (Honda, 1965; 9:30 p.m.).
MONDAY: Godzillafest — We've all been waiting to see King Kong vs. Godzilla (Honda and Thomas Montgomery, 1962; 7 p.m.), screening with Ghidrah: The Three-Headed Monster (Honda, 1964; 9 p.m.).
TUESDAY: Godzillafest — Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (Fikuda, 1966; 7:15 p.m.) and, at last, Godzilla vs. Megalon (Fukuda, 1973; 9 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.
DAILY (Closed Mondays): Björk is Dancing in the Dark (Lars von Trier, Denmark, 2000), screening through Nov. 28 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:45 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.latinofilmfestival.org for Saturday program. $9.This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8; $9 save as noted for the International Latino Film Festival.
WEDNESDAY: Shall We Dance? (Peter Chelsom, 2004); see Ongoing for review 4:45, 9:15 p.m. A “Men We Love” series screens Peter Weir's Indonesian-set drama The Year of Living Dangerously (Australia, 1983). The man they love, though, is not Linda Hunt but Mel Gibson 7 p.m. [page]
THURSDAY: Shall We Dance? (Peter Chelsom, 2004) 4:45 p.m. Cary Grant is loved by the Lark and chased by a plane in North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959) 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: Beloved Johnny Depp dipped in Chocolat (Lasse Hallström, 2000) 6:45 p.m. Shall We Dance? 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: International Latino Film Festival — ANC Hip Hop Revolution (Fotiadi, Cuba). $7 2 p.m. Lost Embrace (Burman, Argentina) 7 p.m. Sex With Love (Quercia, Chile) 8:40 p.m.
SUNDAY: Shall We Dance? 3:30, 8 p.m. The Year of Living Dangerously 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Shall We Dance? 5 p.m. North by Northwest 7:15 p.m.
TUESDAY: Shall We Dance? 5 p.m. Chocolat 7:15 p.m.
3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the “big” Roxie two doors down.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Future of Food (Deborah Koons, 2004) 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. One of this multiplex's screens is a “calendar house” for Landmark Theatres. For other Lumiere programs, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 19-25): Brother to Brother (Rodney Evans, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MISSION CULTURAL CENTER
2868 Mission (at 23rd Street), 821-1155 and www.missionculturalcenter.org for venue, www.latinofilmfestival.org for information on this program. The International Latino Film Festival continues its annual event here and at other venues around the Bay Area this week. $7.
SATURDAY: Mexico's first animated feature in 20 years, Wizards and Giants (Couturier and Sprowls) 1 p.m. Radio Brazil (Larrañaga) 2:45 p.m. Cardboard Days (Souto, Argentina) 4:30 p.m. Gonzalo Justinado's B-Happy (Chile, 2000), a well-made if saddening film about an abandoned teenager 5:45 p.m. Polaquito (Desanzo, Argentina) 7:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: ANC Hip Hop Revolution (Fotiadi, Cuba) 2 p.m. The Landless (Barros, Spain) 3:30 p.m. A Silent Love (Hidalgo, Canada/Mexico, 2003) 5:15 p.m. Love Hurts (Sarinada, Mexico) 7:20 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. 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: Ron Mann's Go Further. See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 19-25): Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (Shemi Zarhin, Israel, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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: Three short films with a toy pony from Ben Coonley, plus his reworking of Michael Snow's austere structuralist classic into Wavelength 3D (2003) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: “Mortal Tissue,” a program of recent Lebanese films on “the vulnerable body,” screens Roy Samaha's Untitled for Several Reasons (2003) and Mohamed Soueid's Civil War (2002), a documentary about the death of a cinematographer in 1999 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: “Cine Mexico,” a series of Mexican films, screens two famed musical melodramas, Aventurera (Alberto Gout, 1949; 7:30 p.m.) and Victims of Sin (Emilio Fernandez, 1950; 9:30 p.m.).
SATURDAY: “Cine Mexico” — Luis Buñuel's sad parable Nazarin (1958; 5, 8:50 p.m.) screens with Roberto Gavaldon's Macario (1958; 7 p.m.), an adaptation of a story by B. Traven.
SUNDAY: An Astrid Lindgren series of films for children screens future Chocolat director Lasse Hallström's The Children of Bullerby Village (Sweden, 1986). $5 3 p.m. “Cine Mexico” — Alejandro Galindo's satire of the modern world of shiny new appliances, One Family Among Many (1948) 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: “Speaking, Remembering, Dreaming” — more films from Lebanon, including Jalal Toufic's Phantom Beirut, Walid Ra'ad's Hostage: The Bachar Tapes, and three untitled films by Jayce Salloum 7:30 p.m.
PALACE OF FINE ARTS
3301 Lyon (at Bay), 567-6642 and www.palaceoffinearts.org/events.html for venue, 421-8497 for this screening. This nine-decade-old remnant of a World's Fair has an excellent auditorium, often used for film programs.
WEDNESDAY: Warren Miller's ski and snowboard compilation Impact (2004). $17.50 6, 9 p.m.
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.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. See Ongoing for review.
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: Woody Harrelson learns how to Go Further (Ron Mann, 2004) 7, 8:50 p.m. Joshua Marston's absorbing (but not if you do it right) Maria Full of Grace (U.S./Colombia, 2004) 6:45, 9:10 p.m. Remember Me, My Love (Gabriele Muccino, Italy, 2003) 6:30, 9 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: Lightning in a Bottle (Antoine Fuqua, 2004); see Opening for review. Go Further, Maria Full of Grace, and Remember Me, My Love continue. Call for times.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Drive, he said — Tom Cruise hops a cab in Collateral (Michael Mann, 2004) 2, 7, 9:25 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Jared Hess' self-made cult film Napoleon Dynamite (2004) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Well might you ask — What the #$*! Do We Know? (Mark Vincente, Betty Chasse, William Arntz, 2004) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m. [page]
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Nov. 23 & 24): Zach Braff's well-made cult film Garden State (2004) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com; www.filmarts.org for the Film Arts Festival (Wednesday and Thursday). $8 for regular programs; $10 for FAF programs. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Staff favorites from the Film Arts Festival; call for titles and show times.
STARTS FRIDAY: The heir of the Johnson & Johnson family was Born Rich (Jamie Johnson, 2004), so he made this film by chatting to his wealthy friends. See Opening for review 6, 8, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m.
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. The Stanford continues a mostly Marlon Brando series, mingled with musicals.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Follow the Fleet (Mark Sandrich, 1936; 7:30 p.m.), while Rogers scandalizes her department store as a Bachelor Mother (Garson Kanin, 1939; 5:55, 9:30 p.m.), a good working-woman comedy.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Marlon Brando says Sayonara (Joshua Logan, 1957; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:50 p.m.) in this cross-cultural romance, while Elizabeth Taylor is the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Richard Brooks, 1958; 5:30, 10:10 p.m.) to Paul Newman's lame husband and Burl Ives' Big Daddy.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The 2004 edition of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation screens every weekend through Dec. 25. $9 7:30, 9:30 p.m., midnight.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $7 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY: The Jewish Film Festival screens In Search of Jewish Amsterdam (Philo Bregstein, 1975), a record of a lost world. Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The S.F. Cinematheque screens the first of a series of films by and about San Francisco poets. Tonight, 1950s figures like Robert Duncan and Jess appear in films by Stan Brakhage, Lawrence Jordan, and others. Also screening is Moving Picture Poetics I: Musings (Dirk Szuszies and F. Teubner, 2004) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: “On the Outside Looking In,” a program of documentaries on outsider artists Alexandre Lobanov, Morton Bartlett, August Walla, and Henry Darger 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Greencine presents the U.S. premiere of an uncut version of Jope Sarno's exploitation film Inga (1967), a “pseudo-Eurotrash masterpiece.” $8 8 p.m.