Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.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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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: Divan (Pearl Gluck, U.S./Hungary, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 20-26): A new print of Federico Fellini's hugely popular exposé of the decadent rich, La Dolce Vita (Italy, 1959). Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 18): Two Algerians struggle in Paris in Salut Cousin! (Merzak Allouache, France, 1996) 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 (Aug. 19): K8 Hardy's video/live-action performance piece Beautiful Radiating Energy, on sexual stereotypes 8 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Aug. 20-21): JUNK, a festival of DIY queer underground cinema “for all the queers that never fit in.” Films include Katy NoBangs' Grayscale, Ryan Junell's Ghost Boobs, Joshua “Peaches Christ” Grannell's A Nightmare on Castro Street, and Amanda Laws' A Tale of Two Plushies. For more info, see www.malaqueerche.com/junkfilms. $6 8 p.m.
BAY CLUB MARIN
220 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, 945-3000 for venue, 381-4123 and www.tiburonfilmfestival.com. for TIFF. The Tiburon Film Society begins a “third Thursday” film series this month.
THURSDAY (Aug. 19): Two strangers' chance encounter changes their lives in Get a Way (Noah Nuer, France, 2004), screening with Sylvia Binsfield's short Hot Winter Night 7 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Marcello Mastroianni hooks up with Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (Italy, 1959) 1, 4:30, 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: An Ingmar Bergman series opens with his portrait of an old man dying, Wild Strawberries (Sweden, 1957) 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: Bergman's The Virgin Spring (1960; 1:20, 5:15, 9 p.m.), which in its cruelty and mysticism anticipates Lars von Trier, and the oft-quoted, oft-parodied, never topped The Seventh Seal (1958; 3:10, 7 p.m.), with Max von Sydow as the knight who plays chess with Death.
SUNDAY: Bergman's much-loved comedy Smiles of a Summer's Night (1955) put a smile on the face of his dourest fans 2, 4:30, 7, 9:10 p.m.
MONDAY: Von Sydow is enigmatic as The Magician (Bergman, 1958) in a little-revived film 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 p.m.
TUESDAY: Mom and daughter play emotional chopsticks in Autumn Sonata (Bergman, 1978), with Liv Ullmann and Ingrid Bergman (no relation) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:10 p.m.
3601 Lyon (at Marina), 563-7337, www.exploratorium.edu. Free with museum admission of $12. A “Tinkering!” film series continues. Screenings are in the center's McBean Theater, through the front doors and on the left.
SUNDAY (Aug. 22): A program of cameraless animation includes Norman McLaren's Fiddle-Dee-Dee (Canada, 1947) and Len Lye's Free Radicals (U.K., 1953) 2 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): Niki Caro's empowering tweener flick Whale Rider (New Zealand, 2003) screens through Sept. 5 8:15, 10 p.m.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3488, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings and, through Aug. 23, its eighth annual Asian Film Festival. (Note: Some screenings are projected video.) $8 for AFF shows save as noted.
WEDNESDAY: The Asian Film Festival continues here with a movie about a carjacking going wrong, Drive (Sabu, Japan) noon. Six shorts by Korea's top filmmakers, “If You Were Me” 2:30 p.m. Adultery goes awry in Men Suddenly in Black (Pang, Hong Kong) 4:50 p.m. Japan won World War II and that's just the beginning of the alternative future of 2009 Lost Memories (Lee, Korea) 7 p.m. An old samurai teaches kids to fight and die in Azumi (Kitamura, Japan) 9:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: AFF — Three major stars play the three powerful The Soong Sisters (Cheung, Hong Kong, 1997) noon. A lost girl returns home after 10 years in Antenna (Kumakiri, Japan) 2:55 p.m. Coming of age with Conduct Zero (Cho, Korea) 5:25 p.m. Filmmaker Fan Ho in person with the adult drama Szechuan Concubine (Taiwan, 1994) 7:25 p.m. A demented granny creates A Living Hell (Shugo, Japan) /i>9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY: AFF — HBO wants its concept back as three single women experience Sex and the Beauties (Jing, Hong Kong) noon. The Soong Sisters 2:10 p.m. 2009 Lost Memories 5 p.m. “If You Were Me” 7:40 p.m. Zombies take the field in Battlefield Baseball (Yamiguchi, Japan) 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: AFF — An evil twin takes the place of a good doctor in Gemini (Shinya, Japan) noon. Before there was Disney's cartoon there was a 1964 Hong Kong film about the same historical figure, the unbeatable Lady General Hua-Mulan (Yue Feng) 1:50 p.m. Sex and the Beauties 3:50 p.m. 2009 Lost Memories 5:55 p.m. A restored print of the classic One-Armed Swordsman (Chang Che, Hong Kong, 1967) 8:20 p.m. A Living Hell 10:30 p.m. [page]
SUNDAY: AFF — A gangster signs on for a fake wedding in Failan (Song, Korea) 12:30 p.m. Lady General Hua-Mulan 3:05 p.m. Gemini 5:30 p.m. One-Armed Swordsman 7:20 p.m. Battlefield Baseball 9:50 p.m.
MONDAY: AFF — A Living Hell noon. “If You Were Me” 2:10 p.m. Sex and the Beauties 4:20 p.m. Antenna 6:20 p.m. The series' Closing Night film is the second installment in the popular “Grudge” series, Ju-On 2 (Shimizu, Japan). $10 8:45 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (Robert Greenwald, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6:30, 8:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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: Tom Dowd & the Language of Music (Mark Moorman, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex offers a midnight movie series, “The Filth,” with just the film on Fridays and audience participation events on Saturdays. $8. For other Lumiere programs, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Aug. 20 & 21): Takashi Miike's itchy Ichi the Killer (2001) midnight.
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: Divan (Pearl Gluck, U.S./Hungary, 2003). See Ongoing for review 2, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 20-26): Imagining Argentina (Christopher Hampton, U.S./Argentina, 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: An “Exploit-O-Scope” series screens Francis Coppola's Dementia 13 (1963), complete with the psychiatrist-designed test given patrons 40 years ago to see if they can take the shock 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A Luchino Visconti series continues with Visconti's masterpiece The Leopard (Italy, 1963), restored to its 188-minute grandeur in a new print 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: Visconti's lovely White Nights (Italy, 1957) casts Marcello Mastroianni as a love-struck passer-by in this dreamlike Dostoevski adaptation 7 p.m. Visconti's quite rare adaptation of The Stranger (Italy, 1967), with Mastroianni as Camus' impulse killer 9:10 p.m.
SATURDAY: Visconti's family melodrama Vaghe stelle dell'orsa (Italy, 1965), with Claudia Cardinale 7 p.m. The director's last film, Conversation Piece (Italy, 1974), with Burt Lancaster as an art historian in retreat 9:05 p.m.
SUNDAY: White Nights 5:30 p.m. The Stranger 7:35 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: F.W. Murnau's vampiric classic Nosferatu (Germany, 1922) screens with live piano by Judith Rosenberg 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $6. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing “Movie Classics Series” regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
FRIDAY (Aug. 20): Richard Roundtree dispenses his own brand of justice as Shaft (Gordon Parks, 1971). Doors open at 7 p.m., film at 8 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.
THURSDAY (Aug. 19): Ray Dennis Steckler's The Thrill Killers (1965) screens in place of the announced Rat Phink a Boo Boo. Co-star Herb Robbins in person. $6 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (Aug. 22): The second annual Oakland International Black Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Film Festival screens here today; see www.clubrimshot.com/filmfestival.html for more info. $8 per program.
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: Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston, 2004) 6:45, 9 p.m. The Story of the Weeping Camel (Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni, Mongolia, 2003) 6:30 p.m. Seducing Dr. Lewis (Jean-François Pouliot, Canada, 2003) 8:30 p.m. The Hunting of the President (Nickolas Perry and Harry Thomason, 2004) 9:10 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
WEDNESDAY: A twice-weekly Barbara Stanwyck series screens the Billy Wilder-scripted Ball of Fire (Howard Hawks, 1941), with Stanwyck the stripper who takes refuge with shy linguist Gary Cooper 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: Three women live on Since Otar Left (Julie Bertucelli, France/Georgia, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Stander (Bronwen Hughes, U.K., 2004); see Opening for review. Hijacking Catastrophe (Jeremy Earp and Sut Jhally, 2004). See Ongoing for review. Maria Full of Grace, Seducing Dr. Lewis, Since Otar Left, and The Story of the Weeping Camel continue. Call for times.
SUNDAY: Mick LaSalle introduces the pre-Code melodrama Night Nurse (William Wellman, 1933), with Barbara Stanwyck taking on ruthless gangster Clark Gable to save her young charges 7 p.m.
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. [page]
WEDNESDAY: Sergio Leone's Civil War superwestern The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Italy/Spain, 1967) casts Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach, respectively 2, 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: Forest Whitaker's a spooky samurai as Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog (1999) 7, 9:25 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Q.T. goes back for seconds on his cheeseburger battle royale, Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Quentin Tarantino, 2004) Fri 7, 9:45 p.m.; Sat 2, 5, 8 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Abused farm animals find a Peaceable Kingdom (Jenny Stein and James LaVeck, 2004). Speakers at evening screenings 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: Yoji Yamada's excellent, low-key The Twilight Samurai (Japan, 1961) 7, 9:40 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:25 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Bill O'Reilly Outfoxed (Robert Greenwald, 2004); see Ongoing for review 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
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.
WEDNESDAY: Two with Buster Keaton, ending his starring career at MGM. First, the jolly late silent The Cameraman (Edward Sedgwick, 1928; 7:30 p.m.), followed by one of Keaton's few watchable talkies, Speak Easily (Sedgwick, 1932; 9 p.m.).
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Bette Davis plays post office in The Letter (William Wyler, 1940; 7:30 p.m.) and succumbs gallantly in Dark Victory (Edmund Goulding, 1939; 5:35, 9:15 p.m.).
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Two about class by Vincente Minnelli, the Parisian-set musical Gigi (7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:15 p.m.) and the Brit-bound The Reluctant Debutante (5:40, 9:55 p.m.). Sandra Dee has the part taken by Amanda Bynes in this film's recent remake, What a Girl Wants. Chapter 9 of Superman (1948) precedes Gigi.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $7, $2 for second feature, save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 18): The Film Arts Foundation screens a preview of (yet another) new Bush-bashing documentary, There's Something About W (Robin Chin, 2004), not that there isn't plenty of material to work with 7:30 p.m.
The Danger and Despair Knitting Circle continues its “Mostly Pre-Code” series of 1930s proto-noirs, most featuring dangerous blonde Gertrude Michael. On Saturday, Aug. 21, the Circle screens a double bill of two old dark house mysteries, Menace (Ralph Murphy, 1934), about a killer seeking revenge, at 8 p.m., and Night of Terror (Ben Stoloff, 1933), with Bela Lugosi as a “turbaned dope smoker,” at 9:30 p.m. For more info, see www.noirfilm.com; to make a reservation and get directions to the screening locale, contact 552-1533 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. … Also, a monthly Old Oakland Outdoor Cinema series screens the cross-dressing comedy Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982), on Washington Street between Ninth and 10th streets. Limited seating provided; BYO chairs and blankets. Free parking at Eighth and Washington. For more information, call (510) 238-4734 or visit www.filmoakland.com. Free. Live music 5 p.m., shorts and feature 8 p.m.