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) 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. 1): Chucky the evil doll debuts in Child's Play (Tom Holland, 1988) midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 29): A François Truffaut series concludes with his last film, the lightweight comedy thriller Confidentially Yours (1983), with Fanny Ardant as Jean-Louis Trintignant's loyal secretary 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 1): Ardant and Trintignant co-star in Nadine Trintignant's L'eté prochain (1984) 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 (Oct. 30): F.W. Murnau's vampire smash Nosferatu (Germany, 1922) screens with a live score by the Zag Men “inspired” by Frank Zappa and the Residents 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 1): The local ensemble Epic plays live scores to Super 8 digests of the horror classics Dracula and I Was a Teenage Werewolf, followed by a 16mm screening of Mario Bava's sci-fi fantasy Planet of the Vampires (Italy, 1965) 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 (Oct. 31): A Halloween double bill of Among the Living (Stuart Heisler, 1942; 6, 9 p.m.), about a mad twin who escapes prison, and The Lady and the Monster (George Sherman, 1944; 7:20, 10:20 p.m.), with Erich von Stroheim terrorizing Vera Hruba Ralston. 16mm prints.
SATURDAY (Nov. 1): A day-after double bill of Them! (Gordon Douglas, 1954; 2:30, 5:45, 9:10 p.m.), about giant ants that terrorize Los Angeles, and the Howard Hawks-produced (and -ghost-directed) The Thing (Christian Nyby, 1951; 4:15, 7:30 p.m.), about an “intellectual carrot” from outer space that terrorizes an Army base.
SUNDAY (Nov. 2): Giant ape escapes — the original King Kong (Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack, 1933) 7, 9:15 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, $7.50. This great neighborhood house is a good place to catch second-run Hollywood fare. See our Showtimes page for what's at the Balboa the rest of this week.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 29): “Surf Movie Night” screens Singlefin: Yellow and the zombie surf horror film Surf Dead. “Come as a zombie. Best costume at each show will win an XCEL wetsuit” 7:15, 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 (Oct. 31): A “Halloween Season of Horror” continues with Fright Night (Tom Holland, 1985), about a teenager and a horror TV host (Roddy McDowell) who take on the vampire next door. With “Evil Ed” (Stephen Geoffreys) in person, and a costume contest midnight.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500, www.ccarts.edu. $7.
SUNDAY (Nov. 2): Filmmaker David Gatten employs ink, optical printing, microphotography, and other techniques in his films Moxon's Mechanick Exercises, The Enjoyment of Reading, The Secret History of the Dividing Line, and his latest, as-yet-untitled picture inspired by Leonardo's Codex on the Flight of Birds 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The near-miss coup against Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is documented in The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain, 2003); see Ongoing for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.
THURSDAY: A “20th Century Cavalcade” of live music. Advance tickets 546-1333. $10 1:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The first HallowQueen Drag Contest includes a preview of a new documentary about sex activist Carol Queen and her born-again brother John, Two Queens (2003). See www.hallowqueen.com for more. $25 6 p.m.
SATURDAY: The 3rd I South Asian International Film Festival (www.thirdi.org) screens a silent film with live music by students of the Ali Akbar College of Music, Shiraz (Franz Osten, Germany/India, 1928). $10 2 p.m. Flying With One Wing (Asoka Handagama, Sri Lanka, 2002) 6 p.m. Chokher Bali: A Passion Play (Rituparno Ghosh, India, 2003) 8:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: The Film Arts Festival presents a day of indies; see www.filmarts.org for more. Piki and Poko: Adventures in Starland 11 a.m. A Great Wonder noon. The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt 2 p.m. American Dancer 4 p.m. TBA 6 p.m. Double Dare 8:30 p.m. Soundz of Spirit 10:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Precious bodily fluids are wasted in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (1964) 7, 9 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com; www.8tales.com for this series. A weekend midnight movie series continues. For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Oct. 31 & Nov. 1): The Quentin Tarantino-scripted True Romance (Tony Scott, 1993), with a splendid cast that includes only one future Q.T. star, Samuel L. Jackson midnight.
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. [page]
DAILY (Closed Mondays): The original Dutch version, albeit no treat, of George Sluizer's thriller The Vanishing (1988) screens through Nov. 9 6:15, 8:15 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:15 p.m.
1040 Columbus (at Chestnut), 441-8855. Curry and drinks available. Free.
THURSDAY (Oct. 30): Lance Carnes and Marc Dolezal offer a film noir series screening classics on 16mm shot at least in part in San Francisco. Tonight, Orson Welles' notably bizarre The Lady From Shanghai (1948), with memorable scenes filmed in Chinatown, Steinhart Aquarium, and Playland-at-the-Beach 8 p.m.
MARIN CIVIC CENTER
Showcase Theatre, 3501 Civic Center (at Avenue of the Flags), San Rafael, 499-6800 and www.italianfilm.com for this series. The 2003 Italian Film Festival screens at this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed complex for six weeks. $10.75.
SATURDAY (Nov. 1): Tenants scheme to steal The Invisible Collection (Gianfranco Isernia, 1999) of valuable art from their nasty landlord 7 p.m. screening sold out; tickets still available at press time for 9:15 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing hosts an ongoing film series on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Oct. 31): A Halloween special screening of Village of the Damned (Wolf Rilla, 1960), about what happens when a strange mist leads to the birth of emotionless children. Introduced by Pamela Troy and our own Michael Fox. Costumes welcome: Come as an emotionless child 6:30 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. $9.25.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Gasoline (Elena Stancanelli, Italy, 2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 31-Nov. 6): Writer/director John Carlos Frey plays a Border Patrol agent who goes undercover among the illegals in The Gatekeeper (2002). 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's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A series by pioneer Mexican filmmaker Fernando Fuentes concludes with the folkloric musical comedies La Zandunga (1938; 7 p.m.), with Hollywood star Lupe Velez, and Jalisco Sings in Seville (1948; 9:05 p.m.).
THURSDAY: A series of films on genetic mutations continues with Donald Cammell's Demon Seed (1977), with Julie Christie raped by a supercomputer 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Al Hedison is a headstrong scientist who comes face to face with The Fly (Kurt Neumann, 1958) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: A Japanese anime series screens Space Firebird 2772 (Suguru Sugiyama, 1980), a key work in genre history for its robot-pilot love relationship 4 p.m. Isao Takahata's character study Only Yesterday (1991), with producer Nozomu Takahashi in person 7 p.m. Medical pirate Black Jack (Osamu Dezaki and Fumihiro Yashihara, 1996) takes on superhuman athletes 9:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: Anime — A teenager visits the kingdom of kitties in the Northern California premiere of The Cat Returns (Hiroyuki Morita, 2002), with panel discussion to follow 3:30 p.m. Anime genius Hayao Miyazaki's futuristic fable Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) 7 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: “Alternative Visions,” experimental films from Bay Area schools, include Ga-Ga Cha (Sally Rubin) and Mathporn (Kenny Easwaran and Lukas Biewald) 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $5. 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 (Oct. 31): A Halloween double bill of the quite funny Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (Charles Barton, 1948) and the drolly amusing Bride of Frankenstein (James Whale, 1935). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., films begin at 7:30 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 (Oct. 30): “Rewind Cinema” turns the clock back to 1971 for Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange 6:30, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Nov. 2): Program 1 of the UC Berkeley School of Journalism's Documentary Festival screens Take It and Like It (Kate Davidson and Bret Sigler), about a Nevada town's acceptance of 70,000 tons of nuclear waste, plus Cheerleader (Kim Bassford), Uncovering Glen Canyon (Chris Van Bebber), and Matsutake (Todd Dayton), about the travels of a wild mushroom 6 p.m.
TUESDAY (Nov. 4): Documentary Festival, Program 2 — Israeli doctors treat Palestinians in A Second Opinion (Hadas Ragolsky), plus Zapotec Indians in Los Angeles play Oaxacan Hoops (Olga R. Rodriguez), Talk to Me: A Documentary About Autism (Vanessa Kaneshiro), and A Voyage in Cyprus (Gerasimos Rigas and Melis Senderdem) 6:30 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday and Saturday): The regular Saturday-night screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal, promises an extra-special Halloween effort this weekend (note added screening Friday). $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A), 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: Bubba Ho-Tep (Don Coscarelli, 2003) 7, 9 p.m. Casa de los Babys (John Sayles, 2003) 6:30 p.m. Dirty Pretty Things (Stephen Frears, U.K., 2003) 8:30 p.m. Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tom Peosay, 2003) 6:45, 8:50 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews. [page]
STARTS FRIDAY: John Adams' opera about a Palestinian takeover of a Mediterranean cruise ship, The Death of Klinghoffer (Peggy Woolcock, U.K., 2003); see Opening for review. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain, 2003); see Ongoing for review. Call for times and other films.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: F.W. Murnau's vampire classic Nosferatu (Germany, 1922) screens on video with a live score by Jill Tracy and the Malcontent Orchestra. $10 7:30, 9:30 p.m. Film-only matinee ($4.50) 2 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Animal rights activists uncage an infected chimp, and 28 Days Later (Danny Boyle, U.K., 2003) England is pretty much done. A good thriller that comes with two alternate endings — neither really satisfying 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:20 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: A family tears itself apart, and captures it all on home video, in Andrew Jarecki's Capturing the Friedmans (2003) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Nov. 4 & 5): Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things (U.K., 2003) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com for regular programming; www.filmarts.org and 552-3456 for Film Arts Festival; www.thirdi.org and 835-4781 for the South Asian Film Festival. $8 regular and South Asian Film Festival screenings, $10 Film Arts Festival screenings save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY: The Roxie presents the results of last weekend's 48 Hour Film Project, which involved teams from the Bay Area who took two days to shoot and edit their movies, screening here tonight 7, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The 19th annual Film Arts Festival screens here for three days. Today, the local high school student-filmed Bus 24: The Diversity Bus, free 3 p.m. Soulsville (Bob Sarles) 7 p.m. Waiting to Inhale (Jed Riffe) 8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Film Arts Festival — “My So Called Life” (teen films) 7 p.m. “Local Colorful” (Bay Area characters) 9 p.m. Curt McDowell's legendary haunted house spoof Thundercrack! (1975). $10 11 p.m.
SATURDAY: Film Arts Festival — “Media Activism Panel” 1 p.m. “Women on the Verge” (stories of aging) 3 p.m. “Spirit of Gravity” (dance films) 5 p.m. “Memory Sightings” (“films of seeing bodies,” including a new work by Jay Rosenblatt) 7 p.m. “New Storytellers” (narratives, including David Munro's Compulsory Breathing) 9 p.m. Open Screening 11 p.m.
SUNDAY: The San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival screens here for two days. Films include My Mother India (Uberia, Australia) 2 p.m. DAM/Age (Seth, India) 4 p.m. Road to Ladakh (Kumar, India) 6 p.m. A Nation Without Women (Jha, India) 8 p.m.
STARTS MONDAY: Call theater for program.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Gasoline (Elena Stancanelli, Italy, 2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 31-Nov. 6): John Carlos Frey's The Gatekeeper (2002). See Opening for review. Call for times.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This recently refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY (Oct. 31-Nov. 3): Whale Rider (Niki Caro, New Zealand, 2002) Fri 9:15 p.m.; Sat 5, 9:15 p.m.; Sun 3:30 p.m.; Mon 7 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 theater has begun to program films by Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray with Hollywood classics.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Buster Keaton's justly popular detective fantasy Sherlock Jr. (1924) screens with a live organ score by Jerry Nagano 7:30 p.m. Satyajit Ray's fantasy The Golden Fortress (1974) 5:20, 8:35 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Ray's excellent Charulata (The Lonely Wife, 1964; 3:15, 7:30 p.m.) screens with Billy Wilder's Sabrina (1954; 5:25, 9:40 p.m.), with Audrey Hepburn as a lonely chauffeur's daughter.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $6 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 29): A romance between an Arab Christian woman and a Russian immigrant man is the subject of Lina and Slava Chaplin's love story A Trumpet in the Wadi (Israel, 2002). Presented by the S.F. Jewish Film Festival. $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Oct. 30): “California Stories,” a program of video documentaries by students from S.F. State and UC Berkeley, screens films about the homeless, the Ashby Flea Market, Craigslist, and other Bay Area institutions. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Oct. 31): “Ten Perfect Moments,” a series of highlights from 10 years of the YBC's screenings, offers a double bill of Italian horror, Mario Bava's legendary Black Sunday (1960; 7 p.m.) and Dario Argento's Inferno (1980; 9 p.m.), about a coven of New York Satanists (Yankees fans all, we surmise. Suffer!).