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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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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111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and for information on this program. $5.

MONDAY (Oct. 27): The “Halloweird Edition” of the monthly “Independent Exposure Screening Series” offers 17 “odd, creepy, strange, and weird” short films, including Illeana Douglas' Devil Talk, Ignacio Ferreras' How to Cope With Death, and local filmmaker J.X. Williams' Psych-Burn 8 p.m.


2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, $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 (Oct. 25): Teenage vampires stalk Santa Cruz in The Lost Boys (Joel Schumacher, 1987) midnight.


345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 22): A François Truffaut series continues with the timely — given the release of Kill Bill with its arguably similar plot — The Bride Wore Black (1966), with Jeanne Moreau as the vengeance-seeking bride 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 25): The Bride Wore Black 2 p.m.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, for most programs, for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film. Check out its new Web zine at; there's a free party to celebrate its debut this Thursday at 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Oct. 24): The ATA's monthly “Open Screening” is already booked with David Cammack's Arnold Is #1 and what may (or may not) be Timothy Azarian's sequel about Gray Davis' comeback, Good vs. Evil: Part 2. More films to come, possibly including yours. $4, free for filmmakers 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 25): Film curator Jack Stevenson offers a program of U.S. government-sponsored war propaganda, including Japanese Relocation, Survival Under Atomic Attack, and Red Nightmare. Book signing (Stevenson's Land of a Thousand Balconies) at 8 p.m., screening at 8:30 p.m.


3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, 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.

SATURDAY (Oct. 25): A “Halloween Season of Horror” continues with dream-powered teenagers taking on Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (Chuck Russell, 1987). A free dream analysis is also on offer from Dr. Christ and guest star mental patient Metal Patricia Arquette midnight.


1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500, $7.

SUNDAY (Oct. 26): An ongoing series on the “psychic effects of our cities and lands,” “Psychogeographic Cinema,” screens “Remote/Fantastic,” a program that aims to “map the Borgesian labyrinths of constructed narrative space.” Your travel guides include Chip Lord's scrambling of images from Vertigo and Bullitt in Movie Map; Peggy Ahwesh's tour of Lara Croft's visual universe, She Puppet; and Peter Greenaway's A Walk Through H 7:30 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120,, $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: Delphine Gleize's Carnage (France, 2003); see Ongoing for review 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Wed 1, 4 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 24-30): 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 Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.


2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893,; 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. 24 & 25): Mars Attacks! (1996) in Tim Burton's heavy-handed shuffling of bubble gum trading cards midnight.


145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), 552-8760, $20.

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 22): “An Evening With Andrew Jarecki” offers the pleasure of the Capturing the Friedmans filmmaker's company as he comments on the making of his successful documentary, and the more dubious delight of “never before screened outtakes of clown footage.” Please, please, not the clown footage 7 p.m.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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): 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.


3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, $8.

SUNDAY (Oct. 26): The locally made, freshly re-edited Heavy in the Game (2002-03), a docudrama about gang life, with filmmaker Goldie the Poet in person 7 p.m.


1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, 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: The all-male Girls Will Be Girls (Richard Day, 2003). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

STARTS FRIDAY: No calendar film scheduled.


Showcase Theatre, 3501 Civic Center (at Avenue of the Flags), San Rafael, 499-6800 and for this series. The 2003 Italian Film Festival screens at this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed complex for six weeks. $10.75. [page]

SATURDAY (Oct. 25): The true tale of the “gentleman bandit” who robbed throughout the 1960s with a toy gun, and spent the rest of his life trying to escape from every prison in Italy, is told in Outlaw! (Enzo Monteleone, 1999) 7, 9:15 p.m.


57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and for information; phone or e-mail 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. 24): An Alfred Hitchcock series screens the small-town saga Shadow of a Doubt (1943) — with a barely recognizable Santa Rosa as the small town 6:30 p.m.


2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, $7. Classic films in 35mm screen in a former U.S. Navy theater, the Alameda facilities of Auctions by the Bay.

FRIDAY (Oct. 24): Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels (1942), still the best Hollywood-on-Hollywood farce 7, 9 p.m.

SATURDAY (Oct. 25): Burt Lancaster is a star columnist threatened by interloper Tony Curtis in The Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957) 7, 9 p.m.

SUNDAY (Oct. 26): Bette Davis is a star threatened by interloper Anne Baxter in All About Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950) 7, 9:30 p.m.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, 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.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 24-30): Gasoline (Elena Stancanelli, Italy, 2001). See Opening for review. Call for times.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $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 of films by Peruvian-born Dutch filmmaker Heddy Honigmann continues with 2 Minutes Silence, Please (Netherlands, 1998), recording Dutch commemorations of World War II 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A series of films on genetic mutations continues with Monteith McCollum's documentary on corn breeding, Hybrid (2000), reputedly entertaining and a Grand Prize winner at Sundance 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Two more by Heddy Honigmann, her autobiographical essay on theft, Private (2000), and Good Husband, Dear Son (2001), looking back at the slaughter near Sarajevo from a decade's perspective 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: A series of new Latin American films continues with 25 Watts (Juan Pablo Rebella and Pablo Stoli, Uruguay, 2001), a comedy about three aimless teenagers 5, 8:40 p.m. Disillusioned middle-class Argentines face middle age in Gustavo Postiglione's digital video The Birthday (2002) 7 p.m.

SUNDAY: A series by pioneer Mexican filmmaker Fernando Fuentes continues with his Mexican Revolution drama Let's Go With Pancho Villa! (1935; 5:30 p.m.) and the folkloric blockbuster Over on the Big Ranch (1936; 7:20 p.m.).

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: A program of silent impressionistic films by Swiss filmmaker Hannes Schüpbach includes Spin (2001) and Toccata (2002). Artist in person 7:30 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $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. 23): A “Horror Host Palooza” program puts no fewer than five impresarios on the Parkway stage to introduce a Bay Area premiere, Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (Shusuke Kaneko, Japan, 2001), with stars Godzilla and Mothra in person. $8 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Oct. 26): Sam Raimi's Evil Dead 2 (1987) screens as a benefit for the nonprofit theatrical enterprise Eastenders Repertory Company. $8 6, 9 p.m.

TUESDAY (Oct. 28): A benefit screening for Women's Choice Clinic of Berkeley offers Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968) as an argument for “a woman's right to choose — and if ever there was a case to be made for our side, this is it.” $8 6:30, 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.


1118 Fourth St. (at A), San Rafael, 454-1222, $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: Carnage (Delphine Gleize, France, 2003) 6:30, 9:10 p.m. Casa de los Babys (John Sayles, 2003) 7, 9 p.m. Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tom Peosay, 2003) 6:45, 8:50 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

STARTS FRIDAY: Don Coscarelli's Bubba Ho-Tep (2003); see Ongoing for review. Carnage, Casa de los Babys and Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion continue. Call for times and other films.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: Mutants invade the Oval Office in Bryan Singer's somewhat ambiguous take on civil rights, X-2: X-Men United (2003) 2, 7, 9:45 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Ice, twig, and time sculptor Andy Goldsworthy is caught in the act in Thomas Riedelsheimer's Rivers and Tides (2001) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Charming little Keisha Castle-Hughes (a Padme princess in the next Star Wars, by the way) is the Whale Rider (New Zealand, 2002) in Niki Caro's popular film 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Oct. 28 & 29): F.W. Murnau's vampire smash 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) Wed 2 p.m. [page]


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A Palestinian woman faces a deadline in Rana's Wedding (Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine, 2003). See Ongoing for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Don McGlynn's new documentary about blues legend Chester Arthur Burnett, The Howlin' Wolf Story (2003) 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.

MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Oct. 27-29): The Roxie presents the results of the 48 Hour Film Project. Teams from the Bay Area have just spent two days (Oct. 24-26) writing, shooting, and editing their short films, which screen here tonight 7, 9:30 p.m.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $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: The all-male Girls Will Be Girls (Richard Day, 2003). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 24-30): Gasoline (Elena Stancanelli, Italy, 2001). See Opening for review. Call for times.


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

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (Oct. 23-25): Robert Duvall and Michael Caine are Secondhand Lions (Tim McCanlies, 2003), with Haley Joel Osment as the robot boy searching for the Blue Fairy. See Ongoing for review Thurs 7 p.m.; Fri 7, 9:15 p.m.; Sat 4 p.m.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $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: Satyajit Ray's dark comedy about Bengali business practices, The Middle Man (1976; 7:30 p.m.), screens with Billy Wilder's drama about dark doings in the insurance game, Double Indemnity (1944; 5:30, 9:55 p.m.).

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: A taxi driver tries to get business in rural Bengal in Ray's Abhijaan (The Expedition, 1962) 3:40, 7:30 p.m. Two musicians get the business at the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Wilder's Some Like It Hot (1959) 5:20, 10:10 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.


2700 45th Ave. (at Sloat), 387-9615 for info and reservations.

THURSDAY (Oct. 23): Ireland's Jewish community is profiled in Shalom Ireland. $10. Reception 6 p.m., film 7 p.m.


1970 Ocean (at Lakewood), 333-7400 for venue, 333-0384 and for information on this program.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (Oct. 22-25): The fourth annual Christian WYSIWYG Film Festival offers four days of guest speakers, networking, short films, and features, including The Roman Trilogy Episode One: The Apostle Paul; the new VeggieTales movie, The Ballad of Little Joe (not to be confused with the 1993 western about a cross-dressing rancher, this one might be about a carrot converso); and a four-minute clip from Mel Gibson's The Passion.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $6 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

THURSDAY (Oct. 23): “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. 24): Melinda Stone's “The California Tour Homecoming Show” re-creates the ambience of a drive-in movie theater in the YB screening room, offering commissioned films by Kate Haug, Karla Dovoka, and Michael Rudnick. What, no root beer? 7 p.m.


The sixth annual UNAFF presents 30 documentaries from all over the world on the theme “Promotion of Universal Respect” at Stanford University this week, Oct. 22-26. For more info, call (650) 724-5544 or visit … The San Francisco World Film Festival and Marketplace screens short independent films and features in search of distributors at the Avalon Ballroom and the Palace of Fine Arts Thursday through Saturday. Visit for more. … Betty & Ann's “Reel to Real Film Series” for “lesbians and all others in our LGBT community” offers a preview screening of Shattered Glass (Billy Ray, 2003), about Charles Glass' creative journalism, this Saturday at the Variety Club in downtown San Francisco's Hobart Building. RSVP for your $25 tickets and screening info to … George Ratliff's Hell House (2001), a documentary about a damnation-themed teen attraction offered by fundamentalists, screens in the rear dining room of Schroeder's Restaurant, 240 Front St., this Saturday at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the sauerkraut-fancying S.F. Atheists; see for more. … Finally, the Sixth Street Cinema in Mariposa has programmed a three-day seminar and screening of Krzysztof Kieslowski's great miniseries inspired by the Ten Commandments, The Decalogue (Poland, 1988), Friday through Sunday, with many guest lecturers from the Bay Area. See for more. “Geographic isolation doesn”t have to mean cultural isolation.”

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