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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).
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.
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).
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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.
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.