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) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $6. This duplex offers a midnight movie series (plus "drawings for valuable and coveted prizes") on Saturdays for 10 weeks. For additional screenings see our Showtimes page.
SATURDAY (Sept. 14): National Lampoon's much vaunted Vacation (Harold Ramis, 1983), every word of dialogue of which had been memorized by someone I once met midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 11): The disappearance of her husband Under the Sand unravels Charlotte Rampling in François Ozon's film (France, 2000) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 14): Under the Sand 2 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.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 11): Global Wake-up Call: Roots of the Current Crisis (2001/2002) was produced a few weeks after last September's attack by faculty and students at CSU Monterey Bay, who have subsequently updated it. Co-producer Caitlin Manning in person 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 13): The MadCat Women's International Film Festival presents a program of shorts, "Big City Short Stories," featuring local director Thanh Diep's autobiographical Thanh and animated films by Caroline Leaf, Mandy Ord, Joann Bermann, and Diane Bonder. $7 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 14): A benefit for the campaign to restore the 17 Reasons Why! sign screens Nick Dorsky's silent film of the same name, plus other Mission-neighborhood-related works, including Veronica Majano's Calle Chula, Steve Yamani's Night in Tunisia, Gibbs Chapman's Russian Scissors, and more, plus progress reports on the Musée Mécanique and the Fox Theater. Live music by Carlos Guitarlos 8:30 p.m.
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7 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: A 70mm print of Ron Fricke's global immersion in exotic scenery and people, Baraka (1992). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: "Deep in a Dream," a live music and reading program inspired by the life of Chet Baker, will include a screening of a short film starring the late jazz musician, Chet's Romance. $25, $50 with reception 8 p.m.
SATURDAY: "The Great Nickelodeon Show" offers a program of live vaudeville, sing-along glass slides, A Trip to the Moon (Georges Méliès, 1902) with live dialogue, Gertie the Dinosaur (1911) with Greg Tiede as cartoonist Winsor McCay interacting with his creation, and more. $12 2, 7, 9:20 p.m.
SUNDAY: The 25th anniversary of film distributor Kino International is marked with a dozen programs over the fall Castro schedule, starting with Federico Fellini's film a clef 8 1/2 (Italy, 1963) 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY: "Let There Be Kino" -- The American Society of Cinematographers' visionary documentary history of its profession, Let There Be Light (Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, Stuart Samuels, 1992) 7, 9 p.m.
TUESDAY: "Let There Be Kino" -- Volker Schlöndorff's tin-eared adaption of Gunter Grass' novel The Tin Drum (Germany, 1979) 8 p.m.
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 352-0870, www.landmarktheatres.com. An eight-week "8 Tales" midnight series continues; see www.8tales.com for more. For the rest of the Clay's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $5.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Sept. 13 & 14): Future Eminem director Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential (1997) -- after Russell Crowe, anyone's easy. Women are invited to come with running shoes and play Help Kim Basinger Steal Herself an Oscar! midnight.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $7. A fall season continues for this innovatively programmed art house.
WEDNESDAY: Theater closed.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Sept. 12-18): One of Jean-Luc Godard's few actually likable films, the petty-criminal caper Band of Outsiders (France, 1964; 7:30 p.m.) screens with Hal Hartley's quickly disappearing feature of last year, No Such Thing (2001; 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 5:20 p.m.), about a tabloid discovery that turns out to be true.
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. Closed Mondays.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: How do you solve a problem like Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 2001)? How do you hold a CGI pixie in your hand? The sweetheart of Paris screens here through Sept. 15 7:45, 9:45 p.m.; also Fri & Sat midnight.
STARTS TUESDAY: Call venue for menu.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema" in its 40-seat theater. All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 11): Religion as revealed truth is the subject of Roger Majkowski's family drama Passing Stones 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (Sept. 12): A Los Angeles man contemplates his dating dilemmas in Gregory Lanesey's 30, Still Single, Contemplating Suicide 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Sept. 13): It's post-World War Texas, and Radio Free Steve keeps busy killing albino vampire mutants 8 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. Taking over from the Lumiere this fall season, 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.