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 (Oct. 18): Frank Oz's musicalization of the old three-day wonder Little Shop of Horrors (1986) stars Rick Moranis, plus Steve Martin as a gleefully sadistic dentist midnight.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 15): A François Truffaut series continues with his true tale of romantic obsession, Jules and Jim (1962), with Jeanne Moreau driving men mad 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 18): Jules and Jim 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.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 15): ATA impresario Craig Baldwin's collage/sci-fi-cinema film Spectres of the Spectrum (1999), about outlaw resistance to the New Electromagnetic Order in 2007. A 16mm screening celebrates the film's DVD release 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Oct. 16): "intervals: (themes and variations in) relational space, Program 1, of video, film, and sound performances, some live, all local 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Oct. 17): "intervals, Program 2 screens Patricia Rozema's film of Samuel Beckett's Happy Days (2001) and Peter Greenaway's musical doc 4 American Composers: John Cage (1983) 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Oct. 18): "Amped-Up Images," a program of live, multiple-projector performance pieces from Raymond Salvatore Harmon and the Overdub Club 8:30 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: Don Coscarelli's Bubba Ho-Tep (2003); see Ongoing for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 17-23): Delphine Gleize's chilly con Carnage (France, 2003); see Opening for review 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 4 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. 17 & 18): O Superman (Richard Donner, 1978), with Christopher Reeve (as Tobey Maguire), Margot Kidder (as Kirsten Dunst), Marlon Brando (as Cliff Robertson), and Gene Hackman as Magneto. Saturday contests include "Kneel to Zod" midnight.
DELANCEY SCREENING ROOM
600 Embarcadero (at Brannan), (650) 724-5544 and www.unaff.org for this program. $8.
WEDNESDAY (Oct. 15): The sixth annual UNAFF, coming soon to Palo Alto, screens a sampler of some of the 30 documentaries from all over the world that will be shown at Stanford University next week on the theme of "Promotion of Universal Respect" 7 p.m.
3601 Lyon (at Richardson), 563-7337, www.exploratorium.edu. Free.
THURSDAY (Oct. 16): "Wing and a Prayer," a site-specific installation by Jeanne C. Finley and John Muse, projects video onto each of the Exploratorium's 15-foot-high angel sculptures. Live music by Pamela Z 7:30-9:30 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The anime instant classic Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, 2002) 7, 9:15 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: 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.
San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400 or www.cityboxoffice.com for tickets to this event. $25.
TUESDAY (Oct. 21): The world premiere of Let's Get Real (2003), a new documentary by Oscar-winning director Debra Chasnoff and producer Helen S. Cohen (It's Elementary, That's a Family!), designed to encourage diversity education for youth 6:30 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. 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: Sounds like Yentl! A sexually frustrated rabbinical student falls in love with a young Russian prostitute in The Holy Land (Eitan Gorlin, Israel, 2001). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Oct. 17-23): The all-male Girls Will Be Girls (Richard Day, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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. 17): An Alfred Hitchcock series screens one of the most unusual of all wartime propaganda films, Lifeboat (1944) 6:30 p.m.
MOVIE PALACE AUCTION SALES ROOM
2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. Classic films in 35mm screen in a former U.S. Navy theater, the Alameda facilities of Auctions by the Bay.
FRIDAY (Oct. 17): Jacques Tourneur's justly celebrated noir Out of the Past (1947), with Robert Mitchum doing what he can to understand the web spun 'round him 7, 9 p.m.