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. $9.25. Replacing the Shattuck, one of this venue's two screens is now a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY (Nov. 26 & 27): Jacques Nolot's Porn Theatre (France, 2002); see Ongoing for review 8, 10 p.m.; also Thanksgiving Day 2, 4, 6 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 28-Dec. 4): In My Skin (Marina de Van, France, 2002); see Opening for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Nov. 26): Aspiring writer François Cluzet and layabout Guillaume Depardieu are The Apprentices in Pierre Salvadori's 1995 comedy 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 29): The Apprentices 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.
FRIDAY (Nov. 28): The ATA's monthly "Open Screening": First come, first screened. $4; free for filmmakers 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 29): A program of "Neo-Benshi" picks up where a practice of silent Japanese cinema left off. Off-screen narrators provide new soundtracks for more recent films (melodrama, documentaries, porn) 8:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Dec. 2): The ATA's new Super 8 Club meets every first Tuesday to keep alive the spirit of our favorite gauge. Free 7 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 (Nov. 28): George Cukor's charming Holiday (1938) advocates freedom for Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn 7, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 29): After a big dinner, there's nothing like Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards, 1961) 7, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Nov. 30): Vincente Minnelli's seasonal treat Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) 2, 5, 8 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: A new print of Chris Marker's witty worldwide tour/detour Sans Soleil (1982) screens with his celebrated still-frame masterpiece La Jetée (1962) 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 28-Dec. 4): Tamala 2010 (t.o.l., Japan, 2002). See Opening for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 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: Wim Wenders' angelic Wings of Desire (Germany, 1988) 6:30, 8:15 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:45 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Call theater for program.
2200 Clement (at 23rd Avenue), 666-3468, www.hkinsf.com/4star/. $7.50. This enterprising theater hosts occasional special screenings. A "Midnites for Maniacs" series continues on Saturdays. For the Four Star's regular schedule, see our Showtimes page.
SATURDAY (Nov. 29): John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon's scruffy, low-budget debut, Dark Star (1976). "They're not lost in space, they're loose!" midnight.
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: Jacques Nolot's Porn Theatre (France, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 28-Dec. 4): In My Skin (Marina de Van, France, 2002); see Opening for review. Call for times.
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 schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.25.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Vladimir Michalek's Autumn Spring (Czech Republic, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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 & THURSDAY: Theater closed.
FRIDAY: A series of the films of Yasujiro Ozu continues with his acknowledged masterpiece Tokyo Story (Japan, 1953), about aging parents neglected by their children 3:30, 6:40, 9:20 p.m.
SATURDAY: Two Ozu masterworks on the theme of gentle dad Chishu Ryu marrying off his daughter, Late Spring (1949; 2, 7 p.m.) and An Autumn Afternoon (1962; 4:10, 9:10 p.m.).
SUNDAY: Ozu -- Tokyo Story 2 p.m. The early bittersweet comedy I Was Born, But... (1932), with live music for this silent by Judith Rosenberg 5:30 p.m. Another brilliant comedy satirizing the move from college to work force, Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth? (1932) 7:25 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: Films by Travis Wilkerson, Superior Elegy (2002), memorializing a young man, and the work-in-progress The Price of Copper. Artist in person 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.
SUNDAY (Nov. 30): The fight to win cheap AIDS medication for poor countries is documented in Pills Profits Protest (2003), screening as a benefit for HealthGap and Priority Africa Network. Live Zimbabwean music by Machingura. $8 3 p.m. A Hip Hop Film Festival screens as a benefit for Early Bird Prep School. Separate admission for each program. Soundz of Spiritz (Joshlyn Rose Lyons, 2002), on spirituality in hip hop, screens with director in person. $8 6 p.m. Kevin Epps' Straight Outta Hunters Point (2001) screens with director in person. $8 9 p.m.
TUESDAY (Dec. 2): A "Local Filmmaker's Showcase" screening of Nonpotable Production's Sensitivity Training (2003), about the doings of "two drunken Man-Boys." $5 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $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: Vladimir Michalek's Autumn Spring (Czech Republic, 2002) 6:45, 8:50 p.m. Gus Van Sant's Elephant (2003) 7, 9 p.m. Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tom Peosay, 2003) 8:40 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Donald O'Connor, making them laugh, is remembered with a memorial screening of Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, 1952) Wed & Thurs 6:30 p.m.; Fri TBA.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 28-Dec. 4): New prints of Chris Marker's Sans Soleil (1982) and La Jetée (1962). Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Jonathan Karsh's My Flesh and Blood (2003); see Opening for review. Autumn Spring and Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion continue. Call for times.
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: The big-wave winter season of 2002-03 is documented in Fueled (2003). From Powerline Productions (Whipped!!! and 100 Ft. Wednesday) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: Closed for the holiday. You can't surf when you're full of turkey.
FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Fueled 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat-Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Dec. 2 & 3): The Weather Underground (Sam Green and Bill Siegel, 2003) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A double bill of the supercalifragilisticespe -- oh, wait, can I start over? Spellbound (Jeffrey Blitz, 2002; 7 p.m., also Wed 2:50 p.m.), a, er, fun documentary about the National Spelling Bee, and José Padilha's Bus 174 (Brazil, 2002; 8:40 p.m.; also Wed 4:50 p.m.). See Ongoing for reviews.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 28-Dec. 4): War refugees in the United States are the Lost Boys of Sudan (Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk, 2003) 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m.
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 (Nov. 28): Ridley Scott's con-men comedy Matchstick Men (2003) 4:30 p.m. Diane Lane is Under the Tuscan Sun (Audrey Wells, 2003) 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Nov. 29): Under the Tuscan Sun 4:30, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY (Nov. 30): Matchstick Men 3 p.m. Under the Tuscan Sun 5:30 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 works by Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray with Hollywood classics.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: The long -- three episodes, not two -- version of Satyajit Ray's Three Daughters (1961; 7:30 p.m.), every episode of this film about women based on stories by Rabindranath Tagore. It screens with Pikoo (1981; 6:55, 10:35 p.m.), a short made for television with Ray regulars Victor Banerjee and Aparna Sen, whose film debut was in the Three Daughters segment "Samapti."
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Ray's The Elephant God (1978; 3:35, 7:30 p.m.), an entertainment about a brilliant detective's search for the titular missing statue, screens with John Huston's popular film version of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon (1941; 5:40, 9:35 p.m.), with everyone in the hunt for the bird.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.