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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: The Ramones tell their tale in End of the Century (Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields, 2004). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 3-9): Vincent Gallo seeks The Brown Bunny of love in his 2004 film. See Opening for review. Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Sept. 1): Marseilles in 1920 is the setting for the comedy-drama Rouge Midi (Robert Guédiguian, France, 1984) 6 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.
SATURDAY (Sept. 4): Joe Biel's A Hundred Dollars and a T-Shirt documents zine production in the Northwest. Zinester in person. $7 7 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: Ingmar Bergman's autobiographical Fanny & Alexander (Sweden, 1983) 2, 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 3-9): A rest home runs wild in Yes Nurse! No Nurse! (Pieter Kramer, Netherlands, 2002). See Opening for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 p.m.
400 block of Sir Frances Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo, 453-4333, www.filmnight.org. A summer-long "Film Night in the Park" continues. BYO chairs, blankets, and pillows. $5 donation, no one turned away.
FRIDAY (Sept. 3): A "Made in the Bay Area" series screens Stacy Peralta's skate doc Dogtown and Z-Boys (2002) 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Sept. 4): Robert Redford is The Candidate a-marching through downtown Petaluma in Michael Ritchie's 1972 satire 8 p.m.
SUNDAY (Sept. 5): The Birds descend on Bodega Bay in Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 thriller 8 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: Niki Caro's empowering tweener flick Whale Rider (New Zealand, 2003) 8:15, 10 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Call for program.
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760. The place to go for German cultural events. $5.
TUESDAY (Sept. 7): A series of the Holocaust-themed films of producer Arthur Brauner screens Der 20 Juli (The Plot to Assassinate Hitler, Falk Harnack, Germany, 1955), a dramatic re-creation of Count von Stauffenberg's near-miss of 1944 7:30 p.m.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8 save as noted.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: From the director of Outfoxed, Uncovered: The War on Iraq (Robert Greenwald, 2004). See Ongoing for review 5, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 3-9): Imagining Argentina (Christopher Hampton, U.K./Argentina, 2004). See Ongoing for review Fri 6:30, 8:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 4:30, 7 p.m.; Mon 4:30 p.m.; Tues & Wed 4:30, 7 p.m.; Thurs 4:30 p.m.
3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Bill O'Reilly Outfoxed (Robert Greenwald, 2004); see Ongoing for review 6:15, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. Tom Dowd & the Language of Music (Mark Moorman, 2004). See Ongoing for review 8 p.m.; also Wed 4 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 3-9): Orwell Rolls in His Grave (Robert Kane Pappas, 2004); see Ongoing for review 6, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2 p.m. Outfoxed 8 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:15 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex offers a midnight movie series, "The Filth," with just the film on Fridays and audience participation events on Saturdays. $8. For other Lumiere programs, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields, 2004). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 3-9): Elmer Fudd seeks a wascally wabbit named The Brown Bunny (Vincent Gallo, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday through Sunday): Hard-core 1970s porn in 3-D, Lollipop Girls in Hard Candy (Steven Gibson, 1976).
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing opens its fall film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Sept. 3): A Marlon Brando month opens with A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, 1951), with David Thomson doing the introductory honors 6:30 p.m.
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 Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: "Performance Anxiety," a new series on video performance art, screens 1970s tapes by Vito Acconci and newer ones by Anne McGuire and Anne Walsh (Two Men Making Gun Sounds) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: Heidi (1992), retold by Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy with dummies and masks. Free 5:30 p.m. Charlie Chaplin brings slapstick to his Modern Times (1936) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A Maurice Pialat series commences with his debut, Naked Childhood (France, 1969), screening with his suburban portrait L'amour existe (1960) 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Pialat's extramarital melodrama We Won't Grow Old Together (France, 1972) 7 p.m. Tentatively scheduled, "Turkish Chronicles" are four short films shot by Pialat in Turkey in 1964. No titles. Call (510) 642-1412 to confirm screening 9:10 p.m.
SUNDAY: Modern Times 4, 6 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: A program of films by Morgan Fisher, whose works (Production Stills, Standard Gauge) play with the medium. Fisher 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.
TUESDAY (Sept. 7): A free screening of Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (Robert Greenwald, 2004) offered by Resistance Cinema, with on-site voter registration by the League of Pissed Off Voters. Downstairs at 9:15 p.m. "Home Grown," a program of locally made short films, includes Lev's Tales of Mere Existence and Cecil B. Feeder's Our Lady of Tamale. $5 9:45 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. See Ongoing for review.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), 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: Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston, 2004) 6:45, 9 p.m. Mean Creek (Jacob Aaron Estes, 2004) 7, 9:10 p.m. Stander (Bronwen Hughes, U.K., 2004) Wed 9 p.m.; Thurs 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
WEDNESDAY: A twice-weekly Barbara Stanwyck series concludes with Preston Sturges' still-awesome The Lady Eve (1941), with Stanwyck tormenting sap snake expert Henry Fonda 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: It's the last stand for The Story of the Weeping Camel (Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni, Mongolia, 2003). See Ongoing for review 6:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Hijacking Catastrophe (Jeremy Earp and Sut Jhally, 2004); see Ongoing for review. Maria Full of Grace, Mean Creek, and Stander continue. Call for times.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Improvisational rap's on display in Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (Kevin Fitzgerald, 2004). See Ongoing for review 2, 7, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Home Grown," a program of locally made short films, including John Dilley's Little Failures, Lev's animated Tales of Mere Existence, and Mike Missiaen's Cow vs. Robot. See www.martinfilms.com for more 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The beast is back in Inoshira Honda's original, uncut Godzilla (Japan, 1954) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Birds fly, doves cry, in Jacques Perrin's beloved avian doc Winged Migration (France, 2002) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY: A three-day Worker Cooperative Film Fest (www.nobawc.org) screens a program on "Coops: Democratic Alternative to Global Capital," including Civilizing the Economy from Italy and Sasetru: Argentine Factory Occupation. Speakers at each screening 7:15, 9:25 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Orwell Rolls in His Grave (Robert Kane Pappas, 2004); see Ongoing for review 7, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Paul Alexander's Brothers in Arms: The Story of the Crew of Patrol Craft Fast 94 (2004) presents a timely take on the war that never ends. See Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 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.
WEDNESDAY: Two by King Vidor, his silent masterpiece of a little man not making good, The Crowd (1928; 7:30 p.m.), followed by Our Daily Bread (1934; 9:15 p.m.), about a farming co-op in the Great Depression. Somebody contact the Red Vic!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Two 1950s melodramas of small-town corruption, Peyton Place (Mark Robson, 1957; 7:30 p.m.) and The Long Hot Summer (Martin Ritt, 1958; 5:20, 10:15 p.m.), with Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, and Orson Welles.
SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Picnic (Joshua Logan, 1956; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:10 p.m.) takes a more benevolent view of small-town life than its midweek predecessors, as William Holden hits a whistle-stop running. Holden and a Eurasian Jennifer Jones find that Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (Henry King, 1954; 5:35, 9:25 p.m.) in a well-loved romance. Chapter 11 of Superman (1948) precedes Picnic.