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Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr2006@yahoo.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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ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6; members $3.

THURSDAY (Sept. 14): A Panel Discussion of filmmakers attending the ongoing San Francisco Arab Film Festival. Guests include filmmakers Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche, Philippe Aractingi, Samir Nasr, Sufyan and Abdallah Omeish, and famed Tunisian actress Hend Sabri 7 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: The 10th Annual MadCat Festival of films by women screens here tonight and next Friday. Rural Women: Finding Independence screens three documentaries, including Water and Atefeh (Nahid Rezaei, Iran, 2001) and The Angelmakers (Astrid Bussink, Hungary, 2005), recalling the mass "arsenic murders" of husbands in 1929. $7-$20 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: ATA's Other Cinema opens its fall season with "Anxious Animation," a program of new short films in 16 mm, including Jim Trainor's handmade animations Bats and Moschops plus more by Lewis Klahr, Jamie Geiser and others 8:30 p.m.

BALBOA
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Edward Norton stars as The Illusionist (Neil Burger, 2006; 12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:30 p.m. ).and in Theatre 2, Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris, 2006; noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 p.m. ).

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films.

SATURDAY: The Global Lens Film Series screens here weekends this month. See "Night & Day" page 21 for more. Girls bond amid the rubble of civil war in the now very timely In the Battlefields (Danielle Arbid, Lebanon, 2004) 11 a.m.

SUNDAY: Global Lens — Two prisoners are Almost Brothers (Lucia Murat, Brazil, 2005) 11 a.m.

MONDAY: Global Lens — From South Africa, the stylish and entertaining Max and Mona, with director Teddy Mattera in person 7 p.m. The excellent Border Café (Kambozia Partovi, Iran). Separate admisson 9 p.m.

BAY MODEL
2100 Bridgeway (at Spring), Sausalito, 332-3871 for venue, 381-4123 and www.tiburonfilmfestival.com for the event-sponsoring Tiburon Film Society. Free.

THURSDAY (Sept. 14): Railway porter John Hyrns, a.k.a. Johnny Berlin (Dominic J. DeJoseph, 2005) tells tales of his adventures (like trying to sell his liver for cash) 6 p.m.

CASTRO
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com. $10 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Viva Pedro!, an eight-film series of new prints of films by Pedro Almodovar, continues with The Flower of My Secret (Spain, 1995), about a romance novelist who takes on a second career as a journalist — criticizing her romance novels 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Viva Pedro! — Antonio Banderas stars in the still controversial Law of Desire (Spain, 1987) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:30, 4:45 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Viva Pedro! — Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz enjoy their Live Flesh (Spain, 1997) 7, 9:30 p.m.

CLAY
2261 Fillmore (at Clay), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. A midnight movie series starts this weekend at this single-screen jewel. $8.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Sept. 15 & 16): Dead aliens in the trunk, generics everywhere, who knew how prophetic this deserving cult classic would be? Repo Man (Alex Cox, 1984) midnight.

DARK ROOM THEATRE
2263 Mission (between 18th and 19th "between the pawn shop and the laundromat"), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com. Live cabaret, plus regular film screenings with audience cat-calling encouraged.

SUNDAY (Sept. 17): It's Shatner Month at the Dark Room's weekly "Bad Movie." Tonight's film is Pray for the Wildcats (Robert Michael Lewis, 1974), with Shatner an adman dragged into desert motocross to please mad client Andy Griffith. $5 8 p.m.

EL RIO
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com; www.madcatfilmfestival.org for the MadCat Festival. This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains).

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 13): The 10th Annual MadCat Festival of films by women screens here. Tonight's program, "Local Ladies," offers a selection of the best 16 mm film from MadCat's first decade, by Donna Carter, Samara Halperin, Greta Snider, and others, plus new works by Kerry Laitala and Jeanne Liotta. $7—20 sliding scale. Free BBQ 6:30 p.m. Movies 8:30 p.m.

TUESDAY (Sept. 19): MadCat — An evening of animation, "Motion Stopped." $7—20 sliding scale. Free BBQ 6:30 p.m. Movies 8:30 p.m.

FOREIGN CINEMA
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35 mm, 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.

DAILY: What is truth? asked jesting Pilate, but did not stay to hear the answer. And then he saw Blow Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966) and realized it didn't matter anyway. Through Oct. 1 "Starts at dusk."

GOETHE-INSTITUT
530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760 and www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/en1587184.htm for information on this program. The place to go for German cultural events. $6.

TUESDAY (Sept. 19): "Crossing Borders," a cross-cultural music film series, screens a documentary about famed pianist Irene Schweitzer (Gitta Gsell, Switzerland, 2005) 7:30 p.m.

GRAND LAKE
3200 Grand (at Lake Park), Oakland, (510) 452-3556; www.grandlaketheater.com. This multiplex usually shows first-run movies. $9 save as noted. .

WEDNESDAY: The Global Lens Film Series screens here this week. See "Night & Day" page 21 for more. Tonight, Max and Mona (Teddy Mattera, South Africa) 7 p.m. Political prisoners bond in Almost Brothers (Lucia Murat, Brazil) 9:30 p.m. .

THURSDAY: Global Lens — A young girl struggles for a place in the world in A Stolen Life (Li Shaohong, China) 7 p.m. Almost Brothers 9:30 p.m. .

FRIDAY: Global Lens — A Stolen Life 7 p.m. Exiles squat in an abandoned Israeli outpost in Thirst (Tawfik Abu Wael, Palestine) 9:30 p.m. .

SATURDAY: Global Lens — An African civil war may end after The Night of Truth (Fanta Regina Macro, Burkina Faso) 7 p.m. A Stolen Life 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Global Lens — Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (Marcelo Gomes, Brazil) 2 p.m. Global Shorts 7 p.m. A Stolen Life 9:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Global Lens — A Stolen Life 7 p.m. In the Battlefields (Danielle Arbid, Lebanon) 9:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: Global Lens — Thirst 7 p.m. A Stolen Life 9:30 p.m.

LARK
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $9 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY: Who Killed the Electric Car? (Chris Paine, 2006) 6:30 p.m. Leonard Cohen — I'm Your Man (Lian Lunson, 2006) 8:45 p.m.

THURSDAY: Tonight will be out of sight with a special screening of West Side Story (Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, 1961), featuring a live Swing Dancing performance before the film with Mike Quebec and Friends. $20 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: The premiere of Robert Greenwald's latest, Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (2006) with guest speaker Pratap Chatterjee this evening only. $20 7 p.m.

SATURDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (Sept. 16-23): Iraq for Sale for the regular admission fee. Call for times.

MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail rsvp@milibrary.org for reservations. $10-$15 suggested donation. This cultural asset of long standing continues a weekly film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (Sept. 15): Victor Fleming's highly entertaining rubber plantation romance Red Dust (1932) 6:30 p.m.

PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and 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: A pirate film series continues with Vincente Minnelli's tongue-in-cheek The Pirate (1948), one of the world's most colorful musicals, plus a Negativland video Gimme the Mermaid (2000) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: "A Conversation with Ali Kazimi," a live conversation with the PFA's artist-in-residence, an Indo-Canadian documentarian Free 5:30 p.m. Shooting Indians (Kazimi, 1997), on Edward S. Curtis' photographs of Native Americans 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Indian-Canadian life is probed in Kazimi's Some Kind of Arrangement (1998) and Runaway Grooms (2005) 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Kazimi's Continuous Journey (2004) looks at a 1914 attempt by a boatload of Indians to settle in Canada 6:30 p.m. Residents of a valley in central India protest a dam that will displace them in Narmada: A Valley Rises (Kazimi, 1994) 8:45 p.m.

SUNDAY: A rare Australian silent, an enormous hit in its day, The Sentimental Bloke (Raymond Longford, 1919). Live musical accompaniment by Jen Anderson and the Larrikins featuring various instruments of the time including a tin whistle 5 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

TUESDAY: James Benning's desensationalized documentary about two serial killers, Landscape Suicide (1986) 7:30 p.m.

PARKWAY
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.

THURSDAY (Sept. 14): The Oaklandish Film Fest screens Oakland Raider Parking Lot and an hour-long "Local Love Montage" featuring footage of the city dating back to the 1920s. It's all part of the "Oaklandish crusade" of the Nonchalance Culture Labs 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY (Sept. 19): John Hughes' Brat Pack The Breakfast Club (1985) screens as a benefit for the Benefit for Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk this November. $7 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.

PYRAMID ALEHOUSE
901 Gilman (at 7th Street), Berkeley, (510) 528-9880, www.epicarts.org/cinema for more information. This brewery offers food, drink, and a summer film series. BYO seats. All proceeds to a local charity. $5 suggested donation.

SATURDAY (Sept. 16): Unlike the remake, getting hammered isn't necessary to enjoy the original Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968). Gates open 7 p.m. Live music 7:30 p.m. Film at 8:30 p.m.

RED VIC
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Cedric Klapisch's follow-up to L'Auberge Espagnole, Russian Dolls (France, 2005) 7, 9:40 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The acclaimed American indie road movie (not the one with the kid in the van), The Puffy Chair (Jay Duplass, 2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Al Gore spills An Inconvenient Truth (Davis Guggenheim, 2006) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555. A Frameline at The Center series offers a monthly program. Free.

THURSDAY (Sept. 14): Two couples, gay and lesbian, seek infants in Johnny Sumons' new documentary Beyond Conception 7:30 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.

DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Tina in Mexico (Brenda Longfellow, 2002) 2:30 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: In the Phyllis Wattis theater, Drawing Restraint 9 (Barney, 2005). Come dressed as your favorite blob of Vaseline! Free 2 p.m.; also Thurs 6:15 p.m. In the Koret Vistor Education Center, an hour-long exposition of The Body as Matrix: Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle (Maria Anna Tappeiner, 2002) 4 p.m.; also Thurs 7 p.m.

STARTS MONDAY: A program of Documentaries on Frida Kahlo 4 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 13): An "Architecture and the City" film series screens Scrap House (Anna Fitch, 2006), about a home built with scrap materials as part of World Environmental Day 2005. Now if you could only manufacture land to put it on ... 6 p.m.

THURSDAY (Sept. 14): Feel Khan's wrath and Kirk's pain as part of the 40th anniversary of Star Trek, screening the popular film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Nicholas Meyer, 1982) noon.

STANFORD
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 & THURSDAY: A Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney series finds Rooney aboard Spencer Tracy's boat in Captains Courageous (Victor Fleming, 1937; 7:30 p.m. ) and For Me and My Gal (Busby Berkeley, 1942; 5:35, 10 p.m. ) marking Garland's definitive move to starring vehicles with top stars (here, Gene Kelly in his debut).

FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Two very different sides of Cary Grant, as a nerdy professor in Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938; 5:35, 9:50 p.m. ) and tough as nails in Only Angels Have Wings (Hawks, 1939; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:15 p.m. ).

TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 12-14): The series concludes with Rooney playing it straight in Clarence Brown's Saroyan adaptation The Human Comedy (1943; 7:30 p.m. ) while Judy Garland tries to crash Broadway in Presenting Lily Mars (Norman Taurog, 1943; 5:35, 9:45 p.m. ).

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.ybca.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY: The Mexican Museum and the Museum of the African Diaspora present the first of a once-monthly series of "Afrolatino Americans Films," documentaries about Mexico's African legacy including The Forgotten Roots (Rafael Rebollar), African Blood (Roberto Olivares) and A Tree From Two Separate Seeds Trifari White). Introduced by Notre Dame de Namur University Professor Bobby Vaughn 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: "Deeply Personal," a three-week series of the documentaries of British counter-culture chronicler Peter Whitehead, opens with an evening of Pop Films featuring his rock video prototypes of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Animals, Nico, Shadows, Small Faces, and others 7:30 p.m.

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BERNAL PLAYGROUND
Moultrie & Jarboe, 695-5007, www.bhoutdoorcine.org for more information. Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema offers the second of three straight Saturday evenings of screenings by local filmmakers in area parks. BYO blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics.

SATURDAY (Sept. 16): A "Meet the Filmmakers" event at Venus Gallery, 627 Cortland, from 6-7 p.m. precedes the event, which includes animator Scott Kravitz's Magic Trick, Hubert's Brain, from the computer whizzes at Wild Brain, and Emiko Omori's Ripe for Change, about food and politics in California. Gates open 7 p.m. Film at sundown.

CALIFORNIA
2113 Kittredge (near Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980 and www.landmarktheatres.com for venue; www.aff.org for program and tickets. This Landmark Theatres multiplex hosts the Arab Film Festival this weekend. See Showtimes for regular programming. $10 save as noted.

FRIDAY: The 10th Arab Film Festival screens here today through Sunday. Tonight, Once Upon a Time in the Wadi (Bensallah, Algeria) 6 p.m. Occupation 101 (Omeish and Omeish, U.S./Palestine) 7 p.m. Goal Dreams (Sanbar and Saunders, Palestine) 9 p.m.

SATURDAY: Arab Film Festival — "Human Connections" (shorts) 3 p.m. Seeds of Doubt (Nasr, Germany) 7 p.m. The Blood of My Brother (Berends) 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Arab Film Festival — La Thé d'Ania (Ould-Khelifa, Algeria) noon. Ahlaam (Al-Daradji, Iraq) 2 p.m. Kiss Me Not on the Eyes (Saab, Egypt) 4:15 p.m. Bosta (Aractingi, Lebanon) 6:30 p.m. Heaven's Doors (Noury Brothers, Morocco) 9 p.m.

LUMIERE
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.50.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: My Country, My Country (Laura Poitras, 2006) 7, 9:45 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: This Film Is Not Yet Rated (Kirby Dick, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.

RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, 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: Three Dollars (Robert Connolly, Australia, 2005) 6:30, 9 p.m. Heading South (Laurent Cantet, France, 2005) 6:45, 9:10 p.m. Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck, 2006) 7, 9:20 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Sept. 15-20): Hiroshi Teshigahara's documentary about legendary Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi (Japan, 1984). Call for times and other films.

SUNDAY: Author Jane Bay (Love & Loss) joins filmmaker Nancee Sobonya at a screening of the latter's film The Gifts of Grief, about the effects of loss on seven survivors 4 p.m.

ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com for regular programming and www.aff.com for the Arab Film Festival. $8 save as noted for regular films, $10 save as noted for Arab Film Festival. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Photographer, His Wife and Her Lover (Paul Yule, 2005) 6:15, 8, 9:35 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: The 10th Annual Arab Film Festival continues with Seeds of Doubt (Nasr, Germany) 6:30 p.m. Occupation 101 (Omeish and Omeish, U.S./Palestine) 9 p.m.

THURSDAY: Arab Film Festival — Sacrifices (Mohammad, Syria) 6:30 p.m. Ahlaam (Al-Daradji, Iraq) 9 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 15-21): Edmond (Stuart Gordon, 2006). See Opening for review 6:15, 8, 9:40 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. Call for other films and times.

SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
SFAI Lecture Hall (Main Campus), 800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, www.23five.org for this week's programs. Home of the San Francisco Cinematheque, which specializes in avant-garde, historical, and experimental films at venues around the Bay Area. $8.

WEDNESDAY: The Global Lens Film Series screens here twice this week. See "Night & Day" page 21 for more. Tonight, Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (Marcelo Gomes, Brazil) 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Global Lens — A program of Global Shorts 7:30 p.m. Waiting (Mashrawi, Palestine) 5 p.m.

SHATTUCK
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: My Country, My Country (Laura Poitras, 2006) 1:20, 3:25, 7:50, 9:50 p.m. Viva Pedro!, an eight-film series of new prints of films by Pedro Almodovar, continues with The Flower of My Secret (Spain, 1995). Call for times.

STARTS FRIDAY: This Film Is Not Yet Rated (Kirby Dick, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Viva Pedro! — Live Flesh (Spain, 1997). Call for times.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Viva Pedro! — Law of Desire (Spain, 1987). Call for times.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): An eleven-week midnight movie series continues with Tim Burton's holiday fantasia The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick, 1993), which also screens matinees on Saturday and Sunday the 16th and 17th. $8. Call for times.

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