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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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) 464-5980, $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. Please note that Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, scheduled to open here Nov. 23 in the Act's printed calendar, is not playing here but opening at the Balboa instead.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (Liam Lynch, 2005). Call for times.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

FRIDAY (Nov. 25): Commemorate the anti-capitalist post-turkey "Buy Nothing Day" with videos and installations by local artists. Don't be "lobotomized consumer zombies that clog city malls and streets in gas guzzling monstrosities," march to see Colonized Pleasure (Sarah Lockhart), asserting that consumerism is literally a parasite, Exchange Policy (Gordon Winiemko and Julie Wyman), plus "Experiments in Hope" from the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination, counterads from the U.S. and Finland, and live music by Middleclass Assassins and I will kill you fucker, neither of which will be playing corporate gigs anytime soon. $2-5 donation 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Nov. 26): "Performing the Perfs," a live performance by Wet Gate's "all-projector orchestra" marking the group's 10th anniversary. Also, "Depths of Field," a 3-D slide show; clips from TV Sheriff and others; and a birthday cake in the shape of 16mm reels 8:30 p.m.


3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. See our Showtimes page for additional listings.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The President's Last Bang (Korea, 2004) 12:45, 2:50, 4:55, 7, 9:05 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: A "Sin in Soft Focus" series of pre-Code films from Paramount continues with Frank Borzage's lyrical adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms (1932; 1:55, 5:30, 9:05 p.m.), with 12 minutes restored to match the original release. Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes are the lovers. It screens with Marlene Dietrich kicking off her heels and following Cooper into the desert of Morocco (Josef von Sternberg, 1930; 1:45, 5:15, 8:50 p.m.).

THURSDAY: "Sin in Soft Focus" -- Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Marx Brothers' Monkey Business (Norman Z. McLeod, 1931; 12:15, 3:35, 7 p.m.), screening with W.C. Fields in International House (A. Edward Sutherland, 1933; 2:10, 5:30, 8:55 p.m.).

STARTS FRIDAY: Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (Robert Greenwald, 2005) and A Touch of Spice (Tassos Boulmetis, Greece, 2003). See Opening for reviews. Call for times.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, $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 on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Formula 17 (DJ Chen, Taiwan, 2004) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed & Thurs 1, 3, 5 p.m.

SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Cut your own Swiss cheese with "Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music," the Rodgers & Hammerstein film musical The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965) presented with subtitles for the audience to join in. Attendees in costume will be invited onstage 1:30, 7 p.m.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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: Young Blue Eyes is back -- Steve McQueen stars as Bullitt (Peter Yates, 1968). "Starts at dusk."

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: Forget Conan, follow Pelle the Conqueror (Bille August, Denmark/Sweden, 1988), screening through Dec. 23. "First showing" of this 150-minute movie at 6:30 p.m.


1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. Please note that Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, scheduled to open here in the Lumiere's printed calendar, is opening at the Balboa instead. $9.50.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (Liam Lynch, 2005). Call for times.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $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.


FRIDAY: A Marcel Pagnol series opens with the Provençal filmmaker's novelistic, back-to-the-land Harvest (1937; 7 p.m. ), with Orane Demazis and Fernandel, and the village comedy The Baker's Wife (1938; 9:25 p.m.), with Raimu. Highly recommended filmmaking, as earthy as loam.

SATURDAY: "Taisho Chic on Screen," a series of silent Japanese films, screens Mikio Naruse's Three Sisters With Maiden Hearts (1935) struggling for love and musical success in this great director's first sound movie 5:20 p.m. Naruse urges Wife! Be Like a Rose! (1935), as a woman tries to reunite her estranged parents 7 p.m. Seijun Suzuki re-creates the late 1920s in the "erotic, hallucinatory" Kageroza (1981) 8:35 p.m.

SUNDAY: "Taisho Chic" -- Yasujiro Ozu's enigmatic tragedy Woman of Tokyo (1933) 5 p.m. Minoru Murata's moody Foghorn (1934), set in the foreign trading settlement in 1870s Yokohama 6:10 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: "(Re)Collections," a program of experimental documentaries, includes the Speculative Archive's not a matter of if but when (U.S./Syria, 2005), about life in Damascus during the war on terror; Arshia Haq's (Re)collection (2005); and Soon-Mi Yoo's Ssitkim -- Talking to the Dead (U.S./Korea, 2004), about a South Korean massacre of Vietnamese civilians during the Vietnam War 7:30 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $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 (Nov. 29): The lonely life of a flight attendant is offered up in The Aviary (Abe Levy, 2005), screening as part of the Parkway's "Local Filmmakers Showcase" 9:15 p.m.

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


1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, $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: "Matters of Life and Death," a program of recent films by Jay Rosenblatt 6:30 p.m. Ballets Russes (Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine, 2005) 8:30 p.m. Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (Liam Lynch, 2005) 7, 8:45 p.m. The Dying Gaul (Craig Lucas, 2005) 9 p.m.; also Wed 6:45 p.m.

THURSDAY: A Michael Powell series marks the director's 100th birthday with an early foray into pure fantasy, The Thief of Bagdad (Ludwig Berger, Tim Whelen, and Powell, U.K., 1940), with Rex Ingram an unforgettable genie 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: A Touch of Spice (Tassos Boulmetis, Greece, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for other films and times.

SUNDAY: The highly regarded ballet-company tragedy The Red Shoes (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1948) 4, 7 p.m.

TUESDAY: "Reel Politics," a series with politicos discussing "movies that matter," screens The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain, Ireland, 2003), a documentary on the failed 2002 coup against Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. Ex-San Francisco mayoral candidate Matt Gonzalez hosts 7 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: The selling of stuff online, documented in 24 Hours on Craigslist (Michael Ferris Gibson, 2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.


FRIDAY & SATURDAY: 24 Hours on Craigslist 2, 4, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Werner Herzog's grisly Grizzly Man (2005) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Nov. 29-30): Don't touch the bear, Touch the Sound (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2005) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Quality of Life (Benjamin Morgan, 2005) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. "Matters of Life and Death," an outstanding program of recent films by Jay Rosenblatt 7 p.m. The Aristocrats (Paul Provenza, 2005) 8:45 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 25-Dec. 1): "Killer" Kane is the New York Doll (Greg Whiteley, 2005); see Opening for review 6:15, 8, 9:40 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m. Call for other films and times.


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

DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): A Kiki Smith exhibit offers Art:21:Stories (PBS, 2003) through Jan. 29 2 p.m. Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress (Marian Cajori, 1997) through Feb. 28 4 p.m.; Thurs 7:30 p.m.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. Closed Monday through Wednesday.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: Alastair Sim is a witty, relentless Scotland Yard inspector in the highly regarded thriller Green for Danger (Sidney Gilliat, U.K., 1946; 7:30 p.m.), while Alec Guinness is G.K. Chesterton's clerical detective Father Brown (Robert Hamer, 1954; 5:45, 9:15 p.m.).

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: A dud in its recent remake (at least the fifth version), Zoltan Korda's Technicolor version of the British imperialist classic The Four Feathers (U.K., 1939; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 3:55 p.m.) is considered definitive by most. Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson seek stolen air plans in the second feature, Q Planes (Tim Whelan, U.K., 1939; 6, 9:35p.m.).


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