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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.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Ju-On: The Grudge (Takashi Shimizu, Japan, 2003). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 17-23): On separate screens, Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Last Life in the Universe (Thailand, 2003), and the Karl Rove documentary Bush's Brain (Joseph Mealey, Michael Shoob, 2004). See Opening for reviews. Call for times.


345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 15): Three boys and one girl in the South of France in Robert Guédiguian's drama Dieu vomit les tièdes (1990) 6 p.m.


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

FRIDAY (Sept. 17): The MadCat Women's International Film Festival screens two programs here tonight, "The Abilities We Have," films by and featuring people with disabilities, including Sharon Greytak's Weirded Out and Blown Away and Thanh Diep's Shining Into 7 p.m. Remedies for our future are posited in How to Fix the World (Jacqueline Goss), Farm-in-the-City (E.E. Miller, Bernadine Mellis), and more 9 p.m. $7-20 sliding-scale admission per program.

SATURDAY (Sept. 18): ATA's Other Cinema opens a three-day retrospective of the films of "the grizzled dean of West Coast experimental cinema," Robert Nelson, with the artist in person at all shows. Tonight, his 1960s films Confessions of a Black Mother Succuba, Oh Dem Watermelons, and The Great Blondino 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Sept. 19): Nelson's Hot Leatherette, Deep Westurn, and The Off-Handed Jape 8:30 p.m.

MONDAY (Sept. 20): Nelson's Grateful Dead, Plastic Haircut, and Bleu Shut 8:30 p.m.


220 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, 945-3000 for venue, 381-4123 and for the Tiburon Film Society, which begins a "third Thursday" film series this month.

THURSDAY (Sept. 16): Mara Wallis looks back at her career entertaining troops in Entertaining Vietnam (2004) 7 p.m.


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 or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Burt Lancaster stars as a Sicilian prince in Luchino Visconti's 1860s epic The Leopard (1960), in a new, uncut, Italian-language print. Highly recommended 12:30, 4:15, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Sept. 17-23): Political corruption in the heat of the sun -- a timely screening of Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974) 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1:30, 4:15 p.m.


3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325 for venue; for this program. The MadCat Women's International Film Festival screens programs here through Oct. 3 on this bar's outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains). $7-20 sliding scale.

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 15): The eighth annual MadCat festival continues with "The Experimentalists," a program of shorts by Elizabeth Block, Angela Reginato, and Chelsea Walton and the West Coast premiere of the "found footage extravaganza" Neptune's Release (2004). Free barbecue 6:30 p.m. Films 8:30 p.m.

TUESDAY (Sept. 21): MadCat -- "Home Sweet Home," documentaries from India, Australia, Germany, England, and the United States chronicling house hunting. Films include Gretchen Hildebran's The Smallest Space, which sounds like the place I rented in the city for $1,000 a month. Free barbecue 6:30 p.m. Films 8:30 p.m.


1187 Franklin (at Geary), 334-3586 and for this event. Sponsorships and scholarships available for your friends. $25-100 per person, no one turned away.

SATURDAY (Sept. 18): "An Evening of Equality for a Lifetime of Rights" offers a reception at 7 p.m. followed by a screening of a documentary about last winter's same-sex marriages at City Hall, Freedom to Marry, at 7:30 p.m. This church has been marrying same-sex couples for 30 years. A wedding reception and celebration follows.


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.

DAILY (Closed Mondays): Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson are Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003), screening through Sept. 26 7:30, 9:15 p.m.


530 Bush (at Grant), 263-8760, The place to go for German cultural events. $5.

TUESDAY (Sept. 21): A series of the Holocaust-themed films of producer Arthur Brauner screens Angry Harvest (Agnieszka Holland, Germany, 1985), retelling an affair between a German woman and a Polish farmer during the war 7:30 p.m.


3200 Grand (at Lake Park), Oakland, (510) 452-3556, for this event. This multiplex usually shows first-run movies. $9 save as noted. For the rest of the Grand Lake's schedule, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY: The third Oakland Film Festival screens here through Sept. 22. The Opening Night program is a presentation of shorts, "Straight Out of Oakland" 7 p.m.

THURSDAY: "Enter the World Of," short documentaries about unusual hobbies 6 p.m. "Thrills, Spills and Chills" (shorts) 9 p.m.

FRIDAY: Looking Toward Home (Kruzic) and shorts 6 p.m. "Love and Happiness" (shorts) 9 p.m.


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