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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: Ron Mann follows Woody Harrelson's bus in Go Further (2004). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 19-25): Brother to Brother (Rodney Evans, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.


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

WEDNESDAY (Nov. 17): Otar Iosseliani's Lundi Matin (Monday Morning, France, 2002), a pleasant, almost plotless film that follows hangdog factory worker Vincent (Jacques Bidou) from his tedious rounds to an attempted escape south, to follow his dream and paint 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.

THURSDAY: "Kucharathon! It Never Ends" screens some of the rarely seen feature-length films by local indie legend George Kuchar, in person with the hourlong Symphony for a Sinner (1979) and the half-hour short Color Me Shameless (1967) 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: November's City Film Festival screens 90 minutes from local filmmakers Jennifer Phang, Kristian Hansen, and John Erik Lawson 8 p.m.

SATURDAY: A "Hillbillies and Hobos" program screens Jesse Drew's Red Country, a record of country music's takeover by the right, plus Johnny Cash Ridin' the Rails. See for more info 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Chris Arnold's "poetic vision of San Francisco at night," Dark Out, screens as a benefit for Plus live music. $5-10 sliding scale 8 p.m.


220 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, 945-3000 for venue, 381-4123 and for event info. The Tiburon Film Society continues a "third Thursday" film series this week.

THURSDAY (Nov. 18): A mother pushes to make her daughter a top model in Bellissima (Artur Urbanski, Poland, 2002), screening with Love Parade from ex-Soviet Georgia 7 p.m.


Timken Hall, 1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500, $7.

SUNDAY (Nov. 21): "Virtual Beirut," program two of a "Truth of Consequence" series, employs "various anti-photographic techniques to make contact with the virtual" in Akram Zaatari's feature This Day, questioning the truth value of archival images, plus Lina Ghaibeh's Sad Man and Rabih Mroué's Face A/Face B 7:30 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. Goodbye, Anita, you'll be missed.

WEDNESDAY: A weeklong Godzillafest of the beloved Japanese monster series opens with Godzilla vs. Destroyah (Takao Okawara, 1995; 1, 5 p.m.), double billed with Godzilla 2000 (Okawara, 1999; 3 p.m.). A second double bill follows: a rare original Technicolor print of Rodan (Ishiro Honda, 1956; 7:20 p.m.) and the U.S.-release version, with Raymond Burr, of Godzilla (Honda, 1956; 9 p.m.).

THURSDAY: Godzillafest -- Star Russ Tamblyn is promised for War of the Gargantuas (Honda, 1966; 7:15 p.m.), screening with Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (Masaaki Tezuka, 2002; 9 p.m.).

FRIDAY: Godzillafest -- The uncut original Japanese version of Godzilla (Honda, 1954; 7:15 p.m.) plus his angry return to smash Japan in GMK: Giant Monsters All Out Attack (Shusuke Kaneko, 2001; 9:30 p.m.).

SATURDAY: Godzillafest -- Atomic mutants melt human flesh in Honda's science noir The H-Man (1958; 1:15, 5 p.m.), double billed with Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (Kazuki Omori, 1991; 3 p.m.). A second double bill follows -- the original Mothra (Honda, 1961; 7 p.m.) with Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (Tezuka, 2003; 9:10 p.m.).

SUNDAY: A family screening of Born Free (James Hill), with Elsa the Lion, and no giant lizards. $12.50 noon. Godzillafest -- The U.N.'s plan to isolate all monsters is violated by alien females in Honda's Destroy All Monsters (1968; 4 p.m.), double billed with Battle in Outer Space (Honda, 1959; 5:45 p.m.). A second double bill follows with Son of Godzilla (Jun Fukuda, 1967; 7:35 p.m.) and Monster Zero (Honda, 1965; 9:30 p.m.).

MONDAY: Godzillafest -- We've all been waiting to see King Kong vs. Godzilla (Honda and Thomas Montgomery, 1962; 7 p.m.), screening with Ghidrah: The Three-Headed Monster (Honda, 1964; 9 p.m.).

TUESDAY: Godzillafest -- Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (Fikuda, 1966; 7:15 p.m.) and, at last, Godzilla vs. Megalon (Fukuda, 1973; 9 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.

DAILY (Closed Mondays): Björk is Dancing in the Dark (Lars von Trier, Denmark, 2000), screening through Nov. 28 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:45 p.m.


549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, for Saturday program. $9.This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8; $9 save as noted for the International Latino Film Festival.

WEDNESDAY: Shall We Dance? (Peter Chelsom, 2004); see Ongoing for review 4:45, 9:15 p.m. A "Men We Love" series screens Peter Weir's Indonesian-set drama The Year of Living Dangerously (Australia, 1983). The man they love, though, is not Linda Hunt but Mel Gibson 7 p.m.


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