One Night Stands for the week of May 16-22, 2007 

A Wes Craven slasher and Lemmon and Curtis in drag.

Movie theater abbreviations

AC = Act 1 & 2, AL= Albany, BA = Bal, BH = Blackhawk, BC = Brenden Concord 14, BP = Brenden Pittsburg 16, BS = AMC Bay Street, CA = California, CAPH = CinéArts Pleasant Hill, CB = Century Bayfair, CE = Central Cinema Alameda, CCC = CoCo Cinemas, CEPH = Century Pleasant Hill 16, CH = Century Hilltop, CN = Cinedome Newark, CRC = Crow Canyon, CS = Century Solano Drive-In, CSC = Chabot Space and Science Center, CUC = Century Union City 25, CWC = Century Walnut Creek, CF = Cinedome Fremont, E = Elmwood, EC = El Cerrito Speakeasy, GL = Grand Lake, JL = Jack London, N8 = Naz 8, OA = Oaks, OR = Orinda, P = Park, PM = Piedmont, PW = Parkway, RA = Regal Antioch, RH = Regal Hacienda, S = Shattuck,UAB = UA Berkeley, UAEB = UA Emery Bay, VL = Vine Livermore.

Reviews by Kelly Vance, Robert Wilonsky, and Naomi Wise

Thu., May 17

Far from Home — Rachel Tsutsumi's documentary profiles an African-American teenager who buses to school in a white Boston suburb (running time unknown). (Ellen Driscoll Theater, Frank Havens School, 325 Highland Ave., Oakland, 7:00)

Firefly — Three episodes from the cult TV series (total running time unknown). (PW, 9:15)

Last House on the Left — Director Wes Craven made his name on this 1972 horror/slasher pic, which features rape, torture, murder, and riffs from Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring recycled into a drive-in quickie framework. One of the original splatter films (82 min.). Actor David Hess appears in person. (Cerrito, 9:00)

Fri., May 18

Danville International Children's Film Festival — This three-day event features films from around the world, celebrity guests, awards, and more (total running time unknown). (Village Theatre, Town Meeting Hall, Danville, 6:30)

Homeland — A documentary on Native American efforts to resist energy companies' depredations on their tribal lands (running time unknown). (Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland, 7:30)

Mystic River — Screenwriter Brian Helgeland and director Clint Eastwood's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel sheds enough tears to fill a canal. On the surface it plays like an episode of Law & Order written by William Shakespeare, but that's too glib a pronouncement for so deep-felt a movie about rage and retribution that will stick with you like a bad dream. It's a mystery and meditation on grief and loss — of life, and of innocence — but it's also a ghost story in which old memories doom grown men who thought they could escape the wolves in the woods. Dave (Tim Robbins) was physically assaulted, Jimmy (Sean Penn) and Sean (Kevin Bacon) psychologically so. We're meant to think that a damaged Dave might have had something to do with the death of Jimmy's daughter, but it's not that simple, because everyone is guilty of something (137 min., 2003). — R.W. (Movies That Matter, Neumayer residence, 565 Bellevue St., Oakland, 6:30)

Sat., May 19

Danville International Children's Film Festival — See Fri. (Village Theatre, Town Meeting Hall, Danville, noon)

The Princess Bride — Entertaining sword 'n' sorcery adventure shows the advantage of having good writing (by William Goldman from his novel) and imaginative direction (by Rob Reiner), as well as a cast primed for parody. Mandy Patinkin, Christopher Guest, and Wallace Shawn steal the film from romantic pair Cary Elwes and Robin Wright (98 min., 1987). — K.V. (Cerrito, noon, 3:00)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show — The original 1975 British rock music horror spoof (95 min.). (PW, midnight)

Some Like It Hot — Billy Wilder's sharp-edged farce was sexually subversive before its time, with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon sporting full drag as they flee from mobsters into a situation of total sexual identity confusion. Marilyn Monroe is at her most luminous as a gold-digging singer who's too innocent to have her calculations add up right. Curtis woos her by feigning wealth and impotence, while Lemmon is pursued nearly to the altar by millionaire Joe E. Brown(120 min., 1959). — N.W. (Cerrito, 6:00)

Spring Short Film Fest — A package of shorts presented by the Fremont Film Forum (total running time unknown). (Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, 2:00)

Sun., May 20

Danville International Children's Film Festival — See Fri. (Village Theatre, Town Meeting Hall, Danville, noon)

The Princess Bride — See Sat. (Cerrito, 2:00)

Some Like It Hot — See Sat. (Cerrito, 5:00)

Mon., May 21

Jazz Innovators: From Bebop to Hardbop to Cool, and More — A film and discussion moderated by Dr. Dee Spencer (total running time unknown). (Berkeley Public Library, 2090 Kittredge St., 2:00)

Tue., May 22

Freedom Fighters — Octogenarian human rights activist Yuri Kochiyama and political prisoner advocate Kiilu Nyasha are profiled in this documentary (running time unknown). (PW, 9:15)

Wed., May 23

Barrio Cuba — Three Havana characters strive for happiness in director Humberto Solas' social drama (106 min., 2005). (LP, 7:00)


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