One Night Stands for the week of May 9-15, 2007 

The first rule of rep picks is you do not talk about rep picks.

Reviews by Ella Taylor, Kelly Vance, and Naomi Wise

Thu., May 10

Barbarella — Jane Fonda's final film as a sex object reveals that Roger Vadim is really Roman Polanski in a clean suit. An ugly, leering perversion of the sci-fi genre, with visuals off a Cosmopolitan cover, Barbarella clearly constitutes grounds for divorce (98 min., 1968). — N.W. (PW, 9:15)

Love for Sale: Suely in the Sky — Abandoned Brazilian mother sells her body to raise money for her baby. Directed by Karim Aïnouz (90 min., 2006). Presented by the San Francisco International Film Festival. (PFA, 9:10)

Times and Winds — In the miserable Turkish seaside village, children hate their fathers and window peep on the local schoolteacher, as director Reha Erdem demonstrates (110 min., 2006). Presented by the SFIFF. (PFA, 7:00)

Fri., May 11

Fight Club — Anxious, neurotic office worker Edward Norton rediscovers his primal male self after bonding with boho rebel Brad Pitt and creating an underground bare-knuckle fisticuff society while female friend Helena Bonham Carter watches, in director David Fincher's exciting-but-stupid tour of a familiar grotty urban wasteland (139 min., 1999). — K.V. (S, midnight)

Sat., May 12

Fight Club — See Fri. (S, midnight)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show — The original 1975 British rock music horror spoof, starring Tim Curry as the androgynous Dr. Frank N. Furter (95 min.). (PW, midnight)

Sullivan's Travels — Preston Sturges' masterpiece is his self-validation as a comic artist. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) is a Depression-era comedy director who wants to make Socially Significant Cinema; Veronica Lake plays the bohemian sidekick he picks up on the road. Escaping from Hollywood to discover how the other side lives, Sullivan is suddenly embroiled in real tragedy where, in the depths of misery, he discovers the value of laughter (91 min., 1948). — N.W. (Cerrito, 6:00)

Sun., May 13

Sullivan's Travels — See Sat. (Cerrito, 5:00)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory — In one of his sharpest performances, Gene Wilder casts a melancholy, slightly sinister spell over Roald Dahl's satiric children's story about a poor boy who meets an eccentric candy manufacturer. Highlights include the "Oompa-Loompa" song by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse and naughty kids being dispatched by drowning in chocolate. Won't rot the teeth of adults, either. Directed by Mel Stuart from Dahl's screenplay (98 min., 1971). — K.V. (Cerrito, 8:00)

Tue., May 15

Snow Falling on Cedars — Love and murder in scenic Puget Sound, circa 1950, with the WWII internment of Japanese Americans worked in. Directed by Scott Hicks, from David Guterson's novel. With Youki Kudoh and Ethan Hawke (130 min., 1999). (Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Rd., Fremont, 8:30)

Wed., May 16

The Painted Veil — Given what an awful stiff Somerset Maugham can be, it's remarkable how many movies have been made of his uptight tales of civil servants sweating it out in British colonies (48 for the big screen alone). Edward Norton makes a pretty impressive stiff himself as Walter, a research doctor who, after marrying up and badly to bored socialite Kitty (a suitably brittle Naomi Watts), moves to Shanghai, where he immerses himself in the study of infectious disease while she immerses herself in a caddish vice-consul (Liev Schreiber) (2006). — E.T. (JCCEB, 7:00)


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