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Reign in blood! Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine plays a cult leader in 1975's camp-horror classic The Devil's Rain.

FALL ARTS In 2010, I wrote a long piece on what Hollywood had in store for fall, and relegated rep houses to a shorter sidebar. But after a summer which produced exactly one truly great wide release (that'd be Attack the Block), and eye-bleeding amounts of unnecessary 3D, a switcheroo seemed only fair.

Artists' Television Access (; Escape Valencia Street's hipster-foodie menace by supporting ATA, home of Craig Baldwin's subversive Other Cinema (fall season begins in Sept.) Also look out for the latest "Mission Eye & Ear," spotlighting local film/video and music collaborations (Sept. 16).

Castro (; This majestic joint won a 2011 Best of the Bay award for a reason: anything screened here feels like a special event. Fall notables include a tribute to Tony Soprano's favorite actor ("Cary Grant: Definitive Star," Aug. 31-Sept. 6) and what's possibly Jesse Hawthorne Ficks' most insane Midnites for Maniacs season to date, with in-person tributes to Edgar Wright (Fri/26) and Joe Dante (Oct. 7) in the mix. Marc Huestis hosts a pre-Halloween gala screening of The Bad Seed (1956) with star Patty "Braids of Fury" McCormack in person (Oct. 15).

Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center ( The North Bay hotspot has a few special events for cinephiles leading up to the 2011 Mill Valley Film Festival (Oct. 6-16; Catch former First Lady of San Francisco Jennifer Siebel Newsom's feminist doc Miss Representation before it heads to the Oprah Winfrey Network later this year (Sept. 20; proceeds benefit Huckleberry Youth Programs).

Film Night in the Park ( There are some stellar selections left as this outdoor series winds down (Sept. 10 at Washington Square Park: 1964's Dr. Strangelove). But the season-ending screening of 1986's Top Gun (Sept. 24) is an absolute don't-miss. Highway to the danger zone ... in Dolores Park. MAVERICK!

Mechanics' Institute ( Now in its 11th year, the library's "CinemaLit Film Series" lures intelligent film geeks with a September series of films and conversation, "Euro Passages" (kicking off Sept. 9 with Pedro Almodóvar's 1997 Live Flesh). The October series pays tribute to 1930s screwball darling Myrna Loy.

Pacific Film Archive The PFA says adios to summer with a garden screening of Roger Corman's 1956 It Conquered the World, starring the world's coolest alien sympathizer, Lee Van Cleef. Indoor programming looks just as spectacular: "The Outsiders: New Hollywood Cinema in the Seventies" (Sept. 2-Oct. 27) gathers up classics and rarities; and "Alternative Visions" (Sept. 7-Oct. 13) brings animator Martha Colburn in person. Plus: selections from UCLA's preservation series, a tribute to Russian silent pioneer Dziga Vertov, and a chance to see the entirety of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Berlin Alexanderplatz (1979-80). Time to move to Berkeley!

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