And you thought the San Diego film-festival season had wrapped up. Well, think again.
Up in Encinitas, the Mary Pickford Silent Film Festival runs Friday, Nov. 6, through Sunday, Nov. 8, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Pickford's film debut with eight of her movies featuring live musical accompaniment. For the uninitiated, Pickford, in her day, was like Meryl Streep and Angelina Jolie rolled up into one movie star, minus the skimpy outfits and the, um, dialogue. Things kick off Friday with the short Willful Peggy, followed by Pickford's best-known film, My Best Girl. www.etcinfo.net.
Also on Friday, the San Diego Latino Film Festival continues its Cinema en tu Idioma series by opening up three Spanish-language movies for a weeklong run at the UltraStar Hazard Center. The films hail from Colombia, Mexico and Spain and include Fermat's Room, a freaky thriller about mathematicians put into a shrinking room, and Voy a Explotar, a Mexican movie about two rebellious teens, produced by Y tu Mama Tambien co-stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. www.mediaartscenter.org.
BestFest America, the same outfit that sends ambitious filmmakers into the streets for its annual “48 Hours of Madness,” presents its annual Student Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 7, at UltraStar Hazard Center. There are morning and afternoon programs, and in between, Boondock Saints producer Chris Brinker will give a lecture. www.bestfestamerica.com.
And finally, the San Diego Italian Film Festival wraps its season with screenings running through Saturday, Nov. 7. The final night's film, La Seconda Notte di Nozze, is preceded by the annual gala, which goes down at 5 p.m. at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Hey, it's the Italians—no matter the film, you know the food is going to be good. www.sandiegoitalian filmfestival.com.
(Untitled): Adam Goldberg is an abrasive, neurotic composer in this satirical look at the modern art world. For once, Vinnie Jones plays a creative type, rather than the guy who kicks ass.
Antichrist: In Lars von Trier's latest NC-17 weird-out, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe are a married couple who endure an unspeakable tragedy. And that's before the genital mutilation and supernatural brouhaha.
The Box: Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) adapts Richard Matheson's (I Am Legend) story about a couple (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden) who are given an offer: Push a button, get rich, kill someone you don't know.
Disgrace: John Malkovich is a South African professor dismissed from his Capetown university for getting busy with one of his students.
Disney's A Christmas Carol: Robert Zemeckis gives Dickens' classic the animated, 3-D treatment and hands the lead role to Jim Carrey.
The Fourth Kind: This POV look at alien abduction could be the next Blair Witch—uh, Paranormal Activity.
The Men Who Stare at Goats: Even though it's got all the right ingredients, like George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor and Kevin Spacey, this dark comedy about secret psychic warfare loses track of itself (which means it's not psychic, right?).
Skin: A black girl (Sophie Okonedo) is born to white parents (Sam Neill and Alice Krige) in South Africa during Apartheid.
White on Rice: Fresh off his divorce, Jimmy moves in with his sister and has to share his 10-year-old nephew's room while he hunts for a new wife.
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Jonestown: The Life and Death of People's Temple: Presumably, Kool-Aid will not be served. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.
The Drifter: An autobiographical surf film from Rob Machado. Screens at 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.
Almost Famous: San Diego prodigal son Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical account of writing for Rolling Stone as a teenager features the Sports Arena in a supporting role. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Free.
Casablanca: Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she had to walk into his. Screens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, through Saturday, Nov. 7, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.
Beer Wars: This great documentary about the state of the beer world will include a Q&A with local brewmeisters as part of Beer Week. Contact the restaurant for reservations. Screens at noon, Sunday, Nov. 8, at Sea Rocket Bistro in North Park.
Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano: Documentary featuring interviews and appearances with the likes of Cesar Chavez, Edward James Olmos, Cheech Marin, Dolores Huerta, Linda Ronstadt and others. Screens at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at Barrio Station in Barrio Logan.
The Way We Get By: Touching documentary about lonely seniors who welcome home the troops. Screens at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.
Lemon Tree: A Palestinian widow (Hiam Abbass of The Visitor) stands up to the new Israeli defense minister—also her new neighbor—when security forces declare her lemon trees a threat to his security. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the Central Library, Downtown. Free.
Flow: Water, water everywhere. Well, not these days. Soak up all the details on Page 10. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Price Center East Ballroom on the UCSD campus. Free.
Sick Around the World: Takes a close look at how civilized countries like Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan and Great Britain offer their peeps healthcare. Screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Lestat's West in Normal Heights. Free.
Slumdog Millionaire: Danny Boyle's Best Picture Oscar winner tells the story of a young Indian man through Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Free.