Hollywood comes to the North Bay this week when the prestigious Mill Valley Film Festival kicks off its 10-day schedule of showings and special events on Oct. 2, when two highly anticipated films screen with loads of fanfare. Academy award-winning actress Hilary Swank appears at CineArts Sequoia in Mill Valley to show her latest film, The Horseman, co-starring and directed by Tommy Lee Jones. Also, celebrated director Jason Reitman presents his new ensemble drama Men, Women and Children, at Century Cinema in Corte Madera. World cinema, documentaries and even a special screening of Star Wars: the Empire Strikes Back are all highlighted in this expansive celebration of films. The Mill Valley Film Fest happens from Thursday, Oct. 2 to Sunday, Oct. 12, throughout Marin County. www.mvff.com.