STARTS FRIDAY: The Business of Strangers, The Endurance, and Bread and Tulips (Silvio Soldini, Italy, 2000); call for times.
FRIDAY: A "Happy Judy Hollidays" series of comedies featuring the talented star of the 1950s commences with her Oscar-winning turn as the dumb blonde who learns the merits of democracy in playwright Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday (George Cukor, 1950). Holliday's card game alone is worth the price of admission 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Happy Judy Hollidays" - Kanin and Cukor's parable of excess and success It Should Happen to You (1954), one of Holliday's best vehicles, and Jack Lemmon's debut 2:15, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Happy Judy Hollidays" - Frank Capra's little man formula of the 1930s is reworked for the businesslike 1950s as Holliday plays a lone stockholder who takes on a corrupt corporation in The Solid Gold Cadillac (Richard Quine, 1956) 2:15, 7 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: "Happy Judy Hollidays" - Holliday was thrown a key supporting role in a benevolent conspiracy to build up her career in the splendid Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn vehicle Adam's Rib (Cukor, 1949), written by Kanin and his wife, Ruth Gordon 7 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Francesco Toboada's documentary portrait of the survivors of the 1910 Mexican Revolution, The Last Zapatistas, Forgotten Heroes (Mexico, 2001) 2, 7:30, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The true story of how a cover band's lead singer stepped into a regular gig with Judas Priest was converted by Hollywood into Rock Star (Stephen Herek, 2001), starring Mark Wahlberg as a copier repairman turned superstar 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:20 p.m.
SUNDAY: Ron Fricke's global "breath of life" documentary Baraka (1992) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $7 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $8.25. This venerable theater usually gives over one of its eight screens to repertory programming, although calendar screenings end this week, not to resume until January. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Veit Helmer's Tuvalu (Germany, 1999); see Ongoing for review 1, 3, 5:10, 7:20, 9:25 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff. A series of British detective mysteries and spy thrillers concludes, followed by a Christmas Eve tradition.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Closed.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: David Lean's This Happy Breed (U.K., 1944; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:15 p.m.) spans 20 years of British life, from 1919 to 1939, as personified by Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, John Mills, Kay Walsh, and Stanley Holloway. It screens with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Watson in Terror by Night (Roy William Neill, 1946; 6:20, 9:35 p.m.).
MONDAY: The Stanford's annual Christmas Eve screening of Frank Capra's sentimental masterpiece It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Check now for advance tickets - this program sells out 9 p.m.
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $5 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays and Christmas.
DAILY: "Directors of the Board," video screenings of short films about skateboarding, plays thrice daily through Jan. 27. Free with YBCA admission noon, 2:05, 4:15 p.m.
FRIDAY (Dec. 21): A series devoted to some of Elizabeth Taylor's more eccentric productions of the 1960s concludes with Joseph Losey's Secret Ceremony (1968), with Taylor a prostitute convinced Mia Farrow is her daughter. Also stars Robert Mitchum. $6 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
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