FRIDAY (Aug. 23): Steven Spielberg's breakthrough Jaws (1975) -- without this film, no Hook, no The Lost World, no A.I., all the movies that have secured this director's reputation 8 p.m.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $8.50. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY: A series celebrating 25 years of the Mill Valley Film Festival continues with a rescreening of the 1982 MVFF premiere The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, Robert M. Young's film about a legendary Texas-Mexican folk hero, played by Edward James Olmos 7 p.m. Also, Zhang Yimou's Happy Times (China, 2001) 8:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: Happy Times 7 p.m. My Wife Is an Actress 8:45 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Four 11-year-olds form an Order of Knights to fight evil, a battle that becomes complicated in the Icelandic film Benjamin Dove (Gisli Snaer Erlingsson, 1995). Earphones provided for English translation of the subtitles 2 p.m.
SUNDAY: A MVFF 25th-anniversary screening of Mira Nair's Salaam Bombay! (France/U.K./India, 1988), about a 10-year-old boy abandoned to city life 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 & THURSDAY: Con artists get conned in the entertaining Argentine feature Nine Queens (Fabien Bielinsky, 2001). It's like a David Mamet film, only without the arch dialogue 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: The Indian cricket spectacular Lagaan (Ashutosh Gowariker, 2001) 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 2 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Aug. 27 & 28): Kissing Jessica Stein (Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, 2002) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Separate admission for each film now screening. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Michael Rubbo's Much Ado About Something (U.K., 2000); see Ongoing for review 8, 10 p.m.; no 10 p.m. screening Thurs; also Wed 4 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, U.K., 2000); see Ongoing for review 6 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 23-29): Rivers and Tides 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 23-29): Swimming (Robert J. Siegel, 2000). See Opening for review. Call for times.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.swixo.com/stanford. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff.
WEDNESDAY: D.W. Griffith's melodrama of persecuted motherhood, Way Down East (1920), surrounds an astonishing performance by Lillian Gish with several layers of ham and a famously thrilling ice flow sequence. Live organ accompaniment by Dennis James 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Audrey Hepburn, an extraordinary talent showcased in the star-making vehicles Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:35 p.m.), screening in a new print, and Sabrina (Billy Wilder, 1954; 5:25, 9:40 p.m.). All we can do for a Kate Beckinsale is Pearl Harbor.
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.
DAILY: Isat Batsry's These Are Not My Images (Neither There Nor Here) (2000), a "poetic investigation" of ethnographic images of South India, screens through Oct. 13 at noon.
WEDNESDAY (Aug. 21): The Goethe-Institut presents a screening of Billy Wilder's scabrous Cold War comedy One Two Three (1961). $6 7:30 p.m.
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