MONDAY: A class on the topic of trials in film concludes with A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, U.K., 1946), with RAF pilot David Niven up before a heavenly tribunal 3 p.m. Ang Lee's martial arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Hong Kong/Taiwan, 2000) 7 p.m.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance.
TUESDAY (Dec. 3): A "Gothic Holiday Party" offers live music from the "lurid lounge band" Rosin Coven and a screening of Tim Burton's well-realized parable of adolescent self-pity, Edward Scissorhands (1991). $8 6:30, 9:30 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $8.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Paul Justman, 2002) 6:45, 9 p.m. Heaven (Tom Tykwer, Germany, 2002) 6:30, 8:45 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 6 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: A series paying tribute to the exuberant talent of Zero Mostel opens with his legendary Max Bialystock of The Producers (Mel Brooks, 1968). I'll buy 10 percent of that if everyone reading this will too. Call for times.
SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY: More Mostel -- Richard Lester's ring-a-ding-rhythm take on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), with every old comic from Zero to Buster Keaton. Call for times.
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 THROUGH MONDAY (Nov. 27-Dec. 2, but closed on Thanksgiving): Highlights of the 2001-02 big-wave season are chronicled in the video documentary 100 Ft. Wednesday (Eric W. Nelson and Curt Myers, 2002) 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m., Fri-Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Dec. 3 & 4): And speaking of spectacular wipeouts, Robert Evans struggles to ride his boogie board in The Kid Stays in the Picture (Brett Morgan and Nanette Burstein, 2002), a highly entertaining look at Hollywood in the 1960s-70s 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.
DAILY: Estela Bravo's Fidel: The Untold Story (2002) is a new documentary tagging along with El Jefe as he receives friends such as Nelson Mandela and hangs with the Buena Vista Social Club. The director's an American living in Cuba, so don't expect a critical portrait 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE
S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, www.sfcinematheque.org. $7 save as noted. The San Francisco Cinematheque specializes in avant-garde, historical, and experimental films at venues around the Bay Area, including the Yerba Buena Center and its home base at the S.F. Art Institute.
SUNDAY (Dec. 1): Longtime independent filmmaker Jon Jost returns to San Francisco with his latest, Six Easy Pieces (2002), an investigation of digital video aesthetics. Filmmaker in person 7:30 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (Japan, 1954) ride again in a new print. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Nov. 29-Dec. 5): A mother and daughter reunite after 22 years apart in Daughter From Danang (Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco, 2002). 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 THROUGH FRIDAY: Two classic early 1930s musicals -- the first official pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, The Gay Divorcee (Mark Sandrich, 1934; 7:30 p.m.), and 42nd Street (Lloyd Bacon, 1932; 5:50, 9:30 p.m.), the still-famous Depression-era hit with Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, and choreography by Busby Berkeley.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Beauteous Gene Tierney stars in two good dramas from 20th Century Fox, the classic mystery about a detective who falls for a dead woman, Laura (Otto Preminger, 1944; 3:55, 7:30 p.m.), and the supernatural romance The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1947; 5:35, 9:05 p.m.).
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
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