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Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.

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ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS

992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

SATURDAY (Dec. 7): Other Cinema marks Pearl Harbor Day with a program on Japanese disasters -- Bad Luck (Christophe Draeger, Martin Frei, 2002), a meditation on Hiroshima, the Aum Shinrikyo subway poisoning, and other acts of mass destruction; and an anime produced by the Japanese navy in World War II to bolster war morale 8:30 p.m.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

WEDNESDAY: A new print of the perennially popular Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, 1952), now in Dolby. You can hear every raindrop! 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 p.m.

THURSDAY: A series on the men of Pre-Code Hollywood films, timed to coincide with the publication of Chronicle critic Mick LaSalle's new book Dangerous Men, commences with the two key early gangster films Scarface (Howard Hawks, 1932; 7:10 p.m.) and The Public Enemy (William Wellman, 1931; 9 p.m.), with an apelike Paul Muni and a freewheeling James Cagney, respectively.

FRIDAY: LaSalle introduces the all-star MGM melodrama Grand Hotel (Edmund Goulding, 1931; 7 p.m.), with the Barrymore brothers and Wallace Beery, to be followed by the entertaining Dinner at Eight (George Cukor, 1933), with Lionel Barrymore, Beery, and Lee Tracy.

SATURDAY: Walter Huston's a genially corrupt president possessed by God in Gregory LaCava's still amazing Gabriel Over the White House (1933; 3:30, 7:20 p.m.), screening with Huston as a prison warden in The Criminal Code (Hawks, 1931; 1:30, 5:20, 9:10 p.m.).

SUNDAY: Two Depression-themed musicals with justly celebrated numbers choreographed by Busby Berkeley -- Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy, 1933; 3:05, 7:10 p.m.) and Footlight Parade (Lloyd Bacon, 1933; 1, 5:05, 9 p.m.).

MONDAY: Warren William, a sleazy middle-aged con artist, is spotlit in three films, introduced by LaSalle at the first show of the evening -- Bedside (Robert Florey, 1934; 6:30 p.m.), The Mind Reader (Roy Del Ruth, 1933; 8 p.m.), and Employees' Entrance (Del Ruth, 1933; 9:25 p.m.).

TUESDAY: Two of "Wild Bill" Wellman's best Depression-themed films, Heroes for Sale (1933; 6:30 p.m.), with Richard Barthelmess as a drug-addicted veteran, and Wild Boys of the Road (1933; 8:15 p.m.), about teens hopping trains. As a bonus, Paul Muni stars in the fact-based prison drama I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (LeRoy, 1932; 9:35 p.m.).

FILM ARTS FOUNDATION

145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), 552-8760, http://www.filmarts.org/events.html for this program. Note the new location for this venerable helpmate for local filmmakers.

FRIDAY (Dec. 6): "Meet Your Maker," a free Film Arts networking event, offers viewers a chance to connect with local indie filmmakers with two programs of shorts curated by Artists' Television Access and Intersection for the Arts, plus an open house and $2 drinks. Free 7:30 p.m.

FINE ARTS CINEMA

2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143 and www.fineartscinema.com. $7 save as noted. A fall season continues for this innovatively programmed art house.

WEDNESDAY: Two tales from the north of England, a mock history of the Manchester music scene, 24 Hour Party People (Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2002; 7 p.m.), and the justly celebrated hard-boiled thriller Get Carter (Mike Hodges, U.K., 1971; 9:10 p.m.), the good one with Michael Caine. Also, a special late-night show, with separate admission, of Pascal Le Gras' music video for the band The Fall 11:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: "Twisters Vintage Holiday Xtravaganza" offers "fashion, film, music and fun" from 7-11 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Dec. 6-11): A double bill of restored prints of two atmospheric French films, Julien Duvivier's Pepe Le Moko (1937; 7 p.m.) and Jacques Demy's Bay of Angels (1963; 8:45 p.m.; also Sun 5:25 p.m.), about gambling with love and fate.

FOREIGN CINEMA

2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, on the back wall of its outdoor patio, with drive-in speakers available for the tables of those who want to watch while they dine.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: The Band and some of their friends perform and chat in Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz (1979), screening through Dec. 8 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri & Sat 11 p.m.

MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY

57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 or e-mail rsvp@milibrary.org for reservations (required) and information. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers an ongoing "CinemaLit" series of projected video of classics, with salon-style discussions after the films.

FRIDAY (Dec. 6): The last film of the current season is W.S. Van Dyke's After the Thin Man (1936), with James Stewart in an early role and of course William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Asta 6:30 p.m.

METREON

Action Theater, Second Floor, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), 369-6098. Sony hosts screenings of popular anime series from Bandai Entertainment this month. Free.

FRIDAY (Dec. 6): "The last line of defense against Talpa and his evil supernatural army" -- Ronin Warriors, Volume 1 5-9 p.m.

SATURDAY (Dec. 7): Ronin Warriors, Volumes 2 through 4, continuously from 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

OPERA PLAZA

601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. Taking over from the Lumiere this fall season, this multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Daughter From Danang (Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 6-12): Christian Frei's documentary War Photographer (Switzerland, 2001); see Opening for review. Call for times.

PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE

2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $7, second show $1.50. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Theater closed.

FRIDAY: A monthlong tribute to the long collaboration of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and star Toshiro Mifune continues with their last picture together, Red Beard (1965; 4:30, 8 p.m.), a medical drama.

SATURDAY: A young woman's misadventures in Moscow are the subject of the Soviet silent comedy The House on Trubnaya Square (1928), screening with an original score commissioned from Dennis James 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Douglas Fairbanks Sr. essays nature's nobleman, Robin Hood (Alan Dwan, 1922). $4.50 3 p.m. Kurosawa and Mifune -- A superbly visual version of Macbeth, Throne of Blood (1957; 5 p.m.) screens with Hamlet reworked for a big corporation, The Bad Sleep Well (1960; 7:10 p.m.).

MONDAY: Kurosawa and Mifune set out to ascertain the likelihood of knowing the truth in Rashomon (1951) 4:30, 6:20, 8:10 p.m.

TUESDAY: Kurosawa and Mifune -- An old man goes mad obsessing over the atomic bomb in I Live in Fear (1955) 7:30 p.m.

PARAMOUNT

2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $5. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.

FRIDAY (Dec. 6): Frank Sinatra, brainwashing, card games, assassinations, ladies' clubs, McCarthyism, and milk -- all part of John Frankenheimer's legendary black tragicomedy The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 8 p.m.

PARKWAY

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.

THURSDAY (Dec. 5): Rob Reiner's film of William Goldman's popular revisionist fantasy The Princess Bride (1987) 6:30, 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.

RAFAEL FILM CENTER

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) Wed 6:30, 8:45 p.m.; Thurs 9:15 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) Wed only 6 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

THURSDAY: A sneak screening of Denzel Washington's Antwone Fisher (2002) 7 p.m. A series devoted to the splendid comedienne Carole Lombard opens with William Wellman's popular screwball comedy Nothing Sacred (1937), with an early short in color, Matchmaking Mamas (Harry Edwards, 1929) 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for programs and times.

SUNDAY: An archival print of the seldom-screened True Confession (Wesley Ruggles, 1937) shows with the early Mack Sennett-produced short Run Girl Run (Alfred E. Goulding, 1928) 7 p.m.

RED VIC

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: Robert Evans tells his side of his rise and fall and semi-rise again 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.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Sam Jones' film about Wilco, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: This kid stays in the picture -- prep-schooler Aaron Stanford gets involved with his stepmom's best friend in Tadpole (Gary Winick, 2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY: The Robert Evans-produced Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974), a lush tale of universal corruption 7, 9:40 p.m.

ROXIE

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.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Behind-the-scenes glimpses of Queen are proffered in Freddie Mercury: The Untold Story (Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher, 2002), a new documentary 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed & Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SATURDAY: Scott Ritter's In Shifting Sands (2002) promises "the truth about UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq" every Saturday at noon.

SUNDAY: Stealing the Fire (John S. Friedman and Eric Nadler, 2002) traces the roots of Iraq's nuclear program to a German cartel and screens here weekly at noon.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Natural healing is promoted in Ayurveda: The Art of Being (Pan Nalin, 2001) 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:30 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. 8): A tribute to the late pilot and filmmaker Robert Fulton (1939-2002), whose works were created with a custom-made wing-mounted Arriflex, screens Starlight, Path of Cessation, Wilderness, A Country in the Mind, and the Fulton documentary The Journals of a Solitary Aviator 7:30 p.m.

SHATTUCK

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: Daughter From Danang (Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 6-12): Christian Frei's documentary War Photographer (Switzerland, 2001); see Opening for review. Call for times.

STANFORD

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.

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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.

DAILY (closed Mondays): Screenings of "Bay Area Now 3" programs of recent documentaries continue through Jan. 12, free with gallery admission. On Wednesdays, children speak freely in No Dumb Questions (Melissa Regan, 2001) and She Wants to Talk to You (Anita Chang, 2001); on Thursdays, See How They Run (Emily Morse, Kelly Duane, and Tony Saxe, 2001) the 2000 mayor's race; on Fridays, a roller derby queen is Demon of the Derby (Sharon Marie Rutter, 2001); on Saturdays, the dot-com era's Boom! The Sound of Eviction (Francine Cavanaugh, A. Mark Liiv, Adams Wood, 2001) is recalled; on Sundays, a profile of lovely life in Livermore (Rachel Raney and David Murray, 2002); on Tuesdays, Artists in Exile: A Story of Modern Dance in San Francisco by Austin Forbord and Shelley Trott (2000) noon.

THURSDAY (Dec. 5): Digital work from New Yorker Nisi Jacobs includes New York, New Sounds, New Spaces (A Digital Postcard) and the post-Sept. 11 audio-collage Dishing. Also screening are local filmmaker Robert Fox's Orthogoal Scores and History of Depression, Parts I-III 7:30 p.m.

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