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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.

WEDNESDAY (Dec. 11): John Pilger's Palestine Is Still the Issue (U.K., 2002), sympathetic to the Palestinians, screens with an eyewitness report from Jamie Spector of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) as a fund-raiser for Left Turn magazine 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (Dec. 12): "Point In Time," an evening of video, installation, and performance, offers works by Nathan Boyce, Juliette Chi, Catherine Czacki, and several others 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (Dec. 13): "Insufficient Funds," a program of new work from the S.F. Art Institute. $3 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (Dec. 14): Lynne Sachs' Investigation of a Flame (2001), an idiosyncratic documentary look back at the Catonsville 9's anti-Vietnam War protest, screens with Victoria Gamburg's impressive Right Road Lost (2002), a record of the moral qualms of a Gulf War I vet, and more 8:30 p.m.

MONDAY (Dec. 16): "Lovid & Qoqol," the former a live video/sound performance using homemade audiovisual devices; the latter electronic sound design with kinetically modified video by Carl Diehl 8 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 series on the men of Pre-Code Hollywood films concludes with Lee Tracy as a fast-talking columnist in Blessed Event (Roy Del Ruth, 1932; 1:15, 6 p.m.), Pat O'Brien and Mae Clarke as fast-talking journalists in Final Edition (Howard Higgin, 1932; 3, 7:55 p.m.), and Edward G. Robinson as a condemned criminal in Two Seconds (Mervyn LeRoy, 1932; 4:30, 9:20 p.m.).

THURSDAY: "An Evening With David Thomson" -- Film critic Thomson lectures on the use of music in nonmusicals in what sounds like a fascinating evening, hosted by Terrance Gelenter. $15 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: "A John Waters' Xmas" -- The cinéaste bon vivant hosts such seasonal pleasures as Carol Lynley reciting "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and a sing-along screening of the animated Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer (Kizo Nagashima and Larry Roemer, 1964). Contact 863-0611 for tickets; see The House of Tudor on Page 104 for more info. Reception with Waters plus program $74.95 6 p.m. Program only $29.95 8:15 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: With the Douglas Sirk-inspired melodrama Far From Heaven screening so widely, the Castro offers a series of Sirk's gaudy tragedies, all of them more fun and energetic than Todd Haynes' tasteful diorama. The most flamboyant of the lot, Written on the Wind (1957), screens at 1:30, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:35 p.m.

MONDAY: Jane Wyman was Rock Hudson's Magnificent Obsession (1954), or was that the other way 'round? 7, 9:20 p.m.

TUESDAY: Sirk tackles race in the turgid Imitation of Life (1959), with Lana Turner and, in an excellent performance, Susan Kohner as Turner's maid's daughter, who is passing for white. (Kohner is the mother of the Weitz Brothers, directors of the American Pie series.) 7, 9:30 p.m.

FINE ARTS CINEMA

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

WEDNESDAY (Dec. 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.), about gambling with love and fate.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY (Dec. 12 & 13): Artist Andy Goldsworthy works with time, Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, U.K., 2001; 7 p.m.). See Ongoing for review. Also, Mickey Lemle's Ram Dass: Fierce Grace (2001; 8:45 p.m.) follows the guru's recovery from a stroke.

SATURDAY (Dec. 14): The fourth annual East Bay Gay Asian Film Festival screens Todd Wilson's Under One Roof (2002), described as Sex and the City meets The Wedding Banquet, at 7 p.m. followed by Iron Ladies (Thailand, 2001; 9:10 p.m.), about a gay volleyball team. Both films are free.

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.

DAILY (closed Mondays): Stéphane Audran serves up Babette's Feast (Gabriel Axel, Denmark, 1987), screening through Dec. 29 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.

JEZEBEL'S JOINT

510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema." All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free save as noted.

WEDNESDAY (Dec. 11): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975) -- it's even better when you drink, this week with the live cast of Barely Legal. $3 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (Dec. 12): A radio pirate kills vampire albino mutants in Radio Free Steve 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Dec. 13): Tom Sawyer's The Strange Case of Señor Computer, an android who dreams of 1-900 phone sex 8 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. 13): "The fight to the top begins now" with a Mobile Fighter G Gundam tournament marathon, Volumes 7 & 8 5-9 p.m.

SUNDAY (Dec. 15): Mobile Fighter G Gundam Volumes 9 through 12, continuously from noon-7 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: Christian Frei's documentary War Photographer (Switzerland, 2001); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 13-19): Diane Kurys' Children of the Century (France, 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: A tribute to the long collaboration of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and star Toshiro Mifune continues with the samurai comedy Sanjuro (1962) 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Kurosawa and Mifune's last picture together, the medical drama Red Beard (1965) 4, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: Kurosawa and Mifune -- The black comedy rogue-samurai hit Yojimbo (1961; 4:30, 9:40 p.m.), remade several times as a western and itself an unauthorized reworking of Hammett's Red Harvest, screens with the Star Wars-inspiring The Hidden Fortress (1958; 7 p.m.).

SATURDAY: Kurosawa and Mifune -- A detective loses his gun in the dog days of summer in the postwar film noir, Japanese style, Stray Dog (1949; 4:30, 9:25 p.m.), screening with an exciting crime drama that reworks the earlier film's themes, High and Low (1963; 6:50 p.m.).

SUNDAY: Kurosawa and Mifune -- An old man goes mad obsessing over the atomic bomb in I Live in Fear (1955; 2, 6:20 p.m.), screening with the actor's debut for Kurosawa as a gangster dying of TB, Drunken Angel (1948; 4:15, 8:35 p.m.).

MONDAY: Kurosawa and Mifune -- A superbly visualized Macbeth, Throne of Blood (1957) 4:30, 6:40, 8:50 p.m.

TUESDAY: Kurosawa and Mifune -- The Hidden Fortress 4:30, 7:10 p.m.

PALACE OF FINE ARTS

3301 Lyon (at Bay), www.palaceoffinearts.org/events, 567-6642 for this event. $6.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Dec. 13 & 14): The festival of "tasteless toons," Spike & Mike's 2002 Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation 9, 11:30 p.m.; also Sat 7 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. 12): In honor of the Chairman's 87th birthday, the Parkway offers "Frank's Birthday Luau," with Sinatra shorts, trailers, clips, and the Pearl Harbor-set From Here to Eternity (Fred Zinnemann, 1953). Hawaiian wear is encouraged. $6 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) 9 p.m.; also Wed 6:45 p.m. Heaven (Tom Tykwer, Germany, 2002) Wed only, 9:10 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 6 p.m. Daughter From Danang (Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco, 2002) 8 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

THURSDAY: A Carole Lombard tribute continues with Alfred Hitchcock's one screwball comedy, the amusing Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941). Had she lived, Lombard could easily have played one of Hitchcock's chilly blondes, but here she's still a comedienne 7 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: The Way Home (Lee Jung-hyang, Korea, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Christian Frei's documentary War Photographer (Switzerland, 2001); see Ongoing for review. Standing in the Shadows of Motown and Rivers and Tides continue. Call theater for times and other films.

SATURDAY: ILM veteran and proprietor of Matte World Digital Craig Barron lectures on "The Invisible Art" of movie matte painting, the cinemagic that's provided painted but believable backgrounds for movies since the late 1920s. $10 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Carole Lombard was at her funniest as the stubborn, more than a little dim blonde who lassos My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava, 1937) 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: Pray for Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968), who'd be 34 about now, and ready to run for president 2, 7, 9:45 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Gregory Schell's The Far Shore (2002) compiles 10 years' worth of 1970s surf footage. Filmmaker in person for evening screenings 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Miguel Arteta's drama of life at the Retail Rodeo, The Good Girl (2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Dec. 17 & 18): A deaf secretary promises no new taxes in Jacques Audiard's good crime drama Read My Lips (France, 2002) 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 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: Bill Weber and David Weissman's popular documentary The Cockettes (2002), about an S.F. institution 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: The Bay Area premiere of Pleasure & Pain (Danny Clinch and Sam Lee, 2002), a digital tour with roots musician Ben Harper 6, 8, 10 p.m.

SATURDAY: Scott Ritter's In Shifting Sands (2002) promises "the truth about UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq" every Saturday at noon. Run away with Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terrys Jones and Gilliam, U.K., 1975) 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m.

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. Paul Cox' s portrait of the artist as a letter writer, Vincent (France/Australia, 1988), profiles Van Gogh in his own words, as read by John Hurt 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.

MONDAY: Curator Jenni Olson screens coming attractions from the 1950s-1980s over two programs, "Trailer Camp" at 7 p.m., and "Bride of Trailer Camp" at 9 p.m.

TUESDAY: The world premiere of a new surfing documentary, The Outsiders 7, 9 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sffs.org. "The Seventh Art: New Dimensions in Cinema," a collaboration between SFMOMA and the San Francisco Film Society, continues its monthly screenings. $15.

THURSDAY (Dec. 12): Filmmaker Jed Weintrob in person with his forthcoming comedy about Manhattan's cybersex industry, On Line (2002) 7 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: Christian Frei's documentary War Photographer (Switzerland, 2001); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 13-19): Diane Kurys' Children of the Century (France, 2001); see Opening for review. Call for times.

STANFORD

221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $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 SUNDAY: A new print of the beloved Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, 1952) 5, 7:30 p.m.; also Fri 10 p.m.; Sat & Sun 2:30, 10 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater 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. 12): Luis Recorder's "Liminal Lumen" series of films made without a camera mixes found footage and projector light and includes Shift and Liquid Light. Artist in person 7:30 p.m.

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