Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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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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.
TUESDAY (Dec. 24): The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' 15th annual "Home for the Holidays" live performance 5, 7, 9 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY (Dec. 27-31): A new print of Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris (U.S.S.R., 1972), a remarkable work of human-alien encounter done in hypnotically slow motion. Not to be confused with the recent, much more telegraphic remake by Steven Soderbergh. See Opening for review 1, 4:30, 8 p.m.
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.
MONDAY (Dec. 30): Closed.
STARTS TUESDAY (Dec. 31): James Bond vs. Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton, U.K., 1964), screening through Jan. 19 6:15, 8:15, 10:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (Dec. 24): Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) -- which is set around Christmastime, as careful observers have caught 8 p.m.
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. 27): The space saga Crest of the Stars, Volumes 1-2 4:30-9 p.m.
SUNDAY (Dec. 29): Crest of the Stars, Volume 3, and the premiere of the sequel, Banner of the Stars, Volume 1 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
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.
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. 31): A New Year's Eve Toga Party is accompanied by a screening of John Landis' Animal House (1978), plus live entertainment. $30 8 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.
TUESDAY (Dec. 24): Closed for the holiday.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY (Dec. 25 & 26): Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002), see Opening for review 4:30, 6:45, 8:45 p.m.; also Thurs 2:15 p.m. The Way Home (Lee Jung-hyang, Korea, 2002) 6:15 p.m.; also Thurs 1:45 p.m. Diane Kurys' Children of the Century (France, 2001) 8:15 p.m.; also Thurs 3:45 p.m. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Paul Justman, 2002) 4, 8:30 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 6:30 p.m.; also Thurs 2 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY (Dec. 27): Rabbit-Proof Fence, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Children of the Century, Rivers and Tides continue. Call theater for times and other films.
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.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Dec. 24 & 25): Closed for the holiday.
THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY (Dec. 26-30): Ron Fricke's ecumenical celebration of life, Baraka (1992) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (Dec. 31): Closed for the holiday.
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.
TUESDAY (Dec. 24): Theater closed.
STARTS WEDNESDAY (Dec. 25): The Roxie's discovery, the overwhelmingly popular art documentary Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001), returns to this screen through Jan. 7. See Ongoing for review 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 p.m.; no late show New Year's Eve.
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.
TUESDAY (Dec. 24): It's a Christmas Eve tradition -- Frank Capra's classic It's a Wonderful Life (1946). "Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter!" 9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH TUESDAY (Dec. 25-31): Theater closed.
DAILY (closed Mondays and this Wednesday, Christmas Day): 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.
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