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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924 GILMAN STREET
924 Gilman (at Ninth Street), Berkeley, (510) 525-9926 and email@example.com for more information. $5.
SATURDAY (Jan. 11): The Lost Film Festival, a traveling show of short films with an anarchist, anti-globalization bent, materializes in the Bay Area this weekend, with works including Piefight '69 (Sam Green/Christian Bruno), footage of a pie attack at the San Francisco Film Festival; The Horribly Stupid Stunt Which Has Resulted in His Untimely Death (The Yes Men); Gigi From 9 to 5 (Joanne Nucho); Lego Trilogy (Rob Weychert); Crowd Bites Wolf (Guerillavision); Social Distortion, a 1988 Canadian TV documentary on punk rock; and Anarchy Carpet (Siketrike), about a carpet that "roams the streets of Baltimore convincing the kids that a life of egalitarian cooperation would be more fun than living under consumer capitalism." A "Stay for Copy & Destroy" zine tour follows. Program also screens at Mission Records in S.F. and Spazport in Berkeley; see separate entries 4 p.m.
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: Erland Josephson takes atomic war upon himself in Andrei Tarkovsky's last film, The Sacrifice (Sweden, 1986) 1, 4:15, 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Opening Night of 2003's Berlin & Beyond Film Festival of German-language cinema screens Nowhere in Africa (Caroline Link, Germany, 2001). Opening Night Party, $25 6:30 p.m. Film only, $10 8 p.m. See Night & Day, Page 26, for more on the fest.
FRIDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- White Noise 4:30 p.m. Bungalow 7 p.m. Ulrich Seidel's Austrian document Dog Days 9:45 p.m.
SATURDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- A reworking of the venerable "city symphony" genre, Thomas Schadt's Berlin: Symphony takes a cool modern look at today's capital. Recommended noon. Crazy About Paris 2:30 p.m. Jeans 5:15 p.m. Doris Dörrie's latest, Naked 7:30 p.m. Tattoo 10:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- A series of revived postwar German films screens the comedy I Often Think of Piroschka (1955) noon. "The Best of German Film Schools" 2 p.m. Viennese film buffs congregate in Bellaria -- As Long as We Live 4:15 p.m. Grill Point 7 p.m. Lovely Rita 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- Postwar German juvenile delinquents include Horst Buchholz in The Hooligans (Georg Tressler, Germany, 1956) 5 p.m. Something to Remind Me 7 p.m. Blue Moon 9:20 p.m.
TUESDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- A late silent melodrama with a young Marlene Dietrich, The Women Men Yearn For (Curtis Bernhardt, Germany, 1929), with live organ accompaniment of Dennis James' original score. $10 7 p.m. Andy Warhol's old-country relatives puzzle over his fame in Absolut Warhola 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: It's hot rodder heaven with two early-'70s classics, George Lucas' American Graffiti (1973; 7 p.m.) and Monte Hellman's flying circus Two-Lane Blacktop (1971; 9:05 p.m.), with James Taylor and Dennis Wilson as a pair of enigmatic grease monkeys. Highly recommended.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Jan. 9-15): Godfrey Reggio casts a jaundiced eye on 20th-century civilization in Koyaanisqatsi (1982; 7 p.m.), screening with Harmony Korine's plotless, jaundiced Gummo (1997; 8:45 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.
DAILY (closed Mondays): James Bond vs. Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton, U.K., 1964), screening through Jan. 19 6:15, 8:15, 10:15 p.m.
510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema" Mondays through Fridays. All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.
WEDNESDAY: Nicolas Cage romances Valley Girl Deborah Foreman in Martha Coolidge's 1983 comedy 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: No film tonight -- it's Richard M. Nixon's birthday!
FRIDAY: Gibtown, a documentary about a retirement community for circus freaks 8 p.m.
MONDAY: Shopgirl Clara Bow proves to have It (Clarence Badger, 1927) in a justly popular 1920s comedy 8 p.m.
TUESDAY: John Carpenter's kung fu fighting Big Trouble in Little China (1986) 8 p.m.
2548 Mission (at 21st Street), 285-1550 and firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. $5.
MONDAY (Jan. 13): The Lost Film Festival alights here; see 924 Gilman Street entry for details. A "guerrilla screening" at the 16th Street BART station follows. Program also screens at Spazport in Berkeley; see separate entry 7 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. 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: Kim Ki-Duk's The Isle (Korea, 2000); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 10-16): Never mind the little man behind the curtain! It's Derrida (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman, 2002). See Opening for review. Filmmakers in person on Friday. 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.
THURSDAY: Andrei Tarkovsky's The Mirror (U.S.S.R., 1974) has two faces, the personal and the political, in a dying man's reverie 5 p.m. Tarkovsky rings the bell with his medieval epic Andrei Roublev (U.S.S.R., 1966) 1:30, 4:15, 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Andrei Roublev 5 p.m.
SATURDAY: Andei Roublev 3:30 p.m. Tarkovsky's first feature, Ivan's Childhood (U.S.S.R., 1964), about a Russian boy behind enemy lines in World War II 7 p.m. The Mirror 8:50 p.m.
SUNDAY: A Children's Film Festival screening of The Living Forest (Angel de la Cruz, Spain, 2001), about talking trees, but not the ones that march on Isengard and destroy Saruman. Spanish subtitles read aloud 1 p.m. Children's Film Festival -- three shorts, all "From South Africa" 3 p.m. The Mirror 5:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: A New Iranian Cinema series begins with Bemani (To Stay Alive, Darius Mehrjui, 2002; 7 p.m.), about the oppression of women in rural Iran, and The Exam (Nasser Refaie, 2002; 9 p.m.), about teenagers readying for a college-entry test.
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 California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Paul Justman, 2002) 7, 9:15 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 6:30 p.m. Personal Velocity (Rebecca Miller, 2002) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: A documentary about the future star of Deconstruct This! (and its less successful sequel, Deconstruct That!), Derrida (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman, 2002). See Opening for review. 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.
WEDNESDAY: Before signs, there were Crop Circles (William Gazecki, U.K., 2002) 2, 7, 9:25 p.m.
THURSDAY: Immortal vampires prowl Manhattan in The Hunger (Tony Scott, 1983) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: David Bowie prowls the planet in D.A. Pennebaker's musical documentary Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1973) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Jan. 12-15): The way voice, rhythm, and ritual connect with the spiritual is the subject of Sounds Sacred (Barbara Rick, 2001), in its local theatrical premiere. Filmmaker in person at evening screenings 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m., 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: Joel Katz's Strange Fruit (2002); see Opening for review 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Kim Ki-Duk's The Isle (Korea, 2000); see Ongoing for review. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 10-16): How do you solve a problem like Derrida (Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman, 2002)? How do you hold a moonbeam in your hands? See Opening for review. Filmmakers in person on Saturday. Call for times.
705 Bancroft, Berkeley, (800) HUM-NUMB and www.spaz.org for more information.
SUNDAY (Jan. 12): The Lost Film Fest alights here; see 924 Gilman Street entry for details 8 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Screenings of "Bay Area Now 3" documentaries continue through Jan. 12, free with gallery admission. On Wednesday, children speak freely in No Dumb Questions (Melissa Regan, 2001) and She Wants to Talk to You (Anita Chang, 2001); on Thursday, See How They Run (Emily Morse, Kelly Duane, and Tony Saxe, 2001) the 2000 mayor's race; on Friday, a roller derby queen is Demon of the Derby (Sharon Marie Rutter, 2001); on Saturday, the dot-com era's Boom! The Sound of Eviction (Francine Cavanaugh, A. Mark Liiv, Adams Wood, 2001) is recalled; on Sunday, a profile of lovely life in Livermore (Rachel Raney and David Murray, 2002).
WEDNESDAY: Film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, Wattis Artist-in-Residence, introduces and lectures on three films this week. Tonight, Abbas Kiarostami's The Wind Will Carry Us (Iran, 1999) and the short The House Is Black (Forough Farrokhzad, Iran, 1962), about a leper colony. $6 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Rosenbaum introduces the jazz film A Great Day in Harlem (Jean Bach, 1994), screening with short jazz films from 1929 to 1995. $6 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Rosenbaum introduces Orson Welles' now-popular noir Touch of Evil (1958). $6 7:30 p.m.