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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Jan. 29): Gérard Depardieu, Michel Blanc, and Philippe Noiret star in Claude Berri's drama about the immediate postwar period in a small French town, Uranus (1990) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Feb. 1): Uranus 2 p.m.


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

FRIDAY (Jan. 31): "He Who Hits First, Hits Twice," a program of political agitprop by the late Cuban director Santiago Alvarez, includes Now (1965); Cerro Pelado (1966), about the attempted participation of a Cuban sports team in a Puerto Rico competition; Hanoi Martes 13 (1967), filmed during one day of U.S. bombing; and LBJ (1968) 8 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, $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.

DAILY: John Junkerman's Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times (2003) 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.


2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143 and $7 save as noted. A winter season concludes this week for this innovatively programmed art house, which closes Sunday till further notice.

WEDNESDAY: 1960s indie filmmaker Ray Dennis Steckler, in person with Wild Guitar (1962; 7 p.m.), starring Steckler as a sleazy promoter, and Wild Ones on Wheels (1962; 9:15 p.m.), with Steckler as "Cash Flagg," biker hero. Hosted by Will the Thrill and Monica the Tiki Goddess, direct from the Parkway.

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Two films about two guys stuck deep in their ruts, Harold Ramis' comedy Groundhog Day (1993; 7 p.m.) and Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980; 8:55 p.m.; also Sun 4:20 p.m.). All work and no play; don't say you weren't warned.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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: Mira Nair's colorful Monsoon Wedding (India, 2001) screens through Feb. 9 6:15, 8:15, 10:15 p.m.


510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, 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: Ramones-obsessed teenager P.J. Soles and her friends ultimately burn down their Rock and Roll High School (Allan Arkush, Joe Dante, 1979) 8 p.m.

THURSDAY: Shaun Peterson's black comedy about relationships, Living in Missouri (2001) 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: A documentary about Wesley Willis, a popular Chicago musician with schizophrenia, The Daddy of Rock 'n Roll 8 p.m.

MONDAY: Buster Keaton's marital mix-up Seven Chances (1925) 8 p.m.

TUESDAY: Peter Jackson's underrated fantasy The Frighteners (1996) 8 p.m.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, 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: Samira Makhmalbaf's Blackboards (Iran, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 31-Feb. 6): Dana Janklowicz-Mann and Amir Mann's Shanghai Ghetto (2002). See Opening for review. Call for times. Filmmakers in person Jan. 31 and Feb. 2.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $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 UCB film history class open to the public offers an introduction to "Early Cinema" by professor Marilyn Fabe 3 p.m. A video program, "Pro/Found," with works by Brian Boyce, Jacqueline Goss, and others manipulating found sights and sounds 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A series of new prints of films from postwar Germany continues with two by Helmut Käutner, Sky Without Stars (1955; 7 p.m.), a drama of two lovers separated by the East-West line, and a retrospective of the Nazi era narrated by a car (!), In Those Days (1947; 8:30 p.m.).

FRIDAY: Two postwar German dramas of World War II -- juvenile soldiers standing at The Bridge (Bernhard Wicki, 1959; 7 p.m.) and a film about an army deserter, Kirmes (Wolfgang Staudte, 1960; 9:05 p.m.).

SATURDAY: In Hollywood, Robert Siodmak directed such key films noir as Phantom Lady and Crisscross; back in Germany, he made the noirish The Devil Strikes at Night (1957; 7 p.m.), about the hunt for a serial killer, and My Schoolmate (1960; 9:05 p.m.), whose hapless protagonist was a classmate of Hermann Goering.

SUNDAY: A Children's Film Festival screening of Help! I'm a Boy! (Oliver Dommenget, Germany, 2002), about two 11-year-olds who switch sexes. English subtitles read aloud 1 p.m. For teenagers -- the 5th Bay Area High School Fest 3 p.m. Two postwar German comedies, Aren't We Wonderful? (Kurt Hoffmann, 1958; 5:30 p.m.) and Film Without a Title (Rudolf Jugert, 1948; 7:40 p.m.).

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