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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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (Feb. 1): Uranus 2 p.m.
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.
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, 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.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143 and www.fineartscinema.com. $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, 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: Mira Nair's colorful Monsoon Wedding (India, 2001) screens through Feb. 9 6:15, 8:15, 10:15 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, 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.
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 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.).
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 (Jan. 31): Sean Connery takes on Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton, 1964) 8 p.m.
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. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
THURSDAY (Jan. 30): Ray Dennis Steckler, tributed Wednesday at the Fine Arts, celebrates his birthday at the Parkway by screening his Batman satire Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1967), Goofs on the Loose (1960), and The Lemon Grove Kids Go Hollywood (1967). $7 9:15 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 California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY: "For Your Consideration," a series screening Best Foreign Film nominees from several countries, shows the Czech comedy Wild Bees (Bohdan Sláma, 2001) 7 p.m. A French-Canadian comedy-adventure about a womanizing cameraman, Soft Shell Man (André Turpin, 2001) 9:15 p.m. Also, Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 6:30 p.m. Doris Dörrie's Naked (Nackt) (Germany, 2002) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
THURSDAY: Wild Bees 7 p.m. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Paul Justman, 2002); see Ongoing for review 9 p.m. Rabbit-Proof Fence 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Rivers and Tides 6:30 p.m. Naked (Nackt) 8:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Lost in La Mancha (Keith Fulton, Luis Pepe, U.K., 2002) and Shanghai Ghetto (Dana Janklowicz-Mann, Amir Mann, 2002); see Opening for reviews. Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Rabbit-Proof Fence, and Rivers and Tides continue. Call theater for times.
SUNDAY: "Beyond Borders," an international children's series, screens Long Live the Queen! (Esmé Lammers, Netherlands, 1995), about a young girl who thinks her unknown father is a chess champion. English subtitles read over earphones 1 p.m. A weekly Pre-Code Hollywood series introduced by Mick LaSalle begins with Ernst Lubitsch's witty and delightful The Smiling Lieutenant (1931), screening in an archival print 7 p.m.
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 THROUGH SATURDAY: American Mullet (Jennifer Arnold, 2002) documents the history of a truly awful hairstyle 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m., Sat 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Feb. 4 & 5): Matt Ehling's Urban Warrior (2002) documents the incursion of military battle techniques into American cities 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also 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.
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: 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 Feb. 1.
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: A pair of tough early noirs, with the tiny pair of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake -- This Gun for Hire (Frank Tuttle, 1942; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:10 p.m.) and The Blue Dahlia (George Marshall, 1946; 5:40, 9:05 p.m.).
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
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. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: Continuous loop screenings by Swedish video artists through April 13 -- On Wednesdays, Annka Ström's The Artist Live; on Thursdays, Ström's Ten New Love Songs; on Fridays, Anneè Olofsson's Ricochet and The Thrill Is Gone; on Saturdays, Annika Larsson's Cigar; on Sundays, Larsson's 40-15; on Tuesdays, Anneè Olofsson's You Need Her and You Want Her Golden Hair. Free with gallery admission 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
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