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 & THURSDAY: Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark (Russia, 2002) 6:30, 8:30 p.m. Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Ownership of a Portuguese hotel binds three sisters together against their sister-in-law in the Dutch comedy Zus & Zo (This and That, Paula van der Oest, 2002) 7, 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (André Heller, Othmar Schmiderer, Austria, 2002); see Opening for review. Russian Ark and Rabbit-Proof Fence continue. Call theater for show times.
SUNDAY: A "Beyond Borders" series of films for children (over 10 years old, in this case) continues with In Desert and Wilderness (Gavin Hood, Poland, 2002), about two kids kidnapped by Egyptian rebels in 1890. In Polish; English translation available over earphones 1 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.
THURSDAY: Naomi Watts is threatened by ominous forces in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive (2001) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Naomi Watts is threatened by an anonymous videotape in The Ring (Gore Verbinski, 2002) 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:25 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Michelle Blair's documentary about bulimia, Inside Out (2002), with director in person for evening screenings 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (March 4 & 5): A. Sandler gets KO'd in P.T. Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love (2002) 7:15, 9:20 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.
SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE
S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut (at Jones), 822-2885, www.sfcinematheque.org. $7 save as noted. The San Francisco Cinematheque specializes in avant-garde, historical, and experimental films at venues around the Bay Area, including the Yerba Buena Center (see separate entry).
SUNDAY (March 2): "Graphic Sonic," a program of music-inspired short films, screens works cut to music by the likes of Arthur Honegger and Richard Wagner, including Jean Mitry's Pacific 23, Konrad Steiner's Devil Egged, Len Lye's Free Radicals, and Harold Becker's Blind Gary Davis (to be distinguished from California's Blind Gray Davis) 7:30 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 28-March 6): Gus Van Sant's Gerry (2003); see Opening for review. Call for times.
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 & THURSDAY: The young, hyperactive James Cagney sparkles in two of his early vehicles, Blonde Crazy (Roy Del Ruth, 1931; 7:30 p.m.) -- as a hotel con artist/bellhop in league with Joan Blondell -- and as a pro-union cabbie in Taxi! (Del Ruth, 1932; 6:10, 9 p.m.), with Loretta Young.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Two of Orson Welles' lesser-known films from the era of Kane and Lady From Shanghai, respectively. Journey Into Fear (Norman Foster, 1942; 6:05, 9:20 p.m.) is a baroque potboiler that's the only Mercury production at RKO besides Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, with glints of ghost-director Welles' style (he's also a sinister cop). The Stranger (Welles, 1946; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 4:20 p.m.) was the director's most conventional film, with Welles as a Fascist hiding out in a New England boy's school. Hollywood stars Edward G. Robinson and Loretta Young play their usual selves; Welles' choice, Agnes Moorehead, would have been more inspired casting in Robinson's role as a determined detective.
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, Annika 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, Olofsson's You Need Her and You Want Her Golden Hair. Free with gallery admission 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY (Feb. 26): The S.F. Jewish Film Festival screens Late Summer Blues (Renen Schorr, Israel, 1987), about high school graduates spending their last summer together before the 1970 army draft. $7 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Feb. 27): A Noise Pop festival screening of music films -- If I Should Fall From Grace: The Shane MacGowan Story (Sarah Share, Ireland, 2000), on the Pogues frontman, plus Johnny Cash singing a song by Trent Reznor, Hurt (Mark Romanek, 2003). $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Feb. 28): Noise Pop -- Two hourlong music docs, Beautiful Frenzy (Christina Hallström and Mandra Wabäck, Netherlands/Sweden, 2001), on the Dutch quintet the Ex, and Silver Rockets/Kool Thing: 20 Years of Sonic Youth (Christoph Dreher, Germany, 2002). $7 7:30 p.m.
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