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 p.m.; also Wed 9 p.m. Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (André Heller, Othmar Schmiderer, Austria, 2002) 8:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Rafael's AFT series concludes with Jean Genet's tale of two murderous servants, based on a true incident, The Maids (Christopher Miles, 1975), with Glenda Jackson and Susannah York 7, 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Mark Moskowitz's Stone Reader (2002), about a fan's search for a favorite author. See Page 62 for full review. Call 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.
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: Academy Award-nominated documentary Daughter From Danang (Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco, 2002; Wed & Sat 4, 8 p.m.; Thurs, Fri, Mon, & Tues 8 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.) screens with Randall Wright's documentary David Hockney: Secret Knowledge (U.K., 2002; Wed & Sat 2, 6:30, 9:30 p.m.; Thurs, Fri, Mon, & Tues 6:30, 9:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.). Danang filmmakers in person Friday evening. See Ongoing for reviews.
SUNDAY (March 23): The Roxie's 11th annual "Up the Oscars" bash, featuring a live screening of this year's Academy Awards. $15. Doors open 4:40 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: Im Kwon-Taek's Chihwaseon (Painted Fire, Korea, 2000); see Ongoing for more. Call for times.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (March 21-27): Lee Hirsch's Amandla! (South Africa, 2002). See Ongoing 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 still-potent (as it were) The Story of Temple Drake (Stephen Roberts, 1933; 7:30 p.m.) was the Pre-Code equivalent to Irréversible, and still might raise hackles among the Stanford's family audience. Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, and Bette Davis are Three on a Match (Mervyn LeRoy, 1932; 6:15, 8:55 p.m.) in a good women's drama -- then as now, men are no damn good. Look for a Lifetime remake soon!
FRIDAY: An original nitrate print of one of the original films noirs, The Glass Key (Frank Tuttle, 1942; 7:30 p.m.), starring the short-and-shorter team of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, screens with the excellent domestic noir Pitfall (Andre de Toth, 1948; 5:50, 9:10 p.m.), the period equivalent to Fatal Attraction.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Two classic films noirs, John Huston's fatalistic (of course) The Asphalt Jungle (1950; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 4:05 p.m.), and the so fatalistic it's nihilistic Detour (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945; 6:10, 9:35 p.m.) -- the Citizen Kane of movies shot in a week (if that).
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $6 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.
THURSDAY (March 20): The S.F. Cinematheque screens Ramon Gieling's The Prisoners of Buñuel (2002), about contemporary reactions by villagers to Luis Buñuel's documentary Land Without Bread (Spain, 1932), which presented their region as hellish and their folk as stunted. The U.S.-release version of Buñuel's film will also screen as well as his still-famed surrealist short Un Chien Andalou (1929). Filmmakers in person. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (March 21): "Dirty Poole," a series of films by gay adult movie director Wakefield Poole, concludes with an experimental docudrama, Take One (1977) 7, 9 p.m.
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