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FRIDAY: Ray's big-budget life of Christ (Jeffrey Hunter), King of Kings (1961), left him shut out of the editing room, to this beautifully shot film's detriment 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Nicholas Ray's last two fully realized projects, the fine war film Bitter Victory (1958; 4:30, 8:50 p.m. ), and The Savage Innocents (1960; 7 p.m.), with Anthony Quinn "the Eskimo."

SUNDAY: One of Douglas Sirk's best melodramas, There's Always Tomorrow (1956; 5:30 p.m.), with grown-ups Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck instead of the usual Rock Hudson.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: "Meditations on Revolution," a program of shorts by Robert Fenz. Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $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 (June 12): "Porn Orchestra Live!" offers live music improvised to a variety of short sex films. $8 9:15 p.m.

SUNDAY (June 15): This year's San Francisco State Film Finals offers a selection of good to excellent shorts by SFSU's cinema students. $5 3 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, $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now officially the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A spelling bee leaves kids Spellbound (Jeff Blitz, 2003) 8:40 p.m.; also Thurs 6:30 p.m. Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002) 7, 9 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

WEDNESDAY: A Wednesday and Sunday Greta Garbo series continues with her Anna Christie (Clarence Brown, 1930), drawn from Eugene O'Neill 7 p.m. A screening of Matthew Barney's Cremaster cycle continues with Cremaster 4 (1994) and Cremaster 5 (1997) 6:45 p.m.

THURSDAY: Barney's three-hour Cremaster 3 (2002) 7:15 p.m. See Ongoing for review.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

SUNDAY: Greta Garbo in one of her best roles, Queen Christina (Rouben Mamoulian, 1933), opposite John Gilbert 7 p.m.


1534 Fillmore (at Geary), 771-9271 and for this series. This site hosts a program from the fifth annual San Francisco Black Film Festival. $9.

THURSDAY (June 12): The World According to John Coltrane 7 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: We Interrupt This Empire ... (2003), a film by San Francisco video activists on various Iraq war topics, including protests, profiteering, and media coverage. Q&A after evening screenings 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: This year's San Francisco State Film Finals 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Dark doings on Mars comprise the animated Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Shinichiro Watanabe, Japan, 2001) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: The Palestinian comedy Divine Intervention (Elia Suleiman, 2003) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (June 17 & 18): Dark doings in Florida in the year 2000 are Unprecedented (Ray Perez, Joan Sekler, 2002) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The world theatrical premiere of David Anspaugh's Wisegirls (2002), a Mafia comedy with Mira Sorvino, Mariah Carey, and Melora Walters. See Ongoing for more 6, 8, 10 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Manito (Eric Eason, 2003), about a struggling Latino family 6:30, 8 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2 p.m. See Opening for review. Wisegirls continues at 9:30 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 4 p.m.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $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 Stanford commemorates Bob Hope's 100th birthday with a three-week series of his films, continuing with Never Say Die (Elliott Nugent, 1939; 7:30 p.m. ), with script contributions from no less than Preston Sturges, and the pre-wartime draft comedy Caught in the Draft (David Butler, 1941; 5:55, 9 p.m. ).

FRIDAY: Bob Hope -- Nothing But the Truth (Nugent, 1941; 7:30 p.m. ), screening with Crosby and Lamour in The Road to Rio (Norman Z. McLeod, 1947; 5:40, 9:10 p.m.).

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Hope's early scare comedy The Cat and the Canary (Nugent, 1939; 4:35, 7:30 p.m. ) and My Favorite Blonde (Sidney Lanfield, 1942; 6, 8:55 p.m.), who is Madeleine Carroll, a long way from The 39 Steps.



2430 Third St. (between 20th and 22nd streets), 824-7334, $8. This shagadelic venue screens vintage films in 16mm.

FRIDAY (June 13): Two TV movies from the 1970s, Dan Curtis' Trilogy of Terror (1975), three short tales featuring Karen Black battling with a "a bloodthirsty voodoo doll," screening with Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (John Newland, 1973), about newlyweds Kim Darby and Jim Hutton, "whose suburban home encases a well of malignant realtors," excuse me, "trolls" 9 p.m.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $6. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.

DAILY: Continuous-loop screenings of three DVDs, part of the visual arts exhibition "Time After Time: Asia and Our Moment," run through July 13 -- From China, Chinese Utopia and Living Elsewhere, plus Haunted Houses, on Thai soap operas 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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