Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.com). 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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
SUNDAY: Leone's underrated tour/detour of the Mexican Revolution, Duck, You Sucker (1972), with a new ending "not seen in the U.S." promised 2:30, 6, 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: A double bill of Leone's spaghettis that started it all, A Fistful of Dollars (1964; 7 p.m.) and For a Few Dollars More (1966; 9:10 p.m.).
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (Dec. 20): The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org for most programs, www.othercinema.com for Saturday evening programs. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 17): "The Cutter's Christmas Ball" screens shorts with an emphasis on editing from students at the Academy of Art College 8 p.m.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY (Dec. 18 & 19): "The destructive nature of consumer culture" is explored in Surplus: Terrorized Into Being Consumers (Erik Gandini, Sweden, video, 1989), screening as a benefit for Argentina's Independent Media Center and for Whispered Media 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Dec. 20): A program of "New Experimental Works" includes Martha Colburn's premiere Secrets of Mexuality, plus David Duhig's Rhythm Changes, Melinda Stone's No Olvidados, Iffy Scam's Nostalgia, and more 8:30 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
FRIDAY (Dec. 19): The Billy Wilder/Charles Brackett-scripted Midnight (Mitchell Leisen, 1939) is a nice reworking of Cinderella with Claudette Colbert, John Barrymore as the Fairy Godfather, and Don Ameche as (not my first choice) Prince Charming 7, 9 p.m.
SUNDAY (Dec. 21): Singin' in the Rain 5 p.m.Midnight 7:15 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A new print of Federico Fellini's "Rimini Graffiti," I Vitelloni (Italy, 1954), an autobiographical film about the prolonged adolescence of young men in a small town. See Ongoing for review 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: "A Hed-Wigged Out Xmas" -- A meet-and-greet reception for John Cameron Mitchell and his angry inch 5:30 p.m., followed by a gala featuring Mitchell's reading of Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory," live music, and a screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Mitchell, 2002) 7:30 p.m., is a benefit for the Stop AIDS Project. Advance tix available at 863-0611 or firstname.lastname@example.org; prices are $27.50 for the gala, $50 for the reception plus the gala.
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.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed. No films scheduled until Dec. 26.
LA PEÑA CULTURAL CENTER
3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, www.lapena.org. This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings.
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 17): A dedicated Communist youth befriends a gay artist in the Cuban breakthrough Strawberry and Chocolate (Tomas Gutierrez Alea, 1994), a benefit screening for SF-Bay Area Friendshipment/Pastors for Peace. $8-15 7 p.m.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater; for the rest of the Lumiere schedule, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Yossi & Jagger (Eytan Fox, Israel, 2002); see Ongoing for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.
Action Theater, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), Second Floor, 369-6098 for venue and www.thenorthface.com for event information.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. 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.
THURSDAY: More warm family dramas guided by Ozu's firm hand and lucid filmmaking, Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952; 4:45, 9:40 p.m.) and Equinox Flower (1958; 9:15 p.m.).
FRIDAY: Ozu -- Two siblings deal with an ailing father in both Tokyo Twilight (1957; 7 p.m.) and The Munekata Sisters (1950; 9:40 p.m.), the latter made at a different studio than Shochiku and starring non-Ozu actors Kinuyo Tanaka and Hideko Takamine.
SATURDAY: Ozu -- A comedy about obstreperous kids, Good Morning (1959; 2, 7 p.m.), a remake of 1932's I Was Born, But..., screening with Late Autumn (1960; 4, 8:15 p.m.), with Ozu regular Setsuko Hara, constantly married off in earlier Ozu films and now trying to marry off her own daughter.
SUNDAY: The Ozu series and the PFA's 2003 calendar conclude with Floating Weeds (1959; 2:30, 7:35 p.m.), a remake of the director's 1934 comedy-drama about traveling actors, and The End of Summer (1961, 5:30 p.m.), about a sake-brewing family facing death.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
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 (Dec. 18): Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam, U.K., 1975) screens as a benefit for the Midnight Special Law Collective, which coordinates legal defenses for WTO and war protesters. $7 6:30, 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), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $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 love triangle in 1930s Budapest lasts until wartime in Rolf Schübel's Gloomy Sunday (Germany, 2000) 6:30, 8:50 p.m. Cynthia Wade's Shelter Dogs (2003) 7, 8:40 p.m.Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tom Peosay, 2003) 6:45 p.m. Gwyneth is Sylvia (Christine Jeffs, 2003) 9 p.m.See Ongoing for reviews.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Gloomy Sunday, Shelter Dogs, and Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion continue. Call for times.
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 & THURSDAY: Helen Stickler's Stoked (2003) looks at the rise and fall of skater Gator 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Girls run wild in Catherine Hardwicke's Thirteen (2003) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt's handpicked The Animation Show (2003) mixes up classics, new computer animation, new films by Hertzfeldt, and more 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY: Ron Fricke's Baraka (1992) tours the world in search of wonder 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Cynthia Wade's Shelter Dogs (2003); see Ongoing for review 6:15, 9:30 p.m.
SF LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555, www.sfgaycenter.org. Free to members, $5 donation for nonmembers.
MONDAY (Dec. 22): "Legendary Lesbian" activists and partners Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon are profiled in No Secrets Anymore! (JEB, 2003), screening at 4, 6:30 p.m. with Martin and Lyon in person at 5 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. The theater has begun to program works by Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray with Hollywood classics.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Satyajit Ray adapts Ibsen in his version of An Enemy of the People (1989; 7:30 p.m.), screening with Frank Capra's homespun variant Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939; 5:10, 9:20 p.m.).
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: A man claiming to be a long-lost uncle descends upon a rich family in Ray's The Stranger (1980; /i>3:25, 7:30 p.m.), screening with Joseph Cotton as Uncle Charlie descending upon Santa Rosa in Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943; 5:35, 9:40 p.m.).
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
2691 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Dec. 19 & 20): The latest installment of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation. $9 8:30, 10:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Dec. 19): "Ten Perfect Moments," a series of highlights from 10 years of the YBC's screenings, concludes with Abolfazl Jalili's Delbaran (Iran, 2002), about an Afghan refugee's new life in a small town 7, 9 p.m.
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