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.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (Jan. 10): Les Bronzés 2 p.m.
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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.
SATURDAY (Jan. 10): The Zag Men offer an original soundtrack of "metal-improv dissonance" to a re-edited version (scenes reversed, footage cut) of Paul Leni's landmark Universal horror film The Man Who Laughs (1928) 8 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
FRIDAY (Jan. 9): Frank Capra's road-movie love story It Happened One Night (1934) 7, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 10): A sexless love story, and thus a long-standing favorite, Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945) 7, 9 p.m.
SUNDAY (Jan. 11): Brief Encounter 5 p.m. It Happened One Night 7 p.m.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com, $8 for regular screenings, $8.50 for Berlin & Beyond screenings 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: A new print of Francis Ford Coppola's parti-colored musical One From the Heart (1982). See Ongoing for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: The annual Berlin & Beyond festival of German-language films (from Germany, Austria, and/or Switzerland, save as noted) opens with Margarethe von Trotta's true story of German women fighting to save their Jewish husbands, Rosenstrasse (Germany, 2003). Opening Night Party $25 6:30 p.m. Film only $10 8 p.m.
FRIDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- When the Right One Comes Along (Paulus and Hillebrand) 7 p.m. This Very Moment (Hochhäusler) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- Marry Me (Eggert and Gaulke) noon. A Little Bit of Freedom (Yavuz) 2:30 p.m. 7 Brothers (Winkels) 5 p.m. Distant Lights (Schmid) 7:30 p.m. Devot (Zaritzki) 10 p.m.
SUNDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- The Flying Classroom (Wigand) 11 a.m. Poem (Schmerberg) 1:30 p.m. Wolfsburg (Petzold) 4 p.m. Free Radicals (Albert) 6:30 p.m. Angst (Roehler) 9:15 p.m.
MONDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- Wim Wenders' concert film about the German rock band BAP, Ode to Cologne 1 p.m. Dennis James performs an original live organ score for the silent classic The Last Laugh (F.W. Murnau, 1924), a purely visual film (one title card) about the fall and rise of hotel porter Emil Jannings. $10 7 p.m. Return of the Tüdelband (Huckeriede) 9 p.m.
TUESDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- Twinni noon.Liberated Zone (Baumgarten) 2 p.m. Lucky Jack (Liechti) 4:30 p.m. Going Home (Lukacevic, Germany/Croatia) 7 p.m. Talk Straight (Hick) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (Jan. 11): The Exploratorium celebrates its ongoing "Journey to Mars" exhibit with Georges Méliès' now century-old classic A Trip to the Moon (France, 1903), with live musical accompaniment by Nik Phelps. Other short films TBA 3 p.m.
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 (Closed Monday): Blake Edwards' original The Pink Panther (1964) screens through Jan. 18 6:15, 8:15 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:15 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. 8): Celebrate Elvis' 69th birthday with his most enjoyable film, Viva Las Vegas (George Sidney, 1964), with Ann-Margret, plus trailers, an Elvis look-alike contest, and more. $6 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.
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