Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The restored Civil War western The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966); Francis Ford Coppola's quasi-musical One From the Heart (1982); Gloomy Sunday (Rolf Schübel, Germany, 2000); The Station Agent (Thomas McCarthy, 2003); Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Tom Peosay, 2003). Call for times. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: Gloomy Sunday, The Station Agent, and Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion continue. Call for times.
SUNDAY (Jan. 11): "Beyond Borders," a monthly series of international family films, screens the English-language Tom and Thomas (Esme Lammers, Netherlands/U.K., 2002), about the adventures of a pair of twins. Sean Bean stars as Dad 1 p.m. A three-week Sunday/Thursday series of films devoted to Cary Grant's "Century of Elegance" begins with the triangular The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940), with Grant trying to thaw his frosty ex-wife Katharine Hepburn with an assist from James Stewart 7 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Olivier Assayas essays torture by video game in his experimental horror film Demonlover (2003) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 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: Duncan Roy's AKA (U.K., 2003); see Ongoing for review 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 9-15): AKA continues at 8:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 4 p.m. with a separate-admission screening of Charlie Chaplin's still-brilliant satire Modern Times (1936) at 7 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater, 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sffs.org. A monthly series of screenings in conjunction with the ongoing exhibit "Reprocessing Information" continues. $15.
THURSDAY (Jan. 8): Harvey Keitel has his eye on Romy Schneider in Bertrand Tavernier's intelligent speculation about a death-obsessed media of the near future, Deathwatch (U.K., 1980), even closer to coming true now than it was two decades ago 7 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Jan. 9 & 10): The latest installment of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation continues weekend screenings through Jan. 31. $9 8:30, 10:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Jan. 9): "Unnatural Born Killers," a series devoted to serial killers, opens with a low-budget exploitation film, The Sadist (James Landis, 1963; 7 p.m. ), with Arch Hall Jr. terrorizing tourists, and Sinisa Dragin's Every Day God Kisses Us on the Mouth (Romania, 2001; 9 p.m. ), a promising-sounding, artistically ambitious film about an ex-prisoner's slide into madness. $7.
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