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.
We're interested in your film or video event. Please send materials at least two weeks in advance to: Film Editor, SF Weekly, 185 Berry, Suite 3800, San Francisco, CA 94107.
111 MINNA GALLERY
111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 864-0660 and www.microcinema.com for information on this program. $5.
MONDAY (Jan. 26): The Ninth Season Premiere of the monthly "Independent Exposure Screening Series" offers 10 "uniquely diverse" films and videos, including Jeffrey Charles' Oh China! (Oakland), Jossie Malis' I Am Not Sleepy (Spain), and David Fenster's Post Apocalypse Now (Los Angeles) 8 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 23-29): The Same River Twice (Robb Moss, 2003); see Opening for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
SATURDAY (Jan. 24): Tenue de Soirée 2 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
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.
FRIDAY (Jan. 23): An "Open Screening" for new masterworks and your film too, first come, first shown. Arrive early for registration. $4 8 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
FRIDAY (Jan. 23): It's a weekend of dubious ladies with, first up, Barbara Stanwyck as a cardsharp who takes Henry Fonda in more ways than one in Preston Sturges' classic The Lady Eve (1941) 7, 9 p.m.
SUNDAY (Jan. 25): The Lady Eve 5 p.m. The Lady From Shanghai 7 p.m. Separate admission.
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: A two-week Noir City festival of the dark cinema of the 1940s and '50s continues with two W. Somerset Maugham adaptations, The Letter (William Wyler, 1940; 1, 4, 9 p.m. ) and Christmas Holiday (Robert Siodmak, 1943; 3, 7 p.m. ). The former is a plantation melodrama with Bette Davis (what noir? what city?), the latter a rarity, a sleazy and disturbing genuine noir, despite (mostly musical) stars Gene Kelly and Deanna Durbin.
THURSDAY: Noir City -- Loretta Young's The Accused (William Dieterle, 1949; 7 p.m.) in a campus murder, while Joan Bennett tries to cover for her daughter's crime in Max Ophuls' excellent The Reckless Moment (1949; 9:15 p.m. ).
FRIDAY: Noir City -- Two Technicolor noirs, with Gene Tierney as a killer in Leave Her to Heaven (John Stahl, 1946; 7 p.m. ), a favorite of Scorsese, plus Desert Fury (Lewis Allen, 1947; 9:30 p.m. ), a multiangled love affair among Lizabeth Scott, Burt Lancaster, John Hodiak, Mary Astor, and Wendell Corey.
SUNDAY: Noir City -- Barbara Stanwyck is a Witness to Murder (Roy Rowland, 1954; 1:15, 5:10, 9:20 p.m.), while a helpless (???) Joan Crawford is targeted by Jack Palance in Sudden Fear (David Miller, 1952; 3, 7 p.m. ).
MONDAY: Noir City -- Stanwyck marries Sterling Hayden and lives to regret it in Crime of Passion (Gerd Oswald, 1957; 7 p.m. ), while stage star Rosalind Russell executes her producer with The Velvet Touch (John Gage, 1948; 9 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): Zhang Yimou's Raise the Red Lantern (China, 1991) screens through Feb. 15 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:45 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: Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers (Japan, 2003). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
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.
WEDNESDAY: A UCB film history class open to the public offers an "Introduction to Film Language" by professor Marilyn Fabe 3 p.m. "They Might Be Giants," a series of historically important video works, opens with a program from the collective Ant Farm, including The Cadillac Ranch Show (1974/1994), Media Burn (1975), and The Eternal Frame (1975), plus clips. Video artists Chip Lord and Hudson Marquez in person 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A series of films by Swedish pioneer Victor Sjöström continues with The Sea Vultures (1916), about smugglers, and Terje Vigen (1917), an adaptation from Ibsen's poem about a sailor violating a naval blockade to feed his family 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: A parallel series of films by tough-guy auteur Anthony Mann screens the excellent The Furies (1950; 7 p.m.), with rancher Barbara Stanwyck challenging dad Walter Huston, plus a minor noir, Side Street (1950; 9:10 p.m.), with Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell as the outlaw and his wife.
SATURDAY: More Mann -- A disturbing and still-timely noir about illegal immigrants, Border Incident (1949; 7 p.m. ) and a delirious French Revolution noir, The Black Book (1949; 8:50 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: More Sjöström -- The surviving fragment of The Kiss of Death (Sweden, 1916), followed by the celebrated The Outlaw and His Wife (Sweden, 1918), about two fugitives from society. Sjöström stars in both 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
TUESDAY: "Double-Edged Sword," a program of found-footage films including Mary Beth Reed's Montessori Sword Fight 7:30 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. 22): Ann-Margret steals Bye Bye Birdie (George Sidney, 1963) from nominal stars Dick Van Dyke and Janet Leigh in this hybrid of an old Hollywood musical and a spoof of rock 'n' roll. Plus a live onstage dance contest. $6 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (Jan. 27): Two educational videos screen as a benefit for the Lesbian Health Research Center, Viva la Vulva: Women's Sex Organs Revealed and Celebrating Orgasm: Women's Private Self-loving Sessions. $6 6:30 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.
THURSDAY: A three-week Sunday/Thursday series of films devoted to Cary Grant's "Century of Elegance" continues with his sterling early support for Mae West in She Done Him Wrong (Lowell Sherman, 1933), screening with the all-star Technicolor short Pirate Party on Catalina Island (Gene Burdette, 1935) 7 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Robb Moss' The Same River Twice (2003); see Opening for review. Call for times.
SUNDAY: Cary Grant's "A Century of Elegance" -- Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946) finds Grant at his most cold and ruthless in a highly influential tale of espionage 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Andy Goldsworthy sculpts with leaves, dirt, twigs, and ice in Thomas Riedelsheimer's still-popular documentary Rivers and Tides (U.K., 2001) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 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 more 8:45 p.m.; also Wed 4 p.m., with a separate-admission screening of Charlie Chaplin's still-brilliant satire Modern Times (1936) at 7 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. See Ongoing for review.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Two documentaries on a French fashion legend, YSL: His Life and Times (6:15, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:45 p.m.), an overview of Yves St. Laurent's career, and YSL: 5 Avenue Marceau (8 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1, 4:30 p.m.), 60 days inside his salon. Both films were directed by David Teboul. See Opening for review.
TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 27-29): Fashion frolics continue -- YSL: His Life and Times 6:15, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2:45 p.m. YSL: 5 Avenue Marceau 8 p.m.; also Wed 1, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Jan. 23): The annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival's Benefit/Launch Party offers live music and short film screenings in anticipation of the February fest 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
FRIDAY (Jan. 23): "Unnatural Born Killers," a series devoted to serial killers, screens Danny Lee's true-life Dr. Lamb (Hong Kong, 1992; 7 p.m.), with Simon Yam, and the stylized Tell Me Something (Chang Yoon-Hyun, Korea, 2000; 9 p.m.). $7.
Join My Voice Nation for free stuff, film info & more!
Find everything you're looking for in your city
Find the best happy hour deals in your city
Get today's exclusive deals at savings of anywhere from 50-90%
Check out the hottest list of places and things to do around your city