WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Polar Express (Robert Zemeckis, 2004). See Ongoing for review 5, 7 p.m.; also Thurs 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
1572 California (at Polk), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. One of this multiplex's screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For other Lumiere programs, see our Showtimes page. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Short Cut to Nirvana (Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day, 2004). See Ongoing for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 17-23): A Tale of Two Sisters (Kim Jee-woon, Korea, 2003). Filmmakers in person at all Friday shows and Sunday evening shows. See Opening for review. Call for times.
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.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. See Ongoing for review.
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), 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: Lightning in a Bottle (Antoine Fuqua, 2004) 6:30 p.m. See Ongoing for review.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Callas Forever (Franco Zeffirelli, Spain, 2002) 7, 9:15 p.m. Short Cut to Nirvana (Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day, 2004) 6:45, 9 p.m. Vera Drake (Mike Leigh, U.K., 2004) 8:50 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
STARTS FRIDAY: The Sea Inside (Alejandro Amenábar , Spain, 2004) and A Tale of Two Sisters (Kim Jee-woon, Korea, 2003); see Opening for reviews. Call for times.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
THURSDAY: The other James Stewart-Kim Novak film of 1958, Bell, Book and Candle, Richard Quine's lightly amusing supernatural comedy 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Meyer Baba: Avatar of the Age (Irwin Luck, 1989) tells of the life of the spiritual leader 7:30, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
STARTS FRIDAY: Tsai Ming-Liang's ode to an old movie house, Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Taiwan, 2003). See Opening for review 6, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4 p.m.
DAILY (closed Wednesday): "Glamour in Context," a program of short films Thurs & Fri 2:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1 p.m.; Mon & Tues 2:30 p.m. "Roy Lichtenstein in Context" Thurs & Fri 3 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1 p.m.; Mon & Tues 3 p.m.
SATURDAY (Dec. 18): A program of the videos of Mary Lucier presents an hourlong screening of her works from "The 1980s: Landscapes" 4 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers wonder Shall We Dance (Mark Sandrich, 1937; 7:30 p.m.) to the tune of a great Gershwin score. Astaire was unhappily teamed with nondancing youngster Joan Fontaine in the otherwise pleasant A Damsel in Distress (George Stevens, 1937; 5:40, 9:30 p.m.), also scored by the Gershwins.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 17-23): James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan are dueling leather-goods shop employees in Ernst Lubitsch's great romance The Shop Around the Corner (1940; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:50 p.m.), screening with the holiday perennial Miracle on 34th Street (Henry Koster, 1947; 5:40, 9:20 p.m.). It's about Santa (Edmund Gwenn), he claims.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The 2004 edition of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation screens every weekend through Dec. 25. $9 7:30, 9:30 p.m., midnight.
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 15): The "Youthlink Media Showcase" presents a program of new videos by Bay Area teens. Free; first come, first seated 7:30 p.m.
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