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) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.
STARTS FRIDAY: Zhang Yimou's latest, House of Flying Daggers (China, 2004). See Opening for review. Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
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.
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 15): Films from City College's advanced editing class screen in "College City Movie Mash." All films in glorious 16mm. $3 8 p.m.
FRIDAY (Dec. 17): Videos, animation, and installations from City College screen in "rough cuts AT A glance." $3. Reception 7 p.m., screenings 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Dec. 18): Other Cinema concludes its fall season with "Avant to Live," new experimental works from local filmmakers including Marshall Weber's Requiem for a Dying Planet, Aaron Valdez's Big Screen Version, Ben Folstein's Attack of the Fisher Cat, and more. See www.othercinema.com for more info 8:30 p.m.
3010 Geary (at Blake), 751-3213, www.bridgetheatre.com. This popular little theater offers, as a break from its regular screenings (see Showtimes for listings), two weeks of "The Films of 1939" to mark its 65th anniversary. $8; $50 series pass available.
WEDNESDAY: "The Films of 1939" includes the last of the original RKO Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals, the biopic The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (H.C. Potter) featuring the popular early-20th-century dances the Grizzly Bear, the Bunny Hug, and the Castle Walk 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. agree that Sam Jaffe's Indian water boy Gunga Din (George Stevens) is a better man than they in this British Imperial spectacle, soon to be remade with Tony Blair in the title role 1, 4, 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: An all-female cast of b-words and by inference even l-words in George Cukor's catty version of Clare Booth's play The Women. Live shows at both evening screenings by performers from the drag queen cabaret club night "Trannyshack" 1, 4, 7 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): A "Midnight Mass" screening of the well-post-1939 Gothic What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Robert Aldrich, 1962), with Bette Davis (star of Dark Victory) tormenting Joan Crawford (The Women). Also, Peaches Christ in person with Whatever Happened to Peaches Christ? (2004), the real reason (not gay marriages) the red states are so red midnight.
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.
THURSDAY: The Gay Men's Chorus performs its traditional "Home for the Holidays" concert. See www.sfgmc.org for more information 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: Mark Huestis presents "A Judy Garland Christmas" with Connie Champagne performing as Judy, more live music, and the beloved classic Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944). Child star Margaret O'Brien in person. $27.50 7 p.m.
STARTS SATURDAY: No new schedule has been announced as of press time. Call for program.
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): Henry Koster's Christmas perennial The Bishop's Wife (1946), with Cary Grant as an angel, screens through Dec. 26 at 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.
JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
1835 Ellis (between Scott and Pierce), 567-3327 ext. 704, www.bjesf.org. This facility, located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, is operated by the Bureau of Jewish Education and is to be distinguished from the Jewish Community Library on 14th Avenue.
549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater has reopened with a policy mixing new and repertory programming. $8.
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.
FRIDAY (Dec. 17): A series of the video films of Nigeria's Tunde Kelani concludes with Gong of Taboo (2003), a political satire involving dance, chants, children's rhymes, rituals, and farce. $8 7:30 p.m.
A newly restored San Jose movie palace, the California, reopens with a weeklong screening of Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942), Saturday through Thursday, Dec. 18-23; see www.stanfordtheatre.org or call (650) 324-3700 for more information.
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