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) 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.
ONGOING: Zhang Yimou's latest, House of Flying Daggers (China, 2004). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.castrotheatresf.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.
FRIDAY: Life is a Cabaret in Bob Fosse's 1972 adaptation of the Kander-Ebb musical, due for a remake in Bush-era America 2, 4:30, 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: The Wizard of Baz production of Moulin Rouge! (Luhrmann, 2001) makes Jim Broadbent feel like a virgin -- perfect for the new year 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:35 p.m.
SUNDAY: Musicals continue with the Robert Wise/Jerome Robbins social work of West Side Story (1961) 1, 4:15, 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Lindsay Anderson's innovative musical satire of 1970s Britain, O Lucky Man! (1973), follows Malcolm McDowell across a dysfunctional state. Here's a forgotten film due for rediscovery 7:30 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: Zhang Yimou's visually stunning Hero (China, 2002) screens through Jan. 16 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.
3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Tsai Ming-Liang's ode to an old movie house, Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Taiwan, 2003) 8 p.m.; also Wed 2:30 p.m. Tarnation (Jonathan Caouette, 2004) 6:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 4:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
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: French cinéaste Catherine Breillat goes the Day for Night route regarding the making of her coldly erotic films with the patently autobiographical Sex Is Comedy (France, 2002). See Ongoing for review 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:40, 9:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for title and 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 & THURSDAY: Insider sex researcher Kinsey (Bill Condon, 2004) 1:30, 4, 6:30, 9 p.m. Outsider artist Henry Darger In the Realms of the Unreal (Jessica Yu, 2004) 2:30, 5, 7, 9:15 p.m. Short Cut to Nirvana (Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day, 2004) 4:30, 6:45 p.m. Callas Forever (Franco Zeffirelli, Spain, 2002) 2, 8:45 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
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.
WEDNESDAY: Nature cinematographer Ron Fricke's life-affirming Baraka (1992) 2, 4:15, 7:15, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: Closed for New Year's Eve.
SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY: Donnie Darko 7, 9:40 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:30 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.
DAILY: Fear meets Freud in Adam Curtis' four-hour BBC documentary The Century of the Self (U.K., 2002), screening through Jan. 6. See Opening for review. Parts 1 & 2 ($8) 7 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2 p.m. Parts 3 & 4 ($4) 9:10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 4:10 p.m.
DAILY (closed Wednesday and Saturday): "Glamour in Context," a program of short films Thurs & Fri 2:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.; Mon & Tues 2:30 p.m. "Roy Lichtenstein in Context" Thurs, Fri, & Sun 3 p.m.; Mon & Tues 4 p.m.
Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series of recent international movies on a large 30-foot screen. $5.
WEDNESDAY: Once We Grow Up (Renaud Cohen, France, 2000), a dramedy about a thirtysomething in love with his neighbor's pregnant wife 3 p.m. A boy finds a kidnap victim in I'm Not Scared (Gabriele Salvatores, Italy, 2003) 5:15 p.m. A girl runs away in Squint Your Eyes (Andrezj Jakimowski, Poland, 2002) 7:40 p.m.
FRIDAY: Wilbur 1:45 p.m. A challenging romance, Love Me If You Dare (Yann Samuell, France, 2003) 4 p.m.
SUNDAY: Squint Your Eyes 1 p.m. Love Me If You Dare 3 p.m. A 1930s romance, Gloomy Sunday (Rolf Schübel, Germany, 1999) 5 p.m. Once We Grow Up 7:30 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.
SATURDAY (Jan. 1): The 2004 edition of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation has been held over through January. That's just sick! $9 7:30, 9:30 p.m., midnight.
TUESDAY (Jan. 4): A monthly "Human Rights Watch Bay Area Film Series" continues with a screening of Goodbye Hungaria (Jon Nealon, U.S./Hungary, 2003), the love story of a Palestinian refugee in a Hungarian camp and an American volunteer. $8 7:30 p.m.
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