FRIDAY: A weeklong "Dystopia" series screens films about our miserable future, opening with Volker Schlondorff's overly literal version of Margaret Atwood's feminist nightmare The Handmaid's Tale (1990) 7, 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Dystopia" -- Philip Kaufman's S.F.-set, est-era remake of the 1950s pod people classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Dystopia" -- Woody Allen's 1973 spoof Sleeper projects his neurotic persona 200 years into the future in one of his funniest early films. Its white-on-white design is a neat parody of George Lucas' THX-1138 (screening next Thursday) 1, 3, 5, 7, 9:15 p.m.
MONDAY: "Dystopia" -- David Cronenberg's flesh-made-machine nightmare Videodrome (Canada, 1983) 7, 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY: "Dystopia" -- François Truffaut's lyrical adaptation of Ray Bradbury's book-burning parable Fahrenheit 451 (U.K., 1966), ironically screening the year of Michael Moore's sound-alike anti-Bush film and Ray Bradbury's receipt of a Medal of Arts from the self-same president 7, 9:30 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.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Zhang Yimou's visually stunning Hero (China, 2002) 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.
STARTS TUESDAY: Wolfgang Petersen's U-boat classic Das Boot (Germany, 1981) screens through Feb. 6 6:15, 8:45 p.m.
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.
DAILY: Gael García Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna are the Venture Brothers on bikes as Che Guevara and friend in The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles, Brazil, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7 p.m.; also Wed, Thurs, Mon, & Tues 4:30 p.m.; Fri 9:30 p.m.; Sat 4:30, 9:30 p.m.; Sun 2, 4:30 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: Straight-Jacket (Richard Day, 2004). See Ongoing for review 4:30, 7, 9:10 p.m.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. $7. This cultural asset of long standing continues a documentary film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
FRIDAY (Jan. 14): SF Weekly contributor Michael Fox's four-week series on "The Contemporary Documentary: Cultural Icons" continues with Maximilian Schell's search for an elusive Marlene (Germany, 1984) 6:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 14-20): The Green Butchers (Anders Thomas Jensen, Denmark, 2003); see Opening for review. Call for times.
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 Berkeley's Art Museum, reopens this week at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
THURSDAY: "The Whole Equation," a series promoting historian David Thomson's new book of the same name, opens with Thomson introducing Elia Kazan's glazed adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's ode to an Irving Thalberg-like producer, The Last Tycoon (1976) 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: "The Whole Equation" -- Thomson introduces Josef von Sternberg's splendidly entertaining Chinese melodrama Shanghai Express (1932; 7:30 p.m.) and Howard Hawks' airborne epic Only Angels Have Wings (1939; 9:05 p.m.), two Golden Age products set in foreign countries that are nevertheless 100 percent Hollywood.
SATURDAY: "The Whole Equation" juxtaposes Jean-Luc Godard's French New Wave pop explosion Pierrot le Fou (France, 1965; 6:30 p.m.) -- among other things a loose commentary on Hollywood by cinema's greatest autodidact -- and Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980; 8:40 p.m. ), with Jack Nicholson a writer terrified of the great blank page.
SUNDAY: The seventh annual High School Film and Video Festival screens shorts by Northern California teens 12:30, 3 p.m. "The Whole Equation" -- Two of the greatest screwball comedies, My Man Godfrey (Gregory LaCava, 1936; 5:30 p.m.) and Sullivan's Travels (Preston Sturges, 1941; 7:25 p.m.), a film openly about Hollywood.
TUESDAY: "JPEX," a series of Japanese experimental films, opens with "Sex Underground," a program of shorts including film scholar Donald Richie's Dead Youth (1957) and famed director Shuji Terayama's An Introduction to Cinema for Boys and Young Men (1974) 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. 13): A "Thrillville" screening of the Ray Harryhausen special-effects classic Jason and the Argonauts (Don Chaffey, U.K., 1963). $7 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (Jan. 18): A new monthly "Audience Appreciation" series screens Terry Gilliam's adventurous Time Bandits (U.K., 1981) as its first offering 9:15 p.m.
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.
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