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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THURSDAY (Jan. 27): Antero Alli's "cyber-noir thriller" Tragos (2000), preceded by live musical performance by by Sylvi Alli. Filmmaker in person. $7-12 sliding scale 8 p.m.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Sky Blue (Moon Sang Kim, Korea, 2003); see Opening for review 7:15 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Jan. 28-Feb. 2): Jean-Luc Godard goes to hell in Notre Musique (France, 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.
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. 28): "Animators Speak Out," an evening of independent animated shorts including Catherin Margerin's H.O.P.E., Dino Ignacio's Maritess vs. The Superfriends, and Dan McHale's Sex Pudding, with reception to follow. $5-$10 sliding scale 8 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50, $10 for Noir City evening shows (regular matinees $6, $7.50 for Noir City, with theater cleared before evening shows, full price needed for readmission). This great neighborhood house, long a good place to catch second-run fare, has converted one of its screens to a repertory theater. See our Showtimes page for what's on the Balboa's other screen.
WEDNESDAY: The Balboa's Noir City series continues, programmed by Anita Monga and hosted by local noir expert Eddie Muller. Today, Nicholas Ray's masterpiece In a Lonely Place (1950; 1, 4:30, 9 p.m.) and I Wake Up Screaming (H. Bruce Humberstone, 1942; 2:50, 7:10 p.m.). Both films involve entertainment figures (screenwriter Humphrey Bogart, Broadway promoter Victor Mature) accused of murder.
THURSDAY: A political subtext grounds the racially charged caper drama Odds Against Tomorrow (Robert Wise, 1958; 1, 4:50, 9:10 p.m.) and Robert Aldrich's insane Mike Hammer thriller Kiss Me Deadly (1955; 2:50, 7 p.m.).
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Jan. 28-Feb. 2): Veer-Zaara (Yash Chopra, India, 2004). See review on page 40 noon, 3:45, 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Marlon Brando's passing is marked with a screening of a new print of On the Waterfront (Elia Kazan, 1954) 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; also Wed 2:15, 4:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: A three-day International Buddhist Film Festival screens films from around the world, including the premiere of Milarepa (Liliana Cavani, Italy), Words of My Perfect Teacher (Lesley Ann Patten, 2004), about filmmaker and priest Khyentse Norbu, "for those who wish they'd met Yoda or Merlin," and much more. Call (925) 275-9005 or contact www.ibff.org for complete schedule; $9-$20 a program.
MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Jan. 31-Feb. 2): The original 225-minute version of Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate (1980), neither a disaster nor a masterpiece, despite the extreme negativity of reactions at the time. It's a good looking revisionist Western, hampered by Cimino's heavy directorial hand and bottled up by Vilmos Zsigmond's too-gorgeous cinematography 7 p.m.; also Wed 2 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): Wolfgang Petersen's U-boat classic Das Boot (Germany, 1981) screens through Feb. 6 6:15, 8:45 p.m.
FRIDAY (Jan. 28): The world premiere of Heart of the Congo (2005), a new documentary by Tom Weidlinger, premieres with a benefit reception to follow for Action Against Hunger. Weidlinger, King Leopold's Ghost author Adam Hochschild, and Action Against Hunger-USA Executive Director Anne-Sophie Fournier in person. Film and reception, $35, film only $10, reception only $25 8 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; separate admission for each film.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 28-Feb. 3): Sean Penn goes the Willy Loman route in The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004) Fri 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; Sat 5, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; Sun 2:45, 5, 7:15 p.m.; Mon, Tues, Wed 5, 7:15 p.m.; Thurs 2:30, 5, 7:15 p.m.