THURSDAY: "Global Lens" -- A promised visit by President Clinton lights a Bosnian Fuse (Zalica) 6:45 p.m. An unemployed cook dons drag to find work in Lili's Apron (Galperin, Argentina) 9 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Travellers & Magicians, Short Cut to Nirvana, and Kinsey continue. Call for times.
FRIDAY: "Global Lens" -- A boy leads two water buffalo on a dangerous trek in Buffalo Boy (Minh, Vietnam) 6:45 p.m.Whisky 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Global Lens" -- Buffalo Boy 2 p.m. An Angolan civil war orphan is lost in the Hollow City (Ganga, Angola) 4:15 p.m. "An Evening with Ray Harryhausen" presents the special effects legend on stage with contemporary sfx giants Phil Tippett and Arnold Kunert to discuss his work and screen rare film clips from his early work. $15 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: "Global Lens" -- A Swiss-raised woman seeks her mother in the desert in Daughter of Keltoum (Charef, Algeria) 2 p.m. Whisky 4:15 p.m. Buffalo Boy 6:30 p.m. A Chinese indie about a rebel who dons a policeman's Uniform (Diao) 8:45 p.m.
MONDAY: "Global Lens" -- An exile returns to his small town in Kabala (Kouyate, Mali) 6:45 p.m. An amnesiac taxi driver wonders What's a Human Anyway? (Erdem, Turkey) 9 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Jim Van Bebber's docudrama The Manson Family (2003) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Kelly Duane's Monumental (2004) documents the pioneering environmentalist's years at the Sierra Club 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Feb. 1 & 2): Antoine Fuqua's blues concert film Lightning in a Bottle (2004) 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com. $8. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A Talking Picture (Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, 2003) 6, 8 p.m. Short Cut to Nirvana (Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day, 2004) 9:45 p.m. Fear meets Freud in The Century of the Self (Adam Curtis, U.K., 2002). Parts 1 & 2 ($8) 7 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. Parts 3 & 4 ($4) 9:10 p.m.; also Wed 4:10 p.m. See Ongoing for review.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 28-Feb. 3): John Turturro stars in thriller Fear X (2002). See Opening for review 6, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun & Wed 2, 4 p.m. Call for second features.
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. A winter season of Fred Astaire musicals continues. Closed Monday through Thursday.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Astaire's on-screen sister is romanced by Peter Lawford in Royal Wedding (Stanley Donen, 1951; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:45 p.m. ), even as he makes time with Winston Churchill's daughter (off-screen). The film's signature number gave its title to Donen's memoir Dancing on the Ceiling. Also screening is Vincente Minnelli's offbeat dream musical Yolanda and the Thief (1945; 5:30, 9:15 p.m. ),.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. 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 has been held over through January. That's just sick! $9 7:30, 9:30 p.m., midnight.
WEDNESDAY (Jan. 26): The S.F. Jewish Film Festival screens The Barbeque People (David Ofek and Joseph Madmony, Israel, 2003), about an elderly Iraqi Jew who'd smuggled arms into Israel7:30 p.m.
The Independent Film Channel's movie trivia game "The Ultimate Film Fanatic Challenge" offers buffs a real-time chance at prizes and humiliation, this week at "Who's Your Daddy?" (655 Sutter, 923-9090) Thursday through Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. Contact www.ifctv.com or call (212) 563-7656 for more information.... An independently made "spiritual" film, Indigo (Stephen Simon, 2005), is receiving a mass release this Friday, Jan. 29, at the AMC Bay Street 16 in Emeryville and at several "new thought" churches around the Bay Area, including the East Bay Church of Religious Science (4130 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, 510-869-5043) and the Unity Palo Alto Community Church (3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, 650-494-7222). See www.indigothemovie.com for more.