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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449B 23rd St. (between Telegraph and Broadway), Oakland, (510) 444-7263, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400 and www.cityboxoffice.com for venue, (510) 558-8013 and www.heartofthecongo.com for this event.
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.
WEDNESDAY: The recurring Lark series "The Men We Love" screens Johnny Depp in Emir Kusturica's crazed dramedy Arizona Dream (1993), co-starring Jerry Lewis and Faye Dunaway 4:15 p.m.Antonio Banderas makes his mark in The Mask of Zorro (Martin Campbell, 1998) 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Mask of Zorro 7 p.m.
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.
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.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com 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. 28): SF Weekly contributor Michael Fox's four-week series on "The Contemporary Documentary: Cultural Icons" concludes with what Fox describes as Bruce Weber's "melancholy ode to jazz musician Chet Baker ... one of the most beautiful documentaries ever made," Let's Get Lost (1988) 6:30 p.m.
Edison Theater, 37395 Niles Boulevard (near G St.), Fremont, (510) 494-1411 and www.nilesfilmmuseum.org. A weekly "Saturday Night at the Movies" series screens silent films in this historic theater. $5.
SATURDAY (Jan. 29): Colleen Moore stars in Broken Hearts of Broadway (Irving Cummings, 1923), a drama with a great cast now known only to buffs: Alice White, Tully Marshall, leading man Johnny Walker 7:30 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A Korean anime, Sky Blue (Moon Sang Kim, 2003); see Ongoing for review 2:15, 5, 7:30, 9:50 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 28-Feb. 2): After visiting purgatory, Jean-Luc Godard climbs to heaven in Notre Musique (France, 2004); 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, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: A UCB film history class open to the public and taught by Marilyn Fabe opens with a program on film's early history, "From the Cinema of Attractions to Narrative Illusionism" with films screened by Thomas Edison, the Lumière Brothers, Edwin S. Porter, and D.W. Griffith 3 p.m. A weekly "Games People Play" series continues with G4M3RS: Clans, Mods, and a Cultural Revolution (Kiyash Monsef, 2003), a documentary about the multiplayer computer game Counter-Strike and its subculture clashes. Gaming party to follow at gLAB, a cyber game center across the street from the PFA 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: "The Whole Equation" -- Two intelligent unheralded favorites of Thomson's, Daisy Kenyon (Otto Preminger, 1947; 7 p.m.) -- Joan Crawford torn between Dana Andrews and Henry Fonda -- and Anthony Mann's excellent Korean War drama Men in War (1957; 9 p.m.).
SATURDAY: "The Whole Equation" -- Two fine films by Vincente Minnelli, evergreen seasonal favorite Meet Me in St. Louis (1944; 5 p.m.) and the Hollywood melodrama The Bad and the Beautiful (1952; 9:05 p.m.).
SUNDAY: "The Whole Equation" -- Michael Mann's cop and criminal drama Heat (1980), all 172 minutes of glass and steel fun 5 p.m.
MONDAY: A "Buddhism and Film" series, offering lectures by Robert Sharif and screenings of relevant films, continues with Waking Life (2001), Richard Linklater's hand-painted philosophical adventure 3 p.m.
TUESDAY: "JPEX," a series of Japanese experimental films, concludes with recent video and film work, including Junko Wada's Peach Baby Oil (1995), Tatsu Aoki's Decades Passed (2003) and Ichiro Sueoka's A flick film in which there appear Liz and Franky, is composed under the score of ARNULF RAINER by P. Kubelka on NTSC (2000) 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $5. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
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. 27): The candy-colored clown they call the sandman invites you to David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986), with trivia and "no warm beer." $6 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Travellers & Magicians (Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan, 2003) 7, 9:15 p.m. Short Cut to Nirvana (Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day, 2004) 6:30 p.m. Kinsey (Bill Condon, 2004) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.
WEDNESDAY: "Global Lens," an international film series of new works intended to "promote cross-cultural understanding through cinema," continues with the sock factory comedy Whisky (Rebella and Stoll, Uruguay) 6:45 p.m. An actress takes up prostitution in Today and Tomorrow (Chomski, Argentina) 9 p.m.
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.
TUESDAY: "Global Lens" -- Fuse 6:45 p.m. Buffalo Boy 9 p.m.
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.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
DAILY (closed Wednesday): "Roy Lichtenstein in Context" Thurs 2:30, 4, 7:30 p.m.; Fri 2:30, 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1, 3 p.m.; Mon & Tues 2:30, 4 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 29): A program of the videos of Mary Lucier presents an hourlong screening of her works from "The 1990s and Beyond: Figure and Ground" every Saturday this month 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. 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.
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.
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