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Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.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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ACT ONE/TWO

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. A midnight series starts this week. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Jean-Luc Godard goes to hell in Notre Musique (France, 2004); see Ongoing for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 4-10): Born Into Brothels (Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, 2004); see Opening for review. Call for times.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Friday & Saturday): The Coen Brothers go bowling for calm insides as Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski seeks recompense for a rug in The Big Lebowski (1998).

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Feb. 2): Two French teens meet at their psychiatrist's office in Hair Under the Roses (Jean-Julien Chervier/Agnès Obadia, France, 2000) /i>6 p.m.

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.

THURSDAY (Feb. 3): A Black History Month premiere of February One (2004), about the 1960 Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY (Feb. 4): A San Francisco Black Independent Film Festival screening of Detention (Darryl Wharton, 1998), a Breakfast Club-like confrontation of five teenagers, set in a contemporary urban high school 8 p.m.

SUNDAY (Feb. 6): Cable access' StreetLevel TV celebrates its first year with a screening of its one-year anniversary episode, with party to follow. The episode includes footage from Palestine, the tsunami, and the recent California execution 8 p.m.

BALBOA

3630 Balboa (at 37th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. 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: Veer-Zaara (Yash Chopra, India, 2004). See Ongoing for review noon, 3:45, 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Feb. 3-9): The highly regarded Hong Kong police/gangster drama Infernal Affairs (Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, 2002), due for a remake by Martin Scorsese (and with Leonardo DiCaprio again). This version stars Andy Lau and Tony Leung. See Opening for review. Call for times.

CASTRO

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.

WEDNESDAY: 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 2, 7 p.m.

THURSDAY: The Opening Night program of the fourth San Francisco Independent Film Festival screens a "Short Film Sampler Platter" 5 p.m. And Asia Argento's The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004), with afterparty to follow 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Stage stars and directors share their memories in Broadway: The Golden Age (Rick McKay, 2004), with a live interview with the filmmaker by Jan Wahl at the first show Friday 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.

MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Feb. 7-9): Marlon Brando's the dying swan of Last Tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci, France, 1973) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 1:30, 4:15 p.m.

FOREIGN CINEMA

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: Wolfgang Petersen's U-boat classic Das Boot (Germany, 1981) 6:15, 8:45 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: Henry Miller and friends focus Philip Kaufman's Henry & June (1990), screening through Feb. 27 6:30, 8:45 p.m.

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO

3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org. This popular center offers a wide range of programs, many of them film-oriented.

SATURDAY (Feb. 5): "Only the Blues," a clip program of great performances by T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, and more. $20 8 p.m.

LARK

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.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Sean Penn goes the Willy Loman route in The Assassination of Richard Nixon (Niels Muller, 2004). See Ongoing for review Wed & Thurs 5, 7:15 p.m.; Fri 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; Sat 5, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; Sun 5:45 p.m.

SUNDAY: See the versatile Mr. Penn cavort as the candy man in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Mel Stuart, 1971) -- no, wait, that's Gene Wilder. This counterprogramming to the Super Bowl screens at 3:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Historian David Thomson lectures on Hollywood, "From Jake Gittes to Joe Gillis," with clips and book signing. Hosted by Terrance Geletner. $15 7:30 p.m.

TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 8-10): The Assassination of Richard Nixon Tues 5, 7:15 p.m.; Wed 4:15 p.m.; Thurs 5:30 p.m.

LUMIERE

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: Beautiful Boxer (Ekachai Uekrongtham, Thailand, 2003) 4:15, 7, 9:35 p.m.

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