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.
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Feb. 4-10): Born Into Brothels (Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, 2004); see Opening for review. Call for times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a weekly film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
SATURDAY (Feb. 5): William S. Hart, the Clint Eastwood of his day, stars in The Disciple (1915) as the "Shootin' Iron Parson," out to reform the town of Barren Gulch. There's no word as to whether euthanasia is part of his reform program. Also screening is a Felix the Cat cartoon, Flim-Flam Films (Otto Messmer, 1927), plus oddball comic Larry Semon in Kid Speed 7:30 p.m.
NINTH STREET INDEPENDENT FILM CENTER
145 Ninth St. (between Mission and Howard), First Floor, 552-5950, www.ninthstreet.org. $5-10 sliding scale.
FRIDAY (Feb. 4): Canyon Cinema presents a program of local cinéaste "George Kuchar's Clean and Dirty Shorts" 8 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: Jean-Luc Godard's Notre Musique (France, 2004); see Ongoing for review 2:30, 5, 7:30, 9:50 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for program.
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 screens the German expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Weine, 1919) 3 p.m. A weekly "Games People Play" series continues with Curtis Harrington's Games (1967), with Simone Signoret upping the ante on a mod couple's idle pastimes 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: An African Film Festival opens with Story of a Beautiful Country (Khalo Matabane, South Africa, 2004) 5:30 p.m. The tale of an abused orphan, Kounandi (Apoline Traoré, Burkina Faso, 2003) 7 p.m.
FRIDAY: African Film Festival -- Soldiers of the Rock (Norman Maake, South Africa, 2003; 7 p.m.), deep in the gold mines, screening with a film about civil war in Chad, Daresalam (Isse Serge Coelo, Burkina Faso, 2000; 9:05 p.m.).
SATURDAY: African Film Festival -- A political satire about life after a coup, Agogo Eewo (Tunde Kelani, Nigeria, 2002; 5 p.m.) screens with Kelani's video musical Campus Queen (2004; 7 p.m.) and Moussa Sene Absa's "feminist musical" Madame Brouette (Senegal, 2002; 9 p.m.).
SUNDAY: African Film Festival -- A documentary about a South African astronomer, Cosmic Africa (Craig Foster, Damon Foster, 2003; 5 p.m.) and Mansour Sora Wade's fable The Price of Forgiveness (Senegal, 2001; 6:45 p.m.).
MONDAY: A "Buddhism and Film" series, offering lectures by Robert Sharif and screenings of relevant films, continues with After Life (2001), Hirokazu Kore-eda's beautiful picture about life in limbo 3 p.m.
TUESDAY: Four isolates in a ruined rural America populate Jake Mahaffy's experimental War (2004) 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.
SUNDAY (Feb. 6): The 49ers take on the Raiders in the Super Bowl we've all been waiting for -- whoops, nope, that's next year. Today you can enjoy Super Bowl Sunday at the Parkway as it's Philly vs. New England on the Parkway's giant screen. Please, no outside food or drinks. $2. Doors open 2 p.m., game 3:30 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): A seventh year of weekly screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal, begins tonight. $6. See Ongoing for review.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
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) 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 7 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," concludes a two-week run with the sock factory comedy Whisky (Rebella and Stoll, Uruguay) 6:45 p.m. A promised visit by President Clinton lights a Bosnian Fuse (Zalica) 9 p.m.
Join My Voice Nation for free stuff, film info & more!