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THURSDAY: Professor Jim Kitses of San Francisco State, author of Horizons West, lectures on the western and introduces a screening of Sam Peckinpah's classic Ride the High Country (1962) 7 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Born Into Brothels (Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, 2004); see Opening for review. Call for times and other films.

SUNDAY: "Beyond Borders," the Rafael's monthly program of films for children, screens a program of "Very, Very Little Films" for ages 6 plus, including Spike Lee's Please, Baby, Please, Estonian animation, and films made by kids in Armenia and Croatia. Earphones for youngsters to hear subtitles spoken in English 4 p.m.

RED VIC

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.

WEDNESDAY: Antoine Fuqua's blues concert film Lightning in a Bottle (2004) 2, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.

THURSDAY: Martin Scorsese records the Band's The Last Waltz (1978) 7, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Christian Bale is a skin-and-bones The Machinist (Brad Anderson, 2004) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Kiss the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge goodbye with the aid of Oil on Ice (Dal Djerassi and Bo Boudart, 2003), a documentary about the endangered wilderness (well, doomed wilderness -- Bush got his second term). Filmmaker and speakers from the Sierra Club present at Sunday 7:15 p.m. screening 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Feb. 8 & 9): That well-known metrosexual makes the scene in the soon-to-be-banned Spongebob Squarepants Movie (Stephen Hillenberg, 2004) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

ROXIE

3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com; www.sfindie.com for films at the seventh annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival. $8 for regular programs, $9 with $7 matinees (before 4 p.m.) for IndieFest programs. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: In the Realms of the Unreal (Jessica Yu, 2004) 6:15 p.m. Fear X (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2003) 8, 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 reviews.

FRIDAY: The seventh annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival screens here through Feb. 15. See Night & Day, Page 31, for more. Other Worlds (Kounen, France) 4:30 p.m. Blueberry (Kounen, France) 7 p.m. The Delicate Art of Parking (Carlson, Canada) 9:30 p.m. In the Land of Milk and Honey (Emshwiller) 11:45 p.m.

SATURDAY: IndieFest -- The Recommendations (Slutsky, Perlmutter, and Owen, Canada) noon. "The Growling Glue" (shorts) 2:15 p.m. Power and Control (Ranen) 4:30 p.m. Dandelion (Milgard) 7 p.m. Fighting Tommy Riley (O'Flaherty) 9:30 p.m. X, Y (Vitkin) 11:45 p.m.

SUNDAY: IndieFest -- "Interloping Erraticism" (shorts) noon. High Life (Yomtoob) 2:15 p.m. Antenna (Kazuyoshi, Japan) 4:30 p.m. The Devil and Daniel Johnston (Feuerzeig) 7 p.m. The Taste of Tea (Ishii, Japan) 9:30 p.m.

MONDAY: IndieFest -- I, Curmudgeon (Zweig, Canada) 5 p.m. Blackball (Smith, U.K.) 7 p.m. White Skin (Roby, Canada) 9:30 p.m.

TUESDAY: IndieFest -- "Tripping With Strangers" (shorts) 5 p.m. EMR (Erskine and McCullough, U.K.) 7 p.m. "Munch on This" (shorts) 9:30 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Koret Visitor Education Center, 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $10.

DAILY (closed Wednesday): "Roy Lichtenstein in Context" continues through Feb. 18 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.

SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY

Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us/. Free.

THURSDAY: A weekly video program on this month's theme of "Facing History" screens the fascinating documentary Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (Nancy D. Kates, Bennett Singer, 2003) noon.

SPANGENBERG THEATRE

Gunn High School Campus, 780 Arastradero (at Foothill Expressway), Palo Alto, (650) 354-8263, www.spangenbergtheatre.com. This recently refurbished Center for the Arts offers a 35mm film series on a large 30-foot screen. $5.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Gael García Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna go the Easy Rider route as Che Guevara and friend in The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles, Brazil, 2003). Call for times.

SUNDAY: A weekly screening of the cult romance Gloomy Sunday (Rolf Schübel, Hungary, 1999). Call for times.

VICTORIA THEATRE

2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.

THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: The 2004 edition of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation has now been held over for a second month, through February, now for three days a week. That's really sick! $9 7:30, 9:30 p.m.

WHEELER AUDITORIUM

Bancroft & Telegraph, UC Berkeley campus, www.berkeley.edu for venue; (925) 275-9005 and www.ibff.org for this week's films. This college theater hosts screenings from the International Buddhist Film Festival. $9 save as noted.

THURSDAY: Milarepa (Liliana Cavani, Italy, 1974) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Beyond the Mountain (Ji-yeong Jeong, Korea, 1991) 7 p.m. 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," screening with an I Heart Huckabees Infomercial by David O. Russell (2004), with Dr. Robert Thurman as himself and Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin, in character from the feature film, as metaphysical detectives 9 p.m.

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