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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.

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 rsvp@milibrary.org for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing offers a weekly film series. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (Feb. 4): CinemaLit opens its winter 2005 series with "Oscar Month"; tonight's lucky winner is Chariots of Fire (Hugh Hudson, U.K., 1981) 6:30 p.m.

NILES ESSANAY SILENT FILM MUSEUM

Edison Theater, 37395 Niles (near G Street), 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 (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.

OPERA PLAZA

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.

PARKWAY

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.

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.

SATURDAY: Chasing Buddha (Amiel Courtin-Wilson, New Zealand, 2000) 2 p.m. Destroyer of Illusion (Richard Cohn, 1986) 4 p.m. Hometown of the Heart (Yun Yong-gyu, Korea, 1949) 6:30 p.m. Johnny Depp learns all is an illusion in Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1996) 9 p.m.

SUNDAY: The Cup (Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan, 1999) 2 p.m. Daughters of Everest (Sapana Sakya, U.S./Nepal, 2003) and The Prison Sutras (Neal Hutcheson, 2004) 4 p.m. Passage to Buddha (Jang Sun-woo, Korea, 1993) 6:30 p.m. One Particle of Dust (archival footage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, founder of the San Francisco Zen Center) 8:45 p.m.

MONDAY: No films today; see Pacific Film Archive for related screening.

TUESDAY: Martin Scorsese's film about the Dalai Lama, Kundun (1997), with panel discussion to follow 7:30 p.m.

WOMEN'S BUILDING

3543 18th St. (at Valencia), 621-4969 for venue, www.sfindie.com for San Francisco Independent Film Festival programming. $9 with $7 matinees (before 4 p.m.).

FRIDAY (Feb. 4): The San Francisco Independent Film Festival screens here this weekend and next. See Night & Day, Page 31, for more. Today, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (Zala, 1982-89) 4:30 p.m. 24 Hours on Craigslist (Gibson) 7 p.m. Dear Pillow (Poyser) 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY (Feb. 5): IndieFest -- Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation noon. Made in Secret (Whale, Canada) 2:15 p.m. Nice to Meet You, Please Don't Love Me! (Montmayeur, France) 4:30 p.m. Sigma (Heffring, Canada) 7 p.m. The Dry Spell (Dowdle) 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Feb. 6): IndieFest -- Casuistry (Asher, Canada) noon. "Ideé Fixe" (shorts) 2:15 p.m. EXIST (Bell) 4:30 p.m. Until the Night (Hatanaka) 7 p.m. After the Apocalypse (Nakajima) 9:30 p.m.

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $7 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

THURSDAY (Feb. 3): The Human Rights International Film Festival 2005 opens with a preview screening of Born Into Brothels (Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, 2004); see Opening for review. $8 7 p.m. S.F. Cinematheque screens Jean-Pierre Gorin's My Crasy Life (1992), a documentary about the Sons of Samoa Westside 32nd Street Gang in Long Beach. Filmmaker in person 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY (Feb. 4): Human Rights International Film Festival -- Carlitos 13 Medellin (Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, Colombia, 2004), about a 13-year-old resident of the violence-torn city 7, 8:30 p.m.

FILM NOTES

It's "Bollywood Berkeley" at the fourth annual UC Berkeley Hindi Film Dance Competition at the Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon (at Bay), S.F. Call (510) 541-3116 or see http://indus.berkeley.edu for this program. $10 advance, $15 day of show.

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