Commentary by Gregg Rickman (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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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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: Breakfast on Pluto (Neil Jordan, U.K., 2005) 4:15, 7, 9:45 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.
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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.
SATURDAY (Jan. 7): Heidi Diehl's audio program, "The Spirit Battery," conjures "otherworldly visitations with [a] mish-mash of audio-visual debris." Also featured are short videos by Jesse England and Ian Coronado 8 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Balboa revives the hugely popular, six-hour Italian epic The Best of Youth (Marco Giordana, 2003). Separate admission. Part 1 Wed noon, 7:30 p.m.; Thurs 3:45 p.m. Part 2 Wed 3:45 p.m.; Thurs noon, 7:30 p.m. On the Balboa's other screen, characters from the Oz books compare fashion tips in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Andrew Adamson, 2005) 12:30, 3:20, 6:30, 9:10 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Carroll Ballard's Duma (2005). See Page 31 for review. Call for times and other films.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.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 on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
DAILY: The original King Kong (Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933) goes on about his business here through Jan. 11. See Night & Day Tuesday, Page 24, for more 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4:30 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: 2005 only felt like the end of the world -- see Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, U.K., 1964) for the real deal. Screens through Jan. 22. "Starts at dusk."
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: Breakfast on Pluto (Neil Jordan, U.K., 2005) 3:45, 7, 10 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
SATURDAY (Jan. 7): Buster Keaton's railway classic The General (Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, 1926) screens with Harold Lloyd and Bebe Daniels in the short Captain Kidd's Kids (Hal Roach, 1920) 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: Musicians get into Music From the Inside Out (Daniel Anker, 2004) 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 6-12): Waging a Living (Roger Weisberg and Pamela Harris, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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.
TUESDAY (Jan. 10): The snowboarding-celebrating film Futureproof (2005) exhibits tricks, riders, and mountains. See www.absinthe-films.com for more 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
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: Jack Nicholson is Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (Italy, 1975) 6:30, 9 p.m. Viggo Mortensen has A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005) 8:50 p.m. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005) 7 p.m. Paradise Now (Hany Abu-Assas, Palestine, 2005) 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: Naked in Ashes (Paula Fouce, 2005) 6:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Duma (Carroll Ballard, 2005). See Page 31 for review. Call for other films and times.
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