Repertory Film Listings

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 I & II

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.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 6-12): Waging a Living (Roger Weisberg and Pamela Harris, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Jan. 4): Middle-aged André Dussollier yearns for his old flame while enjoying a relationship with a compulsive eater named Aïe (Sophie Fillières, France, 2000) 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.

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.

BALBOA

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.

CASTRO

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.

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.

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."

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: Breakfast on Pluto (Neil Jordan, U.K., 2005) 3:45, 7, 10 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

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 (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.

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: 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.

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 (Jan. 8): The 2004 Chinese feature Keeexili: Mountain Patrol (Lu Chuan), about Tibetans arming to stop poachers, screens as a benefit for the Lighthouse Community Charter School. $7 2 p.m.

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.

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: 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.

RED VIC

1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY: Got 95 minutes? That's how long David Cronenberg allots for A History of Violence (2005). And not a minute too short, is it? 2, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.

THURSDAY: Check out those Flaming Lips in the rock doc The Fearless Freaks (Bradley Beasley, 2005) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The Good Old Naughty Days, a collection of hard-core French porn from 100 years ago. See Night & Day Friday, Page 17, for more 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: American soldiers in Fallujah pass the time, spring 2004, in the excellent embedded doc Occupation: Dreamland (Ian Olds and Garrett Scott, 2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Jan. 10 & 11): Tim Burton's lively Corpse Bride (2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

ROXIE

3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Down to the Bone (Debra Granik, 2004) 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. Going Shopping (Henry Jaglom, 2005) 7, 9 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Koret Visitor Education Center (save as noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50, save as noted.

DAILY (Closed Wednesday): A Kiki Smith exhibit offers Art:21:Stories (PBS, 2003) through Jan. 29 2 p.m. Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress (Marian Cajori, 1997) through Feb. 28 4 p.m.; also Thurs 7:30 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY

Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.

THURSDAY (Jan. 5): A film series devoted to "The Beats" gets under way with The Source (Chuck Workman, 1999), with William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac voiced by Dennis Hopper and Johnny Depp, respectively noon.

TUESDAY (Jan. 10): An ITVS Community Cinema screening of the PBS-bound Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power (Sandra Dickson and Churchill Roberts, 2004), about the fate of a North Carolina community activist who advocated armed resistance in the 1960s 6 p.m.

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