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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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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 13-19): Following Sean (Ralph Arlyck, 2005). See Page 36 for review. Call for times.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.
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 (Jan. 12): International ANSWER presents a Cuban film, Bloquero (2005), protesting the U.S. embargo, and the Gloria LaRiva-produced Workers' Democracy in Cuba (1996), praising the state-approved unions 7:30 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 3:45 p.m.; Thurs noon, 7:30 p.m. Part 2 Wed noon, 7:30 p.m.; Thurs 3:45 p.m. On the Balboa's other screen, cheetahs prove fleetah in Duma (Carroll Ballard, U.S./South Africa, 2005) 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 8:55 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com; www.goethe.de/sanfrancisco for Berlin & Beyond. $8 regular admission (Wednesday), $9 for Berlin & Beyond 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.
THURSDAY: The Berlin & Beyond festival of German-language films opens here tonight with its Opening Night Party 6:30 p.m. Sophie Scholl -- The Final Days (Marc Rothemund, Germany, 2004) 8 p.m. Film $10, film and party $30.
FRIDAY: Berlin & Beyond (all films from Germany save as noted) -- Rhythm Is It! (Grube) 1 p.m. A Michael Verhoeven tribute screens The White Rose (1982) 3:30 p.m. Ghosts (Petzold, Germany/France) 7 p.m. One Day in Europe (Stoehr, Germany/Spain) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- Sleeper (Heisenberg) noon. Bon Voyage (Ralston, Germany/Switzerland) 2:30 p.m. Truth or Dare (Scharf and Nolting) 4:30 p.m. Kebab Connection (Saul) 7 p.m. Agnes and His Brothers (Roehler, Germany/Austria) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- S.F. State graduate Sandra (Mostly Martha) Nettelbeck's Sergeant Pepper 11 a.m. Michael Verhoeven's filmmaking family is profiled in the documentary The Verhoevens (Moeller) 1 p.m. The Nasty Girl (Verhoeven, 1989) 2:30 p.m. The festival's selection as Best First Feature, Robert Thalheim's Netto 6:30 p.m. Off Beat (Hölzemann) 9 p.m.
MONDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- Kusskuss (Senn, Germany/Switzerland) noon. "Best of German Film Schools" 2:30 p.m. Oktoberfest (Brunner) 5 p.m. Love in Thoughts (von Borries) 7:30 p.m. Let the Cat Out of the Bag (Schwarz) 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Berlin & Beyond -- High Octane (Düringer, Austria) 4 p.m. The experimental late silent People on Sunday (Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer, 1929), co-scripted by Billy Wilder and Fred Zinnemann -- what a pedigree! Live organ music by Dennis James. $10 7 p.m.Silentium (Murnberger, Austria) 8:30 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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 13-19) Following Sean (Ralph Arlyck, 2005). See Page 36 for review. Call for times.
NIEBYL-PROCTOR MARXIST LIBRARY
SATURDAY (Jan. 14): A shorts program finds Roscoe Arbuckle A Bandit (Mack Sennett, 1913), Charlie Chaplin taking to Laughing Gas (Chaplin, 1914) and then going Behind the Screen (Chaplin, 1916), William Collier having both Wife and Auto Trouble (Dell Henderson and Sennett, 1915), and Harold Lloyd vowing Never Weaken (Fred Newmeyer, 1921) 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: Waging a Living (Roger Weisberg and Pamela Harris, 2005) 2, 4:45, 7:30, 9:50 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater 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.
THURSDAY: The PFA reopens after a three-week hiatus with a Mikio Naruse series, screening the films of this outstanding Japanese filmmaker. Tonight, the short comedy Flunky, Work Hard! (1931) and the highly praised drama Nightly Dreams (1933) 7 p.m. "A musical treat," Tsuruhachi and Tsurujiro (1938) 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: The six-hour Italian epic The Best of Youth (Marco Giordana, 2003) makes it to the East Bay. Part 1 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: The Best of Youth Part 2 /i>3 p.m. Two by Naruse -- the movie-industry-centered melodrama Street Without End (1934) 7 p.m. Wartime conditions and depression drive The Whole Family Works (1939) 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: Two mothers, biological and adoptive, fight for a girl's custody in Not Blood Relations (Naruse, 1932) 5:30 p.m. A comedy about two actors who play the front and back ends of a horse, Traveling Actors (Naruse, 1940) 7:25 p.m.
MONDAY: Theater closed.
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.
THURSDAY (Jan. 12): Thrillville's "Sexy Sword 'n' Sorcery Show" features live belly dancing by Clandestine, plus the film The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (Nathan Juran, 1958), with sfx by Ray Harryhausen. $7 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (Jan. 17): The Parkway expresses its audience appreciation with a free screening of the Terry Gilliam favorite Time Bandits (U.K., 1981) 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: Naked in Ashes (Paula Fouce, 2005) 6:45 p.m. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005) 7 p.m. Viggo Mortensen has A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005) 8:50 p.m. Jack Nicholson is Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (Italy, 1975) 9:15 p.m.
THURSDAY: Duma (Carroll Ballard, 2005) /i>6:30, 8:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Following Sean (Ralph Arlyck, 2005). See Page 36 for review. Call for other films and times.
FRIDAY: "For Your Consideration," a selection of Oscar submissions from various nations, screens here for two weeks, beginning tonight with Tsotsi (Hood, South Africa) 7 p.m. A Wonderful Night in Split (Ostojic, Croatia) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: "For Your Consideration" -- Play (Scherson, Chile) 1:45 p.m. The Land Has Eyes (Hereniko, Fiji) 4 p.m. Caribe (Ramirez, Costa Rica) 6 p.m. The highly touted Fateless (Koitai, Hungary), from the work of Nobel laureate Imre Kertés 8 p.m.
MONDAY: "For Your Consideration" -- Play 6:45 p.m. The City of the Sun 9 p.m.
TUESDAY: "For Your Consideration" -- Mother of Mine (Härö, Finland) 6:45 p.m. The Wandering Shadow 9 p.m.
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: Tim Burton's lively Corpse Bride (2005) 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: A 3-D porn film from 1976, Disco Dolls in Hot Skin (Norm dePlume, 1976) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: The Winterfilm Collective's testimony of American soldiers admitting atrocities in Vietnam, Winter Soldier (1972) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Jan. 17 & 18): The life of a 17-year-old Thumbsucker (Mike Mills, 2005) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 14): The eighth annual S.F. IndieFest, coming up next month, offers a "Benefit/Launch Party," with live music, festival previews, and more 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
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 this newly reconstituted affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, U.K., 2001) 7 p.m.; also Wed 2:30 p.m. Paul Cox's van Gogh portrait-in-letters, Vincent (Australia, 1987) 9 p.m.; also Wed 4:30 p.m. Going Shopping (Henry Jaglom, 2005) 7, 9 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
SAN FRANCISCO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555; www.frameline.org for this program. "Frameline at the Center," a free monthly film series, continues.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
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.
As part of its sponsorship of the Berlin & Beyond festival of German-language films, the Goethe-Institut at 530 Bush St. in San Francisco hosts a panel discussion on the topic "Resistance and Film" on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. with three festival directors including Michael Verhoeven. Admission is $10. Call 263-8760 or see www.goethe.de/sanfrancisco for more information.
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