SATURDAY: Two recently restored films by French genre master Jean-Pierre Melville, the character-driven crime drama Le cercle rouge (1970; 5:30 p.m.) and the stark Resistance film Army of Shadows (1969; 8:20 p.m.), which made an astonishing number of 2006 Top Ten lists.
SUNDAY: Lubitsch's sparkling satire of Stalin's Russia (and humorless political activism generally), Ninotschka (1939) 3 p.m.
TUESDAY: A series devoted to Yoko Ono: Imagine Film screens an interview, Becoming Academic, Part II: Falling for Yoko (Dore Bowen and Cathy Lee Crane, 2002), and her feature length look at nothing else but 365 bare bottoms, filmed for 15 seconds each, No. 4 (Bottoms) (U.K., 1966) 7:30 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.parkway-speakeasy.com. $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.
THURSDAY (Jan. 11): Thrillville presents a "politically incorrect alien invasion" program of the drive-in classic Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (Fred Sears, 1956), plus a tribute to its effects genius Ray Harryhausen by local filmmaker Marc Lougee, and Lougee's own short film The Pit and the Pendulum (2006). Plus live theremin lounge music by Project Pimento. $7 9:15 p.m.
TUESDAY (Jan. 16): The Prince-starring epic Purple Rain (Albert Magnoli, 1984) screens as a benefit for the Boni Boyer Foundation, which in honor of the late musician aids low-income learning impaired students. $7 9:15 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): Barely Legal's live presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975). $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org, $9.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, 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: Babel (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, 2006) 7:30 p.m. Words of My Perfect Teacher (Lesley Ann Patten, Canada, 2005) 6:30 p.m. Wondrous Oblivion (Paul Morrison, U.K., 2004) 6:45, 9 p.m. Sweet Land (Ali Selim, 2006). 6:30, 8:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for films and times.
FRIDAY: A "For Your Consideration" series of 2006 films that may be Oscar foreign film nominees opens with North Africans fighting in Europe in Days of Glory (Rachid Boucharev, Algeria/France) 7 p.m. Two social misfits hit it off in Kontakt (Sergej Stanojkovski, Macedonia) 9:20 p.m.
SATURDAY: For Your Consideration A Bolivian professor seeks an American Visa (Juan Carlos Valdivia) 2 p.m. Andean rituals, Madeinusa (Claudia Llosa, Peru) 4:15 p.m. A Champs-Elysees romcom, Avenue Montaigne (Danile Thompson, France) 6:45 p.m. A Puerto Rican drug drama, Thieves and Liars (Ricardo Méndez Matta and Poli Marichal) 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: For Your Consideration American Visa 1:30 p.m. Days of Glory 4 p.m. Street entertainers take on royalty in The King and the Clown (Lee Jun-ik, Korea) 6:30 p.m. An emigre returns to Belgrade Tomorrow Morning (Oleg Novkovic, Serbia) 9 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
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 adventurous affiliate of New College.
THURSDAY: The Urban Alliance for Sustainability screens a Green Movie Night presentation of Kilowatt Ours (Jeff Barrie, 2006), on the consequences of coal 6:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
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.
THURSDAY (Jan. 11): The series' third season opens with Vice and Consent (Howard Scott Warshaw, 2006), a friendly look at the bondage community 7:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY 4
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.
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