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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 activist Gloria LaRiva relates 1960s European-style art-film Memories of Underdevelopment (Toms Gutiérrez Alea, Cuba, 1968) to the state of affairs in Cuba today. $6 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Jan. 13): Bike Night at the Movies screens Peter Yates' charming film of Steve Tesich's autobiographical screenplay about four Bloomington buddies, Breaking Away (1979) in honor of "our friend Spencer's birthday." $3 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. A Food Bank drive continues bring in canned and packaged foods for a movie prize.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: It's back and Daniel Craig still looks like Vladimir Putin on steroids in Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, U.K., 1997) noon, 2:45, 5:30, 8:15 p.m. Where there's a Will, there's a Pursuit of Happyness (Gabriele Muccino, 2006) 12:05, 2:25, 4:40, 7, 9:10 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and www.thecastrotheatre.com. $10 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.
WEDNESDAY: Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds (Phillip J. Bartel, 2006), a sequel to the "trisexual farce" which played here in 2005
FRIDAY: Berlin & Beyond All films from Germany save as noted. Lapislazuli In the Eye of the Bear (Murnberger, Austria) 1 p.m. Winter Journey (Stirnbichler) 3:30 p.m. Tough Enough (Buck)7 p.m. Zeppelin! (Maug) 9 p.m.
SATURDAY: Berlin & Beyond Wild Chicks (Naefe) noon The Kick (Veiel) 2:30 p.m. Audience Award Winner Here We Come (Raschick) 4:30 p.m. A Friend of Mine (Schipper) 7 p.m. The Free Will (Glasner)9 p.m.
SUNDAY: Berlin & Beyond Rascals on the Road(Steiner) 11 a.m. Short Film Program 1 features Mozart Minute in which 26 filmmakers present a one-minute film inspired by the composer 1 p.m. The Boy Without Qualities (Stiller) 3:30 p.m. 2007 Best First Feature Award Winner Valerie (Möller) 6:30 p.m. Combat Sixteen (Borscht) 9 p.m.
MONDAY: Berlin & Beyond The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez (Specogna) noon Living With Hannah (von Moeller) 2:30 p.m. :Lumbers Kings (Keilich) 4:30 p.m. Pingpong (Luthardt) 7 p.m. Four Minutes (Kraus) 9 p.m.
TUESDAY: Berlin & Beyond Going Private (Werenfels, Switzerland) 3:30 p.m. Nathan the Wise (Noa) 6:30 p.m. Wholetrain (Gaag) 9:15 p.m. A concert film from the Berlin musicians Einstérzende Neubauten 11 p.m.
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: Backstage (Emmanuelle Bercot, France, 2005) 4:15, 7, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 12-18): Absolute Wilson (Katharina Otto-Bernstein, 2006). 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 email@example.com for reservations. $10. This cultural asset of long standing concludes a summer film series this week. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.
TUESDAY (Jan. 16): The San Francisco Film Society's monthly SF360 FilmClub screens extracts from the latest Wholphin DVD collection of short films (the disc supplement to the literary magazine The Believer), including Miguel Areta's Are You the Favorite Person of Anyone?, with John C. Reilly and Miranda July, a performance piece by Dennis Hopper, and Bob Odenkirk's The Pity Card. Live performances, interactive works and free beer are also promised 7:30 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and www.bampfa.berkeley.edu, $8, double bills $12. 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: Film 50, a history of cinema course taught by Marilyn Fabe and open to the public as space permits commences its spring semester with her illustrated lecture, "An Introduction to Film Language" 3 p.m. A series devoted to "the appreciation of water" screens Switch Off (Manel Mayol, Spain, 2005), recording the fate of Mapuche Indians relocated in the face of a Chilean dam 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A free "First Thursday" screening of "Intensive Care," a program of short films relating to violence, includes Vlatko Gilic's In Continuo (Yugoslavia, 1971), an allegory filmed in a slaughterhouse 5:30 p.m. Middle Eastern filmmakers study Education as a Site of Indoctrination in a program of shorts featuring Hatice Güleryüz's The First Ones (Turkey, 2000), recording the singing of the national anthem in schools 7:30 p.m.FRIDAY: The PFA doors swing open after its holiday hiatus with, bless them, an Ernst Lubitsch series, starting with Lady Windermere's Fan (1925), a witty adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play stripped of most of his witticisms 7 p.m.Lubitsch's holiday classic The Shop Around the Corner (1940), one of cinema's great romances 8:45 p.m.
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.
THURSDAY (Jan. 11): The acclaimed, and recently restored, civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize (Henry Hampton, 1987) screens all this month. Today, the episodes Fighting Back (1957-62) and Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-61) noon.
WEDNESDAY (Jan. 10): A teacher attempts to put theory into practice at a rural school in Bassek Ba Kobhio's Sango Malo (1991), screening on tape 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Jan. 12-13): A program of preserved short films by Kenneth Anger (including Fireworks and Kustom Kar Kommandos) screens with Jean Genet's legendary Un Chant d'Amour (France, 1950) 7:30 p.m.
The California Theatre, 345 South First St., San Jose, is programmed by the folks at Palo Alto's Stanford Theater this week: North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959; Wed & Thurs 7 p.m. ) followed by Breakfast at Tiffany's (Blake Edwards, 1961; Friday through Sunday 7, 9:30 p.m., also Sat & Sun 4 p.m. ). See www.stanfordtheatre.org for more.
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