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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.
WEDNESDAY (Jan. 31): Bike Night at the Movies II features a mix of cycling movies and a birthday cake for local favorite Puck. $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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Two outstanding visionary films: in Theater One, Alfonso CuarÓn's near-future Children of Men (U.K., 2006; 12:20 p.m.; 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:30 p.m. ); in Theater Two, Guillermo del Toro's fantastic past Pan's Labyrinth Spain, 2006; noon, 2:20, 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: A Noir City series continues with two scripted by Roy Huggins, I Love Trouble (S. Sylvan Simon, 1948; 7:30 p.m. ), with Franchot Tone as a wisecracking detective, and the excellent Pushover (Richard Quine, 1954; 9:30 p.m. ), with Fred MacMurray as a not-so-honest cop, and a good early role for Kim Novak.
THURSDAY: Noir City A beautiful print is promised of Fritz Lang's grim Scarlet Street (1945; 7:15 p.m. ), a classic usually seen in bad public domain copies. It screens with Beverly Michaels as a man-killing Wicked Woman (Russell Rouse, 1953; 9:30 p.m. )
FRIDAY: Noir City Two photographed by master noir cinematographer John Alton, the well-regarded The Big Combo (Joseph H. Lewis, 1955; 7:30 p.m. ), and the little-known The Spiritualist (Bernard Vorhaus, 1948; 10 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: Noir City Burt Lancaster is an ex-con on the track of Kirk Douglas in I Walk Alone (Byron Haskin, 1948; 1, 5, 8:40 p.m. ) and then asks Joan Fontaine to Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (Norman Foster, 1948; 3, 7 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Noir City Joan Crawford is a gangland moll who learns The Damned Don't Cry (Vincent Sherman, 1950; 1, 5, 9:15 p.m. ) and then is Possessed?(Curtis Bernhardt, 1947; 3, 7:10 p.m. ) by, of all people, Van Heflin.
TUESDAY: A "Troubled Terrestrials Tuesdays" series opens with Richard Dreyfuss delving deep into the mashed potatoes of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977; 7 p.m. ), plus Emilio Estevez slinging generics in the cult favorite Repo Man (Alex Cox, 1984; 9:40 p.m. ).
285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), www.cerritospeakeasy.com. This recently restored second-run theater, a sister theater to Oakland's Parkway, offers occasional special screenings, including "Cerrito Classics," a different revival every weekend. $5.
DARK ROOM THEATRE
2263 Mission (between 18th and 19th "between the pawn shop and the laundromat"), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com. Live cabaret, plus regular film screenings with audience cat-calling encouraged.
SUNDAY (Feb. 4): Dark Room's "Bad Movie Night" begins a two-week "D-Long Vowel-Consonant Month" with Doom (Andrezj Bartcowiak, 1997), a videogame adaptation co-starring Karl Urban and the Rock (both of whose names also end in consonants). Next week: Dune (hey, that's not a consonant!). $5 8 p.m.
THURSDAY (Feb. 1): A benefit for the documentary film-in-progress Cigarra, about Mestranda Marcia Cigarra and other women involved in the Brazilian art of capoeira. Music and dancing follow. $10-$50 sliding scale 7 p.m.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35 mm, 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.
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. $9.75.
STARTS FRIDAY: Flannel Pajamas (Jeff Lipsky, 2006). See Opening for review. Call theater for times. Filmmaker in person both evening shows Friday.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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