Commentary by Gregg Rickman (email@example.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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25. One of this venue's two screens is a “calendar house” for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY: Sergio Leone's underrated tour/detour of the Mexican Revolution, Duck, You Sucker (Italy/Spain, 1972), with a new ending “not seen in the U.S.” promised 3:30, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: Leone's Civil War epic The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Italy/Spain, 1968) screens in its new extended version, with Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach, respectively 2:30, 6, 9:30 p.m.
345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 24): Jeanne Moreau engages in Dangerous Liaisons, Roger Vadim's 1960 version of the oft-filmed tale of sex and deception 7 p.m.
SATURDAY (Dec. 27): Dangerous Liaisons 2 p.m.
AUCTIONS BY THE BAY
Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.
FRIDAY (Dec. 26): Elvis bumps up 'gainst Ann-Margret in Viva Las Vegas (George Sidney, 1964) 7, 9 p.m.
SATURDAY (Dec. 27): Jean-Pierre Melville's absorbing tale of gambling, thieving ne'er-do-wells with honor, Bob le Flambeur (France, 1955) 7, 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY (Dec. 28): Bob le Flambeur 5 p.m. Viva Las Vegas 7:15 p.m.
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 or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY: The S.F. Gay Man's Chorus performs “Home for the Holidays,” $15 5, 7, 9 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Dec. 25-31): A new print of Charlie Chaplin's last silent film, Modern Times (1936), a still-timely look at the mechanization of humanity in the guise of its star's Tramp persona. And it's funny! Recommended holiday viewing; see Opening for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 p.m.
3601 Lyon (at Richardson), 563-7337, www.exploratorium.edu. Free with museum admission of $12. Screenings are in the center's McBean Theater, through the front doors and on the left.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY (Dec. 26-30): A Holiday Animation Festival screens local animators Chih Cheng Peng's Whizewhig (2002), Nina Paley's Fetch (2001), and John Lasseter's Pixar-pioneering Tin Toy (1988), among others 1, 3 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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Closed.
STARTS FRIDAY (Closed Monday): Blake Edwards' original The Pink Panther (1964) screens through Jan. 18 6:15, 8:15 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:15 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: What Alice Found (A. Dean Bell, 2003); see Ongoing for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
Action Theater, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), Second Floor, 369-6098 for venue and www.thenorthface.com for event information.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Dec. 27 & 28): A 16mm ski and snowboard film, Teton Gravity Research's Further (2000), offers “spine-chilling … rowdiest action … in the world's most insane locations.” This means something: “TGR chefs up more visual madness with candied Thovex throwing D-spin 720's over a 120-foot gap.” Whoa! 5 p.m.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $5. 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.
FRIDAY (Dec. 26): Not to be confused with The Lord of the Rings, Dorothy and friends, like Frodo and company, struggle past talking trees, wicked sorcerers, animals that fly, and dwarfs in The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939). Doors open at 7 p.m. , film at 8 p.m.
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.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
2236 Parker (near Fulton), Berkeley. Free screenings “under the SDSA Church.”
SATURDAY (Dec. 27): Mentally disabled people conduct “man in the street” interviews in the “touching and hilarious” How's Your News, screening with public service announcements starring G.I. Joe 8 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Closed for Christmas.
FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Ron Fricke's Baraka (1992) tours the world in search of the titular “essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds.” A much more cheerful film than the superficially similar Koyaanisqatsi, for which Fricke was cinematographer, this is all gorgeous pictures and indigenous sounds 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4:15 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.
THURSDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 25-Jan. 1): Andy Goldsworthy plays with time, leaves, and melting ice in Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, U.K., 2001) 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 1, 3, 5 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection.
WEDNESDAY: The Stanford's annual screening of the Christmas perennial It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) 9 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Theater closed until 2004.