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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.
FRIDAY (Feb. 2): A free screening of a film-in-progress by Amir Jaffer and Joyce Lee Kinney, Eve, about a woman's struggle with her past. Feedback welcome 8 p.m.
SATURDAY (Jan. 27): The latest by prolific Berkeley auteur Antero Alli, The Mind is a Liar and a Whore (2007), set during a "bioterrorist attack" that may not be real. $6 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.
SATURDAY (Feb. 3): A musical series opens with he unmusical Marlon Brando mixing it up with Frank Sinatra in Guys and Dolls (Jospeh Mankiewicz, 1955) 2:30, 6 p.m.
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.
3158 Mission (at Precita near Cesar Chavez), 282-3325, www.elriosf.com. This neighborhood bar often screens programs on its outdoor patio (or indoors if it rains).
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.
DAILY: Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault star in the popular farce La Cage aux Folles (Edouard Molinaro, France, 1978), screening through Feb. 25 "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. $9.75.
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.
FRIDAY (Feb. 2): A "Stranger Than Fiction" series screens Frank Capra's utopian fantasy Lost Horizon (1937) 6:30 p.m.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. $9.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Climates (Nuri Ceylan, Turkey, 2006) 1:40, 4:30, 7:10, 9:40 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Spend 24 Hours on Craig's List (Michael Ferris Gibson, 2005) and just see how much new stuff you'll have! Director in person at evening shows 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The only all-black 3-D porn film from the Boogie Nights era, Wildcat Women (Stephen Gibson, 1975), finds Miss Black Galaxy Yolanda Love taking on gangsters with her all-female karate crew 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Werner Herzog's science fiction fantasy The Wild Blue Yonder (U.K./Germany, 2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
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.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: On Screen 1, make sure your jeans are clean in China Blue (Micha Peled, 2006) 7, 8:45 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:30 p.m. On Screen 2, the Dragapella Barber Shop Quartet the Kinsey Sicks croon I Wanna Be a Republican (Micha Peled, 2006) at 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY: The Annual IndieFest of independent cinema opens here with I Wanna Be a Republican (Micha Peled, 2006). 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun 2, 4 p.m. Call for other films and times.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY (Feb. 2-4): Direct from this year's Sundance, Rory Kennedy's Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007) features interviews with perpetrators, witnesses, and victims 7, 8:45 p.m.; also Sat, Sun 3, 5 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.
DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Phillip Guston: A Life Lived (Michael Blackwood, 1997) 2:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Feb. 1): Phyllis Wattis Theater "Wide Lens," a weekly series of Oscar-winning documentaries, screens Barbara Kopple's engrossing study of a mining strike, Harlan County, USA (1976). Filmmaker in person. $7 8:30 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.
THURSDAY (Feb. 2): The acclaimed, and recently restored, civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize (Henry Hampton, 1987) screens all this month. Today, the episodes Two Societies (1965-68) and Power! (1966-8, on the rise of the Black Panthers) noon.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY (Jan. 31): The Jewish Film Festival screens Marti: The Passionate Eye (Shirley Horrocks, 2005), about New Zealand photographer Marti Friedlander, and My Eyes Were Fresh (Jane Levy Reed, 2005), on San Francisco's John Gutmann 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 4): TIE, the International Experimental Cinema Exposition, presents Celluloid Cinema: Program One, a set of experimental films including Robert Janker's X-Ray Movie 1: The Alimentary System (Germany, 1936), Andy Warhol's double-screen The Velvet Underground and Nico (1966), and several 21st century films 7:30 p.m.
TUESDAY (Feb. 6): San Francisco Performances presents a free program of dance from the Paul Taylor Dance Company 7 p.m.