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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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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345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Jan. 29): Gérard Depardieu, Michel Blanc, and Philippe Noiret star in Claude Berri's drama about the immediate postwar period in a small French town, Uranus (1990) 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Feb. 1): Uranus 2 p.m.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

FRIDAY (Jan. 31): "He Who Hits First, Hits Twice," a program of political agitprop by the late Cuban director Santiago Alvarez, includes Now (1965); Cerro Pelado (1966), about the attempted participation of a Cuban sports team in a Puerto Rico competition; Hanoi Martes 13 (1967), filmed during one day of U.S. bombing; and LBJ (1968) 8 p.m.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, $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.

DAILY: John Junkerman's Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in Our Times (2003) 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 p.m.


2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143 and $7 save as noted. A winter season concludes this week for this innovatively programmed art house, which closes Sunday till further notice.

WEDNESDAY: 1960s indie filmmaker Ray Dennis Steckler, in person with Wild Guitar (1962; 7 p.m.), starring Steckler as a sleazy promoter, and Wild Ones on Wheels (1962; 9:15 p.m.), with Steckler as "Cash Flagg," biker hero. Hosted by Will the Thrill and Monica the Tiki Goddess, direct from the Parkway.

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Two films about two guys stuck deep in their ruts, Harold Ramis' comedy Groundhog Day (1993; 7 p.m.) and Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980; 8:55 p.m.; also Sun 4:20 p.m.). All work and no play; don't say you weren't warned.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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.

DAILY: Mira Nair's colorful Monsoon Wedding (India, 2001) screens through Feb. 9 6:15, 8:15, 10:15 p.m.


510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema" Mondays through Fridays. All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.

WEDNESDAY: Ramones-obsessed teenager P.J. Soles and her friends ultimately burn down their Rock and Roll High School (Allan Arkush, Joe Dante, 1979) 8 p.m.

THURSDAY: Shaun Peterson's black comedy about relationships, Living in Missouri (2001) 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: A documentary about Wesley Willis, a popular Chicago musician with schizophrenia, The Daddy of Rock 'n Roll 8 p.m.

MONDAY: Buster Keaton's marital mix-up Seven Chances (1925) 8 p.m.

TUESDAY: Peter Jackson's underrated fantasy The Frighteners (1996) 8 p.m.


601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Samira Makhmalbaf's Blackboards (Iran, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 31-Feb. 6): Dana Janklowicz-Mann and Amir Mann's Shanghai Ghetto (2002). See Opening for review. Call for times. Filmmakers in person Jan. 31 and Feb. 2.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $7, second show $1.50. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.

WEDNESDAY: A UCB film history class open to the public offers an introduction to "Early Cinema" by professor Marilyn Fabe 3 p.m. A video program, "Pro/Found," with works by Brian Boyce, Jacqueline Goss, and others manipulating found sights and sounds 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A series of new prints of films from postwar Germany continues with two by Helmut Käutner, Sky Without Stars (1955; 7 p.m.), a drama of two lovers separated by the East-West line, and a retrospective of the Nazi era narrated by a car (!), In Those Days (1947; 8:30 p.m.).

FRIDAY: Two postwar German dramas of World War II -- juvenile soldiers standing at The Bridge (Bernhard Wicki, 1959; 7 p.m.) and a film about an army deserter, Kirmes (Wolfgang Staudte, 1960; 9:05 p.m.).

SATURDAY: In Hollywood, Robert Siodmak directed such key films noir as Phantom Lady and Crisscross; back in Germany, he made the noirish The Devil Strikes at Night (1957; 7 p.m.), about the hunt for a serial killer, and My Schoolmate (1960; 9:05 p.m.), whose hapless protagonist was a classmate of Hermann Goering.

SUNDAY: A Children's Film Festival screening of Help! I'm a Boy! (Oliver Dommenget, Germany, 2002), about two 11-year-olds who switch sexes. English subtitles read aloud 1 p.m. For teenagers -- the 5th Bay Area High School Fest 3 p.m. Two postwar German comedies, Aren't We Wonderful? (Kurt Hoffmann, 1958; 5:30 p.m.) and Film Without a Title (Rudolf Jugert, 1948; 7:40 p.m.).

MONDAY: Closed.

TUESDAY: "Absolute Animation and Graphic Cinema," experimental classics by Harry Smith, Jordan Belson, Robert Breer, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage 7:30 p.m.


2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, $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 (Jan. 31): Sean Connery takes on Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton, 1964) 8 p.m.


1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $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.

THURSDAY (Jan. 30): Ray Dennis Steckler, tributed Wednesday at the Fine Arts, celebrates his birthday at the Parkway by screening his Batman satire Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1967), Goofs on the Loose (1960), and The Lemon Grove Kids Go Hollywood (1967). $7 9:15 p.m.

TUESDAY (Feb. 4): Oakland filmmaker Chris Horvath's Leisure (2001), about five childhood friends on a hot summer's day at Cato's bar on Piedmont. Digital video; filmmaker in person 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.


1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, $8.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the California Film Institute. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.

WEDNESDAY: "For Your Consideration," a series screening Best Foreign Film nominees from several countries, shows the Czech comedy Wild Bees (Bohdan Sláma, 2001) 7 p.m. A French-Canadian comedy-adventure about a womanizing cameraman, Soft Shell Man (André Turpin, 2001) 9:15 p.m. Also, Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002) 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 6:30 p.m. Doris Dörrie's Naked (Nackt) (Germany, 2002) 8:30 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

THURSDAY: Wild Bees 7 p.m. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Paul Justman, 2002); see Ongoing for review 9 p.m. Rabbit-Proof Fence 6:45, 8:45 p.m. Rivers and Tides 6:30 p.m. Naked (Nackt) 8:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Lost in La Mancha (Keith Fulton, Luis Pepe, U.K., 2002) and Shanghai Ghetto (Dana Janklowicz-Mann, Amir Mann, 2002); see Opening for reviews. Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Rabbit-Proof Fence, and Rivers and Tides continue. Call theater for times.

SUNDAY: "Beyond Borders," an international children's series, screens Long Live the Queen! (Esmé Lammers, Netherlands, 1995), about a young girl who thinks her unknown father is a chess champion. English subtitles read over earphones 1 p.m. A weekly Pre-Code Hollywood series introduced by Mick LaSalle begins with Ernst Lubitsch's witty and delightful The Smiling Lieutenant (1931), screening in an archival print 7 p.m.


1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: American Mullet (Jennifer Arnold, 2002) documents the history of a truly awful hairstyle 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m., Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Mikhail Kalazov's eye-popping agitprop I Am Cuba (U.S.S.R., 1964) 8 p.m.; also Sun 2, 5 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Feb. 4 & 5): Matt Ehling's Urban Warrior (2002) documents the incursion of military battle techniques into American cities 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.


3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Uli Edel's glum tale of urban degradation Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed & Sat 2, 4:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Richard Brooks' docudrama In Cold Blood (1967), from the true tale as told by Truman Capote 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: A serial killer's spree is recorded and embellished by a camera crew in Remy Belvaux's Man Bites Dog (Belgium, 1992) 7, 9:15 p.m.


2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $9. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Samira Makhmalbaf's Blackboards (Iran, 2000). See Ongoing for review. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 31-Feb. 6): Dana Janklowicz-Mann and Amir Mann's Shanghai Ghetto (2002). See Opening for review. Call for times. Filmmakers in person Feb. 1.


221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The joint is Bogarted by The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946; 7:30 p.m.) and Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942; 5:35, 9:35 p.m.).

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: A pair of tough early noirs, with the tiny pair of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake -- This Gun for Hire (Frank Tuttle, 1942; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:10 p.m.) and The Blue Dahlia (George Marshall, 1946; 5:40, 9:05 p.m.).

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.


701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $5 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.

DAILY: Continuous loop screenings by Swedish video artists through April 13 -- On Wednesdays, Annka Ström's The Artist Live; on Thursdays, Ström's Ten New Love Songs; on Fridays, Anneè Olofsson's Ricochet and The Thrill Is Gone; on Saturdays, Annika Larsson's Cigar; on Sundays, Larsson's 40-15; on Tuesdays, Anneè Olofsson's You Need Her and You Want Her Golden Hair. Free with gallery admission 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


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