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. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to sfweekly.com.
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BALBOA 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: Where there's a Will, there's a Pursuit of Happyness (Gabriele Muccino, 2006) noon, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:30 p.m. In Theater 2, step into Charlotte's Web (Gary Winick, 2006) 11:45 am.; 1:55, 4:05, 6:20, 8:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
BAY CLUB MARIN
220 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, 945-3000 for venue, 381-4123 and www.tiburonfilmfestival.com for the Tiburon Film Society, which hosts screenings here once or twice monthly. $10.
WEDNESDAY (Dec. 20): A young girl struggles to be an angel in the annual summer church procession animates Saint Monica (Terrance Odette, Canada, 2004) 8 p.m.
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 & THURSDAY: Sing-A-Long Grease offers supertitles allowing you to join in with Travolta, Newton-John and the rest in this karaoke take on the 1978 film musical directed by Randal Kleiser. $15 8 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY: A John Waters double-bill of the mass-audience intended, future Broadway musical Hairspray (1988; 7 p.m. ), and the Johnny Depp vehicle Cry Baby (1990; 8:50 p.m. ).
SATURDAY: Get your Gollum on for Peter Jackson's complete The Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001; 1:30 p.m. ), The Two Towers (2002, 4:45 p.m. ) and The Return of the King (2000; 8 p.m. ). $10 for all.
SUNDAY: No films, just singing: The San Francisco Gay Man's Chorus does include a tribute to holiday music. Call for showtimes; get tickets at http://www.sfgmc.org or call the Community Box office at 415.865.ARTS (2787).
TUESDAY: A weeklong “Holiday with the Stars” series opens with a double-bill of It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934; 3:10, 7 p.m. ) and Red Dust (Victor Fleming, 1932; 1:30, 5:15, 9 p.m. ), both splendid vehicles for Clark of the Seven Gables.
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.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Dec. 23-24): Bishop David Niven hosts angelic Cary Grant for the benefit of Loretta Young, The Bishop's Wife (Henry Koster, 1947) Sat 6 p.m.; Sun 5 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 (Dec. 24): Dark Room's “Bad Movie Night” returns after an absence after their projector, they say, broke down in shame. Tonight, the whiskery holiday perennial White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954), which they describe as “like eating a candy cane: it only comes around once a year, and too much will make you sick.” Call to confirm — this event is on their Web site but not their calendar. $5 8 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: Hot bubbling magic realism, Like Water for Chocolate (Alfonso Arau, Mexico, 1992), through Dec. 31 “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. $9.50.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 22-28): Soap (Pernille Fischer Christensen, Denmark, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.
601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 267-4893, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a “calendar house” rep theater. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Off the Black (James Ponsoldt, 2006) 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 9:40 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
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.
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: Sweet Land (Ali Selim, 2006). 6:30, 8:50 p.m. Train Man: Densha Otoko (Shosuke Marakami, Japan, 2005) 6:45, 9:05 p.m. Babel (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, 2006) 7:30 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Wondrous Oblivion (Paul Morrison, U.K., 2004) and Words of My Perfect Teacher (Lesley Ann Patten, Canada, 2005). See Opening for reviews. Call for times and other films.
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: Kirby Dick takes on the MPAA in This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006) 2, 7:15, 9:20 p.m.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Animation genius Jan Svankmajer's latest, Lunacy (Czech Republic, 2006) mingles meat, Poe and Sade 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:30 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Closed for the holidays.
TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY (Dec. 26-30): Cinematographer Ron Fricke's world tour Baraka (1992) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.; Sat 2, 4:15 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: Shut Up and Sing (Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck, 2006) 7 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) 8:50 p.m.; also Wed 4 p.m. In Theater 2, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (Stanley Nelson, 2006) 7, 8:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 22-28): Call theater for program.
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 and this Monday): Tina in Mexico (Brenda Longfellow, 2002) 2:30 p.m. Expressionism (Reiner Moritz, Austria, 1991) 4 p.m.
THURSDAY: A program of Films by Charles and Ray Eames 7 p.m.
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 (Dec. 21): A “Stories for the Screen” series screens Bill Murray getting Scrooged (Richard Donner, 1988) in this uneven farce noon.
2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Off the Black (James Ponsoldt, 2006) 2:30, 4:50, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
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. A Twentieth Century Fox series concludes this week.
WEDNESDAY: It's just like the one you used to know — White Christmas (Michael Curtiz, 1954; 7:30 p.m. ) — screening with the Fox holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street (George Seaton, 1947; 5:45, 9:40 p.m. ).
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY: Ernst Lubitsch's deservedly beloved holiday perennial The Shop Around the Corner (1940; 7:30 p.m. ) screens opposite Alastair Sims' definitive version of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Brian Desmond-Hurst, U.K., 1951; 5:50, 9:25 p.m. ).
SUNDAY: Merry Christmas, Mr. Packard! The Stanford's annual Christmas Eve screening of It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946) 9 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.