Repertory Film Listings

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. For additional Reps Etc. listings, go to We're interested in your film or video event. Please send materials at least two weeks in advance to: Film Editor, SF Weekly, 185 Berry, Suite 3800, San Francisco, CA 94107.

111 MINNA GALLERY 111 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second streets), 447-9750 and for information on this program. 21 and over; $6.

MONDAY (Dec. 18): The “Addictive Television Best of 2006” offers highlights from this year's “Independent Exposure Screening Series.” A program of 15 short films and videos, including first prize winner Night Visions (Kathy Huang), second placer 5 Infomercials for Dentists, and in third position Marvelous, Keen Loony Bin (Lizzi Akana) 8 p.m.

992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, $5 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY: The best animation from Long Beach City College, Animations of Identity, features work by Oscar Fabiani, Christina Golde, Pesya Shmigelsky, Jose Miranda. Sri Phienanda, Trey Jackson, Teija Kuosku, Sigur Sprang and more. $3 8 p.m.

THURSDAY: A program of Documentaries on Mexico premieres No Te Rajes (Caitlin Manning and the Videoactivista collective, 2006), documenting civil disobedience in Mexico City this summer. Manning in person. Also, Frontlines in Oaxaca (Mal de Ojo collective, 2006) on last November's protests there 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: A Little Too Direct features live action films from Long Beach City College students Chris Villareal, Laura J. Lukitsch, Kathleen McNamara, Ryoji Kajikawa, Olesya Karpova and 10 others. $3-$5 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Dec. 9): “Avant to Live,” Other Cinema's annual Christmas program of new experimental works, features To-get-her (David Cox), Remote Controller (Vicki Bennett), Pellucid World (Kyle Silfer) and more, including the premiere of Damon Packard's Lost in the Thinking $6 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Jam and Jive, “an attack of destructive music and moving pictures” featuring Ezee Tiger and Reagan's Memory 8 p.m.

3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Has anyone else noticed that Daniel Craig looks like Vladimir Putin on steroids? Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, U.K., 1997) 1:45, 4:45, 7:45 p.m. In Theater 2, for your consideration, For Your Consideration (Christopher Guest, 2006), screening with the cartoon The Cat Came Back (Cordell Barker, Canada, 1988) 1:20, 3:20, 5:20, 7:20, 9:20 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

Timken Hall, 1111 Eighth St. (at Irwin), 703-9500,

SATURDAY (Dec. 16): A program of work by pioneer video artist Chip Lord. Free noon.

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120 and $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: In the city named after him, Roberto Rossellini's quite delightful film about St. Francis, The Flowers of St. Francis (Italy, 1950) 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9 p.m.

THURSDAY: No films, just singing: The San Francisco Gay Man's Chorus does include a tribute to holiday music. Call for showtimes; get tickets at or call the Community Box office at 415.865.ARTS (2787).

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 15-21): And speaking of vocalizing, 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 Sat, Sun, Wed 2 p.m.

285 Ninth St. (at Folsom), 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 & SUNDAY (Dec. 16-17): William Powell and Myrna Loy pursue The Thin Man (W.S. Van Dyke, 1934) in the classic comic detective film Sat 6 p.m.; Sun 5 p.m.

2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600), 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, 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: Man Push Cart (Ramin Bahrani, 2005) 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 15-21): Off the Black (James Ponsoldt, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.

2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124 and, $8, second show $2. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.

WEDNESDAY: Akira Kurosawa reinvisions Macbeth as a stylized nightmare in Throne of Blood (Japan, 1957) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Lovers crisscross Paris as a Jacques Rivette series screens his acclaimed theatrical comedy Va savoir (Who knows?, France, 2001) 7 p.m.

FRIDAY: Two samurai classics starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Kill! (Kihachi Okamoto, Japan, 1968; 7 p.m.) and Sword of Doom (Okamoto, 1966; 9:15 p.m.) as a pacifist and psychotic, respectively.

SATURDAY: Rivette's musical comedy Up/Down/Fragile (France, 1994), an homage to MGM's backlot musicals of a half-century earlier 5 p.m. An unkempt Marcello Mastroianni devotes all to the cause as a labor activist in turn-of-the-century Italy in Mario Monicelli's excellent The Organizer (Italy, 1963). Highly recommended 8:15 p.m.

SUNDAY: The PFA brings its 2006 schedule to a close with Kurosawa's black comic swordplay saga Yojimbo (Japan, 1961) 4 p.m. Screenings resume Jan. 11, 2007. [page]

2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, 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. 15): Maybe the Iraq Study Group should have seen Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933) for some pointers in dealing with irrational presidents. The Marx Brothers star. $8 8 p.m.

1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, $5 save as noted. This friendly neighborhood theater serves beer, pizza, and more with its films. 21 and over.

THURSDAY (Dec. 14): Join the Parkway Tribe and get 2-for-1 admission (but no BB gun) to the new holiday classic A Christmas Story (Bob Clark, 1983) 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): Barely Legal's live presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975). $6.

1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222,, $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: Cave of the Yellow Dog (Byambasuren Davaa, Mongolia, 2005) 6:30 p.m.; also Thurs 8:40 p.m. Man Push Cart (Ramin Bahrani, 2005) 7, 9:10 p.m. Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, 2006) 8:55 p.m.; also Thurs 6:45 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Train Man:Densha Otoko (Shosuke Marakami, Japan, 2005) and Sweet Land (Ali Selim, 2006). See Opening for reviews. Call for times and other films.

SATURDAY: Terry Zwigoff's “Director's Cut” of his sweet-and-sour holiday hit Bad Santa (2004/2006), with filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.

1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, $8 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The local premiere of animation genii the Quay Brothers' The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (U.K., 2006) 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Paul Rachman's American Hard Core (2006) reviews the history of Stateside punk, 1980-86 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Ryan Gosling gets caught in his own Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck, 2006) 7, 9:20 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: Kirby Dick takes on the MPAA in This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (Stanley Nelson, 2006) Wed 3:30, 5:15, 7, 9 p.m.; Thurs 9 p.m. The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) 7, 9:45 p.m.

THURSDAY: The effect of globalization on a remote group of Roma in India is the subject of the new documentary Jaisalmer Ayo! Gateway of the Gypsies (Pepe Ozan and Melitta Tchaicovsky, 2006). Filmmakers in person 7 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 15-21): Shut Up and Sing (Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck, 2006) 7 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, Wed 2 p.m. The Departed 8:50 p.m. In Theater 2, Jonestown 7, 8:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1:45, 3:30, 5:15 p.m.

Koret Visitor Education Center (unless otherwise noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50 save as noted.

DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): Tina in Mexico (Brenda Longfellow, 2002) 2:30 p.m. Expressionism (Rainer Mortiz, Austria, 1991) 4 p.m.

THURSDAY: A program of Films by Charles and Ray Eames 7 p.m.

Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.

THURSDAY (Dec. 14): A “Stories for the Screen” series screens Pride and Predjudice (U.K., 2005) as Lizzie Bennet seeks Mr. Right in Joe Wright's adaptation of the Jane Austen classic noon.

2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, $9.50. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Man Push Cart (Ramin Bahrani, 2005) 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 15-21): Off the Black (James Ponsoldt, 2006). See Opening for review. Call for times.

221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, $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 & THURSDAY: George Sanders is a Great War Lancer Spy (Gregory Ratoff, U.K., 1937; 7:30 p.m. ) opposite Dolores Del Rio and Peter Lorre, while Tallulah Bankhead is just one of many adrift in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944; 5:40, 9:05 p.m. ).

FRIDAY: Tyrone Power replays Valentino in the ring in Blood and Sand (Rouben Mamoulian, 1941; 7:30 p.m. ), screening in a rare original Technicolor print. Robert Mitchum and Sister Deborah Kerr are stranded together in the highly entertaining Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (John Huston, 1957; 5:30, 9:45 p.m. ).

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Mamoulian began but Joseph Mankiewicz finished the epic Cleopatra (1963) Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Dec. 18-20): 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. ).

701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. [page]

WEDNESDAY (Dec.13): Bassek ba Kobhio's Le Grande Blanc de Lambaréné (Cameroon, 1995) offers a revisionist take on famed Dr. Albert Schweitzer 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY (Dec. 14 & 15): A three-day series of the films of Japanese puppet master Kihachiro Kawamoto opens with Book of the Dead (2005), set against the arrival of Buddhism in Japan 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Dec. 17): A program of Kawamoto shorts made from 1970-90 2 p.m.

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