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Artists' Television Access. "The Very Best of OpenScreening": Short local films culled from open-mic-style screenings held in 2007. Thu., Jan. 24, 8 p.m. $5. Adventure Poseidon, The (The Unsinking of My Ship): Anne McGuire's backwards re-edit of 1972 disaster flick The Poseidon Adventure. Fri., Jan. 25, 8 p.m. $6. Cinewhores: Whore! magazine and the St. James Infirmary's monthly series of films about sex, money, and power, with post-screening discussions. This month: Blonde Venus, a Marlene Dietrich flick from 1932 that's a lot weirder than it sounds. Starting Jan. 28. Last Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m. Continues through April 28. $5-$20. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, www.atasite.org.
Dark Room Theater. Bad Movie Night: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: Johnny Depp in eyeliner and a nice hat. Hosted by Jim Fourniadis, Geekboy, Rhiannon Charisse, and others. Sundays, 8 p.m. $5. 2263 Mission (at 18th St.), 401-7987, www.darkroomsf.com.
Castro Theatre. Let's Get Lost: The life and music of jazz great Chet Baker, as revealed in a documentary by photographer Bruce Weber. Through Jan. 24. 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura. La banda degli onesti: Part of a series honoring beloved Italian actor Totò, this 1956 feature film (presented in Italian without subtitles) by Camillo Mastrocinque also features Peppino De Filippo, Giacomo Furia, Giulia Rubini and Anita Ciarli. Tue., Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m. 425 Washington (at Battery), 788-7142, www.sfiic.org.
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Giants of Jazz on Film: Music film clips, including footage of Benny Goodman, Ben Webster, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Nat "King" Cole, Sidney Bechet, Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan, Kid Ory, and others. Sat., Jan. 26, 8 p.m. $12-$24. 3200 California (at Presidio), 292-1200, www.jccsf.org.
Pacific Film Archive. "Jean-Pierre Léaud: The New Wave and After": If the French New Wave has a face, it might be the beaky, piercing-eyed visage of Léaud. Through Feb. 29. "A Theater Near You": A series presenting classic films and cult favorites, from Ophuls to Eraserhead, in restored or newly struck prints. Through Feb. 14. "Movie Matinees for All Ages": An ongoing Saturday series designed to introduce youngsters to the joys of the big screen. This winter, discover the magic of Georges Méliès, speed through New York with Harold Lloyd, and follow the adventures of Betty Boop and friends. Through Feb. 16. "The Medieval Remake": In this series, European masters -- from Eisenstein to Tarkovsky, from Dreyer to Bergman and Bresson -- make and remake the Middle Ages in diverse forms and with diverse motivations, from political imperative to personal obsession. See site for schedule. Through Feb. 16. $5.50-$9.50. "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Recent Experimental Documentaries": Speculative, observant, or interrogative, these documentaries manifest the urge to deal with the world -- its people, its injustices, its beauty -- in diverse strategies and to surprising effect. See site for schedule. Through Feb. 26. "Cool World: Jazz and the Movies": A film series that features music ghosted by such greats as Harry James, Gene Krupa, and Charles McPherson. In some, the likes of Dave Brubeck, Louis Armstrong, Jackie McLean, and Charles Mingus cut loose for the camera. See site for schedule. Through Feb. 6. Film 50: "History of Cinema": An undergraduate UC Berkeley course open to the public as space permits. Jan. 23-Feb. 27. "African Film Festival": This series invites Bay Area audiences to experience the vibrant voices and visions of recent African cinema, with a special focus on Abderrahmane Sissako, the director of Bamako. Jan. 24-Feb. 28. 2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, 510-642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.
Red Vic Movie House. Lake of Fire: A supposedly balanced look at abortion, directed by a man. Wed., Jan. 23, 2 & 7:30 p.m. Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour: Susan Stern directs a documentary about how obsessed people are with Barbie dolls. Screens with Tiffany Shlain's The Tribe, a short about Jews and Barbie. Thu., Jan. 24, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m. Lars and the Real Girl: Rom-com about a sick fuck and his sex toy is supposed to be cute, but strikes us as throw-uppy. Written by Six Feet Under writer Nancy Oliver, though, so how bad could it be? Ryan "Highly Irritating" Gosling stars. Jan. 25-26, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 26, 2, 4:15, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m. Terror's Advocate: Lawyer to the dangerously deranged Frenchman Jacques Vergès, profiled in a documentary by Frenchman Barbet Schroeder. Sun., Jan. 27, 2, 5 & 8 p.m.; Mon., Jan. 28, 8 p.m. Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains: Jonathan Demme's documentary that follows the former president on his book tour for Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. Tue., Jan. 29, 7 & 9:35 p.m.; Wed., Jan. 30, 2, 7 & 9:35 p.m. 1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com.
The Roxie New College Film Center: The Business of Being Born: See Ongoing listings. Nightly at 7:00 & 8:50 p.m. Additional Saturday, Sunday, & Wednesday matinees at 2:30 & 4:45 p.m. Through Jan. 31. Alice Neel: See Opening listings. Nightly at 7:00 & 8:40 p.m. Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:30 and 4:45 p.m. Jan. 25-30. The Roxie New College Film Center, 3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com.
Castro Theatre. Let's Get Lost: The life and music of jazz great Chet Baker, as revealed in a documentary by photographer Bruce Weber. Through Jan. 24. 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. "San Francisco Film Noir Festival": Ten days and twenty films dedicated to double-crossing amoral black-and-white glamour. Jan. 25-Feb. 3. www.noircity.com. 429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com.
SF Museum of Modern Art. "Art:21: Art in the 21st Century: Protest": Screenings in conjuntion with an exhibit by Vietnamese American artist An-My Lê, which depicts Vietnam War reenactors staging theatrical battles. Daily at 2:30 p.m. Through May 4. "Douglas Gordon: Pretty Much Every Film and Video Work from About 1992 Until Now": Through Feb. 24. Jeff Wall: Retrospective: Michael Blackwood Productions presents a retrospective film on the artist. Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays, 4 p.m.; Thursdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Jan. 28. "Seeing yourself seeing: Olafur Eliasson": In conjunction with the artist's exhibition "Take Your Time," and with "Your Tempo." Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays, 4 p.m.; Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Continues through Feb. 24. "The Films of Emile de Antonio": A series of political nonfiction work concerning contemporary issues of interest from 1963 to 1989. This week features In the Year of the Pig on Jan 24. Saturdays, 1 p.m. Continues through Feb. 28. Free-$5. 151 Third St. (at Mission), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room. "State of the World": An exceptional lineup of international directors -- including Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Chantal Akerman and Pedro Costa -- contribute to this ambitious and layered omnibus project. Thu., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. 700 Howard (at Third St.), 978-2787, www.ybca.org.