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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.
2100 Bridgeway (at Spring), Sausalito, 332-3871 for venue, 381-4123 and www.tiburonfilmfestival.com for the event-sponsoring Tiburon Film Society. Free.
THURSDAY (Jan. 4): The trials and tribulations of the classical trio Eroica are detailed in Alan Miller's documentary Eroica! (2003) 6 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: A new print of Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (France/Brazil, 1959), the Greek legend set in Rio 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2:30, 4:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Jan. 5-10): Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds (Phillip J. Bartel, 2006), a sequel to the "trisexual farce" which played here in 2005. See Opening for review. Call for times.
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 & SUNDAY (Jan. 6-7): Jimmy Stewart follows Bob and Ray's injunction to hang by his thumbs in the first of a four-week Alfred Hitchcock series, Vertigo (1958) 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 (Jan. 7): Dark Room's "Bad Movie Night" screens what else but last year's would-be cult film Snakes on a Plane (David R. Ellis, 2006). I want this bad movie out of my column! $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: Welcome the future with 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968), through Jan. 28 "Starts at dusk."
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail email@example.com 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 (Jan. 5): A "Sex and the City" series opens the 2007 season with Jean Harlow in the funny, pre-Code Red-Headed Woman (Jack Conway, 1932). 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. $9.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Sigmund Freud goes to Catalonia in the psychoanalytic comedy Unconscious (Joaquin Oristrell, Spain, 2004). Recommended 1:45, 4:20, 7, 9:35 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.
2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. 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. 5): Maybe the Iraq Study Group should have seen Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) for some tips in getting the right letters of transit for your one-way trip out of the Middle East. $8 8 p.m.
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: Babel (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, 2006) 7:30 p.m. Words of My Perfect Teacher (Lesley Ann Patten, Canada, 2005) 6:30 p.m. Wondrous Oblivion (Paul Morrison, U.K., 2004) 6:45, 9 p.m. Sweet Land (Ali Selim, 2006). 8:45 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for films and times.
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: Take a long ride on the Shortbus (John Cameron Mitchell, 2006) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY: It's depressing but true: Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (Stanley Nelson, 2006) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: It's depressing, but also amusing, and also a memoir: Running with Scissors (Ryan Murphy, 2006) 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 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: An artist mulls his art in Matthew Barney: No Restraint (Alison Chernick, 2005) 6:20, 8, 9:30; also Wed 2:30, 4:30 p.m. A guru mauls his followers in Words of My Perfect Teacher (Lesley Ann Patten, U.K., 2006) 7 p.m. A ham chews the scenery in The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006) 8:50 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 29 - Jan. 4): The Argentine The Aura (Fabian Bielinsky, 2005). See Opening for review 7, 9:40 p.m.; also Sat, Sun 1:45, 4:20 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.; also Thurs 7 p.m. Expressionism (Reiner Moritz, Austria, 1991) 4 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 (Jan. 4): The acclaimed, and recently restored, civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize (Henry Hampton, 1987) screens all this month. Today, the first episode, Awakenings, covers 1954-56 noon.
TUESDAY (Jan. 9): An ITVS Community Cinema screening of the new, PBS-bound Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (Byron Hurt, 2007), billed as "a loving critique" of its images of masculinity, sexism, and homophobia 6 p.m.
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.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 5-11): Backstage (Emmanuelle Bercot, France, 2005). See Opening for review. Call for times.