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AMNESIA 853 Valencia (at 20th Street), 970-0012, www.amnesiathebar.com. $5.
SUNDAY (Feb. 11): Emily Ann and Her Hot Nuts present a Silent Film Night with original live score. Call for title. $6 9 p.m.
ARTISTS' TELEVISION ACCESS
992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, www.atasite.org. $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.
THURSDAY (Feb. 8): International ANSWER offers Amandla: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (Lee Hirsch, South Africa-U.S., 2002), on the role of music in South Africa's liberation. $6 7:30 p.m.
3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Two outstanding visionary films: in Theater One, Alfonso CuarÓn's near-future Children of Men (U.K., 2006; 12:20 p.m.; 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:30 p.m. ); in Theater Two, Guillermo del Toro's fantastic past Pan's Labyrinth Spain, 2006; noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:10 p.m. ).
STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.
FRIDAY (Feb. 9): TIE, the International Experimental Cinema Exposition, presents Celluloid Cinema: Program Two, a set of experimental films including footage of Peggy Fleming skating, polished with Pledge by the filmmaker to remove scratches (!), Clip from Colorado Springs Home of Champions (James Prange, 1968), The Influence of Ocular Light Perception on Man and in Animal (Thomas Draschan and Stella Friedrichs, Austria, 2005) and Meat Packing House (Eduardo Darino, Uruguay, 1981) 7:30 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: Peter O'Toole as King Henry II wishes to rid himself of troublesome priest Richard Burton as Becket (Peter Glenville, 1964) in a rare chance to see this handsomely mounted historical drama 2, 5, 8 p.m.
THURSDAY: S.F. IndieFest's Opening Night, David Lynch's Inland Empire (2006; 7 p.m. ), followed by the Opening Night Gala at Kink's Porn Palace $25.
FRIDAY: A "So Straight It's Gay" triple feature "oozing with confused sexual repression": Patrick Swayze goes for the throat as a bouncer in Rowdy Herrington's Road House (1989, 7:30 p.m. ), Tom Cruise competes for Val Kilmer and his Top Gun (1986; 9:45 p.m. ) and sexually menacing Freddy stalks Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (Jack Sholder, 1985; midnight). $10 for all 3.
SATURDAY: Soon not headed for a Broadway remake, a hit's neglected sequel Grease 2 (Patricia Birch, 1982), with Michelle Pfeiffer 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: A tribute to the late Robert Altman screens his still stinging Hollywood satire The Player (1992; 12:05, 6 p.m. ) and his L.A. panorama Short Cuts (1993; 2:30, 8:25 p.m. ).
TUESDAY: A "Troubled Terrestrials Tuesdays" series screens Charlton Heston as the last Woodstock fan on earth in The Omega Man (Boris Sagal, 1971; 7 p.m. and Mel Gibson getting his apocalypto on as The Road Warrior (George Miller, 1982; 9 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: Ugo Tognazzi and Michel Serrault star in the popular farce La Cage aux Folles (Edouard Molinaro, France, 1978), screening through Feb. 25 "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. $9.75.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Flannel Pajamas (Jeff Lipsky, 2006).
4:15, 7, 9:35 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: Tears of the Black Tiger (Wisit Sasanatieng, Thailand, 2000). See Opening for review. Call theater for times.
MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY
57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (Feb. 9): A "Stranger Than Fiction" series screens Steve Sekely's eye-catching The Day of the Triffids (U.K., 1963), from John Wyndham's novel about a meteor shower that blinds all who see it 6:30 p.m.
1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $8.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A beglittered David Bowie takes on Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (D. A. Pennebaker, 1973) in this recently restored rock concert classic 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: A 3-D porn film, The Playmates (Stephen Gibson, 1975), starring one Becky Sharpe as a sexologist 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY & MONDAY: Artist Andy Goldsworthy works with time, twigs, mud and water in the popular art doc Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, 2001) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4 p.m.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Feb. 13 & 14): Spend Valentine's eve and day with Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977) 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
ROXIE FILM CENTER
3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087 and www.roxie.com for regular programs, www.sfindie.com for the S.F. Independent Film Festival, here Feb. 9-20. $8 save as noted for regular programs, $10 save as noted for Indie Fest. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in this adventurous affiliate of New College.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: All aboard for The Departed (Martn Scorsese, 2006) 7, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 1, 4 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Make sure your jeans are clean in China Blue (Micha Peled, 2006) 7, 8:45 p.m.
THURSDAY: The Urban Alliance for Sustainability's "Green Movie Night" monthly pick is Visions of Utopia 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY: The San Francisco Independent Film Festival screens here for eleven days, beginning with the teen drama Dance Party, USA (Katz) 4:30 p.m. 1970s sexploitation is revived in Viva (Biller) 7 p.m. Rock N Tokyo (Valente, France/Japan) 9:30 p.m. Gross-out thy neighbors at Neighborhood Watch (Whifler) 11:45 p.m.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: A revival of the outstanding wartime documentary Iraq in Fragments (James Longley, 2006). 11 a.m.
SATURDAY: SF Indie Fest "Desperate Measures" (shorts) noon. "All the Lonely People" (shorts) 2:15 p.m. The aftermath of a gay man's murder in France, Beyond Hatred (Meyrou) 4:30 p.m. Japanese horror legend Kumakiri Kazuyoshi's baseball drama Green Mind, Metal Bats 7 p.m. A rare original print of the bionic classic Infra-Man (Shan Hua, Hong Kong, 1975) 9:30 p.m. S & Man (Petty) 11:45 p.m.
SUNDAY: SF Indie Fest Rock N Tokyo noon. Bukowski adapted as The Mermaid of the River Platte (Lucque, Argentina) 2:15 p.m. Women in South African hip-hop, Counting Headz (Offer and Magubane) 4:30 p.m. Falconer Paul Giamatti learns The Hawk is Dying (Goldberger) 7 p.m. Polk Street hustlers seek a 25 Cent Preview (Amini) 9:30 p.m.
MONDAY: SF Indie Fest Aboriginal folk tales in Ten Canoes (deHeer, Australia) 4:30 p.m. "Desperate Measures" 7 p.m. Green Mind, Metal Bats 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: SF Indie Fest "Special (Creepy) Talents" (shorts) 4:30 p.m. Stalking Santa (Kiefer) 7 p.m. "Breath, Death and Prayer" (shorts) 9:30 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.
THURSDAY (Feb. 8): Phyllis Wattis Theater "Wide Lens," a weekly series of Oscar-winning documentaries, screens a close look at a disillusioned onetime child evangelist, Marjoe (Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan, 1972). $7 8:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 11): Phyllis Wattis Theater A "Wide Lens" program on wartime film screens John Ford's The Battle of Midway (1942), Peter Watkin's atomic war critique The War Game (U.K., 1964) and Sam Green's The Weather Underground (2002). Free with museum admission 2:30 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.
WEDNESDAY (Feb. 7): Author and retired film critic Judy Stone discusses her life's work in conversation with Turkish novelist Alev Croutier in what is billed as her final public appearance 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY (Feb. 8): The acclaimed, and recently restored, civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize (Henry Hampton, 1987) screens all this month. Today, the episodes "The Promised Land" (1967-68), on the last days of Martin Luther King, and "Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More" (1964-72), on Muhammad Ali noon.
2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576 and www.victoriatheatre.org. for venue, www.sfindie.com for the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, here this weekend. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings. $10 save as noted.
FRIDAY: SF Indie Fest opens here with the documentary The Ballad of Greenwich Village (Kramer) 4:30 p.m. Puppets act out Dante's Inferno (Meredith) 7 p.m. A thriller about voluntary trepanation (yowch, look it up) The Third Eye (Walker, Canada) 9:30 p.m.
SATURDAY: SF Indie Fest Filmmaker Tara Wray revisits the mom who threatened to kill her in Manhattan, Kansas noon. In 2097, it's The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell (Gillette and Wheatley) 2:15 p.m. LOL (Swanberg) 4:30 p.m. Mojave Phone Booth (Putch) 7 p.m. Gobshite (Scullion) 9:30 p.m.
SUNDAY: SF Indie Fest Dante's Inferno noon. The Third Eye 2:15 p.m. Dance Party, USA (Katz) 4:30 p.m. Ecstasy revisited in Rolling (Saleebey) 7 p.m. The Ballad of Greenwich Village 9:30 p.m.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.
THURSDAY (Feb. 8): "Lolita in Full Bloom," a series on 1980s Japanese teen heroines, opens with Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (Shinji Somao, 1981), with pop idol Hiroko Yakushimaru as a high school girl who takes on yakuza gangsters with a machine gun 7:30 p.m.
SUNDAY (Feb. 11): S.F. Cinematheque presents "Flesh of this World," a program of experimental films by Sandra Davis, including the Bay Area debut of Ignorance Before Malice (2006), about her recovery from an auto accident. Filmmaker in person 7:30 p.m.