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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.
SATURDAY (Dec. 8): A program of "transgressive film and video from East Coast satirists" includes Emily Breer's Moby Richard, Peggy Ahwesh's 73 Suspect Words, and many more 8:30 p.m.
BERKELEY ART MUSEUM
2626 Bancroft (at College), Berkeley, (510) 642-0808.
SUNDAY (Dec. 9): Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Exilee (1980), a film and video installation by the late artist, is on display here this afternoon. Free 3 p.m.
CASTRO 3 4
429 Castro (at Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $7. Short-run rep in a spectacular 1922 Greco-Roman-themed palace designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A new, 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick's enigmatic epic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 1, 4:30, 8 p.m.
STARTS FRIDAY: The theater will close for repairs; it will reopen Dec. 24.
FILM ARTS FOUNDATION
346 Ninth St. (between Folsom and Harrison), 552-FILM and www.filmarts.org/events.
FRIDAY (Dec. 7): An "Open Screening" of the first 90 minutes of work that comes through the doors. Filmmakers should arrive at 6 p.m. Films start at 7 p.m.
FINE ARTS CINEMA
2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143, www.fineartscinema.com. $7 save as noted. Berkeley's innovatively programmed art house puts on some of the most conceptually daring double bills in town.
WEDNESDAY: Philosopher/mathematician/recluse/visionary Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven (1978; 7:30 p.m.) screens with the local premiere of Charles Biname's Streetheart (Canada, 1998; 9:20 p.m.), about an orphaned girl who approaches strangers with an unusual offer.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Dec. 6-12): Edgar G. Ulmer's doomy noir Detour (1946; 7:30 p.m.) screens with what may well be the Coen Brothers' best film, the gangster fable Miller's Crossing (1990; 8:55 p.m.; also Sun 5:15 p.m.), with Gabriel Byrne and Albert Finney.
2534 Mission (at 21st Street), 401-0810. A Monday evening video series offers screenings plus live DJ performances. Free.
MONDAY (Dec. 10): Music at 8 p.m., Nick Aquilino's Nutcracker screens with a short at 9:30 p.m.
LUMIERE 4 2 3
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. $7.50.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Catherine Breillat's Fat Girl (France, 2000); see Ongoing for review 5:10, 7:25, 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 7-13): The life and times of porn star Ron Jeremy are probed, as it were, in Porn Star (Scott J. Gill, 2001). See Opening for review 5:30, 7:45, 10 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 12:45, 2:55 p.m.
PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE
2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $7, second show $1.50. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC's Berkeley Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.
WEDNESDAY: Videos by two "boldly post-feminist" filmmakers, Sylvie Laliberte of Quebec and Ursula Hodel of Switzerland, include Laliberte's discussions of "tiny candy" in Bonbons bijoux (1996) and similar whimsies, and Hodel's films about fetishized chocolate and makeup, Godiva (1997) and Makeover (1998) 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY: A series of movies beloved and written about by the late critic Pauline Kael continues with the early Marcel Carne-Jacques Prevert detective film satire Bizarre, Bizarre (France, 1937; 7 p.m.) and a black comedy about an assassin, ghoulish Alastair Sim, The Green Man (Robert Day, Basil Dearden, U.K., 1956; 8:50 p.m.).
FRIDAY: Kael Tribute - Ingmar Bergman's rueful sex comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (Sweden, 1955; 7 p.m.) and Ernst Lubitsch's very amusing comedy of exiled author Charles Boyer and lady plumber Jennifer Jones, Cluny Brown (1946; 9:05 p.m.). "Bang! Bang! Bang!" Don't look for this one to be remade with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan anytime soon.
SATURDAY: A retrospective of the films of France's Jean Gremillon continues with the romantic melodrama Gueule d'amour (1937; 7 p.m.), with Jean Gabin intensely in love with Mireille Balin, and the Jacques Prevert-scripted Lumiere d'ete (1943; 8:50 p.m.), contrasting the lives of the healthy poor and the decadent rich.
SUNDAY: Newly struck prints of the late western master Budd Boetticher's "chamber westerns" The Tall T (1957; 5:30 p.m.) and Decision at Sundown (1957; 7:10 p.m.), two of a justly highly regarded series starring stony Randolph Scott and a rotating string of colorful, sympathetic villains. Richard Boone is particularly good as Scott's nemesis in The Tall T.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: No programs scheduled.
1834 Park (at Lake Merritt), Oakland, (510) 814-2400, www.picturepubpizza.com. $5 save as noted. Pizza, beer, and movies on two screens. Call theater for programs, booked a week in advance. The Parkway also offers occasional scheduled special programs.
THURSDAY: Walter Hill's stylized teenage gang movie The Warriors (1979) screens as a benefit for the Midnight Special Law Collective (www.midnightspecial.net). $8 6:30, 9:15 p.m.
SUNDAY: Free projection-TV screenings of afternoon NFL football games continue through Dec. 30 noon-4 p.m.
MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975) with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.
RAFAEL FILM CENTER 3 4
1118 Fourth St. (at A Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $8 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY: A Marlene Dietrich series continues with Billy Wilder's colorful courtroomer Witness for the Prosecution (1957), with Charles Laughton laying on the ham as London's greatest defense attorney, and Dietrich in a flamboyant cameo 7 p.m.