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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. 15): The "Polyester Prince Road Show," a traveling program of Super 8 film, screens Martha Colburn's Spiders in Love, Matt Hulse's Director's Cut, and many more 8:30 p.m.
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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.
DAILY: The theater will be closed for repairs until Dec. 24.
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: Edgar G. Ulmer's doomy noir Detour (1946; 7:30 p.m.) screens with the Coen Brothers' gangster fable Miller's Crossing (1990; 8:55 p.m.; also Sun 5:15 p.m.), with Gabriel Byrne and Albert Finney.
THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Dec. 13-19): David Lynch tries out linear narrative in the well-made The Straight Story (1999; 7:30 p.m.), with an excellent performance, his last, by Richard Farnsworth. It screens with Jay Capela's nice short film Breathe and is followed by Chris Smith's American Movie (2000; 9:35 p.m.; also Sun 5:25 p.m.), a documentary about a man's desperate efforts to complete his no-budget horror film in Menomonee Falls, Wis.
2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, www.foreigncinema.com. Free with meal. This restaurant screens foreign films, usually in 35mm, 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. Closed Mondays.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Barbra Streisand's practically the whole show in her film debut, Funny Girl (William Wyler, 1968), screening in a freshly struck 35mm print 6, 9 p.m.
MONDAY: Venue closed.
STARTS TUESDAY: Richard Quine's colorful comedy of magic, Bell, Book and Candle (1958), screens through Dec. 30 6, 8 p.m.
2534 Mission (at 21st Street), 401-0810. A Monday evening video series offers screenings plus live DJ performances. Free.
MONDAY (Dec. 17): A "Mad Movie Mix" of trailers and clips screens with a DJ
spinning movie soundtracks. Music at 8 p.m.
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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: The life and times of porn star Ron Jeremy are probed, as it were, in Porn Star (Scott J. Gill, 2001). See Ongoing for review 5:30, 7:45, 10 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 14-20): Viet Helmer's Tuvalu (Germany, 1999); see Opening for review 5, 7:10, 9:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 12:20, 2:40 p.m.
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1 Minna (between New Montgomery and Second Street), 681-3189 for this program. $10. TUESDAY (Dec. 18): Composer Nik Phelps and his Sprocket Ensemble play live music to new animation just brought back from the Ukraine's Krok International Festival of Animation, including Ulla-Carin Graftstrom's Royal Rumpus (Sweden), Jose Miguel Ribeiro's The Suspect (Portugal), plus more from Russia and San Francisco 7:30, 9:30 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 & THURSDAY: Theater closed.
FRIDAY: A tribute to the late director Budd Boetticher screens his classic Randolph Scott westerns Buchanan Rides Alone (1958; 7:30 p.m.) and Comanche Station (1960; 9:10 p.m.). The first is a black comedy of sudden reversals, the latter a purist's distillation of the genre.
SATURDAY: Budd Boetticher's Ride Lonesome (1959; 7 p.m.), with Randolph Scott and young future icons Lee Van Cleef and James Coburn; and his early film noir Escape in the Fog (1945; 8:35 p.m.), made back when the director signed his films "Oscar Boetticher Jr."
SUNDAY: A retrospective of the films of France's Jean Gremillon concludes with the crime drama The Strange M. Victor (1938), with mousy shopkeeper Raimu fronting a criminal gang 5:30 p.m.
STARTS MONDAY: Theater closed through Jan. 3.
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.
DAY: "Thrillville," whose impresario Will Viharo is spearheading the boycott of the Ocean's Eleven remake, hosts "Frank Sinatra's Birthday Party," complete with George Sidney's entertaining musical Pal Joey (1957), with Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak (who's very good), plus a live Sinatra impersonator, Robert Ensler. $6 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.
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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: Bread and Tulips (Silvio Soldini, Italy, 2000) 6:30 p.m. Paul Cox's Innocence (Australia, 2000) 6:45 p.m. A program of "Girls' Own Stories," shorts by women filmmakers 7 p.m. La B?che (Daniele Thompson, France, 2000) 8:40 p.m. Enlightenment Guaranteed (Doris Dorrie, Germany, 2000) 8:50 p.m. The Endurance (George Butler, 2000) 9 p.m.
THURSDAY: "Girls' Own Stories" 7 p.m. Enlightenment Guaranteed 8:50 p.m. The Endurance 9:30 p.m.
OPENS FRIDAY: Charles Laughton's scary, faux-naif thriller The Night of the Hunter (1955) screens in a new print. Call for times. Patrick Stettner's The Business of Strangers (2001); see Ongoing for review. Call for times and for other screenings.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: "Thank You, George" - A George Harrison tribute screening of A Hard Day's Night (Richard Lester, 1964) 2:30 p.m.
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1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $6.50 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.
WEDNESDAY: Roy Andersson's exercise in deadpan surrealism, Songs From the Second Floor (Sweden, 2000) 2, 7:15, 9:25 p.m.
THURSDAY: Ken Russell's amped-up version of the Who's rock opera Tommy (1975) features an all-star cast and several quarts of baked beans 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
FRIDAY: Russ Meyer's bad-taste epic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) 7:15, 9:35 p.m.
SATURDAY: A purple Prince rules his world in Albert Magnoli's cult musical Purple Rain (1984) 2, 4:25, 7:15, 9:40 p.m.
SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Dec. 16-19): Francesco Toboada's documentary portrait of the survivors of the 1910 Mexican Revolution, The Last Zapatistas, Forgotten Heroes (Mexico, 2001) Sun 2, 3:45, 5:30, 7:30, 9:15 p.m.; Mon & Tues 7:30, 9:15 p.m.; Wed 2, 7:30, 9:15 p.m.
3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $7 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.A.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Joe Mantegna's directorial debut, Lakeboat (2001). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 14-20): Sydney Macartney's A Love Divided (Ireland, 2000). See Opening for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO CINEMATHEQUE
822-2885, www.sfcinematheque.org. $7 save as noted. The San Francisco Cinematheque specializes in avant-garde, historical, and experimental films at venues around the Bay Area.
SUNDAY (Dec. 16): At the S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut (at Jones) - This institution closes its 40th-year retrospective with an "Open Screening" of film loops: single loops of 16mm film screened for five minutes each, first come, first screened. Filmmakers are invited to bring their loops at 6 p.m., with the screenings at 7:30 p.m.
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2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $8.25. This venerable theater gives over one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: La B?che (Daniele Thompson, France, 2000); see Ongoing for review 2, 4:30, 6:55, 9:25 p.m.
FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 14-20): Viet Helmer's Tuvalu (Germany, 1999); see Opening for review 1, 3, 5:10, 7:20, 9:25 p.m.
221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection and a courteous staff. A series of British detective mysteries and spy thrillers continues.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Closed.
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: David Lean's chaste yet passionate love story Brief Encounter (U.K., 1946; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4:35 p.m.) screens with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Watson in The Woman in Green (Roy William Neill, 1945; 6:10, 9:10 p.m.).
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Closed.
21 Grand Ave., Oakland, (510) 444-7263; email@example.com. $5-10 sliding scale.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY (Dec. 15 & 16): The second annual T-10 Video Festival features independent and experimental videos of 10 minutes or less. Works by S.F. artist Dale Hoyt screen on Saturday, including his latest love story of a boy and his cat, Transgenic Hairshirt. On Sunday East Bay filmmaker Samara Haperin's works, including her Tumbleweed Town, are on offer Sat 9 p.m.; Sun 8 p.m.
2961 16th St. (at Mission).
THURSDAY (Dec. 13): Resin screens twice, in a benefit for Families to Amend California's Three Strikes Law. Info and advance tix are available at (323) 464-1271 or at www.resin-themovie.com.
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.YerbaBuenaArts.org. $5 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts. Closed Mondays.
DAILY: "Directors of the Board," video screenings of short films about skateboarding, plays thrice daily through Jan. 27. Free with YBCA admission noon, 2:05, 4:15 p.m.
THURSDAY (Dec. 13): The S.F. Cinematheque screens a program of works by Kerry Laitala, a local filmmaker who specializes in working with raw film stock to "evoke a glowing world." Films to be screened include the haunting Retrospectroscope, The Escapades of Madame X, and her new films Conquered, Hallowed, and Black Bile. Filmmaker in person. $7 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY (Dec. 14): A series devoted to some of Elizabeth Taylor's more eccentric productions continues with a double feature of Ash Wednesday (Larry Peerce, 1973; 7:30 p.m.), with Taylor an unhappy housewife contemplating surgery to appeal to husband Henry Fonda; and X, Y and Zee (Brian G. Hutton, 1972; 9:15 p.m.), with Taylor revenging husband Michael Caine's adultery by seducing his mistress, Susannah York. $6.
SATURDAY (Dec. 15): Jimmy McDonough, author of The Ghastly One: The Sex-Gore Netherworld of Filmmaker Andy Milligan, hosts a screening of two of exploitation director Milligan's films, Torture Dungeon (1970) and Vapors (1965). It says here, "For Milligan-sadist, misogynist, maniac-exploitation was reality." $6 8 p.m.