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Commentary by Gregg Rickman (greggr1@mindspring.com). Times compiled from information available Tuesday; it's always advisable to call for confirmation. Price given is standard adult admission; discounts often apply for students, seniors, and members.

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ACT ONE/TWO

2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional Act One/Two screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: What Alice Found (A. Dean Bell, 2003); see Ongoing for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 16-22): Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers (Japan, 2003). See Opening for review 8, 10 p.m.; also Sat-Mon 4, 6 p.m.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $5 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Jan. 14): Michel Blanc's Grosse Fatigue (France, 1994) stars Blanc as a world-weary star who has trouble with his double 7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Jan. 17): Grosse Fatigue 2 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 (Jan. 15): The lives of Kurdish orphans on the Iran-Iraq border is the subject of Bahman Ghobadi's A Time for Drunken Horses (Iran, 2000) 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Jan. 16): An Indymedia screening of shorts including Anonymous' sequel to Lord of the Rings of Free Trade, The Twin Towers, on the Bush administration's use of 9/11. Also, Workers of Argentina and Samuel Nesbitt's Untitled (2003), a look at prewar Iraq 8 p.m.

SATURDAY (Jan. 17): Carrot Top Parking Lot (Joshua Pollock, Gabriel Wheeler, 2003) checks out fans of the redheaded comedian 8 p.m.

AUCTIONS BY THE BAY

Movie Palace Auction Sales Room, 2700 Saratoga (near West Red Line), Alameda, (510) 740-0220, www.auctionsbythebay.com. $7. Classic films in 35mm (save as noted) screen in a former U.S. Navy theater.

FRIDAY (Jan. 16): It was misanthropes made for each other, on screen and behind it, when Alfred Hitchcock filmed Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train (1951) 7, 9 p.m.

SATURDAY (Jan. 17): François Truffaut's exhilarating tribute to filmmaking, Day for Night (France, 1972) 7, 9:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Jan. 18): Day for Night 5 p.m. Strangers on a Train 7:30 p.m.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com, $8 for regular screenings, $8.50 for Berlin & Beyond screenings save as noted. 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: The annual Berlin & Beyond festival of German-language films concludes with a program of Shorts from German film schools noon. Four directors survey the State of the Nation (Austria) 2:30 p.m. Chris Kraus' Shattered Glass -- the curse is leukemia, not journalism 5 p.m. Fatih Akin's Solino, $15 for film and Closing Night party 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Birds fly, fast, slow, and all over, in Jacques Perrin's Winged Migration (France, 2002) 7, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY: A two-week Noir City festival of the dark cinema of the 1940s and '50s commences with Edgar G. Ulmer's existential nightmare Detour (1946). Reception with film star Ann Savage $15 6:30 p.m. Film only (regular admission) 8 p.m.

SATURDAY: Noir City -- Two landmark adaptations of James M. Cain, Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944), with Barbara Stanwyck overwhelming Fred MacMurray 1, 5:15, 9:40 p.m. Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz, 1945), with Joan Crawford overwhelming everyone 3:05, 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Noir City -- Ida Lupino has her way with a song in The Man I Love (Raoul Walsh, 1946; 1, 5, 9:10 p.m. ), and with Richard Widmark in Road House (Jean Negulesco, 1948; 3, 7 p.m. ).

MONDAY: Noir City -- Lana Turner and John Garfield star in MGM's high-gloss version of The Postman Always Rings Twice (Tay Garnett, 1946; 2:50, 7 p.m. ), while Ruth Roman and Steve Cochran are on the lam in Felix Feist's little-known Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951; 1, 5:05, 9:30 p.m. ).

TUESDAY: Noir City -- Joan Crawford's Possessed (Curtis Bernhardt, 1947; 7 p.m. ), while Barbara Stanwyck suffers in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (Lewis Milestone, 1946; 9:20 p.m. ).

FOREIGN CINEMA

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.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Blake Edwards' original The Pink Panther (1964), with David Niven, and introducing Peter Sellers as the good inspector 6:15, 8:15 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:15 p.m.

MONDAY: Closed.

STARTS TUESDAY: Zhang Yimou's Raise the Red Lantern (China, 1991) screens through Feb. 15 6:15, 8:30 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 10:45 p.m.

LUMIERE

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. $9.50.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Nine Dead Gay Guys (Ky Mo Lab, U.K., 2003); see Ongoing for more. Call for times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 16-22): Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers (Japan, 2003). See Opening for review. Call for times.

PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE

2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu. $8, second show $2. 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: Closed.

FRIDAY: The PFA reopens after a month's hiatus with a series of films by Swedish pioneer Victor Sjöström, beginning with his fantasy The Phantom Chariot (1921; 7 p.m. ), screening with Ingmar Bergman's classic Wild Strawberries (1957; 9:25 p.m. ), which stars Sjöström as an encrusted old man looking back at his life. It's followed by a rare short, Ingmar Bergman Shooting Wild Strawberries and Directing Victor Sjöström (1957).

SATURDAY: A parallel series of films by tough-guy auteur Anthony Mann opens with a triple bill of classic B films noir, Desperate (1947; 6 p.m. ), T-Men (1948; 7:35 p.m. ), and Raw Deal (1948; 9:30 p.m. ). With their harsh worldviews and harsher black-and-white cinematography, they are noir in a nutshell. Trust no one.

SUNDAY: The sixth annual Bay Area High School Film & Video Festival screens works by local filmmakers, with discussion to follow 2:30 p.m. Victor Sjöström's debut, the family melodrama The Gardener (Sweden, 1912) screens with his acclaimed Ingeborg Holm (Sweden, 1913), about a widow's descent into poverty at the hands of a careless bureaucracy 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: A program of "Animation and Anti-Animation" screens experimental works including Barry Gerson's Rolling in My Ears and Michele Smith's Like All Bad Men He Looks Attractive 7:30 p.m.

PARKWAY

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.

TUESDAY (Jan. 20): Local nonprofit group Access marks the Jan. 22 anniversary of Roe v. Wade with Alexander Payne's dirty-gray comedy Citizen Ruth (1996), with Laura Dern as a glue-sniffing loser who becomes a pawn in the pro-choice wars. $7 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6.

RAFAEL FILM CENTER

1118 Fourth St. (at A), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.cafilm.org. $9 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater, now 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: Gloomy Sunday (Rolf Schübel, Germany, 2000) 6:30, 8:50 p.m. The Station Agent (Thomas McCarthy, 2003) 6:40, 8:40 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

WEDNESDAY: A restored version of Tony Richardson's broadly comic take on Henry Fielding's rakish Tom Jones (U.K., 1963), with Albert Finney 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A three-week Sunday/Thursday series of films devoted to Cary Grant's "Century of Elegance" continues with the post-divorce love story The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey, 1937), opposite Irene Dunne 7 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Gloomy Sunday and The Station Agent continue. Call for times.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: "For Your Consideration," a series of foreign films selected by their home countries for consideration for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, screens The Professional (Dusan Kovacevic, Serbia, 2003), a black comedy about a businessman's feud with a State Security policeman Fri 7 p.m., Sat 9 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: "For Your Consideration" -- Manoel de Oliveira's A Talking Picture (Portugal, 2003) puts us aboard a cruise to India with John Malkovich, Irene Pappas, and Catherine Deneuve Sat 7 p.m., Sun 9 p.m.

SUNDAY: Cary Grant's "A Century of Elegance" -- His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940) finds Grant a fast-talking editor outconning everyone in Chicago 7 p.m.

MONDAY: "For Your Consideration" -- A romantic epic set during World War II, Zelary (Ondrej Trojan, Czech Republic, 2003) 4, 7 p.m.

TUESDAY: "For Your Consideration" -- A Finnish girl's duel with her teacher (Bibi Andersson), Elina -- As If I Wasn't There (Klaus Häro, Finland, 2001) 7, 9 p.m.

RED VIC

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 & THURSDAY: The slums of Brazil are a City of God (Fernando Meirelles, Brazil, 2002) 7, 9:35 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Macaulay Culkin is home alone in a disco bloodbath in Party Monster (Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, 2002) 7:15, 9:25 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: Noam Chomsky takes on the media in Manufacturing Consent (Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick, Canada, 1992) 2, 5:20, 8:45 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Jan 20 & 21): The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain, Ireland, 2003) takes viewers inside the coup attempt against Venezuela's Hugo Chavez 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

ROXIE

3117 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the USA.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Duncan Roy's AKA (U.K., 2003) -- see Ongoing for more 8:45 p.m.; also Wed 4 p.m. , with a separate-admission screening of Charlie Chaplin's still-brilliant satire Modern Times (1936) at 7 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m. See Ongoing for review.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call theater for program.

VICTORIA THEATRE

2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY (Jan. 16 & 17): The latest installment of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation continues weekend screenings through Jan. 31. $9 8:30, 10:30 p.m.

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