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Commentary by Gregg Rickman ( 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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2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 843-FILM, $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: The Same River Twice (Robb Moss, 2003); see Ongoing for review 7:30, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 30-Feb. 5): Nicolas Philibert's To Be and to Have (2002); see Opening for review 7:10, 9:40 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2:15, 4:45 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY:The Fog of War (Errol Morris, 2003); see Ongoing for review 6:45, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 1:45, 4:15 p.m.


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

WEDNESDAY (Jan. 28): Gérard Depardieu stars as a hustler-philosopher tangling with the Nazis in World War II in Claude Berri's Uranus (France, 1990)7 p.m.

SATURDAY (Jan. 31): A Juliette Binoche series opens with Jean-Paul Rappeneau's swashbuckler The Horseman on the Roof (France, 1995) 2 p.m.


992 Valencia (at 21st Street), 824-3890, $5 save as noted. This venue offers all manner of strange and unusual video and film.

FRIDAY (Jan. 30): A "Gravity Records Screening" of videos for The Locust, The Rapture, Tristeza, The Black Heart Procession, Mens Recovery Project, Sea of Tombs, and more. Plus live music by Winfred E. Eye 8 p.m.

TUESDAY (Feb. 3): The Super-8 Club meets here ever first Tuesday. Free 7 p.m.


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

FRIDAY (Jan. 30): Don Siegel's candy-colored adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's short story The Killers (1964) finds John Cassavetes the doomed patsy of hitman Lee Marvin, gangster Ronald Reagan, and moll Angie Dickinson 7, 9 p.m.

SATURDAY (Jan. 31): Stanley Kubrick's B&W nightmare Dr. Strangelove (1964) finds President Peter Sellers the patsy of mad general Sterling Hayden and mad scientist Peter Sellers 7, 9 p.m.

SUNDAY (Feb. 1): Dr. Strangelove 5 p.m. The Killers 7:15 p.m. Separate admission.


429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120,, $8 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: A two-week Noir City festival of the dark cinema of the 1940s and '50s continues with two adaptations of noir novelist Cornell Woolrich, Phantom Lady (Robert Siodmak, 1944,1:20, 5, 9 p.m.), with Ella Raines trying to save her boss from a murder rap, and Deadline at Dawn (Harold Clurman, 1946; 3:10, 7 p.m.), with Susan Hayward trying to save a sailor from a murder rap. Is there a pattern here?

THURSDAY: Noir City concludes with two starring sometime "Oomph Girl" Ann Sheridan: The Unfaithful (Vincent Sherman, 1947; 7 p.m.), an L.A.-set reworking of The Letter, and as a Woman on the Run (Norman Foster, 1950; 9:15 p.m.) through San Francisco.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan.30- Feb. 4): Nicolas Philibert's To Be and to Have (2002); see Opening for review 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 p.m.


2534 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), 648-7600, 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.

DAILY (Closed Monday): 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.


3105 Shattuck (at Prince), Berkeley, (510) 849-2568, This cafe for activists offers occasional film and video screenings.

SATURDAY (Jan. 31): The debut of the final cut of Viva Chile M...! A Tribute to the Life and Work of Fernando Alegria (2004), a Chilean-American activist, with proceeds to film producer the Western Institute for Social Research. $14 4:30 p.m.


2575 Bancroft (at Bowditch), Berkeley, (510) 642-1124, $8, second show $2. The East Bay mecca for film scholars, part of UC Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.

WEDNESDAY: A UCB film history class open to the public screens early short films from "Edison to Early Griffith," hosted by professor Marilyn Fabe 3 p.m. "They Might Be Giants," a series of historically important video works, continues with When Video Came (Andres Tapia-Urzua and Ralph Vituccio, 2003), a history of video art, and a program of works by pioneer Nam June Paik, including an excerpt from Global Groove (1973) and Blue Studio: Five Segments (1975-6), a collaboration with Merce Cunningham 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A series of films by Swedish pioneer Victor Sjöström continues with The Girl from the Marsh Croft (1917), an adaptation of Nobelist Selma Lagerlöf's novel about an out-of-wedlock child 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: A parallel series of films by tough-guy auteur Anthony Mann screens the tragic "pro-Indian western" Devil's Doorway (1950; 7 p.m.), with Robert Taylor as a cheated Shoshone. Also, Mann's first film of several with Jimmy Stewart -- whose image he toughened up -- Winchester '73 (1950; 9:10 p.m.)

SATURDAY: More Mann -- one of the director's bests, The Naked Spur (1953; 7 p.m. ), with Stewart a vengeance-driven bounty hunter, and The Tall Target (1951; 8:50 p.m.), an entertaining historical tale of an 1861 assassination plot against Abraham Lincoln.


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