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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 - recently refurbished, with new seats installed - designed by Timothy L. Pflueger. Evening intermissions feature David Hegarty or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.
DAILY: James Marsh's Wisconsin Death Trip (2000) screens through Jan. 9. See Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 1, 3, 5 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.
DAILY: Sonia Herman Dolz's Black Tears (Netherlands, 1997; 7:30 p.m.) follows five elderly Cuban musicians on a tour through Europe, while Chuck Workman's The Source (1999; 9:15 p.m.) documents the lives of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. Program screens through Jan. 9, which as we all know is Richard M. Nixon's birthday.
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: Tony Gatlif's Vengo (France, 2000). See Ongoing for review 5, 7:10, 9:30 p.m. FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 4-10): Henrique Goldman's Princesa (Italy/Brazil, 2001); see Opening for review 5:15, 7:40, 9:55 p.m.; also Fri-Sun 12:35, 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: Theater closed.
THURSDAY: The PFA reopens with a series spotlighting new Iranian directors. Tonight, Maziar Miri's Unfinished Song (2001), about a musicologist's attempt to record women's folk songs 7, 9 p.m.
FRIDAY: "Iran: New Directors" - Going By (Iraj Karimi, 2001), a comedic road movie 7, 9:15 p.m.
SATURDAY: "Iran: New Directors" - Reza Mir-Karimi's Under the Moonlight (2001) traces a young seminarian's discovery of poverty 7, 9 p.m.
SUNDAY: The Children's Film Festival shows the Iranian feature Paper Airplanes (Farhad Mahranfar, 1997), about the first screenings of films for isolated villagers. $4 1, 3 p.m. "Iran: New Directors" - Shrapnels in Peace (Ali Shah-Hatami, 2000) presents an apocalyptic vision of a postwar society 5:30 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed.
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, notably the biweekly "Thrillville" programs hosted by Will Viharo.
THURSDAY (Jan. 3): A "Thrillville" screening of what's promised to be a new print of Ishiro Honda's monster flick Mothra (Japan, 1961), plus an episode of the TV series Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot. $6 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 Street), San Rafael, 454-1222, www.finc.org. $8, increasing to $8.50 on Jan. 4. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: The Man Who Wasn't There (Joel Coen, 2001), Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001), Vengo (Tony Gatlif, France/Spain 2000), The Endurance (George Butler, 2000); call for times.
STARTS FRIDAY: The above films continue. Also, Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Kandahar (Iran, 2001). See Opening for review. Call for times.
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: Luis BuEuel's last film, That Obscure Object of Desire (Spain, 1977), is one of his strongest, a reflection on the nature of love 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Tom Waits' concert film Big Time (Chris Blum, 1988) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.
SUNDAY: Andrei Tarkovsky's last film and testament, The Sacrifice (Sweden, 1986), on a man's obsession with the likelihood of atomic war 2, 5, 8 p.m.
MONDAY & TUESDAY: Chris Marker's video documentary portrait of Tarkovsky, One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich (France, 1999) screens with Marker's wonderful film La Jetée (France, 1964) at 7:15, 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.
DAILY: Robert Mulligan's Civil Rights-era classic To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) screens in a studio archive print. It's thanks to this film that Gregory Peck's a father figure for Tom Cruise (at least in Vanilla Sky), and it provides one of Robert Duvall's best-known roles, in his film debut as Boo Radley 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4:30 p.m.
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.