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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 I & II

2128 Center (at Shattuck), Berkeley, (510) 464-5980, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9.25 save as noted. One of this venue's two screens is a "calendar house" for Landmark Theatres. For additional screenings, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: 39 Pounds of Love (Dani Menkin, 2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 16-22): Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan, 2001). Call for times.

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

345 Bush (at Polk), 775-7755, www.afsf.com. French-language films shown on projected video. $6 donation.

WEDNESDAY (Dec. 14): Two screenwriters whip a script into shape in the self-referential comedy A l'attaque (Robert Guédiguian, France, 2000) 6 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.

WEDNESDAY (Dec. 14): "Interactive Animations," a program of new work from City College of San Francisco students. $3 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (Dec. 15): Short films from CCSF's Directing for Motion Pictures class. $3 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Dec. 16): ATA's "fundraiser blowout party," "The Work of Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction," includes live music and a telethon. $10-50 7-11 p.m.

SATURDAY (Dec. 17): Other Cinema concludes its fall season with a program of "New Experimental Works" including Martha Colburn's Cosmetic Emergency, Damon Packard's Wedding Video, Kerry Laitala's Torchlight Tango, and Noel Lawrence's Sex Crimes of the 20th Century 8:30 p.m.

BALBOA

3630 Balboa (at 38th Avenue), 221-8484, www.balboamovies.com. $8.50 save as noted. This great neighborhood house shows films of all sorts. See our Showtimes page for additional listings.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: A dance company history's recalled in Ballets Russes (Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine, 2005) 2:35, 6:30 p.m. An Orthodox couple prays for a child in the Israeli hit Ushpizin (Giddi Dar, 2004) 12:50, 4:45, 8:40 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: "Samurai!," a festival of famous and little-seen Japanese martial arts classics, continues with Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron (Hideo Gosha, 1978; 3:25, 8:15 p.m.), nearly three hours of all-star intrigue, and the peppy, 86-minute Zatoichi the Fugitive (Tokuzo Tanaka, 1963; 1:40, 6:30 p.m.), fourth in the series about the good-hearted and unlucky blind swordsman.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: "Samurai!" -- Masaki Kobayashi's excellent Samurai Rebellion (1967; 12:10, 4:40, 9:10 p.m.), starring Toshiro Mifune as a put-upon retainer, screens with Mifune rampant as the outcast-turned-hero Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa, 1961; 2:30, 7 p.m.).

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: "Samurai!" -- Kurosawa's genre landmark The Seven Samurai (1954) 12:10, 4:05, 8 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: "Samurai!" -- Tatsuya Nakadai is a mad-dog killer wielding the Sword of Doom (Kihachi Okamoto, 1968; 12:30, 4:45, 9 p.m.), screening with Toshiro Mifune in a gentler take on his masterless ronin from Yojimbo, Sanjuro (Kurosawa, 1962; 2:50, 7:05 p.m.).

BLAKE'S

2367 Telegraph (at Durant), Berkeley, (510) 848-0886 for venue; (510) 464-4680 and www.verticalpool.com for this program.

TUESDAY (Dec. 20): A time-traveling librarian from 2023 visits Seattle before its collapse in Antero Alli's "cyber-fi" feature The Drivetime (1999). Free 7 p.m.

CASTRO

429 Castro (near Market), 621-6120, www.thecastrotheatre.com. $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 on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

WEDNESDAY: Rosalind Russell is the life-loving Auntie Mame (Morton DaCosta, 1958). Call for times.

THURSDAY: The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus performs "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Call for times.

FRIDAY: Wish Mr. Potter a Merry Christmas at the Castro's screening of Frank Capra's holiday perennial It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Call for times.

SATURDAY THROUGH FRIDAY (Dec. 17-23): Richard Brooks' careful adaptation of Truman Capote's true-crime drama In Cold Blood (1967). Call for times.

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.

DAILY (Closed Mondays): Forget Conan, follow Pelle the Conqueror (Bille August, Denmark/Sweden, 1988), screening through Dec. 23. Max von Sydow stars as a struggling farmer. "First showing" of this 150-minute movie at 6:30 p.m.

LARK

549 Magnolia (at Post), Larkspur, 924-5111, www.larktheater.net. This single-screen art deco theater mixes new and repertory programming. $9 save as noted.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Kicked out of Hogwarts, Chris Columbus has to pay the Rent (2005) 6:45, 9:20 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: "Three suburban dads become filmmakers in search of the meaning of life" in Ward Powers' documentary One (2005) Fri & Tues 7, 9 p.m.; Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:45, 7 p.m.; Mon 5 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Richard Attenborough takes on the role of department-store Santa Kris Kringle in the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th Street (Les Mayfield). $8 Sat 5 p.m.; Sun 4:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: Jake Gyllenhaal gets to know his rabbit in the sci-fi cult film Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly, 2001/2004), screening in the longer, director's cut 9:45 p.m.

MONDAY: The Band plays The Last Waltz (Martin Scorsese, 1979) in the rockumentary parodied by Spinal Tap. Film $9 7 p.m. "Dinner and a movie" tickets available soon.

TUESDAY: Miracle on 34th Street (1994). $8 4:30 p.m.

OPERA PLAZA

601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. This multiplex is only partly a "calendar house" rep theater. For the rest of the Opera Plaza's schedule, see our Showtimes page. $8.75.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: 39 Pounds of Love (Dani Menkin, 2005) 2, 4:45, 7:30, 9:50 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 16-22): Pulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan, 2001). 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 Berkeley's Art Museum, thrives at its on-campus location, up the steps on Bancroft between Telegraph Avenue and the Hearst Gym.

WEDNESDAY: A restored print of Sam Peckinpah's last western, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: Three short stories told on film by Provence's film poet, Marcel Pagnol, Letters From My Windmill (France, 1955) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: A Sam Peckinpah series concludes with his solid World War II drama Cross of Iron (U.S./Germany, 1977; 7 p.m.), screening with his last film, the convoluted domestic spy drama The Osterman Weekend (1983; 9:30 p.m.).

SATURDAY: The first two entries of Marcel Pagnol's "Fanny Trilogy," three films on the intertwined fate of friends, lovers, and companions in the port of Marseilles -- Marius (Alexander Korda, 1931; 6 p.m.) dreams of a life at sea; Fanny (Marc Allégret, 1932; 8:20 p.m.) is the girl he leaves behind.

SUNDAY: Fanny 3 p.m. The last stop in the trilogy is dear old Dad, César (Pagnol, 1936) 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Theater closed for the year -- programs resume Jan. 12.

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. $7 save as noted.

THURSDAY (Dec. 15): A "Reel Cult Freakout" screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick, 1993), the classic stop-motion animation, screening with trivia, prizes, and other festivities. $6 9:15 p.m.

SUNDAY (Dec. 18): Not in Our Name and Local 302 of the National Postal Mail Handler Union offer free screenings of Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (Robert Greenwald, 2005) 2, 5 p.m.

TUESDAY (Dec. 20): The Midnight Special Law Collective enlists The Blues Brothers (John Landis, 1980) for a fundraiser 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.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: A Touch of Spice (Tassos Boulmetis, Greece, 2003) 6:30 p.m. The Squid and the Whale (Noah Baumbach, 2005) 7 p.m. Naked in Ashes (Paula Fouce, 2005) 8:45 p.m. Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (Liam Lynch, 2005) 9 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Call for films and times.

RED VIC

1727 Haight (at Cole), 668-3994, www.redvicmoviehouse.com. $7 save as noted. There's a spot on the couch for you at this collectively owned rep house.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Joss Whedon's cinematic follow-up to his cult TV series Firefly, Serenity (2005) 7, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Can you take it? See what your favorite comedians are really like in The Aristocrats (Paul Provenza, 2005) 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: A new print of the jolting java jump I Am Cuba (Mikhail Kalazov, U.S.S.R./Cuba, 1964) 8 p.m.; also Sun 2, 5 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Dec. 20 & 21): Three convicts go Down by Law (Jim Jarmusch, 1986) in a New Orleans jail in this remarkable indie comedy 7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

ROXIE

3117 and 3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Short-run repertory on two screens, separated by a bar, in one of the most adventurously programmed theaters in the U.S.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Aristide and the Endless Revolution (Nicolas Rossier, Switzerland/U.S., 2005) 6:15, 8, 9:45 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. The Aristocrats (Paul Provenza, 2005) 7:15 p.m. "Killer" Kane is the New York Doll (Greg Whiteley, 2005) 9 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: Down to the Bone (Debra Granik, 2004); see Opening for review 7, 9 p.m.; also Sat, Sun, & Wed 2, 4:30 p.m. Call for other titles and times.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Koret Visitor Education Center (save as noted), 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $12.50, save as noted.

DAILY (Closed Wednesdays): A Kiki Smith exhibit offers Art:21:Stories (PBS, 2003) through Jan. 29 2 p.m. Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress (Marian Cajori, 1997) through Feb. 28 4 p.m.; Thurs 7:30 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY

Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, 100 Larkin (at Grove), 557-4400, http://sfpl.lib.ca.us. A weekly video program screens on Thursdays and occasional other days. Free.

THURSDAY (Dec. 15): "Down in New Orleans," a film series set in the landscape formerly known as the Big Easy, screens Always for Pleasure (Les Blank, 1978), documenting the city's music and food. Filmmaker in person noon.

STANFORD

221 University (at Emerson), Palo Alto, (650) 324-3700, www.stanfordtheatre.org. $6. This handsomely restored neighborhood palace usually (but not always) screens pre-1960 Hollywood fare in the best available prints, with excellent projection. Closed Monday through Wednesday.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: James Cagney sweeps all before him in the Busby Berkeley-choreographed musical Footlight Parade (Lloyd Bacon, 1933; 7:30 p.m.), screening with East Side of Heaven (David Butler, 1939; 5:50, 9:25 p.m.), with Bing Crosby taking in an abandoned baby. Joan Blondell co-stars in both.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Rita Hayworth is Gene Kelly's Cover Girl (Charles Vidor, 1944; 7:30 p.m.; also Sun 3:35 p.m.) in a colorful musical (music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Ira Gershwin) with some of Kelly's best choreography. Crosby and Fred Astaire team for Holiday Inn (Mark Sandrich, 1942; 5:35, 9:30 p.m.), the Irving Berlin-penned musical that introduced "White Christmas" to a waiting world.

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

701 Mission (at Third Street, in Yerba Buena Gardens), 978-2787, www.ybca.org. $8 save as noted. This venue's Screening Room is a home for film and video programs of all sorts.

WEDNESDAY (Dec. 14): A European-educated idealist returns home and enters politics in Tableau Ferraille (Moussa Sene Absa, 1997). $7 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY (Dec. 15): Suicide, murder, and more than 100 church burnings marked "The Scandinavian Black Metal Wars," documented in Metal Storm (Kier-la Janisse, Norway, 2000/2005). Back by popular demand -- an earlier screening sold out. $8 7, 9:45 p.m.

SUNDAY (Dec. 18): San Francisco Cinematheque screens Hungarian documentarian Péter Forgács' El Perro Negro: Stories of the Spanish Civil War (2005), a new view of the titular war based on surviving home movies. Program introduced by S.F. State's Bill Nichols 7:30 p.m.

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