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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.

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