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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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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 or Bill McCoy on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 31-Jan. 2): A new print of Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris (U.S.S.R., 1972), a remarkable work of human-alien encounter in hypnotic slow motion. Not to be confused with the recent, elliptical adaptation by Steven Soderbergh. See Ongoing for review 1, 4:30, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY: A mini-Tarkovsky retrospective -- not that there's anything minimal about anything this director did -- continues with his second work of science fiction, Stalker (U.S.S.R., 1979), wherein the title figure leads the Writer and the Professor through the Zone in search of the Room 1, 4:30, 8 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Tarkovsky rings the bell with the medieval fresco Andrei Roublev (U.S.S.R., 1966) 1:30, 4:15, 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY & TUESDAY: Tarkovsky's first feature, Ivan's Childhood (U.S.S.R., 1964; 3:10, 7:10 p.m.), about a Russian boy behind enemy lines in World War II. His The Mirror (U.S.S.R., 1974; 1, 5:05, 9:10 p.m.) has two faces, the personal and the political, in a dying man's reverie.

FINE ARTS CINEMA

2451 Shattuck (at Haste), Berkeley, (510) 848-1143 and www.fineartscinema.com. $7 save as noted. A winter season continues for this innovatively programmed art house.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Dec. 31 & Jan. 1): Theater closed.

THURSDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY (Jan. 2-8): It's hot rodder heaven with two early-'70s classics. George Lucas' American Graffiti (1973; 7 p.m.) proves that everyone -- yes, even George Lucas -- has a good autobiographical film deep down inside, and unlike recent efforts it is well-written, well-acted, and pixel-free. Drive-in meets art house in Monte Hellman's Two-Lane Blacktop (1971; 9:05 p.m.; also Sun 4:50 p.m.), with James Taylor and Dennis Wilson as a pair of enigmatic grease monkeys. Highly recommended.

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): James Bond vs. Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton, U.K., 1964), screening through Jan. 19 6:15, 8:15, 10:15 p.m.

JEZEBEL'S JOINT

510 Larkin (at Turk), 820-3907, www.sfindie.com. This "Rock 'n' Roll DJ Bar" offers an "SF IndieFest MicroCinema." All screenings are followed by DJ music at 10 p.m. Free.

TUESDAY (Dec. 31): No films scheduled.

WEDNESDAY (Jan. 1): Closed for National Hangover Day.

THURSDAY (Jan. 2): The weird world of They Might Be Giants is exposed in Gigantic 8 p.m.

FRIDAY (Jan. 3): After the apocalypse, survivors survive Ever Since the World Ended 8 p.m.

MONDAY (Jan. 6): Buster Keaton's brilliant wedding-bell-blues comedy Seven Chances (1925) 8 p.m.

TUESDAY (Jan. 7): Chinese Hopping Vampires populate, or should we say depopulate, Mr. Vampire (Ricky Lau, Hong Kong, 1985) 8 p.m.

OPERA PLAZA

601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 352-0810, www.landmarktheatres.com. Taking over from the Lumiere this season, 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.

TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Dec. 31-Jan. 2): Call for films and times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 3-9): Kim Ki-Duk's The Isle (Korea, 2000); see Opening for review. Call for times.

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.

TUESDAY (Dec. 31): A New Year's Eve Toga Party is accompanied by a screening of John Landis' Animal House (1978), plus live entertainment. $30 8 p.m.

THURSDAY (Jan. 2): Giant turtle saves the world in the entertaining Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (Shusuke Kaneko, Japan, 1995), with live special guests 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. $8.50 save as noted. This three-screen repertory theater is operated by the Film Institute of Northern California. Programs are complex; check carefully and call for confirmation.

TUESDAY (Dec. 31): Closed for the holiday.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, Australia, 2002) 6:45, 8:45 p.m.; also Wed 4:30 p.m. Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Paul Justman, 2002) 6:45, 9 p.m.; also Wed 4:45 p.m. Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001) 6:30, 8:30 p.m.; also Wed 4 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

STARTS FRIDAY: Personal Velocity (Rebecca Miller, 2002); see Ongoing for review. Call theater for times and other films.

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.

TUESDAY (Dec. 31): Closed for the holiday.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Ron Fricke's ecumenical celebration of life, Baraka (1992) 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Those 24 Hour Party People (Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2002) create punk and raise a ruckus in '70s-'90s Manchester 7:15, 9:40 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Cross-cultural music and myth, Take 1 -- Marcel Camus' Black Orpheus (France/Brazil, 1959) rides a streetcar named doom 2, 4:15, 7:15, 9:25 p.m.

MONDAY: Cross-cultural music and myth, Take 2 -- Joseph Gaï Ramaka's Karmen Geï (Senegal, 2000) sets Bizet's Carmen in modern Africa 7:15, 9:40 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Jan. 7 & 8): Before signs, there were Crop Circles (William Gazecki, U.K., 2002) 7, 9:25 p.m.; also Wed 2 p.m.

ROXIE

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

DAILY: The Roxie's discovery, the overwhelmingly popular art documentary Rivers and Tides (Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, 2001), returns to this screen through Jan. 7. See Ongoing for review Tues (Dec. 31) 2, 4:15, 6:30 p.m.; Wed, Sat, & Sun 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 p.m.; Thurs, Fri, Mon, & Tues (Jan. 7) 6:30, 8:45 p.m.

SHATTUCK

2230 Shattuck (at Kittredge), Berkeley, (510) 843-3456, www.landmarktheatres.com. $9. This venerable theater assigns one of its eight screens to repertory programming. For the rest of the Shattuck's schedule, see our Showtimes page.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Call for films and times.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 3-9): Kim Ki-Duk's The Isle (Korea, 2000); see Opening for review. Call for times.

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.

DAILY (closed Mondays and this Wednesday, New Year's Day): Screenings of "Bay Area Now 3" programs of recent documentaries continue through Jan. 12, free with gallery admission. On Wednesdays, children speak freely in No Dumb Questions (Melissa Regan, 2001) and She Wants to Talk to You (Anita Chang, 2001); on Thursdays, See How They Run (Emily Morse, Kelly Duane, and Tony Saxe, 2001) the 2000 mayor's race; on Fridays, a roller derby queen is Demon of the Derby (Sharon Marie Rutter, 2001); on Saturdays, the dot-com era's Boom! The Sound of Eviction (Francine Cavanaugh, A. Mark Liiv, Adams Wood, 2001) is recalled; on Sundays, a profile of lovely life in Livermore (Rachel Raney and David Murray, 2002); on Tuesdays, Artists in Exile: A Story of Modern Dance in San Francisco by Austin Forbord and Shelley Trott (2000) noon.

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