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LITTLE ROXIE

3125 16th St. (at Valencia), 863-1087, www.roxie.com. $8 save as noted. Popular holdover programs from the "big" Roxie two doors down.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: "Fear and the selling of American Empire" after 9/11 is tackled in the Michael Moore-less Hijacking Catastrophe (Jeremy Earp and Sut Jhally, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6:30, 8, 9:30 p.m.

STARTS FRIDAY: The Hunting of the President (Nickolas Perry and Harry Thomason, 2004). See Ongoing for review 6, 9 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2 p.m. Hijacking Catastrophe 7:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4 p.m.

MECHANICS' INSTITUTE LIBRARY

57 Post (near Market), 393-0100 and www.milibrary.org for information; phone or e-mail rsvp@milibrary.org for reservations. $5. This cultural asset of long standing screens films on a regular basis. Shown on projected video, with salon-style discussions to follow.

FRIDAY (Aug. 6): Life is a Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972) 6:30 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: Alexander Sokurov's Father and Son (Russia, 2003). See Ongoing for review 2:40, 5:10, 7:40 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Aug. 6-12): Maximilian Schell's My Sister Maria (Austria, 2002). See Opening for review. 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: An "Exploit-O-Scope" series screens William Castle's Mr. Sardonicus (1961), with audiences passing judgment via a "Punishment Poll" 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: A free screening of From the Pole to the Equator (Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, Italy, 1986), a close look at silent-era travel footage 5:30 p.m. A Luchino Visconti series opens with his neorealist look at oppressed Sicilian fishermen, La Terra Trema (Italy, 1948) 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY: Visconti's all-stops-out family melodrama Rocco and His Brothers (Italy, 1960) 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY: An excellent Visconti double bill, Bellissima (Italy, 1951; 7 p.m.), a tragicomedy set in a film studio, and Senso (Italy, 1954; 9:15 p.m.), a romantic tragedy set during the war of the 1860s.

SUNDAY: La Terra Trema 5:30 p.m.

MONDAY: Theater closed.

TUESDAY: "Existing on Its Ruins," films and videos shot in wreckage, includes Abigail Child's Dinkinsville (1991), filmed in a homeless encampment, and Louis Bourque's Going Back Home 7:30 p.m.

PARAMOUNT

2025 Broadway (at 20th Street), Oakland, (510) 465-6400, www.paramounttheatre.com. $6. This beautifully restored picture palace's ongoing "Movie Classics Series" regularly includes a feature plus a newsreel, cartoon, previews, and a few spins of the Dec-O-Win prize wheel.

FRIDAY (Aug. 6): Christopher Reeve travels to 1912 to win Jane Seymour Somewhere in Time (Jeannot Szwarc, 1980), a romance with an avid cult following. Doors open at 7 p.m., film at 8 p.m.

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.

THURSDAY (Aug. 5): The movie spinoff of the hit TV series Batman (Leslie Martinson, 1966) has lots of ZAP and POW, not to mention Lee Meriwether as Catwoman. $6 9:15 p.m.

MIDNIGHT SHOW (Saturday): The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), with live performance by Barely Legal. $6. See Ongoing for review.

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: The Hunting of the President (Nickolas Perry and Harry Thomason, 2004) 6:30 p.m. The Corporation (Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Canada, 2003) 8:30 p.m. Maria Full of Grace (Joshua Marston, 2004) 6:45, 9 p.m. The Story of the Weeping Camel (Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni, Mongolia, 2003) 7, 9:10 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

STARTS FRIDAY: The Corporation, The Hunting of the President, Maria Full of Grace, and The Story of the Weeping Camel continue. Call for times.

SATURDAY (Aug. 7): The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (925/275-9490 or www.sfjff.org) begins at this venue with Israeli and Palestinian teens seeking peace in Seeds (Boyle and Safinia) 1:30 p.m. Ivy Meeropol's film about her grandparents, the Rosenbergs, Heir to an Execution 4:15 p.m. Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music (Neville) 6:30 p.m. Delroy Lindo mentors an 11-year-old in cricket in Wondrous Oblivion (Morrison, U.K.) 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY (Aug. 8): SFJFF -- Short films from the Sam Spiegel Film School 12:15 p.m. The Fight (Goodman) re-creates the Joe Louis-Max Schmeling fight of 1938 2:30 p.m. Daniel Anker's Imaginary Witness, on Hollywood and the Holocaust 4:30 p.m. Ernst Lubitsch's outstanding black-comic war comedy To Be or Not to Be (1942) 6:30 p.m. Kafka bugs out in Metamorphosis (Fokin, Russia) 8:45 p.m.

MONDAY (Aug. 9): SFJFF -- The Boat Is Full (Marcus Imhoof, Switzerland, 1981) exploded the myth of benevolent Swiss neutrality during World War II 6:30 p.m. Alila (Gitai, Israel) 8:45 p.m.

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: Guy Maddin conjures up The Saddest Music in the World (Canada, 2004) 2, 7:15, 9:25 p.m.

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: French anime, dubbed by Kirsten Dunst -- Kaena: The Prophecy (Chris Delaporte and Pascal Pinon, France, 2004). See Opening for review 7:15, 9:15 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2, 4 p.m.

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