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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: Kinsey (Bill Condon, 2004) 7, 9:15 p.m. Travellers & Magicians (Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan, 2003) 6:30, 8:50 p.m. Short Cut to Nirvana (Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day, 2004) 6:45 p.m. In the Realms of the Unreal (Jessica Yu, 2004) 8:35 p.m. See Ongoing for reviews.

FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY: Kinsey, Travellers & Magicians, Short Cut to Nirvana, and In the Realms of the Unreal continue. Call for times.

FRIDAY: "Global Lens," an international film series of new works intended to "promote cross-cultural understanding through cinema," opens with the sock factory comedy Whisky (Rebella and Stoll, Uruguay) 6:45 p.m. An Angolan civil war orphan is lost in the Hollow City (Ganga, Angola) 9 p.m.

SATURDAY: "Global Lens" -- Hollow City 2 p.m. An amnesiac taxi driver wonders What's a Human Anyway? (Erdem, Turkey) 4 p.m. A boy leads two water buffalo on a dangerous trek in Buffalo Boy (Minh, Vietnam) 6:45 p.m. A promised visit by President Clinton lights a Bosnian Fuse (Zalica) 9 p.m.

SUNDAY: "Global Lens" -- A Chinese indie about a rebel who dons a policeman's Uniform (Diao) 2 p.m. An exile returns to his small town in Kabala (Kouyate, Mali) 4 p.m. Whisky 6:30 p.m. An unemployed cook dons drag to find work in Lili's Apron (Galperin, Argentina) 8:45 p.m.

MONDAY: "Global Lens" -- A Swiss-raised woman seeks her mother in the desert in Daughter of Keltoum (Charef, Algeria) 6:45 p.m. An actress takes up prostitution in Today and Tomorrow (Chomski, Argentina) 9 p.m.

TUESDAY: "Global Lens" -- Hollow City 6:45 p.m. Buffalo Boy 9 p.m.

RED VIC

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

WEDNESDAY: What the Tarnation (Jonathan Caouette, 2004)?!? 2, 7:15, 9:15 p.m.

THURSDAY: Penelope Spheeris charts The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) in this document of the L.A. punk scene 7:15, 9:25 p.m.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: End of the Century (Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia, 2004) tells the tale of the Ramones 7:15, 9:30 p.m.; also Sat 2, 4:15 p.m.

SUNDAY & MONDAY: What is truth? What is reality? What the #$*! Do We Know!? (Mark Vincente, Betsy Chasse, William Arntz, 2004), one of last year's sleeper hits 7:15, 9:35 p.m.; also Sun 2, 4:20 p.m.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY (Jan. 25 & 26): Zak Penn's mockumentary Incident at Loch Ness (2004) pits Werner Herzog against the legendary Nessie /i>7:15, 9:20 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:15 p.m.

ROXIE

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

DAILY: Fear meets Freud in The Century of the Self (Adam Curtis, U.K., 2002); see Ongoing for review. Parts 1 & 2 ($8) 7 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 2 p.m. Parts 3 & 4 ($4) 9:10 p.m.; also Wed, Sat, & Sun 4:10 p.m.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Alexandra's Project (Rolf de Heer, Australia, 2003). See Ongoing for review 7, 9:15 p.m.; also Wed 2, 4:30 p.m.

FRIDAY THROUGH THURSDAY (Jan. 21-27): A Talking Picture (Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal, 2003); see Opening for review 6, 8 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 2 p.m. Short Cut to Nirvana (Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day, 2004) 9:45 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 4 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Koret Visitor Education Center, 151 Third St. (between Mission and Howard), 357-4000, www.sfmoma.org. Screenings are free with museum admission of $10.

DAILY (closed Wednesday): "Roy Lichtenstein in Context" Thurs 2:30, 4, 7:30 p.m.; Fri 2:30, 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 1, 3 p.m.; Mon & Tues 2:30, 4 p.m.

SATURDAY (Jan. 22): A program of the videos of Mary Lucier presents an hourlong screening of her works from "The 1990s and Beyond: Figure and Ground" every Saturday this month 4 p.m.

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. A winter season of Fred Astaire musicals continues. Closed Monday through Thursday.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Astaire thaws out Soviet ice princess Cyd Charisse in the Cold War musical Silk Stockings (Rouben Mamoulian, 1957; 7:30 p.m.; also Sat & Sun 3:10 p.m.), screening with Daddy Long Legs (Jean Negulesco, 1955; 5:15, 9:35 p.m.), with Leslie Caron playing the Mary Pickford part in this version of an oft-remade film.

VICTORIA THEATRE

2961 16th St. (at Mission), 863-7576, www.victoriatheatre.org. This venerable old house frequently rents itself out for special screenings.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY: The 2004 edition of Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation has been held over through January. That's just sick! $9 7:30, 9:30 p.m., midnight.

FILM NOTES

The Independent Film Channel's movie trivia game "The Ultimate Film Fanatic Challenge" offers buffs a real-time chance at prizes and humiliation, this week at Who's Your Daddy? (655 Sutter, 923-9090), Thursday through Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. Contact www.ifctv.com or call (212) 563-7656 for more information.

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