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Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

What better way to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas than with two blood-curdling chillers – The Birds and The Shining – playing this weekend at the Castro? Elsewhere, Paul McCartney: The Love We Make, which follows the onetime Beatle around New York in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, arrives Friday at the Roxie Theater.

1. The Birds

Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: Dec. 16

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

Seeking an antidote to the holiday season's traditional tidings of great joy? Director Takeshi Kitano (1997's Fireworks) returns this week at the Lumiere Theatre with Outrage, a bloody, deliriously eccentric gangland drama about rival yakuza clans competing for the favor of their head family in the Japanese underworld. Elsewhere:

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Noir City Xmas
Where: Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., 415-621-6120
When: Dec. 14

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

December is here, leaving critics and industry insiders to sort through the year's offerings, separating the contenders from the pretenders in the race for Oscar gold. This weekend brings to the Bay Area a popular dark horse: The Artist, a love letter to the era of silent cinema that could upset expected favorites War Horse, The Descendants and Hugo this February at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

Mill Valley Festival to Close Tonight with Cannes Favorite 'The Artist'

The 34th Mill Valley Film Festival comes to a close tonight with The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius' Palme d'Or-nominated romance about a silent-movie star (Jean Dujardin, of last year's Little White Lies) whose burgeoning love affair with an up-and-coming young dancer (Bérénice Bejo) coincides with the rise of talking pictures.

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