Dreaming of a white Christmas? You're probably out of luck. But for those whose holiday celebrations traditionally involve a trip to the movies – as well as those who've lost their taste for the TBS network's annual 24-hour A Christmas Story marathon – San Francisco's indie theaters are serving up a seasonal concoction of time-honored Hollywood classics and contemporary Oscar hopefuls. Among them:
1. War Horse
Where: Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., 415-929-4650; Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., 415-221-8184
When: All 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
Jeff Goldblum isn’t really a morning person – much of the time, his sleep schedule is dictated by his work – but that doesn’t stop him from catching MSNBC’s Morning Joe whenever he can, sometimes as early as 3 a.m. if he’s lucky enough to be staying at his Los Angeles home.
Goldblum, the 58-year-old star of David Cronenberg’s 1986 sci-fi classic The Fly and, more recently, the USA network’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent, returns to the big screen this week with Morning Glory, the new comedy from director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) about a work-obsessed TV producer charged with rescuing a floundering morning talk show.
Duncan Jones wasn’t pleased with the state of contemporary science-fiction cinema. So he did something about it.
Best known as the son of music icon David Bowie, Jones, 38 – a.k.a. Zowie Bowie – has established himself as a director of high-concept commercials and low-budget music videos. Now, the College of Wooster graduate, who grew up filming Star Wars-inspired one-stop animation movies on an eight-millimeter camera with his father, has moved to the big screen with his impressively cerebral feature-length debut, Moon.