$4.50-$8. 108 E. Butler Ave. 215.345.7855. www.amblertheater.com
(Shown on video): Not a filmic adaptation of the classic Sonic Youth album, but a collection of 18 animated shorts from Sweden. Apparently the country's no longer lorded over culturally by August Strindberg and Ingmar Bergman; the night's description promises the wares "range from the whimsically surreal to the darkly perverse--and everywhere in between." Thurs., Dec. 6, 7pm.
(1990) (Shown on DVD): Please come out of retirement, Joe Pesci. Your 30 seconds in The Good Shepherd don't count. C Sat., Dec. 8, 11am.
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
$3.50-$9.25 (unless otherwise noted). 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. 610.527.9898. www.brynmawrfilm.org
(Shown on video): See Ambler Theater. Wed., Dec. 5, 7pm.
The Polar Express
(2004) (Shown on DVD): Through the technically impressive but downright creepy use of digital performance capture technology, Robert Zemeckis turns Chris Van Allsburg's picturesque children's book into mandatory family fun, with a slew of Tom Hankses scampering about on a choo-choo bound for the North Pole. Back circa Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Zemeckis knew technological marvels still required care in other departments. With this and Beowulf, he's merely a slave to wizardry. C+ Sat., Dec. 8, 11am.
$4.50-$8.50. 20 E. State St., Doylestown. 215.345.6789. www.countytheater.com
(2003) (Shown on DVD): Believe it or not, this is only the first film in which the lovely Zooey Deschanel makes out with Will Ferrell. See also: Winter Passing. B- Sat., Dec. 8, 11am.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Free, reservations required. University of Pennsylvania, 36th and Sansom sts. 215.898.7108. www.icaphila.org
Her Noise: The Making Of
(2007) (Shown on video): A monthly function at London's Lux Centre devoted to female artists, "Her Noise" gets showcased in this doc from Marina Rosenfeld. (Not reviewed.) Wed., Dec. 5, 8pm.
$5. 7141 Germantown Ave. 215.247.3020. www.mtairyvideolibrary.com