The Bourne Ultimatum
(2007) (Shown on DVD): People who say Paul Greengrass' third Bourne installment is all jittery nonsense are talking nonsense themselves. Each shot, no matter how short, conveys a key piece of information--a jarring equivalent of its protagonist's inhumanly quicksilver thinking patterns. If there's a better sequence this year than the Waterloo Station piece ... A- Fri., Dec. 14-Sat., Dec. 15, 8pm; Sun., Dec. 16, 7pm.
Scribe Video Center
$10. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.422.4201. www.scribe.org
Savoring the Salt: A Celebration of the Film Work of Toni Cade Bambara
(Shown on video): In between her duties as an activist, author and professor, Toni Cade Bambera, who died in 1995, taught at Scribe and helped make a series of DIY, short-subject documentaries. This look back on her life and career will feature a panel discussion with Savoring the Salt: The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara authors Linda Janet Holmes and Cheryl A. Wall, as well as screenings of two films she worked on. The appropriately incendiary The Bombing of Osage Avenue from 1986 limns the tragic attack by police on West Philly's MOVE headquarters on Mother's Day, 1985, which resulted in 61 destroyed homes and 11 deaths. More Than Property from 1993 looks at the United Hands Community Land Trust, a multiracial home ownership organization dedicated to affordable housing for low-income people. Thurs., Dec. 13, 7pm.
$3. 1003 Arch St. 215.922.LIVE. www.thetroc.com
(2003) (Shown on film): See Bryn Mawr Film Institute. B Mon., Dec. 17, 8pm.
University of Pennsylvania
$5-$10. Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3608 Walnut St. 215.898.3900. www.pennpresents.org
Billy the Kid
(2007) (Shown on film): A recent release in New York, Jennifer Venditti's acclaimed doc does the sneak preview rounds, with Venditti--a longtime casting director turned director--in tow. Her subject is Billy, a 15-year-old Maine resident with behavioral problems that render him gawky and awkward but quite the talker. A Kiss-head with an encyclopedic knowledge of horror films and serial killers, Billy falls for an older waitress with a similar disorder, and the film captures their strange, possibly tragic courtship. (Not reviewed.) Thurs., Dec. 13, 7:30pm.
WHYY Independence Foundation Civic Space
Free. 150 N. Sixth St. 215.351.0511. www.whyy.org