$4.50-$8.50. 108 E. Butler Ave. 215.345.7855. www.amblertheater.com
(2006) (Shown on DVD): Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, David Cross and Dick Van Dyke lend their voices to this take on the Margret and H.A. Rey books. I've been told that, like its source, the movie's not even a little appropriate for anyone older than four. (Not reviewed.) Sat., Jan. 5. Call for time.
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
$3.50-$9.25 (unless otherwise noted). 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. 610.527.9898. www.brynmawrfilm.org
The Dark Crystal
(1982) (Shown on DVD): At the top of his game and given carte blanche to do whatever, Jim Henson nurtured his dark side with this immersive all-puppet fantasy about the battle between cute, big-eared Gelflings and ugly, scary Skeksis. Featuring sights like disembodied eyeballs and one character's sudden decay, it's the kind of kiddie fare no one would greenlight today--though they damn well should. B Sat., Jan. 5, 11am.
West Side Story
(1961) (Shown on film): Read Pauline Kael's legendary smackdown of Leonard Bernstein's desecration of Romeo and Juliet--you know, the one where the latter lives--then see if you still think it's just fine. C Wed., Jan. 9, 7pm.
$4-$7. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. 610.917.0223. www.thecolonialtheatre.com
The Black Stallion
(1979) (Shown on film): Haven't seen it since before I could walk, but word is Carroll Ballard's tale of a boy, a horse and an island is beautiful and transporting much the way 2001 is beautiful and transporting. (The terrific Caleb Deschanel did the lensing.) With Mickey Rooney and Teri Garr on the mainland. (Not reviewed.) Sat., Jan. 5, 2pm.
On the Town
(1949) (Shown on film): The great director Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain, Two for the Road) debuted, fully formed, with this Gene Kelly/Frank Sinatra/Jules Munshin joint with the three as sailors scampering about New York, sometimes with Vera-Ellen, Ann Miller and Betty Garrett. There's no story to speak of--just all-out production design insanity and top-shelf hoofing. A- Sun., Jan. 6, 2pm.
$4.50-$8.50. 20 E. State St., Doylestown. 215.345.6789. www.countytheater.com
The Wild Thornberrys Movie
(2002) (Shown on DVD): Produced by the same group that wrought Rugrats, the Nickelodeon show about a globetrotting adventurer family graduated to the big screen, complete with songs by Paul Simon. (Not reviewed.) Sat., Jan. 5, 11am.