Academy of Natural Sciences
$6-$12. 19th St. and the Pkwy. 610.649.5220. www.geographicalsociety.org
Silk Road Odyssey: From Beijing to the Black Sea
(2006) (Shown on video): Traveloguists Mary Lee and Sid Nolan will perform live narration over their film, which shows their trek through Asia along the Great Silk Road. (Not reviewed.) Wed., Jan. 16, 2pm and 7:30pm.
$4.50-$8. 108 E. Butler Ave. 215.345.7855. www.amblertheater.org
The Wild Thornberrys Movie
(2002) (Shown on DVD): Produced by the same group who 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. 19, 11am.
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
$3.50-$9.25 (unless otherwise noted). 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. 610.527.9898. www.brynmawrfilm.org
(2007) The BMFI once again plays host to a local feature, this time with John Charles Hunt 's revenge drama about a woman whose husband was murdered. (Not reviewed.) Wed., Jan. 16, 7pm.
(2006) (Shown on DVD): The dire Steve Oedekerk (Kung Pow, those damn thumb shorts) contributed to the interchangeable detritus of cynically calculated CGI kiddie movies with this farm-set piece of whatever. Does it have plenty of celebrity voices to mask its doubtless creative shortcomings? You bet. (Not reviewed.) Sat., Jan. 12, 11am.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Live in Barcelona
(2002) (Shown on video): The trend toward projecting concerts in movie theaters reaches the BMFI with this Springsteen show, which donates nearly three full hours to the Boss and co. ripping Spain a new one. (Not reviewed.) Wed., Jan. 23, 7pm. $12-$17.50.
$4-$7. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. 610.917.0223. www.thecolonialtheatre.com
(1988) (Shown on film): G �rard Brach, Roman Polanski's regular co-screenwriter, penned this French-made nature film from Caroll Ballard-wannabe Jean-Jacques Annaud (Quest for Fire, The Lover) about a bear facing hunters. The bear is real--indeed, he's the late bear star Bart the Bear--though the British Columbia surroundings are in fact the Bavarian Alps. (Not reviewed.) Sat., Jan. 19, 2pm.
Guys and Dolls
(1955) (Shown on film): More than half a century before non-singers Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter made mincemeat out of Sweeney Todd, Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons struggled with Frank Loesser's musical about gamblers and the dames who struggle to love them. Like Todd, the actors make up for what they lack in vocal prowess with passionate delivery, though G&D at least has Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine and Stubby Kaye to take up the rear. A rare musical from Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve, Suddenly, Last Summer), the film looks like a Stanley Donen piece, but at 150 minutes, could really use some of his breakneck pacing. B- Sun., Jan. 20, 2pm.