A weekly round-up of what else is playing around town
$3.50-$8.50. 108 E. Butler Ave. 215.345.7855. www.amblertheater.org
If You Break the Skin You Must Come In
(2007) (Shown on video): Hailing from the Big Picture Alliance--a local partnership that works with teens in urban areas to make their own films--this feature-length doc focuses on Zoe Strauss, an award-winning photographer whose work, shown at the Whitney Biennial, concentrates on our city's many marginal neighborhoods. (Not reviewed.) Thurs., March 6, 7pm.
The Secret of NIMH
(1982) (Shown on DVD): After famously leading a group of animators away from Disney, Don Bluth (An American Tail) premiered this vibrantly animated feature, which only slightly tones down the Robert C. O'Brien original, featuring escaped lab rats, a widow protagonist and even someone dropping the D-word. B Sat., March 8, 11am.
Bridge: Cinema de Lux
Free. 40th and Walnut sts. 215.386.3300. freelibrary.org
(2007) (Shown on film): Back after a brief stint at the Ritzes, Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman's documentary screens as the last part of the One Film, One Philadelphia project, offering patrons an extension of Empire of the Sun. Covering the brutal Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, the film takes a mixed-method approach, with the usual interviews and talking heads filling the same room as things like professional actors--Woody Harrelson and Mariel Hemingway among them--reading first-person accounts on a stage. (Not reviewed.) Thurs., March 6, 7pm.
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
$3.50-$9.25 (unless otherwise noted). 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. 610.527.9898. www.brynmawrfilm.org
Into Great Silence
(2005) (Shown on video): Not so much slow as purposefully inert, Philip Gr�ning's doc on the Chartreuse Monastery in the French Alps forgoes facts, background and even interviews (except at the end) in order to fully immerse the audience in the non-lives of monks. Transporting stuff, even (especially?) for the merrily godless, though its total lack of shape is bound to suffer when removed from the cathedral of a movie theater. Hell, I'm not sure why it was even released to DVD. Consider this screening a blessing from God herself. B+ Wed., March 5, 7pm.
Chestnut Hill Film Group
Free. Screening room at the Chestnut Hill Branch of the Free Library, 8711 Germantown Ave. 215.248.0977. www.armcinema25.com
The Green Man