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A weekly round-up of what else is playing around town

By Matt Prigge
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(1956) (Shown on film): Mystery screenwriter Sidney Gilliat (The Lady Vanishes, Green For Danger) wrote this proto-Tarantino romp, adapted from his play Meet a Body, with Alastair Sim as a hitman whose plans to kill a government official are accidentally thwarted by a vacuum salesman. (Not reviewed.) Tues., March 11, 7:30pm.

Colonial Theatre

$4-$7. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. 610.917.0223. www.thecolonialtheatre.com

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

(1971) (Shown on DVD): Sure, the Tim Burton version corrects the title, but not even Johnny Depp doing a Carol Channing impersonation can top Gene Wilder's demented, disturbing work in Mel Stuart's original. Of course there's also the issue of the Tim Burton version sucking. B Sat., March 8, 2pm.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

(1969) (Shown on film): There really is only one thing keeping this from being the best Bond of them all. See if you can guess what that is. B+ Sun., March 9, 2pm.

County Theater

$3.50-$8.50. 20 E. State St., Doylestown. 215.345.6789. www.countytheater.com

The Iron Giant

(1999) (Shown on DVD): After The Simpsons but before The Incredibles and Ratatouille Brad Bird was beloved by a significantly smaller group of people for this expert Cold War-era block of cel animation. Vin Diesel voices the clunky E.T.-esque beast. B Sat., March 8, 11am.

Lights in the Dusk

(2006) (Shown on film): Finally making its way to Philly, the latest from Finnish deadpan master Aki Kaurismaki (Man Without a Past) follows yet another of the director's taciturn losers, this time a night watchman who lets himself get used by a femme fatale and her devious employer. There's a thin line between deadpan and flat, and Kaurismaki, going more for drama this time around, falls mostly on the latter side. It just kind of sits there, ending too quickly to shock, offend or have any kind of impact. C+ Mon., March 10, 7pm.

Exhumed Films

$10. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. www.exhumedfilms.com


Don't Go in the House/Don't Open the Window

(1980/1974) (Shown on film): Describing Don't, the brilliant fake trailer he made for Grindhouse, Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) said he intended it to evoke the many European horror films that were diced up by American studios and retitled things that had nothing to do with the original product. For instance where the Spanish-Italian film Non Si Deve Profanare Il Sonno Dei Morti directly translates into The Sleep of the Dead Men Does Not Have to Be Profane, it's known by at least a dozen other titles, including Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue and Don't Open the Window. It's under the latter title that it will be shown at the latest Exhumed outing alongside another film, Don't Go in the House, that has "only" five alternate titles. The American House features a man, abused by his mother as a child, stalking women with a flamethrower. Window has a pair of hippies wanted for grisly murders that were actually perpetrated by zombies. (Not reviewed.) Fri., March 7, 8pm.

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