A weekly roundup of what else is screening around town.
$3.50-$8.50. 108 E. Butler Ave. 215.345.7855. www.amblertheater.org
Lights in the Dusk
(2006) (Shown on film): Finally making its way to Philly, the latest from Finnish deadpan master Aki Kaurism�ki (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 Kaurism�ki, going more for drama this time around, falls mostly on the latter side. C+ Thurs., March 13, 7pm.
(1973) (Shown on DVD): Apparently the Dakota Fanning version hasn't usurped the animated take on the E.B. White novel. Good, if only because every kid should get hear Paul Lynde as Templeton. B Sat., March 15, 11am.
Free. Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. 215.573.3234. www.armcinema25.com
Valley of the Wolves: Iraq/ Despair
(2006/1978) (Shown on video): Some two years after causing excessive tongue-clicking over at Fox News, Valley of the Wolves: Iraq--the infamous Turkish actioneer in which--gasp!--the lip-smacking, mustache-twirling baddies are Americans--finally makes it to Philadelphia. A spin-off from a popular Turkish TV show, Wolves offers a chance to see not only what a shitty action hit looks like in other countries, but also a near-perfect inversion of a racist Chuck Norris vehicle. The film goes out of its way to show Islam as against suicide-bombing and violence (save our personality-free hero, of course), while painting the Americans as being on a holy mission to claim the Middle East for Jesus Christ. Billy Zane as a hissable CIA agent and Gary Busey as a Jewish organ harvester (don't ask) were wrist-slapped for taking part--though after decades of Arabs being portrayed as vile, smelly terrorists in American films, it's a touch petty to complain when the tables are turned. Though atrocious on just about every level, Wolves does have a certain righteous anger, its allusions to American-led atrocities--Abu Ghraib, the Mukaradeeb wedding massacre, etc.--coming off as exorcisms in addition to being exploitative. Andrew's Video Vault pairs Wolves, curiously, with a good film--Rainer Werner Fassbinder's splashy English-language adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's Despair. Dirk Bogarde plays a bored chocolatier in early Nazi Germany who tries to fake his suicide using a man he believes is his exact double, but who actually looks nothing like him. D+/B Thurs., March 13, 8pm.
(Shown on video): See the A-List. Wed., March 12-Sun., March 16.
$3.50-$9.25 (unless otherwise noted). 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. 610.527.9898. www.brynmawrfilm.org
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 15, 11am.
Academy Award Nominated Animated Shorts
(Shown on film): This year's batch of Oscar nominated live-action shorts may have been pretty dismal, but the animation wing is sturdy. The trophy went to Suze Templeton's miserablist take on Peter & the Wolf, but it should've gone to Madame Tutli-Putli, a wordless poetic/existentialist portrait of one increasingly odd train ride. Wed., March 19, 7pm.