$3.50-$8.50. 108 E. Butler Ave. 215.345.7855. www.amblertheater.org
Black Maria Film and Video Festival
(Shown on film and video): Named for the first movie production studio, designed by Thomas Edison, this annual festival swings by the Ambler (and the County later this month) with a set of short films ranging from experimental to narrative, from documentary to animation.
Thurs., March 20, 7pm.
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 22, 11am.
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
$3.50-$9.25 (unless otherwise noted). 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. 610.527.9898. www.brynmawrfilm.org
Academy Award Nominated Animated Shorts
(Shown on film): 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.
How to Eat Fried Worms
(2006) (Shown on DVD): Thomas Rockwell's kiddie fave, first published all the way back in 1973, made a super-belated graduation to film form--the most interesting part of which appears to be a score by Devo's Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh.
(Not reviewed.) Sat., March 22, 11am.
(2006) (Shown on film): Shown as part of the Israeli Film Festival, Dror Shaul's grim drama tells of a boy torn between his kibbutz and his mother, whom the kibbutz has denounced. Opens with bovine-performed fellatio, if you must know.
(Not reviewed.) Sun., March 23, 7pm.
Pierrot le Fou
(1965) (Shown on film): Jean-Luc Godard's finest moment was debatably this delirious pop pastiche, in which a gutter-noir plot--Jean-Paul Belmondo runs from gangsters with fatale Anna Karina--serves as the basis for Brechtian gags, political jabs, melancholy brooding, musical numbers, pastoral loveliness and loud bursts of 'Scope color (including a party scene presented in various tints). Not to mention the best ending shy of George Romero's Martin.
A Wed., March 26, 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
Ball of Fire
(1941) (Shown on film): The same year they made Sergeant York, Howard Hawks and Gary Cooper atoned with this spot-on screwball, with Cooper as the dorky head of a group of dorky lexicographers working on a dictionary of slang and Barbara Stanwyck as the mafia moll who wins his heart.
A Tues., March 25, 7:30pm.
$4-$7. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. 610.917.0223. www.thecolonialtheatre.com
Darby O'Gill and the Little People