Repertory

A weekly roundup of what else is screening around town.

By Matt Prigge
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Ambler Theater

$3.50-$8.50. 108 E. Butler Ave. 215.345.7855. www.amblertheater.org Shakespeare Film Forum

The Ambler/Bryn Mawr/County triumvirate dedicates the next several weeks to one of cinema's most prolific talents, with 705 credits and counting on IMDb under "writer" alone. This being Shakespeare, the series gets two separate lectures at its three venues, with Alice Bullitt, program coordinator for Renew Theaters, giving the one here. See the BMFI for another. Thurs., April 17, 7pm.

Bryn Mawr Film Institute

$3.50-$9.25 (unless otherwise noted). 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. 610.527.9898. www.brynmawrfilm.org Shakespeare Film Forum

See Ambler Theater, though Bryn Mawr College's English chair Katherine Rowe will give the lecture here. Wed., April 16, 7pm.

Richard III

(1995) (Shown on film): Before he became ubiquitous, Ian McKellen was likely best known for this clever take on Shakespeare's most deliciously nasty play, which moves the action up to 1930s England--all the better to squeeze in references to Nazism. McKellen's tricky Dick delivers his opening monologue on the john, Robert Downey Jr.'s Rivers gets assassinated mid-coitus, and the climax comes straight out of White Heat. With Jim Broadbent, Kristin Scott Thomas and a pre-McNulty Dominic West. B+ Wed., April 23, 7pm.

Colonial Theatre

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

(1987) (Shown on DVD): Few directors, except possibly Francis Ford Coppola, have fallen as hard as Rob Reiner, who started out making This Is Spinal Tap, Misery and this William Goldman adaptation, only to recently poop out The Story of Us, Alex & Emma and The Bucket List. (To say nothing of A Few Good Men.) Then again, at least he didn't make Jack. B Sat., April 19, 2pm.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

(1988) (Shown on film): Terry Gilliam earned his notorious reputation with this extremely genial box office disaster, with John Neville as the famous embellisher whose tales of lightning-fast runners, Venus de Milo and Robin Williams' detached flying head turn out to be true. With a pint-sized Sarah Polley, Eric Idle, Uma Thurman and possibly the most outsized Oliver Reed turn on record. B+ Sun., April 20, 2pm.

County Theater

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

(1995) (Shown on film): See Bryn Mawr Film Institute. B+ Mon., April 21, 7pm.

Exhumed Films

$10. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. www.ihousephilly.org Knightriders/ 1990: The Bronx Warriors

(1981/1982): After the wildly successful Dawn of the Dead lifted him out of a decade of obscurity, George Romero could have done anything. So he did. Surely one of the more bizarre premises in history, Knightriders tells of a ragtag group (led by a young Ed Harris) who travel the country, putting on joust competitions on motorbikes, all while updating the Arthurian legend for the age of diesel. At an epic two and a half hours, it can't help but feel excessively personal, but the central quandary--how a cadre of artists can hold onto their inscrutable code without selling out or splitting up--so clearly comes from experience that it's never less than amiable. The biker battle theme continues with 1982's 1990: The Bronx Warriors, one of the many Italian Mad Max ripoffs (see also: the MST3K classic Warrior of the Lost World), set all the way in the future of eight years later where spandexed bikers tussle their way through the postapocalypse. B-/(Not reviewed.) Sat., April 19, 9pm.

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