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 Much Ado About Nothing

(1993) (Shown on film): Remember when Kenneth Branagh actually was the next Laurence Olivier, only more fun? Relive the halcyon days with this faithfully represented trifle, boasting all manner of goings-on at an estate, including the wildly entertaining verbal volleys between the director and then-paramour/muse Emma Thompson. Just ignore Keanu--poor, poor Keanu. B+ Thurs., April 24, 7pm.

Bryn Mawr Film Institute

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

Much Ado About Nothing

(1993) (Shown on film): See Ambler Theater. B+ Wed., April 30, 7pm.

Colonial Theatre

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

(1964) (Shown on film): Wow, Julie Andrews was really quite fetching as a brunette. B Sat., April 26, 2pm.

The Fisher King

(1991) (Shown on film): After the disaster of Baron Munchausen, Terry Gilliam played nice (sorta) with this heartwarming but still fairly out-there redemption saga conerning a fallen DJ (Jeff Bridges, fantastic) who heals inner wounds by hanging with a deranged bum (Robin Williams, decidedly less so). Not bad as far as H-wood make-nices go, and at least it got 12 Monkeys made. B- Sun., April 27, 2pm.

County Theater

$3.50-$8.50. 20 E. State St., Doylestown. 215.345.6789. www.countytheater.com Much Ado About Nothing

(1993) (Shown on film): See Ambler Theater. B+ Mon., April 28, 7pm.

International House

$5-$7, unless otherwise noted. 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. www.ihousephilly.org Moving Pictures: From Frame to Screen

One of the many media to which cinema essentially acts as a parasite, photography doesn't need film, but film, with notable exceptions, needs photography. Cinema pays tribute to one of its hosts with the latest series at I-House, copresented with Penn Cinema Studies, though it's far from a reverent ode. Many of the program's docs wrestle with the still image's strengths as well as its weaknesses, particularly as a dodgy conveyor of truth.

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