Repertory

A weekly roundup of what else is showing 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 Titus

(1999) (Shown on film): Julie Taymor (Frida, Across the Universe) made a deranged and promising film debut with this phantasmagoric take on Shakespeare's first tragedy--a nasty revenge saga with elements that would pop up, more refined, in the likes of King Lear, Richard III and Macbeth. Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange and Alan Cumming scream and pose in Taymor's aggressively time-warped vision of ancient Rome and, if nothing else, get your attention. B+ Thurs., May 1, 7pm.

Black Lily Film & Music Festival

$5-$7. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.765.2318. www.blacklilyfilm.org

The city's premier female-centric film and music festival, Black Lily moves into its second year, with four fairly packed days of film fare to go along with its music side. Screening solely at International House this year, the fest boasts wares that come to us solely from women directors on all manner of subjects, and from places as far off as India, Poland, Sweden, Ireland and Jordan. The big nab is Tia Lessin's Trouble the Water, an account of an aspiring rap artist and her husband trapped in Katrina- dominated New Orleans that scored the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance. Karen Gehres' Begging Naked, the fest's opening feature, takes the form of a confessional by a teen prostitute in Giuliani's New York to an artist. New Year Baby follows an American-raised Cambodian as she tracks down her parents, whom she just discovered weren't killed in the Khmer Rouge as she had thought. The Dutch Over the Hill confronts the preoccupation with young anemic female bodies. Africa Unite, from Stephanie Black, trails three generations of Bob Marley's family traveling to Ethiopia to put on a mega-concert. Producer and historian Pearl Bowser arranged African American on the Band Stand, a cavalcade of clips featuring jazz's grand dames, while Leila Khaled: Hijacker documents the world's first female hijacker, from Palestine. All that, and gobs of shorts as well. Consult the site for the full schedule. Thurs., May 1-Sun., May 4, various times.

Bryn Mawr Film Institute

$3.50-$9.25 (unless otherwise noted). 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. 610.527.9898. www.brynmawrfilm.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. B+ Wed., April 30, 7pm.

Titus

(1999) (Shown on film): See Ambler Theater. B+ Wed., May 7, 7pm.

Colonial Theatre

$4-$7. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. 610.917.0223. www.thecolonialtheatre.com The Hound of the Baskervilles

(1939) (Shown on DVD): The most famous adaptation of the most adapted of the Sherlock Holmes ventures kicks off a month of the detective at the Colonial. Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce do the rites as the morphine addict and his dim assistant, respectively, over a fairly inaccurate rendering of the tale. (Not reviewed.) Sun., May 4, 2pm.

County Theater

$3.50-$8.50. 20 E. State St., Doylestown. 215.345.6789. www.countytheater.com Bound to Lose: The Holy Modal Rounders

(2006) (Shown on video): A cult-worthy '60s psych-folk outfit probably best known for appearing on the Easy Rider soundtrack, the Holy Modal Rounders get their own doc, which reveals among other things that though they never had the success of their colleagues, they did have enough clout to score no less than Sam Sheppard as their drummer for a spell. Filmmaker Paul Lovelace will be present for the screening. (Not reviewed.) Mon., May 5, 7pm.

Gershman Y

$10-$12. 401 S. Broad St. www.pjff.org Gorgeous! (Comme t'y es belle)

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