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

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 that reveals, among other things, if 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.) Thurs., May 8, 7pm.


Andrew's Video Vault
Free. Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. 215.573.3234. www.armcinema25.com

Vincent & Theo
(1990) (Shown on DVD): Before 1992's The Player officially brought him back, Robert Altman kept a foot out of oblivion by working in TV, notably the fake doc campaign-trail HBO series Tanner '88 and this epic take on the van Gogh brothers. Originally a four-part miniseries for the BBC, Vincent & Theo had 90 minutes whittled off for its theatrical release; the latest AVV is kind enough to show the original off a Spanish DVD. Tim Roth's the quietly intense painter, and Paul Rhys is his nebbishy art-dealer brother, who tries and fails to secure him a reputation. Altman occasionally plays up the tragedy of Vincent's posthumous success, opening with footage of his paintings being sold at Sotheby's, then letting the auction chatter hang over Roth and Rhys' first scene. But he's more interested in exploring the relationship between art and commerce. Vincent & Theo's four hours give it plenty of room to let these ideas bounce around, and if it sometimes doesn't even feel like an Altman film--odd for this stubborn a filmmaker--it projects a wisdom that comes only with the filmmaker's own experiences. B+ Thurs., May 8, 8pm.


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


Colonial Theatre
$4-$7. 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. 610.917.0223. www.thecolonialtheatre.com

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon/ The Scarlet Claw
(1943/1944) (Shown on film): Carrying on from last week's Hound of the Baskervilles, the Colonial offers two more of the 13 Holmes movies starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. The Secret Weapon, their fourth, adapts Dancing Men for WWII, with the pair rescuing an inventor desperately sought by the Nazis. The Scarlet Claw, an original story and often considered the best of the series, finds them in Canada battling what appears to be a monster. (Not reviewed.) Sun., May 11, 2pm.


County Theater
$3.50-$8.50. 20 E. State St., Doylestown. 215.345.6789. www.countytheater.com

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