1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888, thetroc.com. The Dark Knight Rises (2012, U.S., 165 min.): The extravagant finale to Christopher Nolan’s Caped Crusader trilogy swings for the fences with a huge cast, huge budget and huge funny-sounding villain. Deshi deshi basara basara! Mon., Dec. 10, 8 p.m., $3.
BRYN MAWR FILM INSTITUTE
824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 610-527-9898, brynmawrfilm.org. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (2009, U.S., 90 min.): Bill Hader voices the classic children’s book scientist responsible for one tasty forecast. Sat., Dec. 8, 11 a.m., $5. The Color Wheel (2011, U.S., 83 min.): A college dropout’s strained bond with her brother is strengthened when he helps move her out of her former professor/lover’s house. Bryn Mawr native Alex Perry directs. Tue., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., $10. Wild Strawberries (1957, Sweden, 90 min.): Ingmar Bergman’s portrait of self-realization follows a past-his-prime medical professor portrayed by great Swedish director Victor Sjöström. Wed., Dec. 12, 7 p.m., $10.
227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, 610-917-1228, thecolonialtheatre.com. Black Christmas (1974, Canada, 98 min.): From Christmas Story director Bob Clark comes the decidedly darker yuletide tale about a sorority-house serial killer. A pioneer in the slasher genre. Fri., Dec. 7, 9:45 p.m., $9. Gremlins (1984, U.S., 106 min.): Classic horror holiday romp about some proto-Furbies who become a lot less cute after a midnight snack. Sat., Dec. 8, 2 p.m., $5.
20 E. State St., Doylestown, 215-345-6789, countytheater.org. Brave (2012, U.S., 93 min.): A bow-and-arrow-toting Scottish princess fights to lift a witch’s curse and restore order in her kingdom. Sat., Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m., $10 suggested donation. The Princess Bride (1987, U.S., 98 min.): Rob Reiner’s classic lighthearted adventure/fantasy, as told to a bedridden Fred Savage. Sat., Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m., $10 suggested donation. A Christmas Carol (1951, U.K., 86 min.): Brian Desmond Hurst’s adaptation of Dickens’ holiday staple. Wed., Dec. 12, 6 p.m., $10.
FRIENDS OF THE PHILADELPHIA CITY INSTITUTE LIBRARY
Free Library, Philadelphia City Institute Branch, 1905 Locust St., 215-685-6621, freelibrary.org. Being There (1979, U.S., 130 min.): Peter Sellers, a simpleminded mansion gardener, wanders off into the world after the lord of the manor dies. Wed., Dec. 12, 2 p.m., free.
3701 Chestnut St., 215-387-5125, ihousephilly.org. Weekend (1967, France, 105 min.): Jean-Luc Godard’s absurdist black comedy deals with traffic, the bourgeoisie, murder, intrigue and cannibalism. Sat., Dec. 8, 7 p.m., $9. Patience (After Sebald) (2011, U.K., 89 min.): A thorough and emotive examination of the work and influences of celebrated writer W.G. Sebald. Wed., Dec. 12, 7 p.m., $9.
KINOWATT FILM SERIES
Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St., 215-557-0455, kinowatt.wordpress.com. A Drop of Life (2007, U.S., 17 min.): A powerful water corporation installs a pay-per-use pump in a poor Indian village. Needless to say, people go thirsty. Tue., Dec. 11, 7 p.m., $8.
531 N. 12th St., 267-519-9651, philamoca.org. Sigur Rós: Valtari Film Experiment: Directors like Ramin Bahrani, John Cameron Mitchell, Andrea Arnold and others showcase their new short films. Sun., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., $8.
RAVE MOTION PICTURES
4012 Walnut St., 215-386-9800, ravemotionpictures.com. Pulp Fiction (1994, U.S., 170 min.): Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece showcases the uncanny intersection of art house, grindhouse and mainstream. There’s a McDonald’s across from the theater if you want to grab a Le Big Mac afterward. Thu., Dec. 6, 7 p.m., $12.50.
SECOND SUNDAY CULTURE FILMS
Penn Museum, 3260 South St., 215-898-4000, phf.upenn.edu. Excavation (2011, U.S., 27 min.): Director Ellen Knechel documents her grandmother’s move to a nursing home and the subsequent closing of the Indiana farm she’s lived on for years. Sun., Dec. 9, 2 p.m., free with regular $12 museum admission.
3701 Chestnut St., 215-387-5125, thesecretcinema.com. Son of Trailer Trash (1960s-’70s, U.S., 120 min.): A manic mosaic of rare, edgy, underground “trailers,” ranging from sci-fi to sexploitation. Chesty Anderson, U.S. Navy (1976, U.S., 88 min.): Grindhouse kung-fu mobster revenge flick that doesn’t skimp on the skimpy — or the profane. Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m., $9.
WOODMERE ART MUSEUM
9201 Germantown Ave., 215-247-0476, woodmereartmuseum.org. People Will Talk (1951, U.S., 110 min.): Carey Grant stars in this romantic drama/comedy about a professor of medicine who attempts to court a student. Tue., Dec. 11, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation.
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