108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, 215-345-7855, amblertheater.org. Elf (2003, U.S., 97 min.): Will Ferrell’s ridiculous holiday romp about an elf out of water is kind of like The Jerk, but with less race and more reindeer. Sat., Dec. 22, 10:30 a.m., $4.
BRYN MAWR FILM INSTITUTE
824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 610-527-9898, brynmawrfilm.org. A Muppet Christmas Carol (1992, U.S., 85 min.): “A blue, furry Charles Dickens who hangs out with a rat?” “Absolutely!” Sat., Dec. 22, 11 a.m., $5. Buzkashi Boys (2012, Afghanistan, 27 min.): This award-winning short film follows two kids from Afghani slums who dream of playing the grisliest version of polo you’ve ever seen. A Q&A with the director follows the screening. Sat., Dec. 22, 11:30 a.m., free.
African American Museum, 701 Arch St., 215-574-0380, cinemathequeip.com. Night Catches Us (2010, U.S., 90 min.): This drama from hometown director Tanya Hamilton explores racial tensions in 1970s Philly. The soundtrack’s by — who else? — The Roots. Thu., Dec. 20, 6 p.m., $8.
227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, 610-917-1228, thecolonialtheatre.com. A Christmas Story (1983, U.S., 94 min.): Plugged in your leg lamp yet? Sat., Dec. 22, 2 p.m., $5. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, U.S., 130 min.) Theft, desperation, suicide — you know, all the makings of an American holiday classic. Sat., Dec. 22, 4:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 23, 2 p.m. $8. Joel Hodgson: Riffing Myself: After a “one-man keynote address,” the Mystery Science Theater 3000 co-creator will present the MST3K episode Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1991, U.S., 90 min.), in which Hodgson and the ’bots rip on the legendarily terrible animated flick about Kris Kringle and his close encounters of the third kind. Sat., Dec. 22, 8 p.m., $11-$15.
20 E. State St., Doylestown, 215-345-6789, countytheater.org. The Polar Express (2004, U.S., 100 min.): Beware the uncanny valley! Sat., Dec. 22, 10:30 a.m., $5.
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Free Library, Philadelphia City Institute Branch, 1905 Locust St., 215-685-6621, freelibrary.org. Harold and Maude (1971, U.S., 91 min.): May-December love at its best. Wed., Dec. 26, 2 p.m., free.
531 N. 12th St., 267-519-9651, philamoca.org. The Last Man on Earth (1964, Italy/U.S., 86 min.): Vincent Price stars in this proto-I Am Legend. Screening includes live snark from the silly-ass dude from the We Hate Movies podcast. Sun., Dec. 23, 9 p.m., $10.
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