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The Awesome Fest
BALCONY AT THE TROC
1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888, theawesomefest.com. Cruising (1980, U.S., 102 min.): Apparently, United Artists lost the 40 minutes the director cut to land an R rating for the film. Sons o’ bitches. Mon., Aug. 5, 8 p.m., free. Interior. Leather Bar (2013, U.S., 60 min.): James Franco’s recreation of those lost 40 minutes of Cruising. Thank God for The Franco. Mon., Aug. 5, 10 p.m., free.
32nd Street and Powelton Avenue, universitycity.org/drexel-park. Batman (1989, U.S., 126 min.): We all agree that Jack Nicholson acts like this in real life, right? Thu., Aug. 1, 9 p.m., free.
926 N. American St., nlna.org/liberty-lands-2. Howard the Duck (1986, U.S., 110 min): Yeah, yeah, yeah. The movie’s great. But seriously, how fun would a planet of ducks be? Fri., Aug. 2, 9 p.m., free.
Picnic Grove, 2999 Street Rd., Bensalem, 888-588-7279, parxcasino.com. Rocky III (1982, U.S., 99 min.): As long as it’s not the fifth one, you really can’t go wrong with Rocky. Sat., Aug. 3, 8 p.m., free. Conan the Barbarian (1982, U.S., 129 min): It’s actually not a stupid Arnold-muscle-movie. INSTEAD IT’S PRETTY BADASS. Sat., Aug. 3, 11 p.m., free.
108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, 215-345-7855, amblertheater.org. Safety Last (1923, U.S., 70 min.): No one will hear you scream when you’re dangling from a clock tower. Thu., Aug. 1, 7 p.m., $9.75. Thunderball (1965, U.K., 130 min.): Number 4 of 23. Wed., Aug 7, 7 p.m., $9.75.
BRYN MAWR FILM INSTITUTE
824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 610-527-9898, brynmawrfilm.org. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962, U.S., 129 min.): Peck has a mean shot. Sat., Aug. 3, 11 a.m., $5. Funny Girl (1968, U.S., 151 min.): Join BMFI for a sing-along version of this classic. Free popcorn if you dress in costume. Tue., Aug. 6, 7 p.m., $10.50.
227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, 610-917-1228, thecolonialtheatre.com. 8 1/2 (1963, Italy, U.S., 138 min.): Because Fellini made eight-and-a-half films. Sun., Aug. 4, 2 p.m., $9.
20 E. State St., Doylestown, 215-345-6789, countytheater.org. Thunderball (1965, U.K., 130 min.): The reason why every film should include an underwater battle scene. Tue., Aug. 6, 7 p.m., $9.75.
3701 Chestnut St., 215-387-5125, ihousephilly.org. BlackStar Film Festival: Screening indie films with an international scope, it’s no wonder Ebony calls the fest “The Black Sundance.” Thu.-Sun., Aug. 1-4. For more details, visit blackstarfest.org. The Woman with the 5 Elephants (2009, Switzerland/Germany, 93 min.): Sixty-five years after leaving Kiev, a renowned Dostoyevsky translator returns to a much-changed city. Tue., Aug. 6, 7 p.m., free. Contextualizing Jazz in Philadelphia: An Evening of Documentaries: Featuring Coltrane’s Philadelphia (2013, U.S., 25 min.) and Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise (1980, U.S., 60 min.). Wed., Aug. 7, 7 p.m., free.
531 N. 12th St., 215-387-5125, philamoca.org. VHS Extravaganza: Trade tapes with fellow fanatics and then catch screenings of Adjust Your Tracking (2013, U.S., 84 min.), a doc on VHS collectors, and Hellroller (1992, U.S., 72 min.), a shot-on-video horror flick about a maniacal serial killer in a wheelchair. Mon., Aug. 5, 5 p.m., $10. Summer Time Machine Blues (2005, Japan, 107 min.): If you spill a Coke on your air conditioner’s remote control, you will create a time machine. Wed., Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m., free.
RITZ AT THE BOURSE
400 Ranstead St., 215-440-1181, landmarktheatres.com. Space Jam (1996, U.S., 88 min.): Let’s be honest, all of our moms made us drinks and called them MJ’s “secret stuff.” Fri., Aug. 2, midnight, $10.
THE TRESTLE INN
399 N. 11th St., 267-239-0290, thetrestleinn.com. Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London (1967, U.K., 70 min.): Cultural shifts in 1960s London as described by Mick Jagger, Pink Floyd and others paired with a whisky tasting. Thu., Aug. 1, 5 p.m., $40.
1003 Arch St., 215-922-6888, thetroc.com. At Fest (2013, U.S., 81 min.): A slice-of-life documentary on the Philadelphia Folk Festival should get you psyched for the upcoming hootenanny. With special musical guests Matt Baldwin and Colin Reeves of HogMaw. Wed., Aug. 7, 8 p.m., $10.
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