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ARTHUR—Remake of the 1981 comedy with Russell Brand in the Dudley Moore role of an alcoholic millionaire torn between his fortune and the woman he loves, and Helen Mirren in the John Gielgud role. With Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner, and Nick Nolte. Directed by Jason Winer (TV’s Modern Family). Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden, Transit Drive-In
HANNA—Action fantasy starring Saoirse Ronan as a girl raised in the artic who is set free to confront her destiny. Co-starring Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett. See the interview with director Joe Wright (Atonement) this issue. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden
JANE EYRE—New version of the classic Charlotte Bronte novel about a governess (Mia Wasikowska) in the home of a man (Michael Fassbender) whose past hides a terrible secret. With Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins, and Judi Dench. Directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre). Reviewed this issue. Amherst, Eastern Hills
KILL THE IRISHMAN—Based on the true story of Cleveland gangster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson), who took on the Mafia in the 1970s. Co-starring Christoper Walken, Val Kilmer, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio, Linda Cardellini, Paul Sorvino, Mike Starr, Tony LoBianco, and Fionnula Flanagan. Directed by Jonathan Hensleigh (The Punisher). Reviewed this issue. North Park
WIN WIN—New comedy-drama from Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent) starring Paul Giamatti as a failing New Jersey lawyer and high school wrestling coach. With Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young, Melanie Lynskey and Alex Shaffer. Reviewed this issue. Amherst, Eastern Hills
YOUR HIGHNESS—Lowbrow fantasy comedy starring Danny McBride as a stoned onanist forced on a mission to save a damsel in distress. With James Franco, Natalie Portman, and Toby Jones. Directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express). Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden, Sunset Drive-In, Transit Drive-In
THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR (1947)—A widow (Gene Tierney) moves her children in to a house on the coast of England, only to discover that is still occupied by the ghost of its former owner, a sea captain (Rex Harrison). Bernard Herrmann’s lovely score adds to the appeal of this classic romantic fantasy. Co-starring George Sanders, Anna Lee and Natalie Wood. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve). Fri 7:30pm. The Old Chestnut Film Society, Philip Sheridan School, 3200 Elmwood (836-4757)
THE GRIFTERS (1990)—Memorable adaptation (scripted by Donald E. Westlake) of the Jim Thompson novel starring John Cusack as a small-time con artist caught between two other “grifters”—his mother (Anjelica Huston) and his lover (Annette Bening). Directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen). Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tues. 7 pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).
O’ER THE LAND—Chicago filmmaker Deborah Stratman presents her meditation on patriotism, violence and personal transcendence, including the ordeal of Col. William Rankin, who was forced to eject from a fighter jet at 48,000 feet without a pressure suit and trapped for 45 minutes in the up and down drafts of a massive thunderstorm. The screening includes “The Paranormal Trilogy,” three short films. Sat 9pm. Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave. (854-1694 / www.hallwalls.org)
THE OUTLAW (1943)—Howard Hughes’ once notorious western comedy, designed largely to show off the bustline of his new discovery Jane Russell. Co-starring Walter Huston, Jack Buetel and Thomas Mitchell; directed by Howard Hawks (His Girl Friday). The program includes an episode of the 1950s serial Radar Men From the Moon and other classic short features. Tues 7pm, Wed 1pm. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Avenue (683-1776 / www.lancopera.org)
TO CATCH A THIEF (1955)—One of Alfred Hitchcock’s blander efforts, but who cares when you’ve got Cary Grant for the star? He plays a reformed burglar who has to prove his innocence after another thief starts working in his style. With Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, and John Williams. Fri, Tue 7:30pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 / www.screeningroom.net)
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