Film Now Playing
HEARTBEATS—A straight woman and her gay male friend compete for the attentions of the ambiguous new guy in town in this Montreal-based comedy. Starring Monia Chokri, Niels Schneider and Xavier Dolan, who also directed. Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills
JUMPING THE BROOM—It’s the slobs versus the snobs as two families clash during a wedding on Martha’s Vineyard. Starring Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Mike Epps and Loretta Devine. Directed by Salim Akil. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
SOMETHING BORROWED—Comedy starring Ginnifer Goodwin as an unhappily single lawyer who celebrates her 30th birthday by having an affair with her best friend’s fiancé. With Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield and John Krasinski. Directed by Luke Greenfield (The Girl Next Door). Reviewed this issue. Flix, Maple Ridge, McKinley, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Transit Drive-In
THOR—Comic book adaptation. Geez, it doesn’t feel like summer yet. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston. Directed by Kenneth Branagh (Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein). Angola, Aurora, Flix, Hamburg Palace, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Sunset Drive-In
CARMEN—Soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci stars in this new production of Bizet’s classic opera, staged at the Opéra Comique in Paris by Adrian Noble of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Sun 2; Tues 7 The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 / www.screeningroom.net), Also Sat 2; Mon 7 HD Video Café, 5445 Transit Rd, Williamsville (688-4933 / www.hdvideocafe.com).
CULTURE IN CINEMA: Philadelphia Orchestra—Kurt Masur conducts two disparate symphonies, Shostakovich’s exuberant First (written when he was 19 years old) and Tchaikovsky’s somber Sixth, completed just weeks before his death.: Masur Conducts Tchaikovsky Sat 7 pm. Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St. (834-7655 / www.dipsontheatres.com).
GASLAND—Winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Documentary, Josh Fox’s film studies the Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking,” which uses high-pressure water to release underground natural gas but which may cause enormous damage to the water table. Presented by the Amherst Democratic Committee, the screening is free and open to the public; donations to cover the cost of the theater rental are appreciated. Fri 7 pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 / www.screeningroom.net).
REBECCA (1940)—Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s celebrated novel won the Oscar as Best Picture winner of 1940. Joan Fontaine stars as a timid young ladies companion who, while on vacation, meets a handsome and wealthy widower (Laurence Olivier) whose wife Rebecca had recently died in a boating accident. Sat, Tues 7:30 pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 / www.screeningroom.net).
SLIME CITY MASSACRE and SLIME CITY—Local filmmaker Greg Lamberson screens his 1988 cult classic along with its new sequel. It’s a benefit for a local child with leukemia featuring door prizes and memorabilia raffle. See the feature article this issue. Mon. 7 pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).
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