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THE DILEMMA—Should Vince Vaughn tell best friend Kevin James that his wife is cheating on him? Ron Howard directed this comedy that also stars Jennifer Connelly and Winona Ryder. Reviewed this issue. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, McKinley, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

THE GREEN HORNET—Seth Rogen wrote and stars in this comical take on the masked crimefighter from 1930s radio, 1940s comics and 1960s TV. Co-starring Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson and Christoph Waltz. Directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Reviewed this issue. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria


ANNIE(1982)—The perpetually perky Broadway musical. Starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, and Geoffrey Holder. Directed by, of all people, John Huston. Sun 3 pm. Hamburg Palace Theatre, 31 Buffalo St, Hamburg (649-2295 /

THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998)—Jeff Bridges as the ultimate slacker in this oddball tribute to the Philip Marlow genre concocted by the Coen Brothers, who claim they have no idea why it has garnered such a cult following. But like all cult movies, it gets better every time you watch it. Co-starring John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tara Reid, David Thewlis and John Turturro. This special event includes a bar serving white Russians and an hour of stand-up comedy before the movie, followed by two hours of bowling at the Classic Lanes on Military Road. Advance tickets are suggested. Sat 7 pm. Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St, N. Tonawanda (692-2413 /

MACHETE—Feature version of one of the fake trailers in Grindhouse, with Danny Trejo as the former federale turned drug dealer who turns against his former boss. Check out the cast: Robert DeNiro, Jessica Alba, Jeff Fahey, Michelle Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson, Lindsay Lohan, and Steven Segal. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis. Fri & Sat 9; Tue 7:30. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 /

METROPOLIS (Germany, 1926)—Newly restored to its full length minus a few frames, this is as complete a version as is likely to be seen of Fritz Lang’s politically ambiguous but stylistically brilliant classic about a workers’ revolt in a city of the future. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tues 7 pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022)

METROPOLIS—see above. 7 pm nightly. Hamburg Palace Theatre, 31 Buffalo St, Hamburg (649-2295 /

NOTORIOUS (1946)—Roger Ebert calls this Alfred Hitchcock thriller ”The most elegant expression of the master’s visual style.” Ingrid Bergman stars as a woman whose troubled past makes her an easy target for American agents who want her to spy on escaped Nazis living in Rio de Janiero. With Cary Grant and Claude Rains. Written by Ben Hecht. Fri-Sat 7 pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 /

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1956)—Ed Wood’s best remembered film is hardly the “worst movie ever made,” but it is one of the most entertaining bad ones. The fun lies not in the story about aliens intent on destroying Earth before we destroy the universe but from the cardboard sets, stock footage, and overripe acting from an assortment of Hollywood wannabes (padded out with a few minutes of left-over footage of Bela Lugosi, shot just before his death). Fri-Sat 5 7 9 pm., Sat 12:30 2:30 4:30 pm. HD Video Café, 5445 Transit Rd, Williamsville (688-4933 /

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