Film Now Playing
THE BEAVER—Mel Gibson as a toy company CEO who copes with a suicidal depression by projecting himself into a hand puppet of a beaver. It’s not a comedy. With Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jodie Foster, who also directed. Regal Elmwood
JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER—Kids’ movie, in case you couldn’t tell from the title. Starring Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham, and Preston Bailey. Directed by John Schultz (Aliens in the Attic). Market Arcade, Flix, Maple Ridge, McKinley, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Transit, Regal Walden
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS—Woody Allen comedy starring Owen Wilson as a novelist who gets to commune with the spirits of his jazz age idols on a vacation in Paris. Co-starring Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, and Carla Bruni. Reviewed this issue. Amherst, Eastern Hills, Flix, Regal Niagara Falls
SUPER 8— Kids who film a train crash in 1978 get into trouble with the US government in this special effects movie. Starring Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, and Riley Griffiths. Directed by J. J. Abrams (Cloverfield). Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden, Sunset Drive-In, Transit Drive-In
CULTURE IN CINEMA: MACBETH—Verdi’s opera presented live from the Royal Opera House in London. Starring Simon Keenlyside, Raymond Aceto and Martina Serafin. Conducted by Antonio Pappano and directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Mon 2:30 pm; encore screening Wed 7pm. Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St. (834-7655 / www.dipsontheatres.com).
FROM BRITAIN WITH LOVE: IN OUR NAME—After returning from Iraq, a female British soldier with post traumatic stress disorder channels her guilt and fears into an obsession with the safety of her daughter. Star Joanne Froggatt will participate in a digital Q&A after the screening. Mon 8pm. Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St. (834-7655 / www.dipsontheatres.com).
FROM BRITAIN WITH LOVE: TOAST—Coming of age story set in the 1960s, with food the focus for a young boy’s dissatisfaction. Starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore. Director S.J. Clarkson will participate in a digital Q&A after the screening. Sat 8pm. Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St. (834-7655 / www.dipsontheatres.com).
STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (1928)—Classic Buster Keaton comedy. The program includes an episode of the 1950s serial Radar Men From the Moon and other classic short features. Tue 7pm Wed 1pm. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Avenue (683-1776 / www.lancopera.org).
STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S COMPANY—Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Lazar, Patti LuPone, and Martha Plimpton star in this revival of the ageless show. Thurs June 16 7:30 pm. Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St. (834-7655 / www.dipsontheatres.com).
TAXI DRIVER (1975)—Martin Scorsese’s fifth feature and the one that made him a marquee name. Named Best Film at Cannes, this harrowing account of urban madness as experienced by a Manhattan cabbie (Robert DeNiro) still divides audiences, though love it or hate it you’ll never forget it. Written by Paul Schrader. Co-starring Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd, Peter Boyle, and Albert Brooks. Fri, Sat, Tue 8pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 / www.screeningroom.net).
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