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Third Star

The latest in the Amherst Theaters’s “From Britain With Love” series, presented in conjunction with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the UK Film Council, Third Star has a beginning you need to pay attention to. I warn you because it’s imagery is so striking that you may find yourself looking at it rather than paying attention to what you are hearing.

Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the BBC’s new 21st century Sherlock Holmes, is James, who is 29 and won’t see 30 due to cancer. His three best friends have gathered to take him on a trip to his favorite place on Earth, a beach in Wales that can only be reached by a hike of several days. None of them are exactly the outdoors type, and James is in particularly poor shape, but off they go.

From there, the script by actor Vaughan Sivell proceeds through a lot of expected lighthearted boys-will-be-boys antics, like a brawl at a local carnival and arguing over who the most shaggable film star is, punctuated by the occasional campfire discussion of what happens when you die. It isn’t until their inexperience starts to get the better of them, and James reveals his real plan for the trip, that they film starts to take on some weight.

Third Star will have one screening at 11 am Saturday at the Amherst Theater. It will be followed by a live broadcast including the cast and director of the film who will take questions from the audience submitted via Twitter. (The hashtag is #britfilm.) Buffalo is one of only three cities participating in this opportunity, so don’t forget your smart phone or other device.

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