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COLOMBIANA—Luc Besson production starring Zoe Saldana as a girl who becomes an assassin after seeing her parents killed in Bogota. Co-starring Michael Vartan and Callum Blue. Directed by Olivier Megaton. Flix, Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Market Arcade
DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK— Guillermo del Toro wrote and produced this remake of a cult favorite 1970s TV movie about a young girl whose family moves into a house populated by eerie creatures. Starring Bailee Madison, Katie Holmes, and Guy Pearce. Directed by Troy Nixey. Reviewed this issue. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Transit Drive-In
OUR IDIOT BROTHER—Paul Rudd has the title role in this comedy about an idealist who makes life hell for his sisters. Co-starring Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones, and Steve Coogan. Directed by Jesse Peretz (The Château). Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
ROAD TO NOWHERE—The first feature in 21 years from director Monte Hellman (Two Lane Blacktop), a drama about the making of a film in which reality becomes tangled up with illusion. Starring Shannyn Sossamon, Tygh Runyan, Cliff De Young, and Dominique Swain. Reviewed this issue. HD Video Cafe, The Screening Room
TABLOID—The newest documentary by Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line) follows Joyce McKinney, a one-time Miss Wyoming and her obsession with a Mormon missionary. Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills
48 HOUR FILM FEST—The best of the entries in the local competition in which teams of filmmakers are given 48 hours to devise, film, and edit a short film, for which they are assigned a random genre, a character and a line of dialogue. Tue 8pm. Merge, 439 Delaware Ave. (842-0600). Tickets are limited and can be purchased in advance at www.48hourfilm.com/buffalo.
GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 (1933)—A musical that could only have been made at Warner Brothers, the studio that specialized in gritty social realist dramas. It’s best remembered for its Busby Berkeley production numbers, which are still astonishing after 75 years (and who can resist Ginger Rogers singing “We’re In the Money” in pig Latin?). Starring Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, and Ned Sparks. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tue 7pm, Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).
ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER (1970)—One of Barbra Streisand’s odder films, a musical by Alan Jay Lerner about a woman who relives her past lives while under hypnosis. Co-starring a very miscast Yves Montand, Bob Newhart and a pre-stardom Jack Nicholson. Directed by Vincente Minnelli (Gigi). Thu Aug 25, 7pm. Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St, N. Tonawanda (692-2413 / www.rivieratheatre.org)
THE WAY WE WERE (1973)—Classic tearjerker starring Barbra Steisand and Robert Redford as a 1930s college leftist and the blonde goy she falls in love with. With Bradford Dillman and Patrick O’Neal. Directed by Sydney Pollack (Tootsie). Thu Sep 1, 7pm. Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St, N. Tonawanda (692-2413 / www.rivieratheatre.org).
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