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50/50—Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young man trying to maintain a positive attitude after being diagnosed wit a rare form of cancer. Co-starring Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston, and Philip Baker Hall. Directed by Jonathan Levine (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane). Reviewed this issue. Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

CIRCUMSTANCE—Everyday life in Iran as seen through the eyes of two young women whose every ambitions and desires are outlawed by the theocratic regime. Starring Nikohl Boosheri and Sarah Kazemy. Directed by Maryam Keshavarz. Amherst

DREAM HOUSE—Horror film about a family’s unfortunate discovery that their new house was the site of a brutal slaying. Starring Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, and Marton Csokas. Directed by Jim Sheridan (Get Rich or Die Tryin’). Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

LOVE CRIME—Kristin Scott Thomas stars as a corporate executive who cajoles and abuses her new young assistant (Ludivine Sagnier) until the tables are turned in the last film by director Alain Corneau (All the Mornings of the World). Reviewed this issue. Amherst

WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER—Anna Faris as a single woman wondering if one of the 20 men she’s slept with was the one she should have married. Co-starring Chris Evans and Ari Graynor. Directed by Mark Mylod (“Entourage”). Maple Ridge, Flix, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria


BLACK ORPHEUS (Brazil, 1959)—This modern reinterpretation of the myth of Orpheus, set against the colorful background of Brazil’s Carnival, was one of the best loved foreign films of the 1960s and 1970s. Lush photography and the bossa nova music by Antonio Carlos Jobim help make it a classic. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival and Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tue 7pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).

CULTURE IN CINEMA: FAUST—Gounod’s opera, live from the Royal Opera House in London. Starring Vittorio Grigolo, René Pape, Angela Gheorghiu, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Daniel Grice, and Carole Wilson. Conducted by Evelino Pidò and directed by Lee Blakeley. Thu Oct 6 6pm. Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St. (834-7655 /

DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954)—From Alfred Hitchcock’s era of experimental theater adaptations. Ray Milland stars as a husband who concocts an elaborate plan to kill his cheating wife (Grace Kelly), only to have to improvise at the last minute. With Robert Cummings and John Williams. Fri-Sat 7:30pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376)

SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1932)—Marlene Dietrich as Shanghai Lil, a prostitute who meets an old flame (Clive Brook) on the famous Chinese train during a period of civil unrest. With Warner Oland, Eugene Pallette and Anna May Wong. Directed at the peak of his abilities by Josef von Sternberg (The Blue Angel). Fri, 7:30pm. The Old Chestnut Film Society, Philip Sheridan School, 3200 Elmwood (836-4757)