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BLUE VALENTINE—Ryan Gosling and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams star as a working class couple at the end of their marriage in this drama written and directed by Derek Cianfrance. Reviewed this issue. Amherst
INSIDE JOB—Return of the Oscar-nominated documentary about the causes of the 2008 financial meltdown that caused the loss of millions of jobs around the world. Directed by Charles Ferguson (No End in Sight). See review in this past November 4th edition of Artvoice. McKinley
THE MECHANIC—Jason Statham as a professional assassin who takes on an apprentice (Ben Foster) in this loose remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson movie. Co-starring Tony Goldwyn and Donald Sutherland. Directed by Simon West (Con Air). Reviewed this issue. Regal Elmwood, Regal Galleria, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker
THE RITE—Anthony Hopkins as a Vatican priest leading a class in exorcism studies. With Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, Rutger Hauer and Maria Grazia Cucinotta. Directed by Mikael Håfström (1408). Flix, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Galleria, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker
ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL—The 48th edition of the oldest film festival devoted to independent and experimental film in North America. The complete program is available at www.aafilmfest.org. Thu 7pm. Squeaky Wheel, 712 Main Street (884-7172 / www.squeaky.org).
BUILDING ON THE PAST FOR OUR FUTURE—Short video by Diedie Weng about efforts to revitalize Buffalo’s East Side. Presented by Squeaky Wheel; free and open to the public. Thu Feb 3, noon. Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, www.squeaky.org.
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975)—Restored version of the classic about pornographic moose dentistry. Directed by 40 specially trained Ecuadorian mountain llamas, six Venezuelan red llamas, 142 Mexican whooping llamas, 14 North Chilean guanacos (closely related to the llama), Reg Llama of Brixton, 76,000 battery llamas from “llama-fresh” farms ltd. near Paraguay, and Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones. Fri-Sun 6:30pm, 8:30pm, Sun 7pm. HD Video Café, 5445 Transit Rd, Williamsville (688-4933 / www.hdvideocafe.com).
NINOTCHKA (1939)—Famed as the film where “Garbo laughs!,” as a stern Soviet officer on official business who gets seduced by the pleasures of Paris in the person of Melvyn Douglas. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch from a script by Billy Wilder, it’s as perfect as romantic comedies get—Garbo even plays a scene with Bela Lugosi! Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tue 7pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)—Raymond Chandler wrote the screenplay from Patricia Highsmith’s novel for this classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller about two men who pass the time on a train formulating a perfect murder plan. But when they get off, one of them takes it seriously. Starring Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, and Leo G. Carroll. Fri, Sat 7:30pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 / www.screeningroom.net).
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