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IN TIME—Thriller set in a future world where people can live forever, if they can pay for it. Starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy. Directed by Andrew Niccol (Lord of War). Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Walden Galleria.
MARGIN CALL—An all-star cast in a fictional story of what might have happened one night in 2008 at an investment bank as the board discovers their overleveraged assets are on the verge of collapse. Starring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto, Simon Baker, Paul Bettany, and Demi Moore. Directed by J.C. Chandor. Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills, North Park.
PUSS IN BOOTS—Spinoff for the character voiced by Antonio Bandaras in the Shrek movies. Directed by Chris Miller. Aurora, Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, New Angola, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Walden Galleria, Transit Drive-In.
THE RUM DIARY—Johnny Depp as a freelance writer working in Puerto Rico in the 1950s. With Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli, and Amber Heard. Directed by Bruce Robinson (Jennifer Eight). Amherst, Flix, Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Walden Galleria.
BUFFALO SCREAMS—Second edition of the local horror film festival. See the feature this issue for titles and screening times. Through Sun Oct 30. The Screening Room (www.buffaloscreams.com)
CULTURE IN CINEMA: THE BOLSHOI RE-OPENING GALA—A special program celebrating the re-opening of the Bolshoi’s main theater after seven years of reconstruction, featuring excerpts from Don Quixote, The Flames of Paris, The Bright Stream, Spartacus, Swan Lake and more, performed by all the Principal dancers and Soloists of the Bolshoi, along with operatic performances by Placido Domingo, Natalie Dessay, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Violeta Urmana and other special guests. The 11 am broadcast is preceded by a 10 am preshow including a tour of the building and red carpet arrivals. Fri 10 am. Amherst Theater.
CULTURE IN CINEMA: TOSCA—Puccini’s opera from the Royal Opera House in London. Starring Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel and Lukas Jakobski Conducted by Antonio Pappano and directed by Duncan Macfarland. Wed 7 pm Amherst Theater.
EMPTY QUARTER—Experimental documentary set in the sparsely populated farm and ranch lands of Southeast Oregon, populated by a rich mix of cultures including East Indian and Japanese families, Basque sheepherders, the indigenous Paiute, and Latinos filed workers. Filmmakers Alain LeTourneau and Pam Minty will be present at the screening. Thurs Nov. 3, 8 pm. Hallwalls.
THE NEW YORK SHORT FILM CONCERT—Thirtieth anniversary edition of the series (and the first to play in WNY) compiling the best in new and classic short films. See the review this issue. Thurs Nov. 3, 7 pm. The Screening Room.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) George Romero’s landmark film is still as shocking as it was when it first leaked into drive-ins more than 40 years ago, as long as you can see it with an audience not intent on making a joke of it. Fri midnight Hamburg Palace.
NOSFERATU (Germany, 1922)—F. W. Murnau’s adaptation of Dracula is one of the great early examples of German expressionism in film, as well as being a properly creepy little tale. Live music provided by David “The Waz” Wasik and Joe Rozler. Fri, 8 pm. Hardware, 245 Allen St. (882.8843).
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975)—Dig out your fishnet stockings and bustiers and get ready to do the Time Warp again with Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Meat Loaf and Magenta. Fri 10 pm Riviera Theater; Fri-Sat midnight, Lockport Palace; Sat 11 pm Aurora Theatre; Sat midnight Hamburg Palace.
ROGER BEEBE: FILMS FOR ONE TO EIGHT PROJECTORS—A program of film-based performances using multiple projectors simultaneously Fri 8. Hallwalls.
TRUE CONFESSIONS (1981)—Loosely based on the infamous “Black Dahlia” murder case of the 1940s, this actor’s showcase pairs Robert DeNiro and Robert Duval as estranged brothers, one a monsignor, the other a homicide detective, who are reunited by the investigation. The terrific supporting cast includes Charles Durning, Kenneth McMillan, Cyril Cusack, Burgess Meredith, and Dan Hedaya. Directed by Ulu Grosbard (Straight Time). Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tues. 7 pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center.
WHITE ZOMBIE (1932)—In one of Bela Lugosi’s best films, he plays the overseer of a Haitian plantation where natives are drugged into becoming catatonic laborers. Directed by Victor Halperin. Thurs Oct. 27, 7:30 pm. Sugar City Arts Collaborative, 19 Wadsworth St.
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