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ANOTHER YEAR—Javier Bardem’s Oscar-nominated performance as a dying man hoping to leave something for his two children. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel). Reviewed in last week's issue. Amherst
THE COMPANY MEN—Ensemble drama starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper as executives dealing with unemployment after being downsized by the corporation they spent years working for. Co-starring Maria Bello, Craig T. Nelson and Kevin Costner. Directed by John Wells (ER, The West Wing). Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills, Regal Elmwood, Regal Quaker
THE EAGLE—Adaptation of the Rosemary Sutcliff novel about a Roman centurion in second century England seeking his father, whose legion was lost in the unconquered northern territories. Starring Channign Tatum, Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland. Directed by Kevin Macdonald (State of Play). Read the interview with Macdonald this issue. Flix, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
JUST GO WITH IT—Remake of the 1969 comedy Cactus Flower, with Adam Sandler as a roué who pretends to be married in order to avoid having to marry any of his girlfriends. With Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, and Nick Swardson. Directed by Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups). Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
OSCAR SHORTS—Two programs of the films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards for Best Short Film, live action and animated. Reviewed this issue. Market Arcade.
AU HASARD BALTHAZAR (France, 1966)—Robert Bresson brings his characteristic austerity and preference for non-actors to one of his most highly-regarded films, the story of a donkey whose hard life over the years mirrors that of the girl who raised him. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminars. Tue, 7pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022)
CASABLANCA (1941)—Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in what is by general consensus Hollywood’s greatest romance, if not the most popular Hollywood film period. Call it a miracle of studio craftsmanship, a whole that exceeds the sum of its parts, and an almost mythological example of why we love movies so much. Directed by Michael Curtiz. With Paul Heinreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, S.Z. Sakall and Dooley Wilson. Fri-Sat 7 pm, Mon 4:30, 7, 9:15pm, Tue 7:30pm
GROWING GREEN IN BUFFALO—Short video by Meg Knowles about youth participants who plant tomatoes, build a straw-bale green house, and educate themselves and others about growing and eating healthy foods in their community. Presented by Squeaky Wheel; free and open to the public. Thu Feb. 17 noon. Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. www.squeaky.org.
HENRY’S FUTURE (NR)—Locally-made romantic drama about a lonely bachelor who puts his faith in the words of a psychic who predicts that he is about to meet the woman of his dreams. www.henrysfuture.com. Fri 2, 4, 9:30pm; Sat 1, 2:30, 9:30pm The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 / www.screeningroom.net).
ORLANDO (1992)—Sally Potter’s adaptation of the Virginia Woolf novel about a young nobleman (Tilda Swinton) who achieves immortality along with gender fluidity. With Billy Zane and Quentin Crisp. Opening the 15th International Women’s Film Festival. Thu Feb. 17, 7pm. Reviewed this issue. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022)
RIGOLETTO—A traditional production (from the Teatro Regio di Parma in Italy) of Verdi’s perennially popular opera, starring Placido Domingo and Vittorio Grigolo. Conducted by Zubin Mehta and directed by Marco Bellocchio and Andrea Andermann. With English subtitles. Wed 7pm. Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St. (834-7655 / www.dipsontheatres.com).
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