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THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU—Fantasy adapted from a Philip K. Dick story starring Matt Damon as man fighting for love that goes against what fate has planned for him. With Emily Blunt and Terence Stamp. Directed by George Nolfi. Reviewed this issue. Flix, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
BEASTLY—“Beauty and the Beast” for the Twilight crowd. Starring Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Neil Patrick Harris, and Peter Krause. Directed by Daniel Barnz. Flix, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
CEDAR RAPIDS—Comedy starring Ed Helms as an innocent small-town insurance salesman sent to an insurance convention. Co-starring John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Stephen Root, Alia Shawkat, and Sigourney Weaver. Directed by Miguel Arteta (Chuck & Buck). Reviewed this issue. Amherst, Eastern Hills
TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT—Homage to 1980s teen comedies, starring Topher Grace as an aimless graduate trying to impress his high school crush at a party. With Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, Chris Pratt, and Michael Biehn. Directed by Michael Dowse (Fubar). Reviewed this issue. Flix, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
THE BEAUTIFUL TRUTH—Documentary about the theories of Dr. Max Gerson, who in the 1920s advocated an organic diet as a cure for cancer. There will be a post-screening discussion. Mon 7pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 / www.screeningroom.net)
THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI (Germany, 1919)—With its grotesque photography and distorted sets, this tale of a carnival showman who hypnotizes his servant into committing murder is considered to be the first true example of Expressionism in the movies. Ninety years later, it still packs a punch. Tue 7:30pm Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court
THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI—See above. The program includes an episode of the 1950s serial Radar Men From the Moon and other classic short features Tue 7pm Wed 1pm. Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Avenue (683-1776 / www.lancopera.org)
CULTURE IN CINEMA SERIES: DON QUIXOTE LIVE FROM THE BOLSHOI BALLET—Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev star in choreographer Alexei Fadeyechev’s adaptation of the ballet originally created for the Bolshoi by Marius Pepita in 1869. Composed by Ludwig Minkus. Sun 11am. Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St. (834-7655 / www.dipsontheatres.com).
ENTRE NOS—Writer-director Gloria La Morte based this film on her childhood experience as part of a Columbian family forced to fend for itself on the streets of New York City. Reviewed in last week's issue. Presented by the International Women’s Film Festival. Thu March 3. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022)
GRACE, MILLY, LUCY...CHILD SOLDIERS—Documentary about girls forced to serve with the rebel “Lord’s Resistance Army” in Uganda. Reviewed this issue. Presented by the International Women’s Film Festival. Thu March 10. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022)
THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY (Great Britain, 1980)—Classic British gangster film starring Bob Hoskins as a wealthy mod leader who finds his empire crumbling under attack from an new kind of criminal. Co-starring Helen Mirren; look for Pierce Brosnan in a bit part. Directed by John Mackenzie. Presented by the Buffalo Film Seminars. Tues. 7pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).
PRISONERS ARE PEOPLE TOO—Short video by Doug Ruffin about issues facing prisoners and previously incarcerated individuals. Presented by Squeaky Wheel; free and open to the public. Thu Feb 10, noon. Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, www.squeaky.org.
RESISTANCES III—Program of experimental film and video art from the Middle East and North Africa. Presented in conjunction with the International Women’s Film Festival. Wed 7pm. Squeaky Wheel, 712 Main St (884-7172 / www.squeaky.org)
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE—Oscar-winning fantasy drama about the adventures of an impoverished teenager in Mumbai, recalled as he competes on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Starring Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, and Saurabh Shukla. Directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting). Thu March 10, 6:30pm. Hamburg Palace Theatre, 31 Buffalo St, Hamburg (649-2295 / www.hamburgpalace.com)
THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1945)—Noir thriller starring Dorothy McGuire as a mute servant girl who fears she may be the next victim of a serial killer who preys on disabled women. With George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Rhonda Fleming and Elsa Lanchester. Directed by Robert Siodmak (The Killers). Fri, Tue 7:30pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 / www.screeningroom.net)
THE SUN BEHIND THE CLOUDS—Timely in the wake of recent international events, this documentary looks at Tibetan monks who feel that the Dalai Lama’s diplomatic goal of finding a “middle ground” with the Chinese who occupy their country may be doing their cause more harm than good. Directed by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, The screening is free and open to the public. Thu March 10, 5pm. Clemens Hall. University of Buffalo Amherst Campus. thesunbehindtheclouds.com.
THE TAQWACORES—Independent film shot in Buffalo about a Pakistani engineering student whose world view is challenged when he moves off campus with a group of kids who are into “Taqwacore,” a hardcore, Muslim punk rock scene. Director Eyad Zahra will be present for the evening screening. Sat 3 8pm. Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave. (854-1694 / www.hallwalls.org)
YEARDLEY—Indie drama about a man brought to ruin by his sexual narcissism. Starring Jesse Bernstein, Saskia Grace Holmes and Garrett Geoghegan. Directed by Heath C. Michaels. Fri-Sat 7 pm, Sun 4 7pm. HD Video Café, 5445 Transit Rd, Williamsville (688-4933 / www.hdvideocafe.com)
YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER (1942)— Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth dance to songs by Jerome Kern, and if you need to know what the plot is this probably isn’t for you. With Adolphe Menjou and Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra; that’s Buffalo native Kathleen Howard as Hayworth’s grandmother. Directed by William A. Seiter. Fri, 7:30pm. The Old Chestnut Film Society, Philip Sheridan School, 3200 Elmwood (836-4757)
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