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THE APPARITION—Rashida Jones and Andy Shamberg as a couple who are having trouble getting divorced. With Elijah Wood, Chris Messina, and Emma Roberts. Directed by Lee Toland Krieger. Eastern Hills, Regal Quaker
KILLER JOE—Adaptation of the Tracey Letts play about a Texas family that hires a professional killer (Matthew McConaughey) for an insurance scheme. Co-starring Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Gina Gershon, and Juno Temple. Directed by William Friedkin (The French Connection). Reviewed this issue. Amherst
LAWLESS—Nick Cave adapted the screenplay from Mat Bondurant’s novel about a bootlegging gang battling crooked cops who want a share of their profits. Starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska. Directed by John Hillcoat (The Road). Reviewed this issue. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS—Jonathan Demme’s third concert film with the perennial rock star, this time from his 2001 solo show at Massey Hall in Toronto. Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills
POSSESSION—A girl is cursed by a spirit living inside an antique box she buys at a yard sale. Starring Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Kyra Sedgwick. Directed by Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch). Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Transit Drive-In
CAUSE FOR ALARM (1951)— Psychological noir starring Loretta Young as a housewife whose invalid husband Barry Sullivan) comes to believe that she and his doctor are plotting to kill him. Directed by Tay Garnett (The Postman Always Rings Twice). Sat 7:15pm. The Screening Room
THE COVE—Oscar-winning documentary about a guarded area in Japan where dolphins are captured to be sold to aquariums or slaughtered for meat. Directed by Louie Psihoyos. Free and open to the public. Fri 7pm. Burning Books, 420 Connecticut St.
HE WALKED BY NIGHT (1948)—Los Angeles police stalk a killer in this engrossing procedural, shot in pseudo documentary style (an innovation at the time). Starring Scott Brady, Richard Basehart and Jack Webb (who was directly inspired by it to create “Dragnet”). Directed by Alfred Werker and an uncredited Anthony Mann. Fri 7:15pm. The Screening Room
M (Germany, 1931)—Fritz Lang’s visceral thriller about a hunt for a child killer that unites the police and the criminal underworld of Berlin. Peter Lorre became an international star as the murderer, a victim of his compulsions, but it’s Lang’s film: look at his depiction of a city falling under the sway of fascism and you’ll understand why he fled a year later. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tue 7pm. Market Arcade. Also Sat pm, The Screening Room
OCEANS 11 (2001)—George Clooney leads the gang of not-very-hardened criminals with an intricate plan to rob a trio of casinos owned by his ex-wife’s new boyfriend in this in-name-only remake of the Rat Pack movie. With Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Elliott Gould, Bernie Mac, and Carl Reiner. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Thu Aug 30 7pm. Riviera
THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS (1947)—Noirish character study starring Barbara Stanwyck as a woman whose failed teenage romance comes back to haunt her as an adult. Co-starring Van Heflin, Judith Anderson, Lizabeth Scott, and Kirk Douglas (his debut); look for future director Blake Edwards in a bit part as a sailor. Fri 9pm. The Screening Room
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