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"Metropolis" plays this weekend at the Screening Room


BRANDED—Sci-fi set in a future controlled by corporate marketing interests. (Which differs from the present how?) Starring Anna Abonisimova, Ingeborga Dapkunaite and Mariya Ignatova. Directed by Jamie Bradshaw and Aleksandr Dulerayn. Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY— Henry Cavill as an average Joe caught in a spy plot in an unpreviewed movie rated 2/7 out of 10 on Rotten Tomatoes and 4.9 out of 10 on With Verónica Echegui and Joseph Mawle. Directed by Mabrouk El Mechri. Maple Ridge, McKinley, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

ROBOT AND FRANK—Frank Langella as a retiree of the future who decides to use the robot butler his son gives him as a way back into his previous profession—as a jewel thief. With James Marsden, Liv Tyler and Susan Sarandon. Directed by Jake Schreier. Eastern Hills

THE WORDS—Bradley Cooper as a writer who achieves success by passing another novelist’s work off as his own. With Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana and Dennis Quaid. Directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. Flix, Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria


THE FOUR FEATHERS (1939)—The Korda brothers, director Zoltan and producer Alexander, bring epic sweep and a sense of mystery and romance to this classic version of the story of a British officer trying to redeem an act of cowardice. Starring John Clements, Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith, and a rousing score by Miklós Rózsa. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tues 7 pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022)

GENTLEMAN PREFER BLONDES (1953)—Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell are just “Two Little Girls from Little Rock” out to make good for themselves on a transatlantic cruise in this splashy musical adapted from Anita Loos’ book. Even with the two stars, this might not be so well remembered were it not for director Howard Hawks’ insistence on cramming the Cinemascope screen to the best of his abilities. Co-starring Charles Coburn, Tommy Noonan and George “Foghorn” Winslow. Fri-Sat, Weds 7 pm Screening Room

THE GREAT NORTHWESTExperimental documentary recreating the 3200 mile road trip of four Seattle women in 1958, as documented in an elaborate scrapbook that media artist Matt McCormick discovered in a thrift store. Recently relocated to Buffalo, McCormick will be present for the screening, which also features his short “The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal.” Weds 7 pm. Hallwalls

THE GREEN MILE (1999) and THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1999)—Stephen King goes to prison in this retro double feature. Fri-Sun dusk. Transit Drive-in

THE LIVES OF OTHERS (2006)—A German Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, a drama about the Stasi, the secret police who obsessively spied on ordinary citizens in order to maintain control over East German society. Starring Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Mühe and Sebastian Koch. Directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Sun 4 pm. Aurora

METROPOLIS (Germany, 1926)—Finally restored to its full length minus a few frames, this is as complete a version as is likely to be seen of Fritz Lang’s politically ambiguous but stylistically brilliant classic about a workers’ revolt in a city of the future. Fri-Sat 9 pm. Screening Room

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