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"The House on Haunted Hill" shows at the Screening Room on Saturday.


ARGO—Ben Affleck directed and stars in this true story about a 1979 CIA plan to rescue the six Americans held in Iran by pretending to make a film there. Co-starring Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber and Clea DuVall. Reviewed this issue. Amherst, Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden

HERE COMES THE BOOM—Kevin James as a high school teacher who becomes a mixed-martial arts fighter to save his school’s music program. With Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler and Greg Germann. Directed by Frank Coraci (Zookeeper). Reviewed this issue. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden, Transit Drive-In

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER—High school comedy about a freshman being shown the ropes by a pair of seniors. Directed by Stephen Chbosky. McKinley, Regal Transit, Regal Walden

SAMSARA—Elaborate globe-trotting imagefest from the cinematographer of Koyaanisqatsi and the director of Baraka, Ron Fricke. Reviewed this issue. North Park

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN—Documentary about two South Africans looking for a musician whose 1970 album was a hit only in their country. Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS—A fledgling screenwriter battles Hollywood gangsters. Starring Michael Pitt, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sam Rockwell and Colin Farrell. Directed by Martin McDonagh. Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden

SINISTER—Found-footage horror movie. Starring Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance and James Ranson. Directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, McKinley, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Transit, Regal Walden, Transit Drive-In


ALICE, SWEET ALICE (1982)—Best known as the film debut of a young Brooke Shields, this religious-themed thriller stars Paula E. Sheppard (Liquid Sky) as a girl suspected of murdering her sister and other parishioners in her New Jersey town. Shown on video in cut form as Communion and Holy Terror, this restored version is worth a look for horror buffs. Fri 9 pm. Screening Room

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL—Inaugurating a new series of high definition productions of William Shakespeare’s plays from the restored Globe Theater in London. Starring Janie Dee, Ellie Piercey and Sam Crane. Directed by John Dove. Weds 7 pm. Amherst, Eastern Hills

BUFFALO SCREAMS—Third edition of the horror movie festival. See the preview story this issue. Market Arcade

CARIS’ PEACE—Gaylen Ross (Killing Kasztner) directed this documentary about Caris Corfman, a successful Broadway performer who determines to return to the stage after a brain tumor destroys her short-term memory, making it impossible for her to memorize dialogue. Mon 8 pm. Screening Room

FAIL-SAFE (1964)—The ultimate cold war thriller: The president and the Pentagon try to persuade the Soviets not to counterattack when an electrical failure sends nuclear armed planes to bomb Moscow. Starring Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Dan O’Herlihy, Larry Hagman, and Dom DeLuise. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tues. 7 pm. Market Arcade.

“HOPELESSLY MIDDLE AGED”—Hallwalls’ current artists-in-residence Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby present new work by themselves, Mike Hoolboom and Dani Leventhal. Fri 8 pm. Hallwalls

THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959)—Eccentric millionaire Vincent Price offers five people $10,000 each if they can spend the night in his haunted mansion. With Carolyn Craig, Richard Long, Elisha Cook Jr. and Carol Ohmart. Directed by William Castle (Mr. Sardonicus). Sat 9 pm. Screening Room

PAT METHENY: THE ORCHESTRION PROJECT—Concert performance featuring the guitarist accompanied by a device that produces orchestral effects. Tues 7 pm. Screening Room

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN—Documentary about four Chinese girls adapted by American couples who set out to discover the murky nature of their pasts. Mon 5:30 pm, Thurs 7 pm. Screening Room

THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY PROGRAM 2—Episodes four through seven of the epic documentary by Irish film critic Mark Cousins, an ambitious history of cinema that covers the global filmmaking community from the 1890s through the present day. If you don’t have four years to spend in film school, this is the next best thing. Sat 4:30 pm. Screening Room

THE 39 STEPS (1940)—Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film about a man on the run after he is falsely accused of murder. A deft, taut spy thriller anticipating the themes that would occupy the rest of Hitchcock’s career. Fri-Sat 7 pm. Screening Room