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CHASING MAVERICKS—Young surfer gets an old pro to train him to face a monster wave. Starring Gerard Butler, Jonny Weston and Elisabeth Shue. Directed by Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted. Flix, McKinley, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Walden Galleria
CLOUD ATLAS—Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer split the writing and directing duties in this adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel that tells six stories set in eras from the 1850s to the distant future. Staring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, and Doona Bae. Reviewed this issue. Amherst, Flix, Maple Ridge, McKinley, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Walden Galleria
FUN SIZE—In what sounds like a remake of Adventures in Babysitting, a teen’s Halloween plans are ruined when she and her nerdy friends have to find her brother after he gets lost while trick-or-treating. Starring Victoria Justice, Jackson Nicoll and Chelsea Handler. The directorial debut of “Gossip Girl” creator Josh Schwartz. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, New Angola, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Walden Galleria, Transit Drive-In
SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED—Independent comedy about a would-be magazine writer investigating a man who claims to be able to travel in time. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson Karan Soni, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jeff Garlin and Mark Duplass. Directed by Colin Trevorrow. Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills
SILENT HILL: REVELATION—Sequel. Starring Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell and Carrie-Anne Moss. Directed by Michael J. Bassett. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Walden Galleria, Transit Drive-In
THE AUDITION—Documentary about young singers hoping to win a position at the Metropolitan Opera. Directed by Susan Froemke. Free admission: call 881-1424 or 837-0376 to reserve seats. Mon 7:30. Screening Room
BEETLEJUICE (1988)—The archetypal Tim Burton movie. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, but Burton is clearly too busy indulging himself to care, and the sense of fun is infectious. With Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis. Sat noon. Aurora
THE BIRDS (1963)—Alfred Hitchcock’s macabre fable about a small town in northern California beset by inexplicable avian attacks. Starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Veronica Cartwright and Jessica Tandy. Fri-Sun 7 pm. Screening Room
DE PROFUNDIS (1997)—Local filmmaker Lawrence Brose’s widely acclaimed experimental film. Called “dense but haunting” by the Village Voice, the film is a multilayered investigation of Oscar Wilde’s project of Transgressive Aesthetics. Incorporating home movies from the 1920’s and early gay male erotica along with images from Radical Faerie gatherings and queer pagan rituals, radical drag performances and images of confinement, the film sets up a haunting investigation of queerness, masculinity, history and sexuality. Fri 8 pm. Hallwalls
Ed Wood double feature: BRIDE OF THE MONSTER (1955)—How can you not love a movie with lines like “He tampered in God’s domain!”? To call this Ed Wood’s best movie may not be saying much, but he gives Bela Lugosi a few enjoyably hammy speeches, maybe to make up for the climactic scene in which Bela has to wrestle a fake rubber octopus with a broken motor. PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959) is hardly the “worst movie ever made,” but it is one of the most entertaining bad ones. Tues 7 pm. Screening Room
COME AND SEE (USSR, 1985)—Elim Klimov’s drama about the experiences of a 12-year-old boy who joins the Russian army during World War II is one of the most uncompromising and disturbing anti-war films ever made. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tues. 7 pm. Market Arcade.
HALLOWEEN (1978)—John Carpenter’s original slasher movie not only remains undiminished by the hordes of imitators it inspired, it looks like a small masterpiece of focused independent filmmaking in the wake of so many recent big studio remakes of 70s horror movies. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence and P.J. Soles. Thurs Oct. 25 7:30 pm. Amherst, Eastern Hills, Flix, Market Arcade, McKinley, Transit Drive-In; also Fri 11:30 pm, Hamburg Palace
MAD MONSTER PARTY (1967)—From Rankin-Bass, the studio that created so many puppet animated Christmas specials, came this beloved but long-unseen feature film with Boris Karloff as the voice of Dr. Frankenstein, hosting a meeting of monsters to find his successor. Sat 3:30. Hamburg Palace
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)—The shocking no-budget verisimilitude of George Romero’s original zombie film is just as effective as it was when it first leaked into drive-ins a quarter century ago, as long as you can see it with an audience not intent on making a joke of it. Weds 8 pm. Screening Room
NOSFERATU (GERMANY, 1922)—F. W. Murnau’s uncredited adaptation of Dracula is one of the great early examples of German expressionism in film, as well as being a properly creepy little tale. Max Schreck made his way into film history entirely on the basis of this role as the misshapen bloodsucker. Sat 9:15 pm. Screening Room
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975)—Because it just wouldn’t be Halloween without Dr. Frank N. Furter prancing about somewhere. Do the Time Warp again! Sat midnight. Hamburg Palace
STALIN’S FUNERAL (Russia, 1990)—Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko hosts a rare screening of his film recreating the riots that occurred after the death of the brutal leader. Free and open to the public. Weds 7 pm. Center for the Fine Arts, UB Amherst Campus.
THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY—Third installment 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. Sun 4:30 pm. Screening Room
THE SHINING (1980)—Stanley Kubrick was probably too busy experimenting with his new Stedicam and thinking of ways to parody Last Year at Marienbad to notice that Jack Nicholson was ad libbing a more entertaining performance than the one called for by Stephen King’s novel. But either way it’s some kind of a classic. Sat 10:30 pm.. Aurora
SUSPIRIA (Italy, 1976)—A ballet school is the home of a long-dead but still unhappy witch in Italian horror maestro Dario Argento’s best film. The use of color and music (by Argento’s house band Goblin) grab you by the throat and don’t let go. With Udo Kier, Alida Valli and Joan Bennett. Fri 9:15 pm. Screening Room
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