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THE BIG PICTURE—Romain Duris as a man leading a seemingly perfect but unhappy life who is forced to change after a fateful accident. With Marina Foïs, Niels Arestrup, Branka Katic and Catherine Deneuve. Directed by Eric Lartigau. Reviewed this issue. Amherst
FLIGHT—Denzel Washington as an alcoholic pilot facing a difficult investigation after he prevents a plane from crashing. Co-starring Bruce Greenwood, Melissa Leo and John Goodman. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Beowulf). Flix, Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
LIBERAL ARTS—Josh Radnor wrote, directed and stars in this drama as a man in his mid-30s who returns to the college where he was happy as a young man. Co-starring Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, Elizabeth Reaser and Zac Efron, Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills
THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS—Even though his name is slapped all over the publicity, Quentin Tarantino had nothing to do with the making of this homage to kung fu movies of the 1970s. Starring Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Cung Le, Rick Yune, Gordon Liu and RZA, who also directed. Flix, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
WRECK-IT RALPH—Animation with John C. Reilly as the voice of a video game bad guy who wants to become a hero. With Jack McBrayer, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch. Directed by Rich Moore. Reviewed this issue. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, McKinley, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Transit Drive-In
AIDA—Verdi’s much-loved opera, from an open-air staging at Austria’s St. Margarethen featuring more than 400 participants on stage. Thurs Nov 8 7 pm. Screening Room
GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (Japan, 1988)—From Hayao Miyazaki’s production company, this story of two children trying to survive in Japan during World War II was one of the first anime to tackle serious issues. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tues. 7 pm. Market Arcade.
HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE (1953)—Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and Lauren Bacall pool their minimal resources to rent a Manhattan penthouse in the hopes of ensnaring rich husbands. The first film made in the wide screen “Cinemascope” format sometimes tries too hard to show it off, but manages not to distract from an entertaining all-star comedy. With David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Fred Clark, and William Powell. Directed by Jean Negulesco (Johnny Belinda). Fri-Sat 7 pm Screening Room.
THE LADY VANISHES (1938)—Heiress Margaret Lockwood and musician Michael Redgrave team up to investigate how Dame May Whitty disappeared from a moving train in this comic mystery that was one of Alfred Hitchcock’s last British films before moving to Hollywood. With Paul Lukas and Cecil Parker. Fri-Sat 9 pm Screening Room.
SWAN LAKE—From the Royal Ballet in London. Choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Starring Zanaida Yanowsky and Nehemiah Kish. Sun 2 pm, Thurs Nov 8 7 pm Amherst, Eastern Hills
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