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BURN—Documentary about Detroit firefighters. Directed by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez. Reviewed this issue. Amherst
EMPEROR—Tommy Lee Jones as General Douglas MacArthur, supervising the surrender of Japan at the end of World War II. Co-starring Matthew Fox, Kaori Momoi and Aaron Jackson. Directed by Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring). Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills
OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL—Prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff. Directed by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead). Reviewed this issue. Aurora, Flix, Lockport Palace, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, New Angola, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden
LAURA (1944)—It’s not truly film noir—director Otto Preminger was never one to hew too closely to genre restrictions—but it’s still one of the oddest damn movies to come out of Hollywood. Dana Andrews is the police detective unhealthily attracted to murder victim Gene Tierney, and they’re the relatively normal characters among Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, and Judith Anderson. The Screening Room.
NAKED (1993)—David Thewlis gives an unforgettable performance as the ultimate anti-hero of the 1990s: a homeless misogynist, sharing his non-stop bilious rantings with all those he meets. A darkly funny, oppressive and bizarre odyssey through a world that many would choose to ignore, the twilight world of London’s excluded and rejected in post-Thatcherite England. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Market Arcade. Market Arcade
NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS—From La Scala, a ballet based on Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Starring Roberto Bolle and Natalia Osipova. With music by Maurice Jarre, sets by René Allio and the renowned costumes of Yves Saint-Laurent. Amherst, Eastern Hills
SHOCK (1946)—Vincent Price hadn’t yet established a reputation as a horror icon when he starred in this noirish thriller as a psychiatrist who accidentally kills his wife and is forced to discredit a witness as mentally unstable. Directed by the reliable B-movie veteran Alfred L. Werker (He Walked by Night). The Screening Room.
THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO (1952)—Adaptation of an Ernest Hemingway story starring Gregory Peck as a big-game hunter who looks back with regrets on his love affairs as he lies dying from an infection while on safari. With Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner and Leo G. Carroll. Directed by Henry King (The Song of Bernadette). The Screening Room
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