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DARK SKIES—Haunted house horror. Starring Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, and J.K. Simmons. Directed Scott Stewart (Legion). Flix, Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
KOCH—Documentary about the recently deceased ex-mayor of New York City. Directed by Neil Barsky. Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills
SNITCH—Dwayne Johnson as a father desperately trying to prevent his son from being unjustly imprisoned under draconian drug laws. With Susan Sarandon, Jon Bernthal and Barry Pepper. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh (Felon). Reviewed this issue. Flix, Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
THE DOORS: LIVE AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL—Jim Morrison et al in performance circa 1968. Reviewed this issue. Amherst
FAT CITY (1972)—Arguably the quintessential 1970s film, John Huston’s character study of two brothers working at the lowest rung of professional boxing. Starring Stacey Keach, Jeff Bridges, Nicholas Colasanto, and the unforgettable Susan Tyrell. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Market Arcade.
HOW TO EAT YOUR WATERMELON IN WHITE COMPANY (AND ENJOY IT)—Documentary examining the complicated career of pioneering black filmmaker Melvin van Peebles (Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, Watermelon Man). Directed by Joe Angio and Michael Solomon. Hallwalls
MANIAC (1934)—Inaugurating a new series of “Subterranean Cinema,” and it couldn’t be a more appropriate choice: when it was re-discovered by film buffs in the 1980s, this jaw-dropper looked like something that had been exhumed after a ritual burial. Featuring a mad doctor, his criminally insane assistant, outtakes from Dante’s Inferno, and a virtual catalogue of stuff outlawed by the Production Code: it’ll be a long time before you eat a grape again. The program includes a reel of bad movie trailers. Directed by Dwain Esper (Marihuana, How To Undress For Your Husband) and photographed by William Thompson (Plan 9 From Outer Space). Screening Room
A STAR IS BORN (1937)—The second film adaptation (after What Price Hollywood) of the often-adapted story about an unknown who becomes a star after marrying an older actor whose career is on the wane. Starring Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, and Lionel Stander. Directed by William A. Wellman. Screening Room
LES TROYENS—The Metropolitan Opera’s presentation of Berlioz’s epic five-plus hour opera about the Trojan War. Starring Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft. Conducted by Fabio Luisi. Amherst, Eastern Hills
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