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Shock (1964)


JACK THE GIANT SLAYER—The latest megabudget CGI-heavy adaptation of a children’s fairy tale. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci and Ian McShane. Directed by Bryan Singer (Superman Returns). Reviewed this issue. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

THE LAST EXORCISM II—Sequel bearing one of the dumbest titles in movie history. Starring Ashley Bell and Julia Garner. Cause for hope: unlike its predecessor, it was directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly, whose last film was the memorably creepy indie Small Town Murder Songs. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Transit

LORE—Australia’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar was this drama set at the end of World War II about five German children trying to make their way to safety actors the ruined countryside. Directed by Cate Shortland’. Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills

21 AND OVER—Proof that the Peter Principle doesn’t apply to Hollywood: The writers of The Hangover move into directing, showing that people can move past their level of incompetence. Starring Miles Teller, Skylar Astin and Justin Chon. Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Transit


THE DOCTOR TAKES A WIFE (1940)—Comedy starring Loretta Young and Ray Milland as a pop writer and an academic who can’t stand each other, but are compelled to pretend to be married. With Reginald Gardiner, Gail Patrick and Edward Van Sloan. Directed by Alexander Hall (Here Comes Mr. Jordan). Fri 7:30 pm. The Old Chestnut Film Society, Philip Sheridan School, 3200 Elmwood (836-4757)

AN EVENING WITH CRYSTAL PITE—From the Nederlands Dans Theater, The Hague, a performance by the choreographer renowned for her flowing, organic and poetic style. Amherst, Eastern Hills

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.

PAT METHENY: THE ORCHESTRION PROJECT—Concert performance featuring the guitarist accompanied by a device that produces orchestral effects. Amherst

SCIENCE FICTION FILM FESTIVAL: Five films screened in conjunction with the installation “Kelly Richardson: Legion”: Destination Moon (1950), noon; Silent Running, (1972), 1:50 pm; Frogs (1972), 3:40 pm; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), 5:30 pm; and Children of Men (2006), 7:30 pm. Fri noon-9:30 pm. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. (

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.

STOOGEFEST—New program of classic short films featuring everyone’s favorite comedic sadists and masochists. Riviera

THE TIN DRUM (West Germany, 1979)—Volker Schlondorff’s powerful adaptation of Gunter Grass’ “unfilmable” allegorical novel about Germany in the 1920s and 30s won the Academy Award for best foreign film in 1979 as well as Best Film at the Cannes festival (shared with Apocalypse Now). Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Market Arcade.

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