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THE BEST OFFER—Drama starring Geoffrey Rush as an auctioneer who becomes obsessed with a reclusive heiress who collects fine art. Co-starring Jim Sturgess and Sylvia Hoeks. Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore (Baarìa). North Park
ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME—Documentary about the legendary performer, still gracing New York stages at the age of 89. Directed by Chiemi Karasawa. Reviewed this issue. North Park
THE FACE OF LOVE—Annette Bening as a widow at a loss to carry on with her life after the death of her husband, until she meets a man (Ed Harris) who looks just like him. Co-starring Robin Williams and Amy Brenneman. Directed by Arie Posin (The Chumscrubber). Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills
OCULUS—New horror film directed by Mike Flanagan, whose previous feature Absentia (shown at the Buffalo Screams festival) was one of the most gripping horror films of recent decades. Starring Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, and Rory Cochrane. Flix, Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
THE RAID 2—A cop (Iko Uwais) goes deep undercover to gather evidence against a gangster and the dirty cops he controls in this over-the-top sequel to a 2012 Indonesian film you don’t need to have seen. Co-starring Arifin Putra and Tio Pakusodewo. Directed by Gareth Evans. Reviewed this issue. Regal Elmwood, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
RIO 2—Animated sequel. Directed by Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs). Flix, Hamburg Palace, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Transit Drive-In
VERONICA MARS—If you didn’t already watch it online, here’s the local theatrical premiere of the Kickstarter-funded follow-up to the cult TV series. Starring Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, and Enrico Colantoni. Directed by Rob Thomas. McKinley
LE WEEK-END—Hanif Kureishi wrote this lacerating drama starring Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan as a middle-aged couple struggling with their shaky marriage on an anniversary trip to Paris. With Jeff Goldblum. Directed by Roger Michell (Venus). Reviewed this issue. Amherst
CLUE: THE MOVIE (1985)—The first film adapted from a board game was this enjoyable comedy written by John Landis. Starring Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, and, because it was the 1980s, cameos from Lee Ving and Jane Wiedlin. Directed by Jonathan Lynn (Nuns on the Run). Screening Room
THE GATEKEEPERS (2013)—Inspired by Errol Morris’s The Fog of War, Israeli filmmaker Dror Moreh persuaded all six surviving heads of Shin Bet, Israel’s counterterrorism agency, to be interviewed on camera. The result is this monumental, Oscar-nominated look at Israel’s policies toward Palestine (and its own homegrown terrorists) from a handful of men in the best position to judge it. Followed by a post-film discussion. Presented by the Hubbard Film Society. Sun 4pm. Parkdale School Auditorium, 141 Girard Ave., East Aurora. www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/HFS.html
THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (2001)—If you enjoyed Wes Anderson’s new The Grand Budapest Hotel, here’s a chance to re-visit his first big success on the big screen. Gene Hackman stars as a disbarred lawyer and reckless rogue who decides to work his way back into the family he abandoned years ago. Co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Danny Glover, Bill Murray, Seymour Cassel, and Owen Wilson (who co-wrote the script). Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminars. Market Arcade.
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