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GIRL ON A BICYCLE—Multinational romantic comedy about an Italian guy, working as a tour bus guide in Paris, with a German fiancée, a French girlfriend, and an Irish buddy giving him bad advice on how to juggle them. Starring Vincenzo Amato, Nora Tschirner, Paddy Considine and Louise Monot. Directed by Jeremy Leven (Don Juan DeMarco). Reviewed this issue. Screening Room

IN SECRET—Adaptation of Emile Zola’s novel Therese Racquin starring Elizabeth Olsen as a a sexually repressed young woman in 1860s Paris who finds tragedy when she tries to break out of her loveless marriage. With Tom Felton, Jessica Lange, Shirley Henderson, and Oscar Isaac. Directed by Charlie Stratton. Reviewed this issue. Amherst

POMPEII—Mount Vesuvius blows up real good through the wonders of CGI. Starring no one you’ve ever heard of because the actors are likely only here as lava fodder. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (the Resident Evil franchise). Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria

3 DAYS TO KILL—Kevin Costner in a Luc Besson production as a spy offered a treatment that will save his life if he participates in one last assignment. With Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen. Directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels). Flix, Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria


AS THE PALACES BURN (2014)—What began as a documentary following a European tour of the heavy metal band Lamb of God turned into something more unsettlingly dramatic when the band’s singer was arrested in the Czech Republic and charged with manslaughter for the death of one of their fans. This screening included a Q&A with members of the band that will not be available with the DVD release. Directed by Don Argot (The Art of the Steal). Screening Room

CASABLANCA (1941)—Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in what is by general consensus Hollywood’s greatest romance, if not the most popular Hollywood film period.. Directed by Michael Curtiz. With Paul Heinreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, S.Z. Sakall and Dooley Wilson.

CORIOLANUS—Tom Hiddleston and Mark Gatiss star in England’s National Theater production of Shakespeare’s historical drama about a respected Roman general who defends his city against an old enemy but is less successful at dealing with his political foes. Amherst

DRY SUMMER (Turkey, 1964)—Newly restored and re-released as part of a Martin Scorsese project to rescue worthy world cinema, this Turkish drama concerns a tobacco farmer who schemes during a drought to steal the water rights of his neighbors who farm for their own subsistence. Directed by Metin Erksan. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminars. Market Arcade.

THE PARALLAX VIEW (1974)—The seventies genre of paranoid political thrillers peaked here with Warren Beatty as a reporter who gets in way over his head when he delves into the assassination of a senator. With Paula Prentiss, William Daniels and Walter McGinn. Directed by Alan J. Pakula (All the Presidents Men). Hallwalls

THE THREE STOOGES MINI-FEST—Four shorts starring Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp. Screening Room

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