Film Now Playing
OPENING THIS WEEK:
DANCE FLICK—The Wayans brothers parody dance movies. I believe that the only genre that has now not had its own parody movie is parody movies. Starring Chelsea Makela, Damon Wayans Jr., Craig Wayans, Shoshana Bush, Essence Atkins, David Alan Grier and Amy Sedaris as (God help us) “Ms. Cameltoe.” Directed by Damien Wayans (actually a nephew, if you’re keeping track). Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Hollywood, Regal Quaker, Regal Walden Galleria
IL DIVO—Black comic docudrama about Giulio Andreotti, whose seven (non-consecutive) terms as Italy’s prime minister have been marked by myriad scandals. Winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes film festival. Starring Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, and Piera Degli Esposti. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino (The Consequences of Love). Reviewed this issue. Amherst
TERMINATOR SALVATION—Man versus machine in the year 2017. Starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels). Reviewed this issue. Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Hollywood, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Transit Drive-In
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN—Sequel. Starring Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Robin Williams, Christopher Guest, Alain Chabat, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Bill Hader, Jay Baruchel. Directed by Shawn Levy (the Steve Martin Pink Panther). Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, McKinley, Regal Elmwood, Regal Hollywood, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Transit Drive-In
THREE MONKEYS—Arthouse favorite Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Climates) directed this moody drama about a family falling apart after the father agrees, in exchange for a pile of money, to go to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills
THE DRIVER (1978)—Fans of the cool policiers of French directors like Jean-Pierre Melville will love this terse action drama starring Ryan O’Neal and Bruce Dern as an ace driver and the detective determined to bring him down. With Isabelle Adjani and Ronee Blakley. Directed by Walter Hill (The Long Riders). Fri, Sat, Tues 9 pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376).
HE WALKED BY NIGHT (1948)—Los Angeles police stalk a killer in this engrossing procedural, shot in pseudo documentary style (an innovation at the time). Starring Scott Brady, Richard Basehart and Jack Webb (who was directly inspired by it to create “Dragnet”). Directed by Alfred Werker and an uncredited Anthony Mann. Fri, Sat, Tues 7:30 pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376).
PINK FLOYD THE WALL (1982) - Adaptation of the best selling album is grim stuff, yet fascinating in its bleakness. Gerald Scarfe’s animated sequences are the stuff of nightmares, and Alan Parker’s direction (he also co-wrote the screenplay with Floyd conceptualist Roger Waters) rubs your nose in it at every turn. Starring Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, Eleanor David, and Bob Hoskins. Fri. midnight. Hamburg Palace Theatre, 31 Buffalo St, Hamburg (649-2295) www.hamburgpalace.com
SUNSHINE CLEANING—Sundance hit about two hard-luck sisters who open a business cleaning crime scenes. Starring Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Jason Spevack, Steve Zahn, Clifton Collins Jr. and Mary Lynn Rajskub. Directed by Christine Jeffs (Sylvia). Sat 8pm; Tue 7:30pm. Fredonia Opera House, 9 Church St. Fredonia (716-679-0891) www.fredopera.org
POWER TO THE PIXEL—Program of short films from local and international artists made on the low resolution PixelVision video camera, originally developed by Fisher Price as a children’s toy. Fri 8pm. Squeaky Wheel, 712 Main St. www.squeaky.org
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