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CHLOE—Julianne Moore as a wife who hires a prostitute (Amanda Seyfried) to test the fidelity of her husband (Liam Neeson). Atom Egoyan directed this remake of the French movie Nathalie. Reviewed this issue. Amherst
GREENBERG—New film by Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) starring Ben Stiller as a failed musician recovering from a nervous breakdown. Co-starring Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mark Duplass. Reviewed this issue. Amherst
HOT TUB TIME MACHINE—Middle-aged losers trying to relive their youth at a ski lodge are transported back in time to 1986. Starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Crispin Glover, and Chevy Chase. Directed by Steve Pink (Accepted). Reviewed this issue. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden, Transit Drive-In
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON—Animated feature with Jay Baruchel as the voice of a Viking boy who tends to an injured dragon he was supposed to kill. Other voices by Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, and Jonah Hill. Reviewed this issue. Angola, Flix, Market Arcade, Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden
A PROPHET—A young Arab sent to a French prison on minor charges survives by joining and then taking over a criminal gang. Starring Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup. Directed by Jacques Audiard (The Beat That My Heart Skipped). Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills
LIFEBOAT (1944)—The first and most successful of Alfred Hitchcock’s usually self-defeating experiments in restricting his cinematic canvas. A lifeboat in the Atlantic Ocean holds nine people: eight survivors of a ship torpedoed by a German submarine, and one of the sub’s crewmen. The war propaganda aspect dates it (even Spielberg might consider the Nazi caricature a bit excessive), but it remains interesting as an exercise in style, and a rare chance to see Tallulah Bankhead actually acting. With William Bendix, Walter Slezak, and Hume Cronyn. Fri Sat Sun 8pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376) www.screeningroom.net.
RUST BELT REELS—A program of short films made by women from “post-industrial” cities in the United States. Concluding this year’s edition of the International Women’s Film Festival. Thurs March 25, 7pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).
THE SHINING (1980)—Stanley Kubrick’s remake of L’année dernière à Marienbad, sort of. Starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Scatman Crothers. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tues 7pm, Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).
UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS—Documentary of the White Stripes tour across Canada in 2007, often playing unannounced shows at odd venues like bowling alleys and buses. Tues 8pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376) www.screeningroom.net.
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