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DATE NIGHT—Comedy starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey as a married couple whose night out turns dangerous. Danger signs: it’s not being previewed, and it’s from the director (Shawn Levy) of the execrable Steve Martin Pink Panther remake. Caveat emptor. Co-starring Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson, William Fichtner, Kristen Wiig, and Mark Ruffalo. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Sunset Drive-In, Transit Drive-In

MOTHER—South Korea’s entry for last years Academy Awards was this drama with Korean grand dame Kim Hye-ja as a woman trying to find out who has tried to frame her mentally challenged son for murder. Directed by Joon-ho Bong (The Host). Reviewed this issue. Amherst

NORTH FACE—German film based on the true story of two mountain climbers in 1936, spurred by Hitler’s desire to qualify German athletes for the upcoming Olympics, tried to climb that country’s most intimidating mountain, the Eiger. Starring Benno Fürmann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalek, and Ulrich Tukur. Directed by Philipp Stölzl. Reviewed this issue. North Park

THE RUNAWAYS—Biopic adapted from Cherie Currie’s book about her time with the 1970s all-girl glam band. Starring Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, and Tatum O’Neal. Directed by Floria Sigismondi Reviewed this issue. Amherst, Regal Quaker


THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)—Perennial classic starring Humphrey Bogart in his Oscar-winning role as an African river rat persuaded by a missionary spinster (Katharine Hepburn) to go up against a Nazi ship. Directed by John Huston. Fri-Sat 8 pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376)

GINGER AND FRED (Italy, 1986)—Federico Fellini’s satire on the vulgarity of television has lost some of its edge in the last 25 years (would that he were alive to see TV now!). But his film is still charming for Giulietta Masina and Marcello Mastroianni’s portrayal of a pair of vaudevillians reunited for a TV variety show. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tues 7 pm, Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).

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