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EAT, PRAY, LOVE—Julia Roberts as a divorced woman who sets off on a round-the-world trip to get her groove back. Co-starring I. Gusti Ayu Puspawati, Hadi Subiyanto and Billy Crudup. Directed by Ryan Murphy (“Glee”). Flix. Maple Ridge. McKinley. North Park. Regal Niagara Falls. Regal Transit. Regal Walden Galleria
LOVE RANCH—HelenMirren and Joe Pesci as the owners of a Reno brothel who branch out into boxing management with an Argentine fighter (Sergio Peris-Mencheta). Co-starring Gina Gershon, Ling Bai and Bryan Cranston. Directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray). Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD—Adaptation of a manga-inspired graphic novel series about a musician (Michael Cera) faced with video-game style battles to win a girl he meets in his dreams. Co-starring Alison Pill, Mark Webber, and Johnny Simmons. Directed by Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz).
Flix. Maple Ridge. Market Arcade. McKinley. Regal Niagara Falls. Regal Transit. Regal Walden Galleria. Sunset Drive-In. Transit Drive-In
THE EXPENDABLES—Action movie with a cast of 1988’s finest: Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Steve Austin, and Mickey Rourke, joined by Jason Statham and Jet Li and cameos by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. Directed by Sylvester Stallone. Flix. Maple Ridge. Market Arcade. Regal Niagara Falls. Regal Quaker. Regal Transit. Regal Walden Galleria. Sunset Drive-In. Transit Drive-In
WILD GRASS—The role of accidents in life are the basis of a new film by the veteran French director Alain Resnais (Last Year at Marienbad, Mon oncle d’Amérique, Hiroshima mon amour) Starring André Dussollier, Sabine Azéma and Emmanuelle Devos. Reviewed this issue. Amherst
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976)—This adaptation of the best-selling book about Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s investigation of the Watergate cover-up leaves you with the inaccurate impression that the duo were solely responsible for outing Nixon’s crimes. But it’s still one of the great newspaper films, with uniformly strong performances by a cast that features Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Robards, and Jane Alexander. Directed by Alan J. Pakula (Sophie’s Choice). The film will be preceded by a performance on the theater’s Wurlitzer organ. Thurs Aug. 19. 7pm. Riviera Theater, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda (692-2413 / www.rivieratheatre.org)
BLADE RUNNER (1982)—A box office failure when it was first released to an audience expecting another Star Wars, Ridley Scott’s vision of the future now holds a place as one of a handful of the top science-fiction films. Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, and Brion James. Sat midnight. Hamburg Palace Theatre, 31 Buffalo St, Hamburg (649-2295 / www.hamburgpalace.com)
BRIDE OF THE MONSTER (1956)—How can you not love a movie with lines like “He tampered in God’s domain!”? To call this predecessor to Plan 9 From Outer Space Ed Wood’s best movie may not be saying much, but he gives Bela Lugosi a few enjoyably hammy speeches, maybe to make up for the climactic scene in which Bela has to wrestle a fake rubber octopus with a broken motor. Fri 7:30 pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 / www.screeningroom.net)
THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI (Germany, 1919)—With its grotesque photography and distorted sets, this tale of a carnival showman who hypnotizes his servant into committing murder is considered to be the first true example of Expressionism in the movies. Ninety years later, it still packs a punch. Directed by Robert Wiene Fri 9 pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 / www.screeningroom.net)
LITTLE BIG MAN (1971)—Arthur Penn’s rollickingly entertaining adaptation of Thomas Berger’s picaresque novel starring Dustin Hoffman as the only white survivor of the battle at Little Big Horn. Co-starring Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George, and Richard Mulligan, The film will be preceded by a performance on the theater’s Wurlitzer organ. Thurs Aug. 12, 7pm. Riviera Theater, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda (692-2413 / www.rivieratheatre.org)
MY NAME IS KHAN (2010)—Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol as an autistic man and the single mother he falls in love with and has to track across America. Directed by Karan Johar. 1, 4, 7 pm. HD Video Café, 5445 Transit Rd, Williamsville (688-4933 / www.hdvideocafe.com)
THE PEOPLE SPEAK (2009)—Howard Zinn narrates this adaptation of A People’s History Of The United States, his classic examination of bottom-up efforts for social change in the United States. The film features dramatic readings and music from Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Matt Damon, Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Eddie Vedder, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and many others. 8 pm. Thurs Aug 19. Squeaky Wheel, 712 Main St (884-7172 / www.squeaky.org)
ROAD HOUSE (1948)—In his first film after Kiss of Death, Richard Widmark plays another kind of psycho, a bar owner who flips out when the singer he hired (Ida Lupino) falls n love with his best friend (Cornel Wilde). Directed by Jean Negulesco (Johnny Belinda). Sat, Tues 8 pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 / www.screeningroom.net)
SHERLOCK JR. (1924)—If you’ve never seen a Buster Keaton film, Sherlock Jr. is the place to start. The adventures of a theater projectionist and amateur detective, the film is an endless array of brilliantly visualized gags as well as a meditation on the medium of film. Presented by Squeaky Wheel, the film will be accompanied with a live score by musicians KG Price and T. Andrew Trump. Free and open to the public. Thurs Aug. 12, 8 pm. Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Outdoor Terrace, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
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