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GET LOW—Robert Duvall as a Tennessee hermit circa the 1930s who decides to stage his own funeral while he’s still alive. Co-starring Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, Bill Cobbs and Lucas Black. See the interview with Robert Duvall this issue. Amherst
THE LAST EXORCISM—A sham preacher who has made a career out of performing fake exorcisms comes up against the real thing. Starring Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell and Iris Bahr. Directed by Daniel Stamm (A Necessary Death). Flix. Maple Ridge. Market Arcade. Regal Elmwood. Regal Niagara Falls. Regal Quaker. Regal Transit. Regal Walden. Transit Drive-In
TAKERS—Action drama about a gang of bank robbers who forsake the careful planning that has kept them out of prison for one final big score. Starring Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen, Matt Dillon, Michael Ealy, and Idris Elba. Directed by John Luessenhop (Lockdown). Flix. Maple Ridge. Market Arcade. McKinley. Regal Elmwood. Regal Niagara Falls. Regal Transit. Regal Walden
MARATHON MAN (1977)—Laurence Olivier’s role as cinema’s most terrifying dentist is a highlight of this classic suspense thriller starring Dustin Hoffman as a Manhattan graduate student who runs afoul of a Nazi jewel smuggling operation. Co-starring Roy Scheider, William Devane and Marthe Keller. Directed by John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy). The film will be preceded by a performance on the theater’s Wurlitzer organ. Thurs Aug. 26. 7pm. Riviera Theater, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda (692-2413)
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)
ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)—A huge hit in its day, this drama about union corruption at a New Jersey dock is widely seen as an act of expiation by director Elia Kazan and writer Budd Schulberg for having named names to Communist witchhunters a few years earlier. That doesn’t take away from its effectiveness as a drama or the power of its performances, particularly by Marlon Brando at his peak. With Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint, Martin Balsam and Fred Gwynne. The film will be followed by a public discussion. Fri 7 pm. Reception Room, Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St
ORGASM, INC.: THE STRANGE SCIENCE OF FEMALE PLEASURE—Documentary about the pharmaceutical industry’s frantic efforts to develop a Viagra equivalent for women, regardless of potential health risks. Director Liz Canner will be “present” via Skype for the screening. Thurs Aug. 26, 8 pm. Squeaky Wheel, 712 Main St (884-7172 / www.squeaky.org)
OUR HOSPITALITY (1923)—Classic Buster Keaton comedy in which the Great Stone Face stars as a city boy who falls in love with a girl (Norma Talmedge) he meets on a train trip out west. But when he meets her family, he discovers that their families are involved in a blood feud. Accompanied on electronic piano by Philip Carli. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tues 7 pm, Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).
STOOGEFEST XIX—An evening of eye-poking, cranium-bashing, and ribcage-kicking from Curly, Larry and Moe. The program includes “Healthy, Wealthy & Wise,” “Movie Maniacs,” “Little Pirates,” “Grips, Grunts & Groans,” “Gem of a Jam,” “Matriphony,” and of course “Violent is the Word for Curly.” Sat. 7:30 pm. Riviera Theater 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda (692-2413)
SUCK—Not to be confused with Vampires Suck, this low-budget Canadian comedy about a rock band that finds success when its lead singer becomes a vampire was written and directed by Toronto’s Rob Stefaniuk (Phil the Alien). It’s partially set in Buffalo, though none of it was filmed here, and locals will have a laugh at the depiction of the border crossing—not least because the border guard is played by Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson. If you’re not into gory comedies, you might appreciate a cast that includes Alice Cooper, Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop, Moby, Malcolm McDowell, Dave Foley, and Carole Pope. Thurs Sept. 2, 7pm. McKinley Mall Cinema, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg
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