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ALPHA AND OMEGA—Animated, 3D, animal characters with celebrity voices. Either you have kids or you don’t. Directed by Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck. Maple Ridge, McKinley, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
ANIMAL KINGDOM—Australilan crime drama starring Ben Mendelsohn as a young man caught between his criminal family and a detective who wants to lead him to a better life. Co-starring Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce and Luke Ford. Directed by David Michôd. Reviewed this issue. Amherst
EASY A—High school comedy starring Emma Stone as a clean cut student who finds a way to use nasty rumors about her to her advantage. With Penn Badgley, Thomas Haden Church, and Patricia Clarkson. Directed by Will Gluck. Flix, Maple Ridge, McKinley, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Transit Drive-In
I’M STILL HERE—Casey Affleck directed this documentary chronicling actor Joaquin Phoenix’s decision to quit acting and become a hip-hop artist. Or was it a hoax? For that matter, is the movie a hoax? Reviewed this issue. Amherst
LEBANON—Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, this Israeli film chronicles the experiences of a tank crew stuck in a desperate situation in the First Lebanon War of 1982. Starring Reymond Amsalem, Ashraf Barhom and Oshri Cohen. Directed by Samuel Maoz. Reviewed this issue. Eastern Hills
LIFE DURING WARTIME—A new cast as the same characters in this sequel to the notorious 1998 movie Happiness. Directed by Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse). Reviewed this issue. Amherst
THE TOWN—Ben Affleck stays in Boston for his second film as a director, this time also starring as a member of a band of skilled bank robbers who falls in love with a woman they took hostage. Co-starring Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite, and Chris Cooper. Reviewed this issue. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Sunset Drive-In, Transit Drive-In
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)
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)—Cary Grant is an innocent man on the run from he’s not sure who. Eva Marie Saint is on hand to help, with James Mason and Martin Landau hovering about. Mount Rushmore, orgasmic fireworks, crop duster chase—you know all this already. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tues, 7 pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).
VERTIGO (1958)—Guilt-ridden over the death of a policeman and a woman he was hired to watch, James Stewart falls madly (literally) in love with a shopgirl (Kim Novak) who resembles the dead woman. One of Alfred Hitchcock’s most overrated films, not helped by the fact that it’s been copied many times. Filmed in the glossy 1950s studio style that’s so dated that films of the era actually look better on television. But that’s just my opinion. Fri, Sat, Thurs 8pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 / www.screeningroom.net).
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