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BURLESQUE—It’s rated PG-13, which should answer a lot of questions right there. Musical starring Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Alan Cumming, Kristen Bell, and Stanley Tucci. Directed by Steve Antin. Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria, Regal Elmwood
FASTER—Dwayne Johnson (are we definitely no longer calling him The Rock?) as an ex-con out for revenge. Co-starring Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Directed by George Tillman Jr. (Men of Honor). Reviewed this issue. Flix, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS—Jake Gyllenhaal as a Viagra salesman, Co-starring Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, George Segal and Jill Clayburgh. Directed by Edward Zwick (Defiance). Flix, Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
OLD BOY (South Korea, 2004)—A man is kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years. He is released and given 5 days to find the reason for his captivity. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes. Directed by Chan-wook Park, the first film in a trilogy that included Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Lady Vengeance. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. 7 pm Tues. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).
REAR WINDOW (1954)—Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller starring James Stewart as a photographer, confined to a wheelchair by a broken leg, who spies on his neighbors from the window of his Greenwich Village apartment and discovers that one of them has committed a murder. The mystery is less interesting than Hitchcock’s exploration of the perverse pleasures of voyeurism. With Grace Kelly, Raymond Burr, and Thelma Ritter. 8 pm Fri, Sat. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 / www.screeningroom.net)
WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)—It hasn’t aged terribly well, the mawkishness of the plot is mitigated only by the film’s failure to pay much attention to it, and the title song (which first appeared over a decade earlier in Holiday Inn) is framed with the reverence of a visit from the Pope. But the urge to wallow in it this time of year is undeniable. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, and Dean Jagger. Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca). 6, 8 pm (no screenings Sun). HD Video Café, 5445 Transit Rd, Williamsville (688-4933 / www.hdvideocafe.com)
LOUIS SULLIVAN: THE STRUGGLE FOR AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE—New documentary about the career and tragic life of the American architect whose work includes Buffalo’s Guaranty Building. 7:15 pm Tues. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 / www.screeningroom.net)
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOMELESSNESS—Documentary about homelessness in America. The screening and discussion and free and open to the public, but a suggested $5 donation benefits Friends of Night People. 6 pm Mon. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376 / www.screeningroom.net)
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