Film Now Playing
Opening This Week:
PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS—A teenager discovers he’s the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods. Starring Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, and Alexandra Daddario, Directed by Chris Columbus (Rent). Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
VALENTINE’S DAY—This year’s answer to He’s Really Not That Into You. Starring Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, and Jessica Biel. Directed by Garry Marshall (Exit to Eden). Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
THE WOLFMAN—Remake of the 1941 horror movie with Benicio Del Toro in the Lon Chaney Jr. role of an American who visits his ancestral home and falls under a gypsy curse. With Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, Geraldine Chaplin, and Hugo Weaving, Directed by Joe Johnston (The Pagemaster). Flix, Maple Ridge, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden Galleria
THE APPLE (1998)—Iranian drama about two sisters facing the world for the first time after having been imprisoned in their home for 12 years by their parents. Directed by Samira Makhmalbaf. Reviewed this issue. Presented by the International Women’s Film Festival. Thurs Feb 18, 7pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).
THE BURMESE HARP (Japan, 1956)—Released at the end of World War II, a Japanese POW is so shocked by the leftover carnage he witnesses that he becomes a Buddhist monk in this Oscar-nominated film directed by Kon Ichikawa. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tues 7 pm, Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).
BRAVO SIERRA—Premiere of a locally made action-comedy set in a fictional Asian country where local rebels battle international forces for control of their land. Starring Kent Weber, Kristin Gilmet and director Jason Aupperle. Sat 8 pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).
CASABLANCA (1941)—Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in what is by general consensus Hollywood’s greatest romance, if not the most popular Hollywood film period. Call it a miracle of studio craftsmanship, a whole that exceeds the sum of its parts, and an almost mythological example of why we love movies so much. Directed by Michael Curtiz. With Paul Heinreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, S.Z. Sakall and Dooley Wilson. Fri 9:15; Sat 7 9:15; Sun 4 7 9:15 The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376).
CELINE: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE WORLD—Concert movie starring Celine Dion. Weds-Thurs 7:30. McKinley Cinema, McKinley Mall, Blasdell (824–3479)
DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1991)—Mosiac film set on an island off of Georgia on a day in 1901 as an extended family descended from slaves prepares to leave a place where they have retained their African traditions to move to the mainland of America. The opening film in this year’s International Women’s Film Festival. Thurs Feb 11, 7pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).
GRAPHIC SEXUAL HORROR—Documentary about the bondage porn website Insex.com, run by a former Buffalo artist until the government used the Patriot Act to take it down in 2005. Directed by Barbara Bell and Anna Lorentzon. Reviewed this issue. Fri 8 pm. Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave. (854-1694) www.hallwalls.org
SITA SINGS THE BLUES (2008)—A substantial cult already exists for this 2D animated film in which an American woman retells a 3,000 Sanskrit epic (about a woman rejected by a worthless husband) as a jazz musical that is continually reinventing itself. Fri-Sat 8pm, Weds 5:30 pm. Fri 7:30. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376).
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)—What, you want me to tell you what it’s about? I’ll need to see your passport from Mars first. Sun. 3. Hamburg Palace Theatre, 31 Buffalo St, Hamburg (649-2295) www.hamburgpalace.com.
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