Film Now Playing
Opening This Week:
COP OUT—Bruce Willis and Tracey Morgan star in this buddy-cop movie directed by Kevin Smith (Clerks), working for the first time from a script he didn’t write. Probably just signed up for the doughnuts. With Michelle Trachtenberg, Jason Lee and Seann William Scott. Flix, Market Arcade, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Quaker, Regal Transit, Regal Walden
THE CRAZIES—Remake of George Romero’s 1973 attempt to break away from being typed as a maker of zombie movies. It’s about residents of a small town turned into murderous maniacs by a virus—but don’t call them zombies! Starring Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell and Joe Anderson. Directed by Breck Eisner. Flix, Market Arcade, McKinley, Regal Elmwood, Regal Niagara Falls, Regal Transit, Regal Walden
THE LAST STATION—Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren are nominated for Oscars as Leo Tolstoy and his wife in a story about the struggle for the aging writer’s estate. With James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti, Anne-Marie Duff and Kerry Condon. Directed by Michael Hoffman (Soapdish). Reviewed this issue. Amherst, Eastern Hills
CLUB NATIVE—Documentary about Canadian Mohawks designated as insufficiently “pure” to be considered members of the community. Directed by Tracey Deer. Presented by the International Women’s Film Festival. Thurs Feb 25, 7pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022). Reviewed last issue.
DREAMINIMALIST and SLAP THE GONDOLA—Two films by Marie Losier. The first chronicles veteran artist Tony Conrad’s recent activities: playing with costumes, practicing his violin, cooking pickled films. The second is a record of Conrad and 30 friends having a fish fight on a Brooklyn ferry. Losier and Conrad will both be present for the screening. Thurs. Feb, 25 8pm. Squeaky Wheel, 712 Main St (884-7172) www.squeaky.org.
FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING—True story of a young Irishman (Jim Sturgess) recruited by the British to join the Irish Republican Army as their spy. With Ben Kingsley, Kevin Zegers and Natalie Press. Directed by Kari Skogland. Reviewed this issue. Fri 7pm. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Ave. www.AlbrightKnox.org.
FOOD INC.—Documentary inspired by the books The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Fast Food Nation about the nature of factory food processing in modern America. Directed by Robert Kenner. Sun 4 pm. Aurora Theatre, 673 Main Street, East Aurora
THE HERETICS—Filmmaker Joan Braderman presents her documentary about Heresies, the feminist art journal that published from 1977 through 1992. Presented by the International Women’s Film Festival. Thurs March 4, 7pm. Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022). Reviewed this issue.
THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956)—Alfred Hitchcock’s remake of his 1934 film, with James Stewart and Doris Day as a vacationing couple who become involved in an assassination plot in Morocco. Look for composer Bernard Herrmann as the orchestra conductor in the finale (it’ll distract you from Doris bleating “Que Sera Sera.”) Fri, Sat 8pm. The Screening Room, Northtown Plaza in Century Mall, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst (837-0376).
STAR TREK—It’s never going away, is it? Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Winona Ryder. Directed by J. J. Abrams (Mission: Impossible III). Sat midnight. Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main St. (834-7655) www.dipsontheatres.com.
THE UKRAINIAN TIME MACHINE—Filmmaker Naomi Uman presents selections from her project documenting life in a small Ukrainian village (home of her ancestors) where people live as they would 100 years ago. Sun 7 pm. Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave. (854-1694) www.hallwalls.org.
Z (France, 1969)—Costa-Gavras’s Oscar-winning thriller based on the true story of the assassination of a dissident politician in Greece in 1963 was one of the most memorable foreign films of the 1960s (The French Connection was heavily influenced by it). If you’ve only seen it on DVD, you haven’t fully seen it. Starring Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jacques Perrin, and Charles Denner. Presented as part of the Buffalo Film Seminar. Tues 7 pm, Market Arcade Film and Arts Center, 639 Main St. (855-3022).
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