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MOVIE CHATTER

Bon appetit

"Chocolat," the movie starring Juliette Binoche as a chocolatier par excellence, is whetting everyone's appetites for more films about food. We rejoice, then, in the arrival of "The Exterminating Angel," described by University at Buffalo professors Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian as their favorite among "the four great films about dinner." (The others, in case you can't guess, are "My Dinner With Andre," "Babette's Feast" and the very hefty-sounding "La Grand Bouffe.") Directed in 1962 by Luis Bunuel, "The Exterminating Angel" tells the story of a dinner party that the guests simply can't bear to leave. It's witty and sensual. Catch "Exterminating Angel" at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre. For more info, call 855-3022.

"An eerie little movie'

As long as we're contemplating "The Exterminating Angel," another film from 1962 is returning to the screen as well. Check out "Carnival of Souls," a 1962 flick showing tonight in the Screening Room. "Eerie little movie about a phantom figure following a young woman after she has seemingly drowned," is how the Screening Room describes this morsel. The movie is presented in "super psychorama," which, as far as we know, can't be said for "The Exterminating Angel." "Carnival of Souls" screens at 9 p.m. tonight. Showing earlier, at 7 p.m., is "The Bicycle Thief," Vittorio De Sica's movie about a workingman who is thrown into a crisis when his bike is stolen. One movie is $3; $4.50 buys you both. For information, call the Screening Room, 837-0376.

Short subjects

"My Giant," rated PG, rolls in the Flix Superplex Movie Theater at 10 a.m. Saturday. It's free! For information, call 668-FLIX. ... The Screening Room announces that plans are afoot for a Buffalo/Niagara Falls Film Festival, to be held in September. It'll feature "both digital and film screenings of independent movies in a variety of settings," and shuttle service is also planned to the Toronto Film Festival. Want to get involved? Volunteer to help out. Call 837-0376.

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