Many of Western New York’s summer film festivals are presenting the same films, with “The Big Lebowski,” “The Breakfast Club” and several others pulling double — or triple — duty. That’s all well and good, but it makes a screening like this even more special: Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” is the Hubbard Film Society’s next entry, on Aug. 9.
Even more enticing? Chaplin’s silent classic will be presented outside, at the Roycroft Power House (39 South Grove St., East Aurora). The event is free, and kicks off at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9. (The rain date Aug. 10.)
Meanwhile, a Squeaky Wheel summer tradition returns on Aug. 5, as the media arts center’s 11th Annual Animation Fest hits Canalside at 8:30 p.m. The lineup features memorable picks from around the world. Note that Adirondack chairs are available for the first 100 guests.
Bacchus hosts two very different films this week, starting with the Schobert family favorite “The Blues Brothers” (“YOU’RE the Good ’Ol Boys?!”) screens on Aug. 6. The Gosling faithful should be out in full force the following night, for “The Notebook.”
Tom Hooper’s “Les Misérables” earned a mixed response from critics in 2012, but audiences ate it up, and fans should be excited to see Jean Valjean and company on the big screen at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda.
Finally, there are oodles of kid picks this week. The Aurora Theatre presents the solid sequel “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” on Aug. 6. “Kung-Fu Panda 2” and “Madagascar 3” screen at the Quaker Crossing and Transit Regal cinemas on Aug. 5 and 6, respectively.
And two ‘80s faves that I’ve never liked — I’m expecting some boos here — are showing Aug. 5 at the Transit Drive-In: “The Neverending Story” at 9:15 and “The Princess Bride” at 11:15 p.m.