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Screenings: Coen brothers film closes Buffalo Film Seminars

It seems as if the Buffalo Film Seminars spring 2015 series just kicked off, yet here we are at the end once again. And the Bruce Jackson- and Diane Christian-hosted series is closing with a goodie: Joel and Ethan Coen’s “No Country for Old Men.”

The Coens’ Oscar-winning Cormac McCarthy adaptation remains a compelling, enigmatic classic, and surely ranks near the top of the brothers’ filmography with “Fargo,” “The Big Lebowski,” and “Inside Llewyn Davis.”  “No Country” screens at 7 p.m. April 5 in the Dipson Amherst Theatre. For more information, visit or See you in the fall, Bruce and Diane.

Another enigmatic film, “Man From Reno,” makes its local debut at 7 p.m. May 8 in the Screening Room Cinema Cafe in Amherst. (It screens at the same time on May 9, as well.) This effective bit of modern noir is about the intersection of a sheriff, a Japanese author and a mysterious Japanese traveler in a small town near San Francisco.  It is best to go knowing nothing more. Be assured that director Dave Boyle’s film is a twisty treat.

“Reno” is followed on both nights by Orson Welles’s “The Stranger” at 9 p.m. Visit for the full Screening Room schedule.

The North Park Theatre follows up last weekend’s screenings of Studio Ghibli’s “Princess Mononoke” with a documentary on the Japanese animation studio, “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness,” at 11:30 a.m. May 9 and 10.  Visit

Lastly, the Regal Transit and Elmwood cinemas offer two unique on-screen events this week. The self-explanatory “Grateful Dead Meet Up at the Movies 2015" is set for 7 p.m. May 4 and Tommy Wiseau’s oh-my-God-this-is-the-worst-movie-ever favorite “The Room” screens at 8 p.m. May 6. “The Room" screens again at both locations at 7:30 p.m. on May 12.  For info and tickets, visit

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