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 dipsontheatres.com or csac.buffalo.edu/bfs.html. 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 screeningroomboutiquecinemas.com 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 northparktheatre.org.
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 fandango.com.