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“Wonderstruck” is a rarity — a bold, tremendously original film that is equally entertaining for children and adults. It’s one that will be adored for years to come. The film transports the viewer to places that are long, long gone: Manhattan in the 1920s, the down-and-dirty Big Apple of the 1970s. And it tells two stories, separated by several decades, that are…

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The presence of Jeff Goldblum in “Thor: Ragnarok” is a statement. It tells us that this, the third feature centered around Asgard’s God of Lightning, will not be Marvel-by-numbers. How could it, when the iconic, oddball-ish, delightfully sputtering star of “The Fly” and “Jurassic Park” is one of your main villains? Casting Goldblum says, “We’re not tak…

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If you have a toddler, or there’s one in the family, there is a very good chance a stuffed Winnie the Pooh is in his or her bedroom, perhaps lodged between a Tigger and an Eeyore. These are the Disney-fied versions of A.A. Milne’s beloved characters. “Goodbye Christopher Robin” never mentions Disney, nor should it; it’s a film about the inspiration for and cre…

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A busy fall movie season in Buffalo gets even busier with the return of the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival. The genre-focused fest mixes of action, animation, comedy, drama, fantasy, horror, thriller and science-fiction features and shorts from around the world. As in previous years, the fifth installment of Buffalo Dreams is split between two locations. It runs…

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MOVIES Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking By Eric Lax Knopf 353 pages, $28.95 It may seem like an odd time to release a you-are-there book about the making of a film by Woody Allen. It certainly would have been more interesting to read such an account from the early days of his career, or even during the period in which he made greats…

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There won’t be a more delightful documentary in 2017 than “Faces Places,” the warm, funny, moving collaboration between French New Wave legend Agnès Varda and the photographer known as JR. In fact, there might not be a more delightful film, period. It is another notable milestone in the career of Varda, the diminutive director of classics like “Cléo from 5 …

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The riveting, hugely successful Netflix series “Making a Murderer” demanded the parody treatment, and perhaps surprisingly, that treatment has come from Netflix. The eight-part mockumentary “American Vandal” is the rare satire that works as both comedy and as an involving mystery. Set at a suburban high school and revolving around a vulgar bit of vandalism, it is e…

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In 2016, the Buffalo International Film Festival (BIFF) gave local audiences their first chance to see unique films like the documentary “Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present” and the stunning, animated documentary “Tower." With venues located exclusively in the City of Buffalo, BIFF demonstrated that even with fiction and nonfiction entries from around the wor…

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If you’re currently undergoing “Twin Peaks: The Return” or “Game of Thrones” withdrawal, and you’re in need of a smart, well-acted new binge-watch, “Ozark” is waiting. The 10-episode Netflix series starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney is an ultra-dark treat. A second season is on its way, so now is a good time to dive into this twist-y, “Breaking Bad…

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At the start of the Slovak drama “The Teacher,” a well-dressed, middle-aged woman enters a classroom with a confident strut and a smile on her face. After a brief introduction, she asks the students to tell the class two specific bits of information: their name and their parents’ line of work. The reason for this question becomes clear early in the film, a well-ac…

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“The Lego Ninjago Movie” is the riskiest Lego-inspired feature yet. It lacks the years of anticipation that greeted 2014’s “Lego Movie” and this year’s “Lego Batman Movie”; “Ninjago,” a collection of ninja-based toy sets and a TV series, dates to just 2011. Its fan base is young, and for them, “The Lego Ninjago Movie” is ridiculously entertaining. …

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When Harry Dean Stanton died on Sept. 15, the response was shock. Perhaps that’s surprising — the “Paris, Texas” and “Repo Man” star was, after all, 91 years old. However, Stanton seemed like an actor who would never disappear from our screens. What will linger, of course, are the movies. One of Stanton’s final films, “Lucky,” screens at 11:30 a.m. and…

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“Columbus” might be the quietest drama of 2017. It could also turn out to be one of the best. It’s the type of intimate, contemplative film that is a rarity. Anchored by two stunning performances from John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson, and beautifully directed and written by newcomer Kogonada, “Columbus” is a breath of fresh autumn air after a stale summer. …

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If you’ve never seen 2013’s “In a World,” the first film as writer-director from luminescent actress Lake Bell, drop everything and rent it. Yes, the comedy about a struggling voice-over actor living in the shadow of her famous father is that good. If you have seen “In a World,” I’d advise that you watch it again rather than race to Bell’s long-awaited f…