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Christopher Schobert

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There is one reason to see “The Hero,” and that is star Sam Elliott. In the film, the character played by Elliott is described as standing out for “his unmistakable voice, [and] his iconic mustache.” Yes, that sounds a lot like Elliott. With his lanky frame, piercing eyes and knowing grin, the actor looks like a Western icon even when he’s not playing a Wester…

Head over to Netflix where you'll find the listing for “Okja,” a new Netflix original film. Pictured is the title creature, a large, cuddly animal resembling a cross between a walrus, a hippo and an obese dog. Make no mistake, though, Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” is not a film for children. Instead it’s a brilliant, harsh, emotionally overwhelming story of corporate g…

MEMOIR “Mustache Shenanigans: Making ‘Super Troopers’ and Other Adventures in Comedy” By Jay Chandrasekhar Dutton 304 pages, $27 “Super Troopers” is the quintessential cult comedy. Like Mike Judge’s “Idiocracy,” Kevin Smith’s “Mallrats,” and David Wain’s “Wet Hot American Summer,” it’s a film that drew little in the way of cri…

Is “Despicable Me 3” the funniest movie of the summer, or another ho-hum 2017 sequel? It depends on who you ask. Ask any kid between the ages of 5 and 10, and you’re almost guaranteed to hear the former. After all, the Steve Carell-voiced former villain-turned secret agent Gru, his three adopted daughters, and his legion of little, yellow minions are downright be…

The novels and stories of Stephen King have a wildly erratic track record on screens large and small. One of the better film adaptations of the last two decades was “The Mist,” Frank Darabont’s somber box-office underperformer. Noted for its wildly downbeat twist ending, the film’s reputation has grown since release. Now, about a decade later, comes a new televisio…

Perhaps it’s only a coincidence that the American release of British director Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” arrives just a few days after the stunning U.K. general election. But it somehow seems appropriate that this emotionally devastating masterpiece rides the wave of post-Brexit uncertainty and disorder that led to shocking election results. Loach referred to…

There are a number of summer outdoor movie series, but it’s unlikely there is another like the Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant summer film series. The downtown restaurant holds screenings in its lovely back patio area every Wednesday through the end of September. This year’s lineup is predictably diverse, with everything from Woody Allen’s classic “Annie Hall…

“It Comes at Night” looks, sounds, feels and is titled like a horror movie. But it’s not "horror," exactly. It’s something more disturbing — a harsh, somber story that takes horror trademarks (survival, desperation, paranoia) to a setting  rooted in brutal realism. And yes, it is scary. These scares, however, comes from what’s hidden. By focusing almost ent…

“Chapter and Verse,” the acclaimed story of a reformed gang leader re-entering society, is having its official premiere in Buffalo. The first screening, scheduled for 7 p.m. June 9 at the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.), will feature a live question-and-answer session with director Jamal Joseph. Trent Boling, one of the film’s promoters, said “Chapter and …

Nothing says Western New York summer like a trip to the Transit Drive-In, and nothing on the venue’s schedule entices as much as its Retro Movie Tuesday lineup. The series of beloved films - this year features the likes of “The Wizard of Oz” and “Labyrinth” - has become a tradition at the drive-in. There are a number of treats in this year’s retro lineup, bu…

The third actor to play James Bond on-screen, the ever-suave Roger Moore, died on May 23. The North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.) pays tribute to the star with three of his 007 entries from June 3 through 8. First is 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me” at 9:30 p.m. June 3 and 4. It’s the 40th anniversary of the film, which featured Barbara Bach and, for the first t…

For the first time in roughly a decade, David Lynch fans have reason to be breathless with anticipation. On May 21, Showtime debuts the 25-years-in-the-making return of Lynch’s television masterpiece, “Twin Peaks.” All 18 new episodes are directed by the man himself. Therefore, the release of “David Lynch: The Art Life,” a feature-length documentary exploring…

We’re only five months into 2017, but it’s already been a memorable year for Billy Dee Williams. He recently turned 80, provided a voice in the hit “Lego Batman Movie,” and joined the likes of Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford at the "Star Wars" Celebration fan festival in Orlando. The actor best known for his role as ultra-suave “Star Wars” hero Lando Calrissia…

The world changed rather dramatically from the time Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” started shooting in 2016 to when it started to air in April 2017. Suddenly, author Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic felt a little less allegorical, and lot more … Possible? OK, that’s a bit of a leap. What’s undeniable, though, is that this story of a totalitarian society in…

The cinephile must-see documentary of 2017 is not showing in theaters -- it’s streaming on Netflix. However, the three-part series “Five Came Back” is so involving, so powerful, and so breathtakingly insightful that even non-film buffs will be enthralled. This story of how five Hollywood filmmaking giants contributed to the propaganda battle of World War II is, qu…