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Toni Ruberto

Toni Ruberto is the editor of Gusto who also likes to write about movies and music. When the South Buffalo native isn't walking her dog, she is listening to mopey British music or watching Syfy or TCM.


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The Christmas movie season on Lifetime is coming with extra gifts this year. In addition to the network's annual offerings of new holiday movies, each premiere will be followed by a 10-minute mini-movie and will have an extended director's cut airing later in the season. Yes, Lifetime is introducing super-sized Christmas movies that the network promises will feature "ad…

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The "Hollywood Holidays" film series returns to the The Aurora Theatre with nine free movies, movie-related exhibits and a special "Grinch Day."   Opening the series is the locally made TV Christmas movie "A Prince for Christmas" which shows off the picturesque village of East Aurora to holiday perfection. The series also includes such classics as the musical "W…

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Can Vivica A. Fox find love on "A Christmas Cruise"? Will Tara Reid rediscover her college sweetheart at "A Royal Christmas Ball"? You'll get the answers to those questions and more during ION Televison's "Very Merry" holiday programming featuring five new original movies and more than 20 returning holiday films airing weekends through Christmas Day. Here's a quick l…

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"Long Time Running." Extra screenings of this emotional documentary detailing the final tour of the Tragically Hip have been added at the Screening Room Cinema Cafe at the Boulevard Mall. Screenings are at 10 p.m. Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22. In his review, Buffalo News critic Jeff Miers called it "a celebration of one-man's personal heroism." $10. …

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If you can handle the weather, the Transit Drive-In can, too. The Lockport attraction has checked out the weather forecast through November and plans to remain open the next two weekends. (Barring any November surprise.) "As we go into mid-November, it's a big gamble for us against the weather, and the odds are not in our favor. We can receive three feet of snow in less…

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Just like those relatives you see at the holidays, the Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, ION and UP TV are again bringing out familiar faces for Christmas. With nearly 50 new films this season and hundreds from previous years filling out the hours between premieres, you can cozy up with all your favorite actors – even if you don’t know their names. To help, we’ve compil…

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The holiday décor is up, preparations for the big day have been made and it’s time to sit back and relax with some seasonal viewing. That’s right: It’s time for Christmas movies. If it’s Halloween in the real world, it’s Christmas time in the world of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries which together are premiering 33 original holiday mov…

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One of the best parts of October is the bounty of seasonal movies. In the days leading up to Halloween, we can watch everything from a silent horror classic ("The Phantom of the Opera") to a boy wizard ("Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone") to the annual festivities surrounding "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Here's a look. The Lockport Palace Theatre (2 East Ave., Lock…

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Even the casual movie fan knows Humphrey Bogart, a name that immediately conjures images from the beloved "Casablanca" or perhaps one of his smoldering dramas with Lauren Bacall like "Key Largo." But "In a Lonely Place," considered by many as one of the greats in the film noir genre, should also be high on the list of Bogey's best. It's the next movie in "Noir Essential…

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When the Buffalo Sabres play the Las Vegas Golden Knights in Vegas on Tuesday, the day will have a hometown feel for the blue and gold. Strictly Hip, Buffalo's popular Tragically Hip cover band, will perform a special "tailgate" concert before the game at the Brooklyn Bridge Stage of the New York New York Hotel & Casino at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The band originally rece…

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The Screening Room's Halloween Horrorfest is an intense celebration of horror films with a decades-long span of films. The schedule ranges from the 1922 silent vampire film "Nosferatu" to the immortally bad "Plan 9 from Outer Space," the George A. Romero zombie classic "Night of the Living Dead" and even two Dario Argento films ("Deep Red" and "Cat O'Nine Tails"). At 9:…

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“Don’t-miss event” is an overused phrase, but in this case, it’s true for movie fans. On Oct. 11, the North Park Theatre is hosting two extraordinary silent horror films. There will be live scores performed by the   Austin band The Invincible Czars for both films. Starting the event at 7 p.m. is the rare opportunity to see the 1920 John Barrymore version of …

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Fans of "Dancing With the Stars" will get an up-close look at all the moves that made the ABC show such a hit with fans. “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up The Night,” coming to town at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Shea's Performing Arts Center, will showcase all the dance moves you see on the show being performed by dancers on Season 25. Performers include Lind…

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The Regal Walden Galleria is the local home to Regal's Horror Festival which continues through October. Movies are on Monday and Tuesday evenings with single movies showing at 7 and 10 p.m. and double features starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 single film or $10 for a double feature. Here's the remainder of the schedule: Oct. 9: Double feature of "The Dead Zone" …

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If you were thinking of dressing up in your favorite mask from "The Purge" and heading out to a city park at midnight Saturday for what you think is a real casting call – stay home. A satirical City of Buffalo Facebook page posted a fake casting call citing a need for 300 to 400 extras for "Purge: The Island," which started filming in Buffalo on Monday. The post encou…