The Winter Celebration of the Three Stooges kicks off at 7:30 p.m. March 4 in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. The showing of seven Stooge shorts will be preceded by an organ concert on the theater's Mighty Wurlitzer starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults and $7 for children age 12 and under. The main Stoogefest, which happens in late Augu…

We could all use a little Jefferson Smith right now – and Jimmy Stewart is on his way. "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," the inspiring 1939 Frank Capra comedy-drama, will be shown at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 19 at the North Park Theatre. The movie, which is on the National Film Registry, stars Stewart as the naive head of a small-town Boy Rangers group  who is picked for…

Bill Murray and Kristen Wiig, it seems, tell pretty much the same story. There are plans afoot to make an American adaptation of "Toni Erdmann," the hugely praised German comedy that is the likely winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar on Feb. 26. But Murray blew it big time, as he tells the tale. He misplaced both Wiig's feeler about the lead role as well as the screene…

“XX” is a horror anthology stunner in which each story is memorable. How often does that happen? Even strong anthologies like “XX” antecedents “V/H/S” and “V/H/S 2” had lesser segments. In “XX,” however, every tale is smart, visually stunning and surprisingly moving. This is the result of bringing together five extraordinary artists, all of whom, in …

Tammy Pescatelli. 7:30 p.m. Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St. Top five finalist on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and Netflix star hits the stage for one night only. 853-1211. buffalo.heliumcomedy.com. $20. Cherub. 7 p.m. Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. Electronic indie duo from Nashville plays Valentine’s day show. 852-3900. townballroom.com. $20-$25. "Casabla…

"John Wick: Chapter 2" is the best action movie in town right now. Far and away. Lovers of Chopsocky back in the day should know that it practically out-Hong Kongs Hong Kong. It does so with a lot of portentous, stripped-down plot about a large, complex organization of underworld assassins that have their own currency and their own luxury hotels, gun-makers, tailors (th…

The Walden Galleria is turning "Grey" starting Friday - and that's a good thing. In celebration of the premiere of "Fifty Shades Darker," opening Friday at area theaters including the Regal Walden Galleria, mall restaurants and bars are offering specials for a girls' night out - or the perfect date night. The film continues the love story of Christian Grey (played by Ja…

Some people like to pretend we love sex but it's not really true in America. What we Americans love is talking about sex, reading about it, arguing about it and watching it in cursory, highly diluted form on screens of various sizes. We love disapproving of the sex other people have -- the ways they go about it and the chaos it may bring into their lives. That's why E.L…

“The Lego Batman Movie” is a meta cannon blast of frenetic energy and visual insanity, a film that tiptoes on the edge of being utterly exhausting but just manages to stay satisfying. It throws everything — and I mean everything — but a Lego kitchen sink onscreen, and does so with a wink. Above all else, it makes Batman fun again, and boy, was that needed. Follo…

"Paterson" is a likable but very minor film about what is, for some, a major subject. The major subject is American poetry and the love it inspires – especially love for the great poetry of William Carlos Williams, whose influence suffuses the whole film. Paterson is the name of the bus driver at the center of the film. He's played by Adam Driver, an actor whose shag…

It's that time of year again -- well, lets face it, the only time of year -- when short films receive their critical due and if lucky, movie theater viewers to boot. The five 2017 Oscar nominations for both live action and animated shorts are once again packaged as separate programs that will be shown back-to-back at the Dipson Eastern Hills Cinema beginning Feb. 10, le…

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF. — This is the man who’s telling the “Fifty Shades” story on film. Ask him how he feels, and no words could be more fitting than these: “I feel nakedly optimistic,” said director James Foley, a University at Buffalo graduate whose long Hollywood career now includes directing “Fifty Shades Darker,” the second installment in British …

One of this year’s more memorable Super Bowl commercials was a teaser for “Ghost in the Shell,” starring Scarlett Johansson in a remake of the Japanese anime classic . The remake looks intriguing, but you can catch the original at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 7 (the subtitled version) and Feb. 8 (an English language version) at the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.). “Ghos…

If you've seen Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1960 horror film “Psycho,” you probably think you know Norman Bates. But every deranged killer has his own story. “Bates Motel” takes you inside the mind of Norman Bates and how he arrived at all that depravity. The fifth and final 10-episode season premieres Feb. 20. Title: “Bates Motel” Year it began: 2013 …

A local filmmaker, a volunteer cast and crew, a suburban Christian high school, Buffalo police and Mayor Byron W. Brown have joined forces to produce a dramatic short film about the deadly risks of heroin use. The five-minute film, "Blink of an Eye," which starts shooting Monday, tells the story of a teenage girl, played by Camryn Clune, 16, of Amherst. "She's a…