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"Solo," the new "Star Wars" movie, is bound to be brimming with special effects. But at Dipson Flix Stadium 10 in Lancaster, when the movie opens May 25, the biggest visual miracle won't be on the movie screen. That miracle will be in the crowd. Ronan Christian, 12, will be watching the movie with his parents and 17-year-old brother, Aidan. Until just weeks ago, Rona…

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"Let the Sunshine In." Starring Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Philippe Katerine. Directed by Claire Denis. A middle-aged Parisian artist and divorced mother looks for love. 94 minutes. Unrated, contains brief nudity, obscenity and sexuality. In French with subtitles. Showing at Dipson Amherst Theatre. "Solo." Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clark…

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"Last Trip," a short film made in Western New York by local college students, will receive a public screening next month. The movie is about an awkward teenager who is trying to impress a girl with a camping trip and then things start to go wrong. "Last Trip" was written by Brennan Derrico, directed by Jeff Toldi and produced by Aaron Webb. It won the People's Choice…

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There was a time when we had to travel great distances, often at a high cost, to celebrate our geekdom at pop-culture conventions where all the things movies, television, superheroes and comics could be celebrated. Not anymore. Now the stars are coming to us. When “Nickel City Con” opens Friday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, it will kick off our summer sea…

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From late spring through the fall, the Buffalo Niagara and southern Ontario regions are home to many fan conventions, commonly known as cons. These events draw fans from across the continent, lured by the prospect of all the loot they could want, being surrounded by people who share their interests, getting pictures of and with the best cosplayers and, of course, the ch…

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With “Star Wars,” "The Avengers" and superheroes more ubiquitous than ever before, it’s a great time to be a kid geek. This list features some new films, a few annual movie events and even treats for fans of Japanese animation. Grab your Spider-Man hoodie, pack your lightsaber, and clutch your Totoro closely -- it’s going to be a great summer. Buffalo Bisons “Star …

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While millions of Marvel fans left “Avengers: Infinity War” in a state of shock, the good news is that the summer season has only begun for fans of superheroes and comics. Here’s a look at what’s on our geek radar for summer 2018: At the movies “Deadpool 2” – The sequel to the surprise 2016 superhero comedy hit arrives in theaters May 18. Ryan Reynolds returns as the …

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It has been nearly 20 years since the death of Stanley Kubrick, and to celebrate the master’s work the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.) has planned a Kubrick mini-film festival for May 21-24. It features an engrossing new documentary, “Filmworker,” and two of his most discussion-worthy masterpieces, 1962’s “Lolita” and 1975’s “Barry Lyndon.” “Filmworker” is a must-…

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Buffalo Ride of Silence Gather at 6 p.m., ride begins at 7 in Delaware Park near the police radio tower. Free to participate. The Ride of Silence is an annual international bicycle ride to help alert motorists to the dangers they pose to cyclists; according to Ride of Silence organizers, 818 cyclists died and roughly 45,000 were injured in crashes in 2015. The 8-mile s…

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The Wailers Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Cost is $25 in advance here, $30 day of show. Ease into the week with reggae on Tuesday, as the Wailers - an offshoot of the remaining band after Bob Marley's death in 1981 - drop by Babeville. The Jamaica-rooted group is fronted by Aston "Familyman" Barrett, who might be best known for fathering …

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If you desire a lavishly filmed period drama that is serious about both passion and politics, then journey to France to binge-watch “Versailles.” Featuring what is surely the most magnificent collection of hair-dos ever assembled in a television series, “Versailles” offers a sumptuous and thrilling look at the history of Louis XIV, the Sun King. Title: “Versailles” Y…

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Openings for May 11 "102 Not Out." Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Jimit Trivedi. Directed by Umesh Shukla. A 102-year-old wants to break the oldest-man-alive record. 102 minutes (Rated PG for some thematic material.) Showing at Regal Elmwood. "Breaking In." Starring Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral, Ajiona Alexus. Directed by James McTeigue. A wom…

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1) Hamburg Music Festival, 2 to 11 p.m. May 12 at roughly 20 locations throughout the Village of Hamburg. Wristband for entrance into participating venues, including Memorial Park, runs for $10 and may be purchased at any of five locations. Commentary: In Memorial Park and in venues throughout the village, live music will resonate in Hamburg all day Saturday. Restaurant…

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"ForeFront" at the Terrace at Delaware Park 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 199 Lincoln Parkway. Tickets are $35 or $60 per pair; details here. If you haven’t had a chance to check out The Terrace, one of Buffalo’s most buzzworthy new destinations, here’s an opportunity: ForeFront, a fundraiser for the YWCA of Western New York, will feature the work of many local female artists, …