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"Phantom Thread" is both a moment for celebration and a moment for mourning. It was one of the great films to come out in 2017 by one of the great originals in American movies — Paul Thomas Anderson. But it's also, according to its incomparable star Daniel Day-Lewis, the last time we will ever see him in a film again. Which would mean, in this case, the last time we wou…

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Openings "12 Strong." Starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, William Fichtner and Elsa Pataky. Directed by Nicolai Fuglsig. Under the leadership of a new captain, a Special Forces team works with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban after 9/11. (Rated R for war violence and language throughout.) Opens Jan. 18 at AMC Maple Ridge, Dipson Flix, Regal Elmwood, Niaga…

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It's tempting to wonder why we needed "The Post." Didn't we already have the classic "All the President's Men" -- one of the greatest newspaper movies ever made -- about Watergate and the Washington Post? Didn't we just see another great newspaper movie -- Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight" -- about how the current Post editor Marty Baron led the Boston Globe into epochal studies …

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It’s been a crazy start to 2018. The end of the drought leading to a playoff game against St. Doug Marrone. The introduction to the Cyclone Bomb and subzero weather. The announcement of a musical about Russ Salvatore. Clearly, anything is up for 2018. That got us thinking: What else would we like to see in 2018? Doesn’t matter how crazy or unlikely it might be. We posed …

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By Brooks Barnes and Cara Buckley BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – It took only four minutes for Harvey Weinstein to be booed Sunday night at the 75th Golden Globes. Weinstein, who has been accused by dozens of women of misconduct – prompting police investigations, lawsuits and the collapse of his former studio – was a major figure at the Globes for decades. He was seen as a …

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The first films from some of the most insightful directors in cinema — including Sofia Coppola, Kelly Reichardt and Julie Dash — are the focus of a new monthly series from Cultivate Cinema Circle called  “Women Direct: First Films by Modern Visionary Filmmakers.” The series starts Jan. 11 and will feature introductions from local film scholars.. CCC Director Jordan Smit…

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"I, Tonya" doesn't waste a second telling you that the movie is based on "irony free, wildly contradictory, totally true interviews with Tonya Harding and Jeff Gillooly." Movie fans with good memories will hear echoes of Michael Ritchie's terrific "Positively True Adventures of the Alleged, Texas Cheerleading Murdering Mom," one of the more brilliant movies made for HBO…

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Buffalo last saw him in November of 2016 at Shea's Theater in the play "Momma's Boy." This weekend, Thomas Miles returns to showcase his stand-up comedy at Kleinhans Music Hall. You know him as "Nephew Tommy" from the Steve Harvey Morning Show, airing daily on radio station WBLK. There he is known for outrageous characters including the flamboyant, sharp-tongued Eugene …

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It was a busy 2017 for those who love the arts, music, movies and theaters, including our staff at Gusto. In 2017, we reviewed 48 restaurants, more than 80 plays and just as many concerts, plus 170 movies throughout the year. As expected, some of them were good and some not so good. But some were so superior that we gave them our highest ratings. Here’s a look at our…

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Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World" is utterly amazing. Most people who keep up with movies already know this movie's stunning backstory - that Kevin Spacey's starring role as oil billionaire J. Paul Getty was scrapped when Spacey began to be the target of escalating stories of post-facto sexual abuse from young men, many of whom were underage when the claimed abus…

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Ben Sozanski, a 34-year year Emmy award-winning film editor, sat at the neat kitchen table of his parents' Town of Tonawanda home, using a laptop computer to work on his latest documentary project. "This one is about health care in a rural area of New Mexico," Sozanski said. "It's about how difficult it is to provide quality health care in these isolated, rural communit…

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Sorry. Snobs aren't welcome here. If you're someone who thinks that the only movies that matter are arcane and whose online clicks number in the single digits, you'd best move along smartly. More comfortable destinations await. This list of the year's best movies isn't for you. By the same token, if you're someone who always prefers to show up in a jabbering throng a…

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"All the Money in the World." Starring Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg and Charlie Plummer. Directed by Ridley Scott. The true story behind the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and his mother’s efforts to get his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom. 132 minutes. Rated R for language, some violence, disturbing images and brief dru…

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It was one of the secretly sublime moments in all of 1950s movies. The movie was Jack Arnold's 1954 monster classic "The Creature from The Black Lagoon," a B-movie in which only a fool could have predicted it would have a moment of the sublime. But there it was: in a scene upriver where the ugly Gill-Man has been hiding, the movie's beauteous, long-limbed star Julie Adams …