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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 …

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Alexander Payne's "Downsizing" is a tour-de-force. Everyone pretty much knows that coming in, i.e. when you sit in a moviehouse where a whole alternative society has been created for humans five inches tall, you jolly well know you're going to see amazing things. And so you do. Especially when you see the two human worlds co-existing side by side: the mini-world and …

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There is a fine, maybe great, movie inside "The Greatest Showman." Unfortunately, it's hemmed in on all sides by the musical that it is (which was written by Pasek and Paul, previously responsible for "La La Land.") This isn't the first Barnum musical. The great movie it could have been was, at long last, the great and completely persuasive Hollywood movie biography of …

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Emma Voit, a petite 12th-grader at Maryvale High School, sat attentively in the auditorium Friday afternoon as actor William Fichtner fielded questions from the cast and crew of the school's annual musical production. Voit, cast in a lead role in the school's production of "The Little Mermaid," listened to Fichtner as he described film after film of his successful caree…