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CHiPS is a big, silly goof of a good time — one of those back-slap movies squarely aimed at marketing demographics like “males who own beer funnels” or “grown men who wear sideways baseball hats.” But a funny thing happens on the way to the vomit jokes, the naked breasts on display, the cringe-worthy bodily function discussions and the no-boundaries sexual hum…

Mockstrocity Tour. 7 p.m. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. 852-2860. tralfmusichall.com. $18-$22. Get ready for one of a unique concert experiences. Come see a McDonald's themed Black Sabbath tribute band (Mac Sabbath), a metal mariachi group (Metalachi), and a metal group based on Ned Flanders from the Simpsons (Okilly Dokilly) all in one place. "Funny Girl." 7 p.m. Rivi…

Shirley MacLaine received a standing ovation at the recent Oscars, basking in the warmth bestowed on Hollywood royalty. Black-and-white footage recalled MacLaine's 1960 Academy Award-nominated performance in "The Apartment," one of five Best Actress nominations in a career that saw her win for "Terms of Endearment" in 1984. "The Last Word," directed by Mark Pellingto…

"Wilson" made me laugh more and harder than a lot of better comedies. I'm neither proud nor ashamed of that but that's the bottom line here. I wouldn't claim to anyone that screenwriter Daniel Clowe's adaptation of his own graphic novel is a good and satisfying movie. It's as obnoxious and annoying sometimes as its lead character. And it goes kerflooey, right into ick a…

Who can resist a good old "stranded on a desert island" tale, the standard allegory for our existential predicament? Nearly a decade in the making, Dutch director Michael Dudok de Wit has teamed up with the famed Japanese animation factory, Studio Ghibli to produce "The Red Turtle," a gorgeous, Oscar-nominated art/anime film, awash in pastel color, muted tones and line-…

The most egregious mistake of Oscar night was not the incorrect-envelope Best Picture catastrophe -- although that was pretty bad. Happily, the deserving film (“Moonlight”) won in that instance. No, the biggest disappointment of Oscar night was the result in the Best Animated Feature category, as Disney’s clever but wildly overrated “Zootopia” won over the bea…

It hasn't exactly affected a huge number of people but word's been out for a while that there's been a bit of trouble in the marketing of Disney's big new semi-live action version of "Beauty and the Beast." The biggest part of The Selling of B and The B is that Beauty Emma Watson, the beloved Harry Potter heroine Hermione, is, off-camera, an avid and outspoken feminist.…

College Basketball Viewing Party. 10 a.m. Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. 200-1893. buffaloironworks.com. $5. "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." 7 p.m. Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. 692-2413. rivieratheatre.org. $3. “A View from the Bridge.” 7:30 p.m. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. 829-7668. Kavinokytheatre.com. $38-$42. Read Colin Dabk…

Tony Webster's tiny vintage camera store isn't very deep. And it's nothing if not narrow. It looks to be, at most, 20 feet from side to side. In "The Sense of an Ending," that's about how narrow his life has become in late middle age, too. He sells and repairs cameras in his store -- mostly vintage Leicas. We find out early on that it was a Leica camera that a beautiful…

A Jewish girl in a French orphanage lead her friends toward safety in Switzerland during World War II in "Fanny's Journey." Women congregants in a synagogue react against a new rabbi in "The Women's Balcony," a comedy that was the highest grossing film in Israel in 2016. In "The Ambassador's Wife," an Eritrean woman becomes an illegal refugee in a rundown area of Tel…

In 2012, The Daily Beast website got Robert Osborne to write about 11 of his "Secret Favorite Movies" which TCM would show in a TCM Classic Movie Festival in Los Angeles. It was his contention that "variety is what's lacking in theaters today." The 11 films he chose were: "The Big Clock" (1948) starring Ray Milland and Charles Laughton, directed by John Farrow "Do…

Robert Osborne couldn't have made it easier. He was so urbane, so genial, so civilized and so emblematic of avuncular American decency that he couldn't have been improved upon as America's favorite guide to classic American movies. That's what he was as the face of Turner Classic Movies. When, in 2012, he made a list of 11 favorite films for a TCM film festival, it radi…

In "Kong: Skull Island," the giant ape doesn't climb the Empire State Building. In this incarnation, King Kong appears nearly as tall as the New York skyscraper itself. Fortunately, for the colossal-sized Kong, he is able to stay out of New York, which was not very kind to him. But he has plenty to keep him busy on Skull Island. Kong's titanic battles with prehistori…

There's a very good chance the ending of "Julieta" will drive you crazy. The film was directed by remarkable Spanish director Pedro Almodovar who now prefers to be called only by his last name, like Liberace. After the Buffalo screening of the film, a member of the audience asked me with comic earnestness "Did they cut the final 10 minutes off that movie? Shouldn't t…

“Kedi” is as close to perfect a film as I’ve ever seen. Director Ceyda Torun has created a poignant, quiet documentary exploring the (nine) lives of the legendary feral cats roaming Istanbul that is lovely to look at, a technical marvel, and an emotional stunner all at once. Legend has it that when ships docked at Istanbul (or Constantinople as it was once known),…