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The "Hollywood Holidays" film series returns to the The Aurora Theatre with nine free movies, movie-related exhibits and a special "Grinch Day."   Opening the series is the locally made TV Christmas movie "A Prince for Christmas" which shows off the picturesque village of East Aurora to holiday perfection. The series also includes such classics as the musical "W…

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Can Vivica A. Fox find love on "A Christmas Cruise"? Will Tara Reid rediscover her college sweetheart at "A Royal Christmas Ball"? You'll get the answers to those questions and more during ION Televison's "Very Merry" holiday programming featuring five new original movies and more than 20 returning holiday films airing weekends through Christmas Day. Here's a quick l…

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"Long Time Running." Extra screenings of this emotional documentary detailing the final tour of the Tragically Hip have been added at the Screening Room Cinema Cafe at the Boulevard Mall. Screenings are at 10 p.m. Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22. In his review, Buffalo News critic Jeff Miers called it "a celebration of one-man's personal heroism." $10. …

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Aquaman was always my favorite as a kid. I've never really been able to explain that, but there you have it. It certainly isn't because I loved swimming and was good at it. Quite the contrary. Maybe it's because none of us were ever going to be able to see through walls or "leap tall buildings in a single bound" the way Superman did. A pool or a beach, though, was a defini…

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My favorite moment in the universally-loved "Lady Bird" comes during the auditions for the high school musical. UB's Stephen McKinley Henderson plays the priest/teacher holding the auditions for the Sondheim musical. Eventually, it's time for "Lady Bird's" turn to perform. Lady Bird's real name is Christine but she is experiencing a late-adolescent moment where anything…

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A local nonprofit that works to help children in other other countries is holding a fundraising movie event on Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Screening Room in Amherst. The theater at 880 Alberta Drive is showing the holiday favorite "Home Alone" during its Family Movie Matinee at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include the film, pizza, popcorn and a photo with Santa Claus. There…

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Rule of thumb: Never be too quick to scoff at "the same old same old." It's true that it will surprise no one that Kenneth Branagh's new "Murder on the Orient Express" is an entertaining, star-packed version of one of Agatha Christie's most famous suspect-filled mysteries. What they may not know is that Branagh has sneakingly played a little trick on Christie's best-sel…

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I highly recommend "Marshall," the movie about NAACP lawyer and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, which I saw a few weekends ago at the North Park Theatre. It hasn't exactly been a big box office hit. The film with a reported $12 million budget reportedly earned about $8 million through last weekend. It deserves a much bigger audience and box office tak…

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The Greek gods didn't mess around. That's why "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" has just about the worst title of the movie year. It refers to Agamemnon's slaying of a deer in a grove protected  by the Goddess Artemis. Whereupon, Agamemnon is told by her to kill his daughter Iphigenia if he ever expects his entire army to be able to sail to Troy to make war, as planned. …

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A special viewing of the Lifetime movie, “Stage Fright” will take place at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21. Why Ilio's? Owner Dennis DiPaolo has a cameo in the movie, which is one of six produced in the Buffalo area by director Fred Olen Ray. “Stage Fright” was filmed last year throughout Western New York at the Riviera Theater, Record T…

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If you can handle the weather, the Transit Drive-In can, too. The Lockport attraction has checked out the weather forecast through November and plans to remain open the next two weekends. (Barring any November surprise.) "As we go into mid-November, it's a big gamble for us against the weather, and the odds are not in our favor. We can receive three feet of snow in less…

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“Wonderstruck” is a rarity — a bold, tremendously original film that is equally entertaining for children and adults. It’s one that will be adored for years to come. The film transports the viewer to places that are long, long gone: Manhattan in the 1920s, the down-and-dirty Big Apple of the 1970s. And it tells two stories, separated by several decades, that are…

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Just like those relatives you see at the holidays, the Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, ION and UP TV are again bringing out familiar faces for Christmas. With nearly 50 new films this season and hundreds from previous years filling out the hours between premieres, you can cozy up with all your favorite actors – even if you don’t know their names. To help, we’ve compil…

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As Wende Walsh recently listened to a  New York City Police recording of Harvey Weinstein, she remembered a snowy night in Buffalo nearly 40 years ago. In the New York  City Police recording, which was part of a sting, Weinstein pleaded with a young model whom he had allegedly groped to come into his hotel room. "It all came back," Walsh said. "It just sounded s…

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The presence of Jeff Goldblum in “Thor: Ragnarok” is a statement. It tells us that this, the third feature centered around Asgard’s God of Lightning, will not be Marvel-by-numbers. How could it, when the iconic, oddball-ish, delightfully sputtering star of “The Fly” and “Jurassic Park” is one of your main villains? Casting Goldblum says, “We’re not tak…