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"The Godfather," released in 1972, is turning 45. Celebrations are in order. At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4, the Screening Room Cinema Cafe at the Boulevard Mall is presenting special 45th anniversary screenings. The screenings are preceded by festivities. At 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3, for $20 (includes movie) taste beer by Flying Bison and enjoy Artisan Pizza by Isa Bella Pizza. At …

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A busy fall movie season in Buffalo gets even busier with the return of the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival. The genre-focused fest mixes of action, animation, comedy, drama, fantasy, horror, thriller and science-fiction features and shorts from around the world. As in previous years, the fifth installment of Buffalo Dreams is split between two locations. It runs…

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Halloween'ed out? Dodge the jack o'lanterns and trick-or-treaters and head Oct. 31 to the Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St., University Plaza, Amherst). At 7 p.m., the Buffalo Film Seminars, led by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian, will be screening the 1990 Meryl Streep movie "Postcards From The Edge." Carrie Fisher's darkly humorous account of her struggles with addiction …

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The holiday décor is up, preparations for the big day have been made and it’s time to sit back and relax with some seasonal viewing. That’s right: It’s time for Christmas movies. If it’s Halloween in the real world, it’s Christmas time in the world of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries which together are premiering 33 original holiday mov…

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Whether you’re an adrenaline junky or a scaredy cat, it’s almost Halloween, which means it's time for scary movies. So, grab your pillows, blankets, popcorn, a human shield, your chicken of a best friend or whatever else you need to survive ... and try one of these choices. Each movie has one thing in common: There’s a Buffalo connection. "Dwelling" (2016).…

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George Clooney's "Suburbicon" is a deeply unfortunate film that tries to do something very difficult by pretending--foolishly--that it's easy. There was a way to get it to work, which I'll get to eventually, but Clooney has become almost literally tone deaf in the movies he directs. What the movie tries to do is combine two stories: 1) a black comic tale of murder and i…

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The name of the place is "The Magic Castle." It's a "welfare hotel." Or, as some people more pitilessly call it "a slum hotel." Rooms rent there for 38 bucks a night. It's located a long run away from Disney World in Orlando. People live there until the very second they might be "establishing a residence" in the place and then they're required to stay elsewhere for a li…

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There won’t be a more delightful documentary in 2017 than “Faces Places,” the warm, funny, moving collaboration between French New Wave legend Agnès Varda and the photographer known as JR. In fact, there might not be a more delightful film, period. It is another notable milestone in the career of Varda, the diminutive director of classics like “Cléo from 5 …

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One of the best parts of October is the bounty of seasonal movies. In the days leading up to Halloween, we can watch everything from a silent horror classic ("The Phantom of the Opera") to a boy wizard ("Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone") to the annual festivities surrounding "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Here's a look. The Lockport Palace Theatre (2 East Ave., Lock…

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It doesn't take long to fall in love with Buffalo. Just ask Ben Mankiewicz. The Turner Classic Movies host, who was in town over the weekend to emcee a weekend of events around the "The Natural" with director Barry Levinson, loved the city before he set foot in it thanks to his wife's love of our architecture and his affection for our football team. But now that h…

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A California real-estate investment trust has purchased the AMC Maple Ridge 8 movie theater building in Amherst for $18.1 million, according to a document filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office. San Diego's Realty Income, which invests in shopping centers, dollar stores and drug stores, bought the property at 4276 Maple Road, at Sweet Home Road, from American Multi-C…

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The weekend's magic number was $32.5 million. That, according to the New York Times' team of young sexual harassment investigators, is how much money Bill O'Reilly paid to his lawyer and sometime on-air guest Lis Wiehl in a sexual harassment settlement. The major point of the Times story was that shortly after O'Reilly's out-of-court settlement -- in which Fox was not i…

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For Buffalo, the filming of “The Natural” was an indicator that a mid-size Rust Belt city could have a small slice of Hollywood. For Barry Levinson, “The Natural” proved that he – as a fresh, 41-year-old director – could make a successful movie with a star-jammed cast. It worked out well for both: “The Natural,” starring Robert Redford as baseball player…

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Sure, sure, sure. Robert Redford was coming to town. But, as some of us knew, it was so much bigger than that: "The Natural" was coming to town. That's why we, in the Buffalo News' Arts Department, gathered in the third floor's big conference room -- usually reserved for governors and such -- to talk it over. We were a bit of an unruly bunch in the summer of 1983. We…

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A few years ago, when the topic of "The Natural" came up out of nowhere as it often does in certain circles, a friend told me he was in it. I reacted as many of us do when we hear such information: I said "Get out!" and begged to know everything. Pressed about his star turn, my friend conceded that his name wasn't in the credits, he didn't speak in the film and you coul…