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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),…

Some films about the complexities of teenage friendship and romance are shouts -- think the unjustly ignored 2016 comedy “The Edge of Seventeen” or 2015’s godawful “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl.” The 1993 Japanese animated film “Ocean Waves,” on the other hand, is a whisper. Director Tomomi Mochizuki’s story of two high school friends whose relatio…

Turner Classic Movies will honor the memory of Robert Osborne with a tribute on March 18 and 19. The 48-hour event will feature showings of his "Private Screenings" with Hollywood stars, "Live From the TCM Classic Film Film Festival" interviews and a 20th anniversary tribute to Osborne with Alec Baldwin. The tribute also will air Osborne's first introduction on TCM: it was…

Chubby Checker. 3 and 9 p.m. Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, 6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, Ont. Classic hit maker and rock and roll icon performs for a second night. (888) 325-5788. fallsviewcasinoresort.com. Tickets start at $30. “A View from the Bridge.” 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Kavinoky Theatre, 320 Porter Ave. Arthur Miller’s tale of a dockworker dealing wit…

There is an amazing scene in the third episode of FX's "Feud: Bette and Joan." I've seen the first five episodes of the mini-series that will run to eight for its first season and, somewhat incredibly, is announced for another. This is one of the worst things I've seen on television in years. It's a 20-megaton explosion of camp about a couple of the greatest actresses i…

They meet in England at a celebration of missionaries. He is an African tribal prince named Seretse Khama who is studying in England. She is a London office worker named Ruth Williams. It is 1947. They spot each other across a crowded room. The most ancient of magnets draws them together to talk. She admits, over the sound of the band, that she loves jazz but is not …

"Logan" is terrific. It's one of the best superhero movies of the past decade--and, as such, it comes as no small surprise. Specifically, it's a Wolverine movie. That is, it's an X-Men movie. But this is a 137-minute, R-rated superhero movie for grown ups and late-teens, people who will find its emotions every bit as moving as they find its extremely brutal action ex…

"The Collection." 6:30 p.m. Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Ave. Torn Space Theater production of Harold Pinter’s work. Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Ave. 847-0839. buildingalibrary.wordpress.com. $75-$125. (fundraising performance) Big Wreck. 7 p.m. Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. Boston-based alternative rock act. 852-3900. townballroom.c…

Two big names in the world of sci-fi have been added to the guest list at Buffalo's Nickel City Con. Billy Dee Williams, who played the suave Lando Calrissian in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," and Nichelle Nichols, Uhura from the original "Star Trek" TV series, will attend the second Nickel City Con, being held May 19-21 at the Buffalo Niagara Conve…

It was an Oscar moment that won't soon be forgotten. "La La Land" was announced as the winner of Best Picture, even though the winner was really "Moonlight." Here's how it went down: https://twitter.com/people/status/836087302610792449 https://twitter.com/Channel9/status/836082147957997568 http://buffalonews.com/2017/02/27/a-self-celebration-ends-on-a-confus…

Wow. Talk about a community with bad luck. There, courtesy of Warren Beatty’s mistake or a bad envelope was something we had never seen before. But then, before the snafu there was more bad luck. There they were in film community of Hollywood, the most self-celebrating community on earth. And they were all ready to celebrate their annual self-love festival: The Oscars…

10th Annual Mardi Gras Jam. 12 p.m. Sportsmen's Tavern, 326 Amherst St. A matinee show featuring zydeco and brass music. 874-7734. sportsmensbuffalo.com. $15. "After the Revolution." 2 p.m. Jewish Repertory Theatre, 2640 North Forest Road, Amherst.The story of promising lawyer Emma Joseph who proudly carries the torch of her family. 688-4033. jewishrepertorytheatre.c…