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"Like Crazy" is a bipolar Italian film about two bipolar women who meet in a small exclusive, low-security mental hospital, escape and visit their traumatizing families. It's a dramatic comedy – a very entertaining and well-acted one – until the women's behavior and the plot both crash into depression and we're knee-deep in the truism that there's nothing funny abou…

When Beatriz, a Mexican immigrant and unlikely guest at a posh dinner party, is asked to refill a man's drink, it's obvious things are about to go south. The only question in "Beatriz at Dinner" is how far, and how fast. It's not far-fetched that Beatriz (Salma Hayek) would be considered part of the help. Dressed in denim and a work shirt, she's there only because he…

About 10 minutes and at least as many explosions into “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth installment in director Michael Bay’s juggernaut franchise based on the Hasbro toys, a soldier cries above a chaotic battlefield, “This is what the end looks like!” If only the same could be said for this movie, which drags on for two more hours before Bay runs out…

A preview of "Marshall," the locally filmed biopic about the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, will premiere on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" at 11:35 tonight on ABC. Star Chadwick Boseman announced the sneak peek via Twitter late Tuesday night. Before the trailer drops, catch me on @JimmyKimmelLive tomorrow for the first sneak peek at #MarshallMovie! pic.twitter.c…

School’s out for the summer, but don’t panic. Let the kids spend some time with Mavis and her dad Dracula, the Muppets, some angry birds and more familiar faces at the Dipson Flix Free Family Film Series. The weekly series will show movies at 10 a.m. Saturdays at the Dipson Flix Stadium 10 (4901 Transit Road, Depew) from June 24 to Sept. 2. It opens June 24 with the…

You never know. I was actually looking forward to "Rough Night." The minute I heard it was a feminist remake of Peter Berg's "Very Bad Things" starring Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon, I was ready to see it right then and there. I wouldn't have crawled over barbed wire to get to it but I'd have endured a little hardship. I was eager to see "Snatched" starring Am…

"A Diamond in the Buff," the documentary of the late Buffalo entertainer Lance Diamond, will premiere at 7 p.m. July 20 at the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.). Directed by Kevin Polowy, a Los Angeles via Buffalo resident who's currently a host at Yahoo Movies, and Brandon Rae, the film began production in 2015 shortly after Diamond's death. It chronicles the life …

"Rough Night" is vastly more annoying than it is funny. The effort expended on it was excessive and the cause was hopeless from the beginning. When a couple of actual laughs show up in its final 10 minutes, after so much labor in today's comedy industrial complex, it wasn't worth sitting through the movie to get there. It could have been saved in the planning stages but…

Perhaps it’s only a coincidence that the American release of British director Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake” arrives just a few days after the stunning U.K. general election. But it somehow seems appropriate that this emotionally devastating masterpiece rides the wave of post-Brexit uncertainty and disorder that led to shocking election results. Loach referred to…

Some advice you're going to thank me for: Eat first. You really don't want to attempt Eleanor Coppola's "Paris Can Wait" on an empty stomach. So delicious-looking is the food presented with almost pornographic relish all through the movie's 92 minutes that, if you don't eat first, there's a good chance you'll be starving as you leave the theater. And ready to spend a fortu…

It's all Stewart's fault in "47 Meters Down." You never even see the dude but he's the one who sets the whole blood feast in motion. He dumps his girlfriend Lisa because she's too boring for him. So Lisa, who had already arranged a Mexico jaunt with Stewart, wrangles her younger sister Kate instead for company. Lisa is so ashamed of being cast aside by Stewart that, at …

Jennifer Lawrence made an unplanned appearance in Buffalo this weekend. A small plane carrying the Oscar-winning actress and "Hunger Games" star was forced to make an emergency landing Saturday at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport after it experienced engine failure, according to E! News. Helen Tederous, a spokeswoman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation …

There are a number of summer outdoor movie series, but it’s unlikely there is another like the Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant summer film series. The downtown restaurant holds screenings in its lovely back patio area every Wednesday through the end of September. This year’s lineup is predictably diverse, with everything from Woody Allen’s classic “Annie Hall…

William Fichtner is coming home to make a movie. Filming starts Wednesday on the veteran actor and former Cheektowaga resident's directorial debut, "Cold Brook." One of the main locations for shooting will be the Buffalo History Museum. Tim Clark of the Buffalo Film Commission said this has been worked on "for a long, long time and is finally coming to fruition." …

Based on the true story of a United States Marine dog-handler who served in the Iraq War, “Megan Leavey” is a gripping film that powerfully conveys an emotional bond forged between warriors of different species. Expertly directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, “Megan Leavey” succeeds both as a war film and as a psychological study of the challenges and dignity of milit…