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"I, Tonya" doesn't waste a second telling you that the movie is based on "irony free, wildly contradictory, totally true interviews with Tonya Harding and Jeff Gillooly." Movie fans with good memories will hear echoes of Michael Ritchie's terrific "Positively True Adventures of the Alleged, Texas Cheerleading Murdering Mom," one of the more brilliant movies made for HBO…

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Buffalo last saw him in November of 2016 at Shea's Theater in the play "Momma's Boy." This weekend, Thomas Miles returns to showcase his stand-up comedy at Kleinhans Music Hall. You know him as "Nephew Tommy" from the Steve Harvey Morning Show, airing daily on radio station WBLK. There he is known for outrageous characters including the flamboyant, sharp-tongued Eugene …

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It was a busy 2017 for those who love the arts, music, movies and theaters, including our staff at Gusto. In 2017, we reviewed 48 restaurants, more than 80 plays and just as many concerts, plus 170 movies throughout the year. As expected, some of them were good and some not so good. But some were so superior that we gave them our highest ratings. Here’s a look at our…

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Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World" is utterly amazing. Most people who keep up with movies already know this movie's stunning backstory - that Kevin Spacey's starring role as oil billionaire J. Paul Getty was scrapped when Spacey began to be the target of escalating stories of post-facto sexual abuse from young men, many of whom were underage when the claimed abus…

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Ben Sozanski, a 34-year year Emmy award-winning film editor, sat at the neat kitchen table of his parents' Town of Tonawanda home, using a laptop computer to work on his latest documentary project. "This one is about health care in a rural area of New Mexico," Sozanski said. "It's about how difficult it is to provide quality health care in these isolated, rural communit…

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Sorry. Snobs aren't welcome here. If you're someone who thinks that the only movies that matter are arcane and whose online clicks number in the single digits, you'd best move along smartly. More comfortable destinations await. This list of the year's best movies isn't for you. By the same token, if you're someone who always prefers to show up in a jabbering throng a…

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"All the Money in the World." Starring Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg and Charlie Plummer. Directed by Ridley Scott. The true story behind the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and his mother’s efforts to get his billionaire grandfather to pay the ransom. 132 minutes. Rated R for language, some violence, disturbing images and brief dru…

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It was one of the secretly sublime moments in all of 1950s movies. The movie was Jack Arnold's 1954 monster classic "The Creature from The Black Lagoon," a B-movie in which only a fool could have predicted it would have a moment of the sublime. But there it was: in a scene upriver where the ugly Gill-Man has been hiding, the movie's beauteous, long-limbed star Julie Adams …

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Alexander Payne's "Downsizing" is a tour-de-force. Everyone pretty much knows that coming in, i.e. when you sit in a moviehouse where a whole alternative society has been created for humans five inches tall, you jolly well know you're going to see amazing things. And so you do. Especially when you see the two human worlds co-existing side by side: the mini-world and …

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There is a fine, maybe great, movie inside "The Greatest Showman." Unfortunately, it's hemmed in on all sides by the musical that it is (which was written by Pasek and Paul, previously responsible for "La La Land.") This isn't the first Barnum musical. The great movie it could have been was, at long last, the great and completely persuasive Hollywood movie biography of …

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Emma Voit, a petite 12th-grader at Maryvale High School, sat attentively in the auditorium Friday afternoon as actor William Fichtner fielded questions from the cast and crew of the school's annual musical production. Voit, cast in a lead role in the school's production of "The Little Mermaid," listened to Fichtner as he described film after film of his successful caree…

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"This time, it's personal." Yeah, yeah, you've no doubt heard that orotund threat before in movie trailers for the newest sequel to some action revenge movie starring Charles Bronson, Bruce Willis or Liam Neeson. Readjust your appetite for mayhem. I'm using it in a much milder and friendly context, suitable for the holiday season. Here is my wayward personal list of …

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"Waaayy overhyped," grumbled the gentleman behind me as we both exited "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." He was registering disappointment to his devoted family, not a fellow from the working press in front of him. Grumblers and sourpusses are usually the first to exit theaters when the giant tentpole movies open. I'm always among them only because I don't like to dawdle gett…

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Maryvale High School will honor alumnus and Hollywood actor William E. Fichtner at 2 p.m. Friday by dedicating its auditorium to him, said Joseph D'Angelo, superintendent of Maryvale Union Free School District. Fichtner, a 1974 Maryvale graduate, will also be inducted as a distinguished alumni, D'Angelo said. Fichtner will be joined by friends, members of his family and…

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There is a very good reason for seeing Woody Allen's new film "Wonder Wheel," but I'm afraid that it's going to be almost exclusively evident to Woody Allen professionals, i.e. those of us who have literally spent decades seeing everything he's put out since "What's Up, Tiger Lily" at the beginning (in which he, hilariously, re-dubbed a chopsocky movie with such dialogue a…