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"Death Wish." Starring Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Camila Morrone. Directed by Eli Roth. A family man becomes a vigilante killing machine when his family is violently attacked by robbers. 107 minutes. (Rated R for strong bloody violence, and language throughout.) Now showing at Dipson Flix, AMC Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Walden Galleria, Niagara Falls…

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The 33rd annual Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival -- the third longest festival of its kind in North America -- is back with a dozen films from around the world, including Israel, India, Hungary, Denmark, Poland, Sweden, Australia, Austria and the United States. Among the often poignant and powerful films is "A Tale of Love and Darkness" -- featuring the direct…

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If you seek gripping crime mystery with a melancholy atmosphere, then travel to the mountains of southern France to binge-watch “The Frozen Dead.” Featuring careful detective work and gruesome crimes, the French miniseries tells a riveting tale. Title: "The Frozen Dead" Year it began: 2017 Where it can be seen: Netflix. Who’s in it: Charles Berling, Julia Piato…

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"Annihilation." Starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong. Directed by Alex Garland. A biologist signs up for a secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply. (Rated R for violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality.) Now showing at AMC Maple Ridge, Flix, Regal Elmwood, Walden Galleria, Niagara Falls, Quaker Crossing an…

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Michael Haneke, the writer/director of "Happy End," doesn't like us very much. It's nothing specific that we did. It's just that if you're an avid member of the American filmgoing classes, you're a perfect target for the Austrian filmmaker. You're either too lazy or too intellectually fat or too bourgeois or all those things together by his lights. After all, haven't yo…

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As they stood in line at the Elmwood Regal concession stand on Tuesday morning, Heavenasia Singleton and Kenyetta Plummer seemed inspired. The 14-year-olds from Buffalo were among dozens of young people who came to see "Black Panther," the new Marvel superhero movie that opened Friday and has already been a box-office smash. The main character in the film, played by Cha…

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If you seek supremely silly, but intellectually stimulating television, then ascend to the heavens of “The Good Place.” Featuring Kristen Bell’s hilarious star performance and a refreshing focus on moral philosophy, “The Good Place” offers truly intelligent comedy. Title: "The Good Place" Year it began: 2016 Where it can be seen: NBC, Netflix Who’s in it: Krist…

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"The Final Year," the documentary account of former President Obama's final year of office, will be screened at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave. The film -- which includes unprecedented access to the White House and State Department -- is the highlight of the President's Day Weekend Film Festival. The film features Obama's Se…

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"Black Panther." Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira. Directed by Ryan Coogler. After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to protect his people and country. 134 minutes (Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action violence, and a brief rude gesture.) Showing at Flix, AMC Maple Ridge, Regal Elmwood, Walden Galleria, …

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I’ve been a fan of T’Challa, the Black Panther, since I was around 10 years old. Growing up, there weren’t many Black superheroes for me to identify with. Indeed, most of the characters heavily marketed by the big comic companies were white and male. Even though T’Challa was African, rather than African-American, he still provided a powerful role model. In T’Challa, I s…

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Annette Bening will never be better than she is in Paul McGuigan's film "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool." Hers is, absolutely, one of the great female film performances of 2017. It's a tragedy, therefore, that this year's Oscar category for Best Actress couldn't find room for her. A  plausible argument has long been that her ultra-high profile marriage to Warren Beat…

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If you seek absorbing, cerebral drama, then take a trip through the shadowy forest to binge-watch Dark. A German-language Netflix original, "Dark" features gorgeous cinematography and a perfectly paced, complex story that mixes horror with science fiction. Title: "Dark" Year it began: 2017 Where it can be seen: Netflix Who’s in it: Louis Hoffmann, Maja Schöne, …

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"The 15:17 to Paris." Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler star as themselves in re-creation of how they discovered a terrorist plot about a train. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Three Americans discover a terrorist plot aboard a train while in France. 94 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for bloody images, violence, some suggestive material, drug references and language.) No…

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It's one of the oldest complaints about the Oscars: "What are these movies? I never heard of them.I certainly never saw them." It's gotten worse in the last couple of decades when so much of Hollywood's biggest and most expensive hoo-ha has been supplanted on Oscar night by smaller, less-expensive independent films. A serious answer to the complaint is here beginning th…

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For fans of short films, “Oscar Nominated Shorts,” gives them a chance to see the nominated movies in packages for each of the three categories: animation, live action and documentary. “Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation,” “Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live Action” and “Oscar Nominated Shorts - Documentary” will open Feb. 9 at the Dipson Eastern Hills Mall. They will be sho…