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Buffalo fans of the movie Marshall" came ready for their closeup. The feature film premiered in Buffalo Saturday night as part of the Buffalo International Film Festival. It depicts the early life of Thurgood Marshall, a civil rights icon who became the country's first African-American Supreme Court Justice. The movie was filmed at locations throughout Buffalo, which…

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“The Mountain Between Us” is a heart-wrenching romance-drama, the great, weepy kind that makes you want the characters to get together so badly it hurts. Our star-crossed lovers meet in the airport. Smolderingly debonair Idris Elba is Ben, a neurosurgeon who absolutely, positively has to get somewhere before overnight but his flight is canceled and Alex (an impossib…

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Call them the "V" words -- "vision" and "visionary." In 2017, every blogger, grip and honey wagon driver in movies has been throwing them around to describe half the movies they've made or seen for the last 35 years. But in 1982, those words were used with great care and even reluctance. When Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" came out, it really seemed like a visionary mast…

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Go ahead and add actor Josh Gad to celebrities gushing about Buffalo. Gad – known for voicing Olaf in Disney blockbuster "Frozen" and for his role as LeFou in this year's "Beauty in the Beast" – came to Buffalo to shoot "Marshall," which filmed at about a dozen sites here in summer 2016. A year later, the impression our city made on him is still strong, apparentl…

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Well, yeah, but how does Buffalo look? It is, no doubt, a narrow question, when you're talking about director Reginald Hudlin's "Marshall," which was filmed with Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown in Buffalo in 2016. But we all know the film was made all over town and, let's face it, how our city looks is the first question Buffalonians are likely to ask. The sho…

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Buffalo is about to see the soulful side of Bill Murray. The comedian is coming to Kleinhans Music Hall on Oct. 11 with "New Worlds." It's a program he has put together with German cellist Jan Vogler, whom he met by chance on an airline flight. (See accompanying story.) Joining them will be several other musicians, including violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Pe…

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In 2010, letters were discovered that revealed Queen Victoria had maintained a long, devoted friendship with a male Indian clerk. Their relationship was frowned on by the monarchy, who found foreigners and their cultures foreign and unsettling. It worked both ways. The Indians thought that the British —with their pigs’ blood sausage—were barbaric. When we first se…

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In 2016, the Buffalo International Film Festival (BIFF) gave local audiences their first chance to see unique films like the documentary “Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present” and the stunning, animated documentary “Tower." With venues located exclusively in the City of Buffalo, BIFF demonstrated that even with fiction and nonfiction entries from around the wor…

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Now is the time to act, "Marshall" fans. Local TV and radio stations WNED and WBFO have announced tickets to the Oct. 7 screening of "Marshall" in North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.) are now available for $15 here. They may also be ordered by phone at 1-800-678-1873. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the screening beginning at 8. A panel discussion with the movie's prod…

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It's never been easy being a 55-year old male movie star in America. Tom Cruise has it tougher than most. But, to his eternal credit, he's managing it remarkably well. If you doubt it, take a look at "American Made." George Clooney is a year older than Cruise. Long ago, he set up his lemonade stand as a director -- often a good one (his next, "Suburbicon" is coming up) …

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"Marshall" will have its local premiere at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 in the North Park Theatre. It's, without question, the Buffalo movie premiere of the fall -- our first chance to see the movie about the early career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall starring Chadwick Boseman, Sterling K. Brown and Kate Hudson and directed by Reginald Hudlin. It was filmed, in part, all …

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At the start of the Slovak drama “The Teacher,” a well-dressed, middle-aged woman enters a classroom with a confident strut and a smile on her face. After a brief introduction, she asks the students to tell the class two specific bits of information: their name and their parents’ line of work. The reason for this question becomes clear early in the film, a well-ac…

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Bobby Riggs never had a chance. And that's what made the spectacle so delicious. Everyone with a smattering of knowledge about tennis knew that Riggs -- a 55-year-old country club tennis hustler and avowed "sexist" clown -- had no business being on the same tennis court with a supremely gifted female athlete and champion at the peak of physical condition. Billie Jean…

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If you were thinking of dressing up in your favorite mask from "The Purge" and heading out to a city park at midnight Saturday for what you think is a real casting call – stay home. A satirical City of Buffalo Facebook page posted a fake casting call citing a need for 300 to 400 extras for "Purge: The Island," which started filming in Buffalo on Monday. The post encou…

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Get ready, "Purge" fans – another film is on the way, and it's filming in Buffalo. The fourth film in the horror franchise began filming in Buffalo on Monday and will shoot entirely in the area, spending more than $20 million and adding 1,000 jobs. James DeMonaco, the creator of the "Purge" franchise and director of the original, again wrote the script, as he did f…