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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…

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Cult filmmaker John Waters will be bringing his brand of off-kilter holiday cheer to Buffalo at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 in Babeville's Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave). The event was announced on Babeville's Facebook page where it says the event will be a "wild and unique holiday adventure." I can only imagine. Responsible for films including "Pink Flamingos," "Hairspray" and "C…

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What do black people think about being black? Buffalo filmmaker Korey Green and producer Pete Johnson asked lots of people that question, most of them in Buffalo. The result is "The Blackness Project," an hourlong documentary in which African-Americans talk candidly about being black. The film will debut during Black History Month at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Burchfield Pe…

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"Bilal." With the voices of Andre Robinson, Jacob Lattimore, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ian McShane and Cynthia Kaye McWilliams. Animated film based on true story of an African hero who stands up for freedom and equality. Directed by Khurram H. Alavi and Ayman Jamal. 105 minutes. Rated PG-13 for violence/warfare and some thematic elements. Now showing at Dipson Flix. "Tr…

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We're getting to that time of year again. The time of year when Buffalo starts looking less like a beautiful snow globe and more like a salt-smudged wasteland. Those pretty, cheery Christmas lights are gone. Hawaii and Florida are looking pretty good. Or a Caribbean cruise -- or a Gulf coast getaway, or --- or --- But what if you can't get away? You'll have to enj…

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The new film “Winchester” is based on a true story about a gun heiress (played by Helen Mirren) who thinks she’s haunted by people killed by gun violence. To give the souls a home, she renovates a house, adding rooms on to it for years until her death. Today, the Winchester Mystery House is a National Historic Landmark in California where it is purported to be haunted. …

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She’s so cheery and bubbly when she says this, you have to remind yourself that the thought is deep. “Am I doing enough for the world?” Tracey B. Wilson wondered aloud. She is in Buffalo to talk about her movie, “Trew Calling,” which begins a full run Feb. 2 at Dipson McKinley in Blasdell. Wilson, who grew up in Orchard Park and now lives in New York City, is sitting…

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BURBANK, Calif. – A framed poster in Nick Bakay's office at the Warner Brothers studio here makes a visitor laugh as loud as one of the better lines in his CBS series "Mom." The "Talkin' Proud" poster was a Secret Santa gift from a "Mom" writer who heard about the famous jingle and Chamber of Commerce campaign that was popularized a few years after Bakay graduated from …

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"Hostiles." Starring Christian Bale, Scott Shepherd, Rosamund Pike, Ava Cooper, Stella Cooper. Directed by Scott Cooper. In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory. 134 minutes. (Rated R for strong violence, and language.) Now showing at Flix, Regal Elmwood, Walden Galleria, Niagara Falls, Quak…

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The Thursday Night Terrors horror film series returned for 2018 with its first showing, "Escape from New York," on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Amherst Dipson Theatres. See who joined Peter Vullo and friends for the haunting classic of a futuristic escape from Manhattan.

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The Buffalo Film Seminars, one of the area’s longest-running screening series, returns on Jan. 30 with a season of cinematic giants. Hosted, as always, by University at Buffalo professors Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian, the BFS runs through early May. Screenings are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Dipson Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St.). The spring series is another…