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The official trailer for the locally-produced short film “Blink of an Eye”  could pass for a music video until a few seconds before it ends. The camera lingers close to a lovely, languorous ballet dancer, 16-year-old singer and actress Camryn Clune of Amherst, while on the soundtrack she sings a lilting song from the debut album by the English alt-rock group Nothin…

You can’t force the force. If faithful fans of the “Star Wars” franchise have learned anything in the 32 years that have passed since the last watchable film in the series - “Return of the Jedi" - flickered across movie screens, it’s that the magic of George Lucas’ intergalactic space fantasy could not be replicated with intergalactic budgets alone. It needed…

Molly Ringwald will forever hold her spot in film history as one of the most beloved actresses in the 1980s thanks to roles in such films as “Sixteen Candles” (1984), “The Breakfast Club,” (1985) and “Pretty in Pink” (1986). In 2011, Ringwald was ranked No. 1 on VH-1’s 100 Greatest Teen Stars. She acknowledges her fans in her twitter profile where she refers …

The North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.) is going full measure on its spooky lineup this Halloween season. With humorous takes on the genre like “Beetlejuice” and “Gremlins” already in the bag, and a screening of “Shaun of the Dead” still in the queue (Oct. 30-31), the revamped movie house has been filling its schedule with a collection of frights with laughs …

Starting Oct. 23, patrons of the Dipson Theatres McKinley 6 can sit back with their feet up and watch a movie.Dipson is installing fully reclining, plush chairs in its discount movie house located at the McKinley Mall in Blasdell. The theaters will close following screenings Sunday evening to have the chairs installed and will reopen Oct. 23. Tickets for movies the weekend…

Using the Buffalo International Film Festival 2015 as a microcosm to demonstrate Buffalo’s let’s-put-on-a-show energy, there are many reasons to be excited about the event’s ninth iteration, taking place Thursday through Sunday.The late Ed Summer founded the festival in 2003, and new BIFF Executive Director Raymond Guarneri said the festival is being expanded from …

Ask a 30-something for thoughts on Steven Spielberg’s Peter Pan-as-grumpy-adult film “Hook” and they’re likely to rave. Ask most film critics or older folks about the 1991 sorta-hit and they’ll call it one of Spielberg’s worst.The latest offshoot of J.M. Barrie’s beloved story, “Pan,” is unlikely to have the financial or cultural impact of “Hook,” but…

It seems to me that if you are not just a little bit flabbergasted by Malala Yousafzai, your capacity for awe is about a quart low. You’re missing an awful lot that’s great about our very species.Davis Guggenheim, the director of “He Named Me Malala” obviously is flabbergasted. So, to be honest, am I. I was before I saw his documentary portrait of the now-18 year-o…

When Malala Yousafzai was 11, she was writing an anonymous blog for the BBC about life under the Taliban in the Swat Valley of Northwest Pakistan, as well as about the need for girls’ education.Her crusade for equal education was soon carried out under her own name in TV and print appearances. Archbishop Desmond Tutu nominated her for an International Children’s Peace …

“Sicario” is the third in a troika of first-rate films opening in our movie theaters ths first weekend of October. (The others are “The Walk” and “The Martian.”) Movie opening weekends seldom get much better.The film immediately tells us that the word “Sicario” means “hitman” in Mexico. By the time Denis Villeneuve’s film ends, you’ll know what the …

Leave it to the man who directed the scariest movie ever made about outer space – “Alien” – to now make the coolest movie you’ve ever seen about outer space, “The Martian.”The man is Ridley Scott. The movie is “The Martian,” now playing in area theaters in all of its 141-minute glory. The big difference is this: When Scott made “Alien,” he was 40 year…

The hard truth about Robert Zemeckis’ justly acclaimed “The Walk” is that until the movie actually gets down to the business of setting the French wire walker Philippe Petit in spectacular motion across a wire linking the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the movie isn’t so hot.It’s hardly bad, mind you, but for all the conspicuous charm of Joseph Gordon-Lev…