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FILM NOTES

Starting today, screenings of "Batavia: 1802 to 1998 -- A Tour Through Our Yesterdays for a Better Tomorrow" will be given at 2 p.m. daily, through Dec. 5, in Genesee Community College's Stuart Steiner Theatre, One College Road, Batavia. By Barbara A. Toal and James Carney, the video is being presented as part of the college's current celebration of local communities.

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 2495 Main St., will present a screening of "We're Funny That Way," a film about gay comics by David Adkin, presented by the filmmaker, at 4 p.m. Sunday as part of the Ways in Being Gay Festival. Also part of the festival, "Out of the Past," a documentary by Jeff Dupre, plus the video "Into the Future," will be screened at 8 p.m. next Saturday in Hallwalls.

The Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series will continue with "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries," R, a family drama based on the autobiographical novel by Kaylie Jones, at 8 tonight and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fredonia Opera House, 9-11 Church St., Fredonia.

"From Here to Eternity," starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Donna Reed, Ernest Borgnine and Frank Sinatra, will be shown at 9 tonight and Friday in the Screening Room, located in the Century Mall behind Northtown Plaza, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

Commercial films opening in area theaters Friday include: "A Bug's Life," PG, featuring pixar animation of life among the critters; "Elizabeth," R, a lavish new version of the life of Elizabeth I, starring Cate Blancett; "Babe: Pig in the City," G, he's back with all his friends; "Home Fries," R, a knock-off Coen Brothers-type story about love and murder in a small town, starring Drew Barrymore and Jake Busey; "Ringmaster," R, a movie based on the infamous "Jerry Springer Show," and "Very Bad Things," R, a black comedy about a bachelor party gone wrong, starring Cameron Diaz and an all-star young cast.

Film legend Dennis Hopper will appear at 8 tonight to present a screening of his new film, "Carried Away," in the George Eastman House, 900 East Ave., Rochester.

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