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Keeping a 'Promise'

After making a significant splash during film festivals in Toronto, London and Rome, and airing on HBO, Thom Zimny's "Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise: The Making of Darkness On the Edge of Town" is headed to the Dipson Amherst Theatre (3500 Main St.).

"The Promise" will screen at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as part of a nationwide limited run launched to raise funds for local charities. In Buffalo, 100 percent of the box-office receipts from the screenings will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Carly's Club.

"The Promise" offers a powerful snapshot of Springsteen and the E Street Band at a tumultuous point in their career. Through their recollections, and with the considerable aid of bountiful in-studio footage from the making of the "Darkness on the Edge of Town" album, Zimny ably exhumes the transcendent, somehow uplifting darkness at the heart of the record many fans consider to be Springsteen's finest. If you have already experienced the documentary, doing so again -- for a worthy cause, and on the big screen -- is an option worth considering. Tickets are $10 (box office).

-- Jeff Miers

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