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North Park Theatre catches soccer fever

Hertel Avenue is the hub of Buffalo’s soccer love, and considering the North Park Theatre’s proximity to self-proclaimed “Soccer Bar and Restaurant” Mes Que, it makes sense to mount a four-film “Sunday Morning Soccer” series — just in time for the World Cup. (Mes Que is one of the series’ sponsors.)

The pleasingly offbeat series started on June 15 with John Huston’s truly odd (but certainly entertaining) “Victory,” the film that finally brought together Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, and Pelé. We are now in weekend three, and I was unfamiliar with this Sunday’s selection: “The Year My Parents Went on Vacation.”

This 2006 coming-of-age film from Brazil is centered around a young boy cheering for his country in the 1970 World Cup. It sounds fascinating, as does “Next Goal Wins,” a recent documentary on the American Samoa national team. It screens on July 13, the day this year’s World Cup draws to a close.

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In other weekend screening news:

• Director Anna Scime’s ambitious “Everybody Lives Downstream” screens at 3 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. “Downstream” is described as “an eco-historical, ethnographic film that tells the story of human and natural forces interacting on the Buffalo River, Niagara River, and Lake Erie. This is a free screening.

• The National Theatre’s drama “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” will screen at the Amherst Dipson at noon Sunday and at 7 p.m. Monday.

• The recent “Muppets Most Wanted” is the next scheduled family matinee at the North Park. It screens at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

• Looking ahead toward next week, the Transit Drive-In’s “Retro Movie Tuesdays” continued with the two good Christopher Reeve Superman movies: “Superman: The Movie” at 9:15 p.m. and “Superman II” at midnight. (No “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace”? Kidding!)

• Bacchus serves up “Fletch” on July 2, to remind us of a time when Chevy Chase was funny, and the John Hughes favorite “Pretty in Pink” on July 3.

• And “Captain America: Winter Soldier” is on tap at UB’s North Campus on July 1 Tuesday and July 3, and South Campus on July 2, for some pre-4th of July patriotic super-heroism.

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