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Weekend screenings: The sound of minions

For Southtowns kids like yours truly, Chestnut Ridge Park meant harrowing trips down the mighty hill during winter sledding jaunts and more relaxing summer hikes. But on July 27, the Ridge will offer a different type of kid-friendly entertainment: outdoor movie spot.

The funny, endearing 2010 hit “Despicable Me” will screen for free as part of Orchard Park’s annual Quaker Days, and that’s a cool opportunity to enjoy the Ridge in a new, Minion-centric way. Note that “The Wizard of Oz” will screen at Chestnut Ridge on Aug. 15.

And now for something completely different: Amherst’s Screening Room pays homage to 1970s exploitation flicks with “A Night at the Grindhouse” starting at 7:30 p.m. July 25 and 29. The night will feature 1974’s wonderfully titled “TNT Jackson” and 1976’s not-for-the-snake-squeamish horror romp “Rattlers.” Classic grindhouse trailers also are on tap.

Bacchus is offering something relatively old and relatively new in its summer film series. “Mr. Mom” will be shown on July 30 and “Crazy Stupid Love” on July 31. If you’re not charmed by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in “Crazy,” I’m not sure what to tell you.

George Clooney’s ho-hum World War II drama “The Monuments Men” screens at the University at Buffalo’s Baird Point on July 25, followed by the recent (hilarious) Seth Rogen-Zac Efron comedy “Neighbors” on July 29. On the other end of the cinematic spectrum, Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” will be presented at UB’s South Campus on July 30.

In East Aurora, the historic Aurora Theatre’s free summer film series continues with “Horton Hears a Who” at 11 a.m. on July 30.

Regal’s Summer Movie Express presents two interesting, commercially disappointing films: “The Adventures of Tintin” on July 29 and “Rise of the Guardians” on July 30. Both films start at 10 a.m. at Regal’s Quaker Crossing and Transit cinemas.

And now for something completely different, take two: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” is next up in Regal’s classics series, screening at 2 p.m. on July 27 and at 2 and 7 p.m. on July 30.

Lastly, what would a retro movie series be without Dr. Frank N. Furter? “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” takes over the Transit Drive-In at 11:45 p.m. on July 29, while a no-less-absurd musical, Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge,” kicks off the evening at 9:15.

Between “Lady Marmalade” and “Sweet Transvestite,” I’m going “Sweet Transvestite.”

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