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Screenings: Buffalo Film Seminars return

There is only one film series in Western New York that can show “Mad Max” one week and the gorgeous but slow-moving work of Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr a few weeks later. That series is the Buffalo Film Seminars, and the spring 2015 semester starts at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 in Dipson’s Amherst Theatre.

Opening the series hosted by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian is Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush,” and what follows is the usual assortment of cinema classics. Some are under the radar gems (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s “I Know Where I’m Going” on Feb. 10; Gregory Nava’s “El Norte” on April 7; and Tarr’s “Werckmeister Harmonies” on April 21.

There are the more recognizable usual suspects, including, err, “The Usual Suspects” on April 14, along with Jane Fonda in “Barbarella” on March 3; Bob Fosse’s “All That Jazz” on March 10 and the Coen Brothers’ “No Country for Old Men” closing out the series on May 5.

A discussion follows each screening. For more information and the full schedule, visit

The series does not include any Hayley Mills, but to double the Mills’ fun, watch “The Parent Trap” at 11:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in the North Park Theatre as part of the ongoing Family Matinee Series. For more info, visit

Lastly, the 2014 horror film “The Babadook” continues its run in the Screening Room Cinema Cafe with showings at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27, 28, 29 and 30. For more information and the full Screening Room schedule, visit

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