Ruben Östlund’s “Force Majeure” was 2014’s finest dark comedy of utter discomfort. You will cringe, and squirm, and perhaps break out in a cold sweat, but you’ll be happy you stuck with it.
Running for one week in the Screening Room Cinema Café in Amherst, the film chronicles a Swedish family’s ski vacation, and one life-altering event that threatens to detonate everything. That moment, involving a controlled avalanche that occurs while the family is dining outside, is immaculately acted and brilliantly directed.
Indeed, “Force Majeure” is a film to be discussed long after viewing. It screens at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 24, 25, and 25, and at 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 21. (“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is showing at 7 p.m.)
For the full Screening Room schedule, visit www.screeningroomboutiquecinemas.com.
Next up for the the Buffalo Film Seminars is Carol Reed’s fascinating Ireland-set noir drama “Odd Man Out” (1947). Starring James Mason, the film screens at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Dipson’s Amherst Theatre. For more information and the full schedule, visit www.dipsontheatres.com or hcsac.buffalo.edu/bfs.html.
The Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series continues with the Reese Witherspoon film “Wild” on tap at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17.
And the North Park offers two very different matinees on Feb. 21 and 22. “The Italian Americans,” a PBS documentary about four generations of Italian-American lives, screens at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 21. The screening will feature a live Q-and-A with the film’s writer/director, Buffalo native John Maggio.
The Japanese anime feature “Neon Genesis Evangelion 1.11” screens at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 22. This remake of the original “Neon Genesis Evangelion” series has drawn wide acclaim from anime fans.
For more info, visit www.northparktheatre.org.