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‘Force Majeure,’ one of 2014’s finest, at the Screening Room

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.)

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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 or

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.

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