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Screenings: James Franco leads a week of interesting showings

Say what you will about James Franco, but the variety of his resume is simply stunning. There are few actors who, in the span of a few months, can boast having appeared in a banned satire about North Korea (“The Interview”), a Faulkner adaptation (“The Sound and the Fury”), the story of a gay activist-turned-preacher (recent Sundance Film Fest selection “I Am Michael”), and the latest feature from Werner Herzog (“Queen of the Dessert”).

One of the most intriguing Franco projects of recent, well, months, was John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” on Broadway. Franco starred opposite Irish actor Chris O’Dowd, and audiences who missed its run can see it on the big screen at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Amherst Dipson Theatre.

Meanwhile, the Royal Opera House presentation of Umberto Giordano’s French Revolution drama “Andrea Chenier” screens at 11 a.m. March 1 at the Amherst.

Also at the Amherst this week is the Buffalo Film Seminars screening of Budd Boetticher’s “Seven Men from Now,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 24. The 1956 Western stars Randolph Scott and Lee Marvin. For more information on all of the screenings at the Dipson theaters, visit Info on the BFS is also available at

The North Park Theatre offers a rare opportunity to see Terry Gilliam’s “Time Bandits” on the big screen, with showings at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28 and March 1. This is a restored version of the wildly entertaining film that starred Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall and Month Python alums John Cleese and Michael Palin.

One of the most rewatchable classic films of all time, “Casablanca,” screens at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, 28, 29 and March 3, and at 7 p.m. March 6 and 7 in the Screening Room Cinema cafe in Amherst. For the full Screening Room schedule, visit



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