Two artist biopic — “Mr. Turner” and “Big Eyes” — can currently be found on big screens, and many others of varying quality are on Netflix, iTunes and the like. (“Pollock,” “Basquiat,” “Frida,” and “Vincent and Theo” are a few of note.)
One film in this genre that drew strong notices from critics and audiences was “Renoir,” director Gilles Bourdos’s account of Andrée Heuschling, the last model of the impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. This intriguing look at a little-known figure in Renoir’s life is the next Roycroft Film Society presentation. Formerly the Hubbard Film Society, the East Aurora group will screen “Renoir” at 4 p.m. March 8 at the Parkdale Elementary School (141 Girard Ave.). A discussion will follow. Visit roycroftcampuscorporation.com for more info.
Roger Vadim’s “Barbarella” is a tongue-in-cheek treat, and star Jane Fonda oozes sex appeal. So the chance to see it on the big screen should not be passed up. It is the next Buffalo Film Seminars selection, schedule for 7 p.m. March 3 in the Dipson Amherst Theatre. For more information and the full schedule, visit dipsontheatres.com or hcsac.buffalo.edu/bfs.html.
Also at the Amherst is the Bolshoi Ballet’s presentation of “Romeo and Juliet,” at 11 a.m. March 8.
The iconic, endlessly quotable “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” is on tap at the North Park Theatre, with screenings at 11:30 a.m. on March 7 and 8. Visit northparktheatre.com for details.
Lastly, the Screening Room in Amherst offers two diverse entries this week. “Casablanca” is first up, at 7:30 p.m. March 3 and 7 p.m. March 6 and 7.
Also screening on March 6 and 7 (at 9:30 p.m.) is one of the most buzzed-about debuts last year, Iranian-American director Ana Lily Amirpour’s acclaimed “Iranian vampire Western,” “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.” This atmospheric, not-to-be-missed black-and-white film also screens at 7:30 p.m. March 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. For the full Screening Room schedule, visit screeningroomboutiquecinemas.com.