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Screenings: Documentaries showcase Elliott Smith, Backstreet Boys

The Kurt Cobain documentary “Montage of Heck” drew wide acclaim and publicity before and after its debut on HBO in early May, but another documentary about the tragic life of a musical genius also deserves some attention.

Amherst’s Screening Room presents “Elliott Smith: Heaven Adores You” for two showings this month. This sad, insightful film is essential viewing for any Smith fans. The late singer-songwriter, Oscar-nominated for “Miss Misery” from “Good Will Hunting,” came to a sad end in 2003. “Heaven” spends time on this tragedy, but it also creates a vivid picture of who Smith was, and why his music still resonates. The film will screen at 7:30 p.m. May 11 and 9:30 p.m. May 29.

In other Screening Room news:

  • The delightfully twisty noir film “Man From Reno” continues its run at 7:30 p.m. May 12, 13 and 14.
  • Actor Frank Whaley directs “Like Sunday, Like Rain,” which makes its Buffalo premiere at 7 p.m. May 16. The film stars Leighton Meester, Debra Messing, and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. “Clue: The Movie” follows at 9:15 p.m.

Visit for the full Screening Room schedule.


The Learning Choices Network (LCN) continues its free film and speakers series with “The Refugee School Experience: Film Showing and Discussion” at 7 p.m. May 13 at Ashker’s Juice Bar, 1002 Elmwood Ave. The film and panel discussion will include a facilitated conversation with Buffalo City School English as Second Language teachers Kate Helms and Amanda Kisselstein. For details, find the “Learning Choices Network Film & Speaker Series” events page on Facebook.

Ralph Fiennes stars in Bernard Shaw’s “Man and Superman,” a National Theatre drama screening at 7 p.m. May 14 at the Amherst Dipson Theatre. Visit for info.

The North Park Theatre screens the 1998 animated King Arthur tale “Quest for Camelot” at 11:30 a.m. May 17.

Also at the North Park:

  • The New York Film Critics Series screens “Every Little Thing,” a dark drama about a missing child, at 7:30 p.m. May 12. The film stars Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane and Dakota Fanning. It is the feature directorial debut for acclaimed documentarian Amy Berg, whose Hollywood sex-abuse doc “An Open Secret” is drawing major headlines.
  • The locally produced horror film “Frankenstein’s Patchwork Monster” premieres at 9:30 p.m. May 14 at the North Park. Visit For the full North Park schedule, visit


Tommy Wiseau’s legendarily awful film “The Room” screens at the Regal Transit and Elmwood cinemas at 7:30 p.m. May 12. The theaters also present the documentary “Backstreet Boys: Show ’Em What You’re Made Of” at 7 p.m. May 13, as well as the completely different stage adaptation of “Driving Miss Daisy,” starring James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury, at 7:30 p.m. May 14. For info and tickets, visit

The Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series features Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds in “Woman in Gold” at 7:30 p.m. May 12, and Noah Baumbach’s delightful “While We’re Young,” starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, at 7:30 p.m. May 16.


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