In terms of killer taglines, it is hard to top this: “No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. 70 members of the cast and crew were.”
“This movie” is “Roar,” the infamous 1981 film shot over 11 years and featuring more than 100 untamed animals, including lions, cheetahs, and tigers. Actor-director Noel Marshall cast his wife, “Birds” star Tippi Hedren, as his co-lead, and the cast also included her daughter Melanie Griffith.
The result was a wild, unhinged epic with all the makings of a cult classic. Drafthouse Films has brought it back to theaters, and in a real treat for local cinephiles. It will be shown at 7:30 p.m. May 29, 9:15 May 30, and 7:30 June 2 and 4 in the Screening Room Cinema Cafe (3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst).
Also on the Screening Room schedule is Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief” at 7:30 p.m. May 26 and 27, and 7 p.m. May 30. The moving Elliott Smith documentary “Heaven Adores You” screens at 9:30 p.m. May 29.
Visit screeningroomboutiquecinemas.com for the full Screening Room schedule.
A very intriguing documentary on the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, screens at 7 p.m. May 28 at the Amherst Dipson Theatre. “Hermitage Revealed” commemorates the museum’s 250th anniversary. See dipsontheatres.com for info.
The North Park Theatre offers two very different matinees on May 30 and 31. At 11:30 a.m. May 30, is the documentary “Inequality for All.” Economic policy expert Robert Reich takes center stage in the film, which is being presented by Council Member Michael J. LoCurto in honor of International Workers Day (which occurs annually on May 1).
The '80s favorite “WarGames” screens at 11:30 a.m. May 31 as part of the North Park’s Family Matinee Series. For the full North Park schedule, visit northparktheatre.org.
The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System presents a few film-themed events this week. “Book Club and a Movie” is scheduled for 1 p.m. on May 26 at the Concord Public Library. John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” which was made into a hit film last summer, is this month’s selection.
A matinee screening of Stephen Sondheim adaptation “Into the Woods” is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 28 at the Eden Library (2901 E. Church St.,
Eden). At the downtown Buffalo Central Library, the Thursday Film Series will be held at 5 p.m. May 28 with the theme, “Movies Adapted From Books.” The film title will be announced. For more info on all of these events, visit buffalolib.org.