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Screenings: Focus on Wes Anderson

While I personally prefer the first three films directed by Wes Anderson — “Bottle Rocket,” “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” — it is hard to argue against his recent output. In 2009, 2012, and 2014, respectively, he released “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and all three rank among his most interesting creations.

The Oscar-nominated “Grand Budapest,” especially, is one of his finest achievements as a writer-director. So it is fitting that Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo’s beloved film and media art center, is presenting Anderson’s last three films in its summer outdoor film series.  Titled Tuesday Night Flicks @ Canalside, the free series features “Moonrise Kingdom” on July 14 and “Mr. Fox” on Aug. 11. Rain postponed the screening of “Grand Budapest Hotel,” originally scheduled for June 9. All start at dusk (roughly 9 p.m.). Attendees are advised to arrive early to secure a good spot. For more info, visit

Speaking of outdoor viewing, the Transit Drive-In’s popular Retro Movie Tuesdays kicked off last week. This week, the series reminds us of a time when Eddie Murphy movies were actually good. “Beverly Hills Cop” starts at 9:15 p.m., followed by “48 Hours” at 11:15.  The entire schedule can be viewed at; please note the appearance of “Road House” on July 28. (Yep, I’m there.)

The dopey but fascinating Marilyn Monroe vehicle “Niagara” continues its run at Amherst’s Screening Room at 7:30 p.m. June 9, 12 and 13. Meanwhile, the indie-horror film “How to Save Us” screens at 6 p.m. June 10, followed by David Lynch’s “Eraserhead” at 8 p.m. Lynch's midnight movie classic also screens at 9:30 p.m. June 12 and 13.

Lastly, the controversial Kurt Cobain docudrama “Soaked in Bleach” debuts at 7:30 p.m. June 11 and screens again at 7:30 June 16. The film centers around the “it-wasn’t-a-suicide” theory; consider it the anti-“Montage of Heck.”

For the full Screening Room schedule, visit

One of early surprises of 2015 is surely “Paddington,” the delightful adaptation of Michael Bond’s classic tales. The bear from “darkest Peru” has been a favorite in my household since my son was barely two years old, so we went in hoping for a film that captured the spirit of the stories. Indeed it did, making “Paddington” a real treat for kids and parents.  The film is the next entry in the North Park’s Family Matinee Series, screening at 11:30 a.m. June 13 and 14. For the full North Park schedule, visit

Another enjoyable children’s film, this one from 2014, is Disney’s Marvel adaptation “Big Hero 6.” The Concord Public Library presents the movie, crafts and bingo at a “Family Movie Party” at 4:30 p.m. June 9. Registration is required; call 592-7742.

The Akron Public Library hosts “Coffee, Muffins, and a Movie” at 11 a.m. June 12. The movie is to be announced. Call 542-2327 to attend.

The Cirque du Soleil performance film “One Drop” screens at 7:30 p.m. on June 10 the Transit Regal. Visit for details.

The Burchfield Penney Art Center hosts a book launch and screening titled “Television Becoming Unglued” at 7 p.m. June 13. Featuring Kathy High, Sherry Miller Hocking and Mona Jimenez, the editors of the book “The Emergence of Video Processing Tools,” the evening will feature video art from the compilation “Experimental Television Center 1969-2009.”  For more info, visit

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