The University at Buffalo’s Student Association Summer Film Series has in recent years become a reliable way to experience noteworthy cinema in an outdoor setting. For 2015, the hits are here, including “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Jurassic World,” “San Andreas,” and the best film so far this year, “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
But what I love about the series is that it looks beyond blockbusters, too. To that end, the lineup features sci-fi powerhouse “Ex Machina,” Russell Crowe’s “Water Diviner,” and the Helen Mirren-led drama “Woman in Gold.” There’s even a “controversial” selection, Seth Rogen’s “The Interview.”
The series kicks off with the dreary Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard” at 9 p.m. June 23 and 26 at the Special Events Field at UB’s North Campus, and at 9 p.m. June 24 at the Hayes Hall Lawn at South Campus.
Visit ubthissummer.buffalo.edu/more/movies.html for the full schedule.
Also this week:
Dusk on June 23 at Canalside
As “Jurassic World” ravages the box office, Canalside’s free outdoor film series screens Steven Spielberg’s much-loved 1993 original. Visit canalsidebuffalo.com for the full Tuesday Night Flicks schedule.
“The Big Lebowski”/“The Notebook”
Dusk on June 24 and 25, respectively, at Bacchus in Buffalo
The Dude one night, the Gosling the next. Visit bacchusbuffalo.com for the full schedule.
“Hard to Be a God”
7 p.m. June 25 at the Mason O. Damon Auditorium at Buffalo Central Library
The Cultivate Cinema Circle screening series continues to impress, this time presenting Russian director Aleksei German’s critically applauded, 170-minute black-and-white epic. This 2014 release tells the story of an oppressed regime living on a planet called Arkanar. For more information on the film and on the series, visit cultivatecinemacircle.com.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2”
11:30 a.m. on June 27 and 28 at the North Park Theatre
The final chapter in the big-screen Potter saga brought the climactic Harry v. Voldemort battle to life. Butterbeer will, indeed, be served at the latest entry in the North Park’s Summer Weekend Family Matinees series. For the full North Park schedule, visit northparktheatre.org.
“We Are Still Here”
9:30 p.m. June 26 and 27 at the Screening Room Cinema Cafe in Amherst
Writer-director Ted Geoghegan’s horror film makes its local debut. DailyDead.com founder Jonathan James will be on-hand to introduce the film. For the full Screening Room schedule, visit screeningroom.net.
7 p.m. on June 25 at the Regal Elmwood and Transit cinemas
“The Queen” star Helen Mirren again plays Queen Elizabeth II in this live National Theatre production. Visit fathomevents.com for details.
“Danny Collins”/“Monkey Kingdom”
7:30 p.m. on June 23 (“Collins”) and June 27 and 30 (“Monkey Kingdom”)
The Fredonia Opera House Cinema Series continues with Al Pacino as an aging rocker as well as Disney’s latest nature documentary. See fredopera.org.