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Screenings: A summer of animation at Albright-Knox

There are a number of film series geared toward children and families this summer, but how can you top one taking place at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery?

As part of its new exhibition "Screen Play: Life in an Animated World, the Albright-Knox presents a Family Animation Film Series that starts at 1 p.m. July 11 with Disney’s classic live-action/animated hybrid, “Mary Poppins.” The rest of the schedule is nicely diverse and features “Charlotte’s Web” on July 18, “Toy Story” on July 25, “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” on Aug. 1 and “Brave” on Aug. 8. All films start at 1 p.m. and are free with museum admission ($12 adults, $8 students 13 and older, $5 children 6-12 and free for 5 and younger). Visit for additional info.

Also this week:


4 p.m. July 12 at Parkdale Elementary School in East Aurora

The Roycroft Film Society presents one of 2014’s most stunning films, Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida.” A discussion will follow this screening of the Polish drama about a young nun who discovers a dark family secret. Visit

 “La Bohème”

11 a.m. July 12 at the Amherst Dipson Theatre

Nineteenth century Paris comes to life in this Royal Opera House production. See

“Saving Private Ryan”

7:30 p.m. July 9 at the Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda

If you ask me, Tom Hanks’s best role in years is in Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You” video, but to dive a little deeper in the actor’s filmography, hit the Riviera on Thursdays this summer. The M&T Bank Summer Film Series starts with Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan.” The full schedule can be found at


9:30 p.m. July 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m. July 12 and 14 at the Screening Room in Amherst

The sequel may have disappointed, but there is no disputing the comedic brilliance of Will Ferrell’s first stint as Ron Burgundy. For the full Screening Room schedule, visit

“Sharknado 2: The Second One”

8 p.m. July 9 and 16 at Regal’s Elmwood and Transit cinemas

Buffalo was a shooting location in this enjoyably awful flick. This RiffTrax Live 2015 presentation will feature comedic commentary, not that it needs any. See

“Furious 7”

9 p.m. July 10 at the Special Events Field at UB’s North Campus; 9 p.m. July 8 at the Hayes Hall Lawn at South Campus

Three times the Diesel. Visit for the full schedule.

 “Mrs. Doubtfire”

11 a.m. on July 8 and 11 at the Aurora Theatre in East Aurora

The Aurora Theatre’s free Summer Family Film Series features two screenings of this Robin Williams favorite. Visit for the complete lineup.

“Zoolander”/"Dirty Dancing”

Dusk July 8 and 9, respectively, at Bacchus in Buffalo

Ben Stiller’s lovable comedy one night (July 8), vintage Swayze the next (July 9). Visit for the complete schedule.


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