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A popular megastar opens a new film this weekend that is sure to draw families, and likely to leave everyone smiling. That movie is Adam Sandler’s “Hotel Transylvania 3.” Also opening is the newest film from ever-likable Dwayne Johnson, a PG-13, “Die Hard”-meets-“Towering Inferno” action flick called “Skyscraper.” As one might expect, it’s a blast of summer insanity -- but…

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Marvel has it all figured out. Just a couple of months after the release of the rather somber “Avengers: Infinity War” comes the lightest entry in the studio’s history. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is an action-comedy with an emphasis on comedy, making it a unique addition to the Marvel canon. A perfectly cast Paul Rudd returns as the superhero with the ability to shrink -- …

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Unless you’ve been cut off from civilization for the past two months, you’ve heard of comedian Michelle Wolf. The stand-up comedian became nearly a household name after hosting the White House Correspondents Dinner in April, and pretty much annihilating the President and his staff. The controversial set gives a good indication of what viewers can expect on her new weekly N…

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Summer in Buffalo is a time for concerts, festivals and, with increasing frequency, outdoor movies. Lots and lots of outdoor movies. Most (not all) are family oriented and free. All offer a chance to experience cinema under the stars, a rare treat in an area with four seasons. Whether you reside in the Northtowns, the Southtowns, the city or someplace between, you’ll…

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If you’ve held off on seeing recent blockbusters like “Black Panther” and “Deadpool 2,” or just want to experience cinema in a unique natural setting, the University at Buffalo Student Association Summer Film Series has you covered. The long-running series, which runs from June 18 to Aug. 24, also features smaller films, like “Love Simon,” and awards-bait like “The Post…

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In the pantheon of Pixar films, 2004’s “The Incredibles” ranks highly for both kids and adults. So the audience for the sequel to the family superhero smash, “Incredibles 2,” should include just about everyone. Happily, all are in for a treat. “Incredibles 2” may lack the originality of the original, but amps up the action and proves to be tremendously entertaining. Pi…

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Summer evenings at the Transit Drive-In (6655 S. Transit Road, Lockport) are a local tradition — and in recent years, so are Retro Movie Tuesdays. This season's selection of weekly double-bills feature beloved favorites from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, as well as the 1939 classic, “The Wizard of Oz.” Proceeds from each screening will go to a different chari…

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Is there such a thing as too much “Star Wars”? The answer for nearly every kid in America is a resounding “no,” and that’s good news for the folks at Lucasfilm. Even so, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” represents something a bit risky. It is an origin story unconnected to the Skywalker clan and minus the high-stakes of "Rogue One," centered around a character (Han Solo) who …

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With “Star Wars,” "The Avengers" and superheroes more ubiquitous than ever before, it’s a great time to be a kid geek. This list features some new films, a few annual movie events and even treats for fans of Japanese animation. Grab your Spider-Man hoodie, pack your lightsaber, and clutch your Totoro closely -- it’s going to be a great summer. Buffalo Bisons “Star …

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It has been nearly 20 years since the death of Stanley Kubrick, and to celebrate the master’s work the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.) has planned a Kubrick mini-film festival for May 21-24. It features an engrossing new documentary, “Filmworker,” and two of his most discussion-worthy masterpieces, 1962’s “Lolita” and 1975’s “Barry Lyndon.” “Filmworker” is a must-…

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The final 10 minutes of the first episode of BBC America’s “Killing Eve” will literally leave you breathless. And yes, that’s just episode one. In fact, every week of this gripping cat-and-mouse tale ends with a flourish. Based on a series of novels by author Luke Jennings, “Killing Eve” is a smart, thrilling drama. Title: “Killing Eve” Year it began: 2018 Where…

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When 2018 draws to close, it’s likely that “Avengers: Infinity War” will rank at the top of the year’s box office chart. It’s easy to see why as this, the 19th film set in the Marvel universe, features a who’s who of superheroes: Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and many, many others. After 10 years of buildup, the …

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The Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the Queen City’s unique celebrations, encompassing parties, music, kids’ events and cinema from May 2 to 6. Before the official opening, however, the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.) is presenting a two-film series April 28 and 29. It starts with the New York State premiere of the legal drama “The Third Murder”  at 11…

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The four-part Netflix series “Collateral” — not to be confused with the 2004 feature starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx — is a twisty, fast-moving thriller featuring fine performances, a timely storyline, and a fascinating location. Just four episodes long, it's full of surprises. And Carey Mulligan, the Oscar-nominated star of “An Education” and “The Great Gatsby,” is bet…

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This month’s most hottest release has been preceded by months of breathless fan anticipation. The cast is as star-heavy as any film in recent memory, and the storyline boldly original. I’m of course talking about Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs.” Wait, did you think I meant “Avengers: Infinity War”? That’s a biggie, too, but “Isle” is the real must-see. Must-see of the month…