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Toni Ruberto

Toni Ruberto is the editor of the print and digital editions of Gusto. She also writes about movies and music for The Buffalo News.


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Kevin Campbell was 5 years old when he was introduced to the original “Jurassic Park” movie. Like all kids crazy about dinosaurs, he watched in awe as they came to life before him. Fast forward about 17 years to the recent day when Campbell, now a member of the touring production of “Jurassic World Live Tour” first came face-to-face with a life-sized Tyrannosaurus rex f…

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The long-standing Sheridan Family Restaurant is on a busy stretch of Sheridan Drive in Amherst where it’s mixed in with countless stores, car dealers and restaurants. If you don’t know it's there, you may never see it as multiple lanes of heavy traffic zip by at 45 mph. Slow down and look – it’s worth the stop. On a recent Saturday morning, a small group made our first …

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It's another busy opening weekend throughout the local theater scene. On Oct. 10, O'Connell & Company presents the regional premiere of "Young Frankenstein." The show, based on the classic Mel Brooks comedy, will run through Oct. 27 in the theater company's new home at the Ken-Ton Elmwood Commons (3200 Elmwood Ave.). Also on Oct. 10, Road Less Traveled Production…

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BB&G Charities might not be a name you know yet - but it's one you can get behind. It stands for Building, Believing & Giving and it's a local group that strives to give underprivileged children the chance to experience "the joy and positive developmental benefits of supervised activities and camping experiences." That happens through various charity events like…

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As more filmmakers come to the Buffalo area to make movies, people are naturally curious about when they can see the film on the big screen. For at least five movies shot locally over the past two years, that answer is now. The 13th annual Buffalo International Film Festival, running Oct. 10 to 14 in the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.), is showing multiple film…

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Cheektowaga native William Fichtner's locally made thriller "Cold Brook" is getting its area premiere starting Nov. 8 in the Aurora Theatre (673 Main St., East Aurora). At the same time, the film will get theatrical distribution in 10 of the Top 20 markets in the United States and be available on Video on Demand (details to follow). Actor Kim Coates ("Sons of Anarchy"),…

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The Screening Room Cinema Cafe's annual Horrorfest is so big this year it has to go into November. The five-week series of movies includes local premieres, classic horrors, cult favorites and double features. Of special note is the one-week run of local filmmaker Greg Lamberson's taut new ghostly thriller "Widow's Point" starring Craig Sheffer, along with multiple meet-…

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Smell that? It's apples, cinnamon and everything pumpkin. Autumn is in the air and that means local activities are moving into corn fields and pumpkin patches. We’ve found a multitude of fall festivals and events throughout the area. Many are packed with activities for the kids like pumpkin decorating, hay rides and petting zoos. Take a look and make your plans - there'…

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It was nine days before the start of the Niagara Falls International Film Festival in 2018, when the world changed forever for event founder and President Bill Cowell. Life was already challenging for Cowell, who had been providing home care for his wife, Karen, after she spent five months in the hospital following a brain hemorrhage. Then, on Sept. 15, they received wo…

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Nothing like having a front row seat to people's most unorthodox, bizarre, perverted and criminal behavior to find great ideas for your novel. Retired Buffalo police homicide detective Lissa Marie Redmond now has three books published featuring her alter ego, cold case detective Lauren Riley. Readers have several chances this month to meet Redmond, who still lives in Bu…

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The wide-ranging Niagara Falls International Film Festival will welcome an Oscar-winning actor, stars from “The Walking Dead” and the “Twilight” films, honor maverick filmmaker Samuel Fuller and show a documentary with a local connection. And that's for starters. NFIFF opens Sept. 18 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls) with a red carpet gala and continu…

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"Brittany Runs a Marathon." Starring Jillian Bell, Jennifer Dundas, Patch Darragh. Directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo. A young woman decides to make positive changes in her life by training for the New York City Marathon. 104 minutes. (Rated R for language throughout, sexuality and some drug material.) Opens Sept. 5 in the Dipson Amherst and Eastern Hills. "Fidder: A Mirac…

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Hallmark is celebrating 10 years of “Countdown to Christmas” by gifting viewers with a record 40 new holiday movies airing on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Holiday programming starts Oct. 25 on HM&M where 16 films will now premiere on Thursdays and Fridays. The Hallmark Channel starts Oct. 26 with 24 new movies, including a Hallmark Hall …

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Like anyone who remembers Crystal Beach Amusement Park, the Canadian attraction holds a special place in the heart of local filmmaker Peter McGennis. So in 2018, McGennis began working on a rock opera about the “magical, ill-fated park” called “Laff in the Dark.” The film features 26 original songs that helped McGennis tell his story that is filled with colorful charact…

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"AFTER THE WEDDING." Starring Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore and Billy Crudup. Directed by Bart Freundlich. A manager of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a benefactor. 112 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some strong language.) Opens Aug. 30 in the Dipson Amherst. "BENNETT’S WAR." Starring Michael Roark, Trace Adkins, Ali Afshar and …