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For several years, the unofficial start date of Buffalo's wild warm-weather event schedule was the M*A*S*H* Bash, later renamed the Buffalo Bash, in the first week of June. But in light of that event changing hands and moving back this year, and the abundance of quality events slated for this weekend, we'd argue May 17-19 should become the new unofficial summer kickoff. …

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This summer checks nearly every box on the kid geek must-list. “Star Wars”? Spider-Man? Japanese animation? Check, check, check. Take a look at some new films, a few annual events and a little baseball. Studio Ghibli Fest May, July, and August at the Regal Elmwood (2001 Elmwood Ave.) and Regal Transit (6707 Transit Road) One of the most delightful cinematic develop…

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Every summer, the Buffalo Niagara region, Rochester and southern Ontario are transformed into holy ground for fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga, horror and other delightful forms of entertainment. If geekdom and fan-love were a religion, then it’s time to get ready to worship. Here are this summer’s offerings: Nickel City Con When: 3 to 8 p.m. May 17, 1…

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Over the past decade, the notion of geek fandom has expanded far beyond superhero comics and "Stars Wars"/"Star Trek" and into other genres. The boom in franchises and rise of social media has increased the intense passion of fans for whatever they love, and they wear their fandom loudly and proudly.  Fandom is dressing up as your favorite character, meeting the creator…

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Welcome to summer – geek style. Nickel City Con – which has become the unofficial kickoff to summer for local pop culture fans in only three short years – returns May 17 to 19 to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Since debuting as a two-day convention in 2016, NCC has expanded to three days of all things pop culture: comic book artists, cosplay contests, gaming …

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Buffalo native and screenwriter Christopher Markus had spent two hours answering audience questions after a showing of his newest film, "Avengers: Endgame" at the North Park Theatre – and it still wasn’t enough. “There were still hands in the air after two hours,” said Ray Barker of the North Park Theatre. The Markus event is an example of the excitement surrounding …

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NEW YORK CITY — Debt never dies. Nor do impressions of a childhood in Buffalo. That first sentence is a line from the new movie “Buffaloed,” which premiered here at the Tribeca Film Festival in late April. The second sentence helps explain why Brian Sacca wrote it, and why he’s fidgety for you – if you’re reading this with any type of Western New York connection – to wa…

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"Whaddya mean guilty pleasures?" I scowled a bit too theatrically. "Why should pleasure make anyone feel guilty? As long as it's legal and inflicts no harm?" I was, I now admit, being a wee bit difficult the first time I heard the familiar phrase. I knew well what the expression means -- especially when we're talking about movies. There are, after all, certain movies…

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Better stock up on tater tots. "Napoleon Dynamite" is coming back to a local screen this fall with some special guests in tow. The cult indie classic, celebrating its 15-year anniversary in June, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). Following the showing, film stars Jon Heder, who plays the awkward title char…

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Ask “Avengers: Endgame” co-screenwriter Christopher Markus to choose the highlight of the long-awaited superhero epic’s weeks-long media blitz, and the answer may surprise you. No, it’s not the gala, star-packed “purple carpet” premiere in Hollywood. Nor is it the promotional interviews with media outlets from around the world. For Markus, a Buffalo native and St. Josep…

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Let’s just get this out of the way: “Avengers: Endgame” is long. Really, really long. But if you are a parent whose children who love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, play with Marvel Legos, and wear Marvel PJs to bed, you have no choice but to just deal with the three-hour running time. And when the credits finally roll on this absurdly stuffed, tremendously enjoyable, s…

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Actor and director John Krasinski is in Western New York, scouting possible locations for a sequel to his hit film, "A Quiet Place." One of the places Krasinski, known as Jim Halpert on the NBC sitcom "The Office," and others made a short visit to Wednesday is the Candy Apple Cafe in Akron. The cafe posted pictures of Krasinski posing with customers on its Facebook page…

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe debuted in 2008 with “Iron Man." Now, the MCU is ready to debut its 22nd film, “Avengers: Endgame.” Newcomers to the series should know a few things if they want to catch up. Yes, you can skip a few of the films without getting lost. Always watch the end credits. There are typically extra scenes buried during and/or after them. Do…

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Some of us have waited 47 years to see "Amazing Grace" now showing in the Dipson Amherst Theatre. If you're one of us, the ancient and tacky cliche will suffice: Run don't walk. Aretha Franklin's voice was never better than it was during this concert/recording session from 1972. Her joy in exploring what to sing on record was never more self-evident than it is in some o…