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A film series from Turner Classic Movies, live opera and even a boxing match are all part of the Fathom Events schedule slated for Dipson Amherst Theatre in 2019. The locally owned theater chain begins the special events with "The Met: Live" series presenting Anna Netrebko singing the title role in "Adriana Lecouvreur" at 12:55 p.m. Jan. 12. An encore screening is 1 p.m…

What we always have to remember about the Oscars is this: The TV show is the world's most expensively dressed industrial promotion. They didn't start out that way, which is why so much tedious unwatchable inside "gratitude" ("I want to thank my driver, Pierre ...") on the show remains a crashing bore to this day. We watch for the glamour and the undeniable fact that dur…

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In the 1980s, Choose Your Own Adventure books freed readers from fixed storylines. Instead of passively accepting a single, unfolding plot, readers made decisions that moved them to different parts of the book, with each choice shaping an individualized storyline. Updating this interactive concept with digital technology, “Bandersnatch” offers a television adventure tha…

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So help me, it wasn't the movie's fault. There is, to me, nothing the slightest bit sleep-inducing about Adam McKay's movie "Vice." I consider it, in fact, the best and truest and most creative American political film I've seen since Warren Beatty's "Bulworth" (and that includes "Wag the Dog"). It wasn't my old friend's fault, either. We've been going to the movies t…

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A locally made film is on its way to Cannes. “To Have and to Hold” by the Buffalo film collective Pan-American Film Division beat out more than 200 shorts from around the world to take the Best Picture honors at the 2018 Four Points Film Project competition. The film will now screen at the Short Film Corner at the 2019 Festival de Cannes and at the 48 Hour Film Project’…

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"If Beale Street Could Talk," the heartbreaking story of a young black couple fighting a wrongful imprisonment, was the top winner of the first Greater Western New York Film Critics Association awards. The movie from Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight") won five awards - Best Picture, Best Director (Jenkins), Best Supporting Actress (Regina King), Adapted Scr…

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With Buffalo's promoters and venues gearing up for New Year's Eve celebrations, this weekend is a little quiet event-wise as a result. There are still several smaller activities - especially a few that are family friendly - that can make for a nice outing. If you simply cannot wait for New Year's Eve, check out Jeff Miers' concert suggestions, Brian Campbell's brewery e…

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The long awaited big-screen adaptation of DC’s “Aquaman” has finally arrived, and it is easily stronger than “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League.” Unfortunately, that’s not saying much. For this story of the King of Atlantis is an exhausting piece of cinematic absurdity, an overlong, often incoherent mess. That being said, there are pleasures to be ha…

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The subject is Clint Eastwood. Which means, at the moment, the subjects are numbers. The first number is $17.2 million. That's how many dollars constituted the opening weekend box office for "The Mule," the new Eastwood movie. It won't match the number for a family behemoth like this week's "Mary Poppins," but for the kind of film i…

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The holiday season movie calendar is, in a word, absurd. Studios release blockbuster wannabes, Christmas flicks, Oscar bait, and family fare, all within a matter of days. It’s a rather silly and destructive pattern. And while it means there are options aplenty, it is difficult, if not impossible, to keep track of it all. That’s what happens when the schedule is more cr…

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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," the seventh big-screen entry for Marvel’s beloved webslinger, is the only animated film this year that can comfortably fit on the Top 10 list for a 10-year-old superhero junkie and a paunchy, late-thirtysomething film critic. It is the finest superhero film in a year that featured some pretty darn good ones — “Black Panther,” “Aven…

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One sign Buffalo is in festive spirits is the quick ticket sales for Hotel Henry's Jazzy Christmas - featuring the Ladies First Jazz Big Band and the Buffalo Dolls - which has sold out in advance. After a busy weekend, the pace unexpectedly slows down this week, but there's still ample opportunity to go dashing through the snow to a Buffalo event. 1. John Morris Russ…

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Cult fave John Waters made good on his promise "to try to put the "X" back into Xmas" Friday, delivering a raunchy show to an amused and often guffawing audience Friday at Babeville's Asbury Hall. Waters entered to a hero's applause from the near-capacity audience. He offered a fast-paced, 70-minute stand-up routine, and then answered questions for a half-hour on a stag…