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“It’s a Wonderful Lifetime,” Lifetime’s annual gift of holiday programming, returns with 23 movies - 14 new originals and nine “acquired” movies starting Nov. 21. New films will be shown every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Lifetime also has a treat for "One Tree Hill" fans with the new movie "The Christmas Contract" and special “ ‘Tis the Season: A 'One Tree Hill' Cast R…

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Six new original movies and at least 25 returning favorites – including two films made in the Buffalo area – are part of ION Television’s 10th holiday movie season. The holiday programming starts at 9 a.m. Nov. 25 with a full day of movies culminating at 9 p.m. with the first new movie, “A Christmas Mystery.” Additional full days of holiday programming are each Saturday…

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It was inevitable that the enormously successful “Harry Potter” film series would continue even after Harry, Ron and Hermoine moved on from Hogwarts, and so it did with 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” This prequel, set decades before the events of the first “Potter” entry, was a flawed but intriguing creation scripted by J. K. Rowling. For all its joys…

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If you are a movie-mad muggle, there’s a good chance you’ve seen every entry in the lengthy “Harry Potter” series. However, with eight big-screen adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s literary blockbusters about a young wizard, as well as two prequels, it’s easy to get confused. With “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald ” - a sequel to 2016’s financially successful if u…

"It's about my son," David Sheff says to the drug therapist. That's why "Beautiful Boy" is a rarity for a whole new age of addiction movies. It was about fathers and sons, too, back in 1957 when Lloyd Nolan, the father in "A Hatful of Rain" told his addicted war veteran son Don Murray that he loved him. This is different. This is about a boy coming of age as an addic…

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Activity is slowly picking up at the new AMC Theatre in downtown Buffalo two months after it opened – and before the bar even starts up. But the theater still has some structural issues with its exterior facade that will require some repairs. The Market Arcade 8 kicked off to great fanfare in mid-August – about two years after originally hoped – and traffic has been …

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What started as an intimate horror film festival has expanded into a week-long event spotlighting movies in a wide array of genres from sci-fi and action to comedy, animation and fantasy. The Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, running Nov. 2 to 8 in the Dipson Eastern Hills Mall, includes more than 100 films, appearances from visiting filmmakers, question-and-answe…

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Make room on the DVR. Hallmark's “Countdown to Christmas” is here and even the biggest holiday movie fan will have trouble keeping up with the bounty of festive programming. The record 37 new original holiday movies from Hallmark and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries are packed into a 10-week span, often with the sister stations premiering movies on the same night. The…

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Former Vice President Joe Biden's visit to the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts sold out well in advance of Thursday's appearance, but as Halloween approaches, it's still a busy week for events in the Buffalo area. Trick or Treat 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Boulevard Mall (730 Alberta Drive, Amherst). Free to attend, and first come, first served in terms of getti…

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Robert Redford was right. Under the pretext of programming an evening of his work for Turner Classic Movies, he and his director on "The Old Man and the Gun," David Lowery, went on that network to do some sideways promotion for their new film, which opens Friday in the Dipson Amherst and Eastern Hills theaters. Quite typically, what Redford did was immensely telling.…

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Local Restaurant Week, which runs from Oct. 15-21, steals the headlines for the top weekday event in Buffalo, as it's something that everyone with a stomach and taste buds ought to enjoy. Lunch and dinner specials for $20.18, $30.18 and up - and vary by restaurant - are serious, limited-time deals that are worth further investigation. One midweek concert has already sol…

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Goo Goo Dolls bassist and co-founder Robby Takac has released a single, “Dyin’ Tonight,” written and recorded for the soundtrack to the upcoming indie horror flick, “Johnny Gruesome.” The film is based on the novel of the same name, by Buffalo-born author and film-maker Gregory Lamberson. Takac wrote the tune – a snarling slab of punkish power-pop – along with Buffa…

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One of the indelible moviegoing moments from my childhood came in 1990, when my parents took me to see R-rated Civil War drama “Glory.” I was a 10-year-old with a deep interest in history, and while I certainly was not in the target audience, the film had a profound impact on me. It left me wanting to learn more. This is the power of historical cinema, and “First Man” is a…

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Thank heaven for sex. It is the subject that gives wit, panache and irresistible tang to "Colette," all of which were desperately needed to avoid raw preachment. The end result is a film that is far more cunning than you think it's going to be – far more complicated, nuanced and intelligent. It's about the first 15 years of the career and first marriage of Colette, the …