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Area filmmaker Hope Muehlbauer started making her first feature film when she was 16. For its premiere on July 14 in the North Park Theatre, she gave her horror film an "R" rating. That means she wouldn't have been able to see her own movie without her parents - and she sees the humor in that. “I did find it funny that I wouldn’t have been able to see it at 16 withou…

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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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Alvin Wright redrew the cultural map of the City of Buffalo. As much as anyone, he democratized Buffalo culture and commerce. No one has ever wanted to give him credit for it. What Wright did was prove that Buffalo's most sophisticated movie audience would be just as happy seeing great movies in Cheektowaga as they were seeing them in North Buffalo or northern suburb…

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A friendly bull, a playful elf and a cowardly lion will all make appearances as part of the Tuesday Movie Series at Canalside. The free family series opens July 10 with "Ferdinand," an animated tale inspired by the beloved book "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson. Movies start at 6 p.m. You are allowed to bring blankets, chairs and refreshments. …

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"Ant-Man and the Wasp." Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Walton Goggins. Directed by Peyton Reed. As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. 118 minutes. (Rated PG–13 for some sci–fi action …

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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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What you don't see tells you almost as much about Kevin Macdonald's massively powerful documentary "Whitney" as what you do. You won't see Dolly Parton, who wrote "I Will Always Love You," the Whitney Houston song that, quite literally enraptured the world. (Saddam Hussein loved using "I Will Always Love You" for his rallies.) Parton, as is her custom, has always been q…

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Buffalo may be gaining notoriety from filmmakers for being the perfect place to shoot. As the city racks up mainstream movies such as "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" and "The First Purge," word of Buffalo's attraction is spreading throughout the film industry. Producer Anjul Nigam, of the upcoming film "Crown Vic," says Buffalo is the perfect place to…

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If you’ve been enthralled by the Sabres selecting Swedish defensive phenomenon Rasmus Dahlin, why not consider streaming some superb Swedish programming? With edgy police drama, thrilling Stieg Larsson films and first-rate actors like Martin Wallström of “Mr. Robot,” Sweden offers a smorgasbord of fine viewing fare. You would do well to start your Swedish journey by binge-…

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"The First Purge." Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott David, Joivan Wade and Marisa Tomei star in prequel to horror franchise that details the start of the original purge. Filmed in Buffalo. 97 minutes. Rated R for strong disturbing violence throughout, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use. Opens Tuesday night in area theaters. https://buffalonews.com/2018/06/28/first-pur…

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"The First Purge" won't be the last time Buffalo is in the movie spotlight. Currently there are two movies in different stages of production here right now - "Bashira" and "Crown Vic" - with a steady stream of news coming in on other features filmed in the area recently. Lockport native Mac Cappuccino is excited to be getting closer to showing his feature film "Malaisia…

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It was a vintage ballpark that originally attracted Hollywood to Buffalo to film “The Natural.” “Marshall” was drawn here by our vintage 1930s and ‘40s architecture. For the filmmakers behind “The First Purge,” the initial appeal was the Buffalo vibe – the smell of Cheerios was an unexpected bonus. “The look, the feel and the vibe of the city worked for the film,”…

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"American Animals." Starring Ann Dowd, Evan Peters, Blake Jenner. Four men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history. 116 minutes. (Rated R for language throughout, some drug use and brief crude/sexual material.) Showing at Dipson Eastern Hills and North Park Theatre. "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom." Starring Chris Pra…

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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…