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I'm with the kids on this one. If Meghan and Harry want to withdraw as much as is seemly from the British Royal Family racket, I'm on their side. I'm happy on our side of the pond to applaud and holler, "Hear, hear." It's a lousy job. The money's good, of course. The fame and the ancient tradition of gangs-in-servitude to you mean you can do a lot of things with your…

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New development, new restaurants, new quarterbacks and new stadiums grab public attention and headlines. Appreciating what's come before, however, is frequently just not as sexy, even if it often serves as the foundation for greater achievement. The past is a theme that connects several worthy events for this week in Buffalo. The Big 5 events Celebration honoring D…

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2020 ReelRap, free movie nights hosted by the marketing firm "outside the box," launches with a double-feature salute to "Harriet" director and co-screenwriter Kasi Lemmons. "Eve’s Bayou," Lemmons’ 1997 directorial debut – which she also wrote – will screen at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by "Fear of a Black Hat" (1994) in which Lemmons stars. “2020 ReelRap is envisioned …

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All the usual suspects were there – Marty, Meryl, Brad, Quentin. You know, the whole gang. As far as I'm concerned, the Golden Globes on Sunday night turned into the Michelle Williams Show before it was over. The actress some of us have been watching since she played a lost and promiscuous teen on "Dawson's Creek" won a well-deserved award for playing legendary Broadway…

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The first trailer for "A Quiet Place Part II" was released today, and Western New York plays a big role in the film. A teaser trailer was released Dec. 18, which hinted the sequel picks up the timeline directly where the first movie left off, with the Abbott family living in a world overrun by alien creatures. Both films were directed by John Krasinski. Nearly the fi…

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If I've learned anything at all in my years on earth, it's that only fools are afraid to admit they need help. I need help with my best films of 2019 list. And I'm not afraid to admit it. I simply didn't see all the films that are most definitely "in my wheelhouse" to land in my Top 10 list. So if you've got a better Top 10 list of your own, by all means add it to th…

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A recent CityLab story suggested we here in Western New York might become a “climate refugee-friendly destination,” delivering a line that somehow encapsulates the Buffalo experience: “With climate change, the world is going to suck, but Buffalo may suck less.” The business of “sucking less” over the last year involved an expanding arts and culture scene that provided a we…

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Make no mistake. "Bombshell" isn't just a movie. If you're not paying close attention, you might think it's just a slick movie takedown of Roger Ailes and Fox News for the sake of megaplex box office. Nope. That's not all – or even close. It's a good, watchable movie, mind you – a smart, hugely topical, fleet, and well-written choice for weekend entertainment more gr…

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The first photo, a teaser trailer and poster have been released for the Buffalo-made film "A Quiet Place Part II" and although they look rather nondescript, they also seem to give us an important bit of information about the sequel. In the photo, the surviving members of the Abbott family – mother Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and her teen children Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and…

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Natalie Portman isn't like most actresses. That's for sure. She's a Harvard University graduate who once said – and seemed to mean – "I'd rather be smart than a movie star." That, of course, didn't stop her from winning – and probably deserving – an Oscar for "Black Swan." So there she was, a prestigious figure nabbed to announce the best director nominees for the Go…

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If you see one movie this holiday season, I highly recommend “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” starring Tom Hanks as Mister (Fred) Rogers. The film has a positive message about how people should be treated. I suggest you have a box of Kleenex handy as the film chronicles the life of a children’s TV host who seems just too good to be true. But I have it on good au…

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Guillermo del Toro needs you. The Academy Award-winning director is looking for extras for "Nightmare Alley," a 1940s remake to be filmed in Buffalo early next year. People of all ages and ethnicities are welcome to apply for paid background roles – pedestrians, drivers, patrons and more – in the Fox Searchlight Pictures film. The plan is for these scenes to be filme…

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If you’re watching a Christmas movie on television and think that picturesque small town looks a lot like East Aurora, chances are you’re right. With the recent premiere of “A Christmas Princess,” ION Television is now showing three locally made holiday movies, all from director Fred Olen Ray. In each, East Aurora has a starring role, with other localities in the mix. …

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It’s quiet – unnaturally quiet, considering the number of people in the room. Inside a nondescript building in Black Rock, about 20 people in soft-soled shoes and sneakers are standing by, not making a sound until they get the all clear. It would be fascinating to watch if not for the fear of making a noise yourself. So you stand silently among them. Out of the darkn…