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The final credits could soon be rolling on downtown Buffalo’s only movie theater.Movie studios are about to begin providing digital downloads only to theaters – instead of film in metal canisters.To continue in business, the publicly run Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre, which already struggles financially, would have to upgrade its digital projectors – an estimated expend…

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In “The Book Thief,” opening Wednesday, it’s 1938 and the wrong time to be young in Germany. A little girl is adopted into a poor family, and the movie traces her trials and adjustments, balancing a personal story with the world going on outside. The resulting film has some wrong notes and touches of preciousness, but mostly it’s a moving and effective presentation of life…

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The problem with princesses, you see, is that they don’t exist. Not anymore.Not even in the land or world, or eventual universe – though even that sounds small – of Disney, where the mold for a perfectly practical, practically perfect princess was cast. Hans Christian Andersen contributed many of those prototypes, including the heroine sisters in “Frozen,” Disney’s latest …

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Jesse Bernstein, the deeply disturbed poet and performance artist who was a fixture on Seattle’s grunge scene in the late-’80s and early-’90s, had a knack for describing the tortured and troubled lives of society’s misfits and outcasts. Before his suicide in 1991, he practiced his particularly visceral brand of performance on Seattle stages and in recordings for Sub Pop Re…

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The Jason Statham vehicle “Homefront” is such a generic tough-guy-against-the-odds ’80s style actioner that you’d swear Sly Stallone starred in it. He did, back in the day. Or versions of it.The completed one, Stallone just scripted.From the setup – ex-DEA agent who just wants “to be left in peace” in a meth-mad Louisiana town where they won’t let sleeping DEA agents lie –…

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Jesse Bernstein, the deeply disturbed poet and performance artist who was a fixture on Seattle’s grunge scene in the late-’80s and early-’90s, had a knack for describing the tortured and troubled lives of society’s misfits and outcasts. Before his suicide in 1991, he practiced his particularly visceral brand of performance on Seattle stages and in recordings for Sub Pop Re…

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The Jason Statham vehicle “Homefront” is such a generic tough-guy-against-the-odds ’80s style actioner that you’d swear Sly Stallone starred in it. He did, back in the day. Or versions of it.The completed one, Stallone just scripted.From the setup – ex-DEA agent who just wants “to be left in peace” in a meth-mad Louisiana town where they won’t let sleeping DEA agents lie –…

Movies

In “The Book Thief,” opening Wednesday, it’s 1938 and the wrong time to be young in Germany. A little girl is adopted into a poor family, and the movie traces her trials and adjustments, balancing a personal story with the world going on outside. The resulting film has some wrong notes and touches of preciousness, but mostly it’s a moving and effective presentation of life…

Movies

The problem with princesses, you see, is that they don’t exist. Not anymore.Not even in the land or world, or eventual universe – though even that sounds small – of Disney, where the mold for a perfectly practical, practically perfect princess was cast. Hans Christian Andersen contributed many of those prototypes, including the heroine sisters in “Frozen,” Disney’s latest …

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An urban Christmas with an R&B/rap soundtrack provides the energizing backdrop for a modern tale of rejection, redemption and forgiveness in Kasi Lemmons’ dramatic holiday musical, “Black Nativity,” opening today.The film is inspired by the Langston Hughes gospel song-play of the same name, an African-American version of the Christmas story that has been adopted and adapte…

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There is a moment in Stephen Frears’ “Philomena” where the audience almost loses it.Almost. And that tells you most of what you need to know about the film.It’s the moment when the heroine – whom the audience has come to love unreservedly (being played by Judi Dench doesn’t hurt) – finally stands up for herself and confronts one of those who have been denying her access to…

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An urban Christmas with an R&B/rap soundtrack provides the energizing backdrop for a modern tale of rejection, redemption and forgiveness in Kasi Lemmons’ dramatic holiday musical, “Black Nativity,” opening today.The film is inspired by the Langston Hughes gospel song-play of the same name, an African-American version of the Christmas story that has been adopted and adapte…

Gusto

There is a moment in Stephen Frears’ “Philomena” where the audience almost loses it.Almost. And that tells you most of what you need to know about the film.It’s the moment when the heroine – whom the audience has come to love unreservedly (being played by Judi Dench doesn’t hurt) – finally stands up for herself and confronts one of those who have been denying her access to…

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LOS ANGELES – When the receipts are tallied for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” heroine Katniss Everdeen and her famed arrows will likely hit a box-office bull’s-eye. The film starring Jennifer Lawrence is forecast by some to sell as much as $180 million in tickets for its U.S. debut this weekend, which would be the biggest opening of the year.If it delivers as expected…

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Langston Hughes would have approved.With the movie “Black Nativity,” director Kasi Lemmons takes Hughes’ gospel-infused play from 1961 and replaces its “Go Tell It on the Mountain” roots with a rap and R&B urban sensibility. It is modern, it is strong and it works. The film opens locally Wednesday.“Making the movie really had to do with my interest in the source material,”…