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“You don’t look that smart,” Arnold Schwarzenegger said to Sylvester Stallone, on hearing a lot of arcane mathematics spouting from his mouth that will help them both escape from the most secure prison in the world.“You don’t either,” Sly said to Ah-nuld.Actually, they’re both pretty smart in their mid-60s, and the enjoyable “Escape Plan” proves it.What you have to underst…

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In Persian mythology there exists a magical black stone capable of absorbing all the secret sufferings of those who confide in it, until the stone shatters into a million pieces and the possessor of the stone is delivered of all her pain.That would appear to be the allegory behind “The Patience Stone,” a film by French-Afghani director Atiq Rahimi, based on his 2008 novel …

Much remains unclear about the events of Aug. 1 and 2, 2008, on the mountain known as K2, except that 11 climbers died there. As a possible result of disorientation from high altitude sickness, darkness and the physical separation that existed between multiple mountaineering teams from many different countries, even eyewitness accounts of the tragedy that is the focus of t…

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The monster hiding under the bed is a popular tale in the horror genre, for the simple reason that there really are monsters under beds. Just ask any kid.That childhood fear lives on in the locally made horror film “Dry Bones.” Written by filmmaker and author Greg Lamberson, “Dry Bones” is about a man who returns to his childhood home only to find that the monster is still…

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That was not Jack Donaghy of “30 Rock” talking to the Democratic candidate for New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, on MSNBC, nor was it the slimy businessman in “Blue Jasmine.” It wasn’t even the daffy salesman from those Capital One credit card ads. (“What’s in your wallet?”) Alec Baldwin stripped off all his comic personalities Friday for a new weekly talk show on MSNB…

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Once upon a time in New York, Hollywood and Broadway got together over a few drinks. Overtures were made. More drinks were poured. One thing led to another. And a few years later, out popped “Ghost the Musical,” an ill-conceived piece of theater stuck in a public identity crisis over which of its profit-mongering parents to emulate. A touring version of the show, lookin…

The wide range of the 20 mostly short documentaries made in and about Ireland that will be screened at this year’s Cinegael Buffalo event Friday and Saturday at the Burchfield Penney Art Center evokes the fable of the blind people examining the elephant. While one holds the tail and reports that an elephant is like a rope and another touches the leg and reports that an ele…

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The first thing that is very wrong about Bill Condon’s eminently watchable journalistic thriller “The Fifth Estate” is its rating: R for language and some violence.Hooey. I don’t agree. The language simply wasn’t egregious enough for an “R” rating and the “violence” is of the nightly news variety. That is a rating for marketing purposes, not informational purposes. It’s tr…

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It would be great if they had an app for that – the moment when your kids bear witness as the stars they’ve idolized from a very young age suddenly morph into sexually active young adults; that moment when the comparatively safe and innocent set of a Disney tween sitcom gives way to “selfies” shot in nightclubs, widely broadcast social media faux pas, and far too public me…

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Rock (or pop, or whatever you need to call it) is supposed to be a young person’s game, we’ve been told from time immemorial. In reality, however, rock is only a young person’s game for those who lack the vision and fortitude to see the form’s possibilities through to maturity. “Lightning Bolt,” Pearl Jam’s 10th studio album (out Tuesday), is an intensely passionate, imm…

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The best joke, by far, of “Machete Kills” is the all-star cast of Spanish-American stars, mainstream rejects, A-movie cast-offs and infotainment obsessions: Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Amber Heard, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Demian Bichir, Lady Gaga, Sofia Vergara, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Charlie Sheen, who is announced to us in the credits thusly “and introducing Carlos …

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Viewers who go into “Romeo & Juliet” cold may be forgiven for coming away thinking Shakespeare was a really lousy writer. After all, this latest screen version has lines that go thud every minute, such as “We shall take action when we may and strike while the iron is hot!” Or this novel gem: “The best intentions pave the way to hell.” But Shakespeare didn’t write those lin…

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A Canisius College film festival is doing double duty as a celebration of National Hispanic American Month and a way to create a stronger bond with the Hispanic community in Buffalo. Movies from Spain and Latin America will be screened during the Ibero-American Film Festival continuing at 5 p.m. Thursdays through October.Today’s film, “Aquí y Allá” (“Here and There”), won …

It doesn’t take long once inside the fantasy land of a Disney theme park to fall back to reality. Look beyond the make-believe magic and the happy youngsters to see the crying kids and the downright miserable parents. Let’s be honest: The happiest place on Earth isn’t always necessarily so.It’s a polarizing reality of theme-park life that is often downplayed as vacationers…

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“Well at least we know how the film ends, anyway.”So said one of the people at the screening of the intense and extraordinary “Captain Phillips,” one of the best of a movie year that is shaping up to be at the very least memorable and quite possibly mind-boggling before it’s over.Well, no he didn’t. And you won’t either.The thing that confirms “Captain Phillips” to be a tr…