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This is what I’m thinking: With the NBA and NHL playoffs over, I had to find some original programming to watch Friday night. My girlfriend and I landed on “Murder Mystery,” the new Netflix movie starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston about a New York policeman taking his wife on a European vacation he promised her 15 years earlier. On the trip, they become th…

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Add Guillermo del Toro to the list of celebrities who have stopped by Chef's Restaurant. Chef's posted about the Oscar winner's visit Thursday afternoon: "Academy Award winning director Guillermo del Toro stopped by for a meal! Winning the Best Director category is a huge accomplishment. He is such a talented individual and we were happy to welcome him in." Second on…

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The 2016 animated hit “The Secret Life of Pets” is a textbook example of a wonderful premise wasted. The concept — what pets do when their owners are away — is certainly clever. But the film took its characters on a series of increasingly silly, and sometimes even scary, diversions. “The Secret Life of Pets 2” is more of the same. This time, the diversions are even sil…

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It may be almost summertime, but no one knows more than Buffalonians that weather doesn’t always follow the rules. If rain and clouds are in the forecast and you’re going stir-crazy at home, check out these spots around town to still have a fun summer day — all for $13 or less. Buffalo Museum of Science. Is the last time you visited the science museum a field trip with …

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Are kids today aware of Godzilla? More than that, do they care about Godzilla? Perhaps not. But children over the age of, say, 10, certainly enjoy seeing a giant lizard stomp a city and battle similarly large monsters, so “Godzilla: King of Monsters” is probably on their radar. Even little ones with a lust for carnage will find their patience tested by the aggressively…

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I worried. It turned out I needn't have. What I feared was this Friday's premiere of HBO's "Deadwood: The Movie" by my old friend and Nichols School classmate David Milch would be a major disappointment – especially to those of us who felt the original HBO series was David's finest work by far, as well as a cable-TV landmark. Advance interviews in national magazines …

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Olivier Assayas’s “Non-Fiction” is breathtakingly intelligent, immaculately shot, wonderfully incisive, and a bit frustrating. In others words, this is usual Assayas territory. Well, it is — and it isn’t. “Non-Fiction” covers lighter ground than most of the prolific French filmmaker’s recent work. His last three films included a stunning ghost story starring Kristen Ste…

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You know those times when you hear a snippet of a phone conversation and it makes your head spin like a Saturday morning cartoon character? This is one of those times. One early morning last week, Addison Henderson stood in a shadowy corner of an Allen Street bar. The dimly lit room was packed with people who were barely visible through a thick haze. Henderson held a…

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Memorial Day was absolutely gorgeous in Buffalo, which benefited everything from town parades to the beaches, each overflowing with attendance on the first summery day of the year. (Take that, other rainy weekends in May). Even though it's a shorter-than-usual scope for This Week in Buffalo - just Tuesday through Thursday - plenty of events are packed into those three d…

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Godzilla fan George Root III didn't live long enough to see his final wish granted, but his friends and family will see it through in his honor next week. Root had hoped to see the movie "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" before he died from stage 4 cancer. Friends and fellow fans scrambled to pull strings, petitioning the director to allow Root a private, advanced screen…

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Actor-director John Krasinski, perhaps best known for his role as Jim Halpert in "The Office," has been spotted frequently in the Buffalo area over the last month while scouting locations and preparing to shoot "A Quiet Place 2," the sequel to a horror film that debuted last April. On Thursday, Orchard Park was Krasinski's primary stomping grounds, with sightings at Spo…

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For several years, the unofficial start date of Buffalo's wild warm-weather event schedule was the M*A*S*H* Bash, later renamed the Buffalo Bash, in the first week of June. But in light of that event changing hands and moving back this year, and the abundance of quality events slated for this weekend, we'd argue May 17-19 should become the new unofficial summer kickoff. …

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This summer checks nearly every box on the kid geek must-list. “Star Wars”? Spider-Man? Japanese animation? Check, check, check. Take a look at some new films, a few annual events and a little baseball. Studio Ghibli Fest May, July, and August at the Regal Elmwood (2001 Elmwood Ave.) and Regal Transit (6707 Transit Road) One of the most delightful cinematic develop…

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Every summer, the Buffalo Niagara region, Rochester and southern Ontario are transformed into holy ground for fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, manga, horror and other delightful forms of entertainment. If geekdom and fan-love were a religion, then it’s time to get ready to worship. Here are this summer’s offerings: Nickel City Con When: 3 to 8 p.m. May 17, 1…

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Over the past decade, the notion of geek fandom has expanded far beyond superhero comics and "Stars Wars"/"Star Trek" and into other genres. The boom in franchises and rise of social media has increased the intense passion of fans for whatever they love, and they wear their fandom loudly and proudly.  Fandom is dressing up as your favorite character, meeting the creator…