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Hamburg's Palace Theatre is not going anywhere if owner Jay Ruof has anything to say about it. Ruof told the Village of Hamburg recently he will turn down a $225,000 state grant to renovate the 93-year-old movie house because the $75,000 he would have to contribute is too much money. But that doesn't mean the theater is in jeopardy, he said. "I'm not ashamed by any m…

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Abraham, we miss you. Michael Cudlitz, who played fan favorite Abraham Ford on "The Walking Dead" for four seasons, is the newest addition to the growing Nickel City Con lineup. Cudlitz joins previously announced convention guests including Sean Patrick Flannery ("Boondock Saints"), David Naughton ("An American Werewolf in London"), Tony Todd ("Candyman," "Transforme…

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For more than 50 years, Carl Reiner's scripts of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" have been stored away. Now, for the first time since the show wrapped production in 1966, the scripts will come out of storage to be digitally preserved in an initiative between Reiner and the National Comedy Center in Jamestown. Combined with new acquisitions from John Rich, who wrote the first 4…

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The Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival has a long history of offering top-notch programming. But the 34-year-old film program -- the third longest running festival of its kind in North America -- may have outdone itself this year. Eight of the 11 films being screened from March 22 to March 28 garnered a critics' score of 90 or higher on Rotten Tomatoes, the w…

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When was the last time you sat with your thoughts for a whole meal? No conversation, no phone, no Netflix or book, but just sitting with your thoughts. In an age of excessive content consumption, when a world of ideas and stories are at our fingertips, this could seem like a waste of time. But as anyone who remembers childhood days of lying in the grass and watching the…

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Two well-dressed strangers strike up a seemingly innocent conversation on a train that takes an inexplicable turn to talk of murder. “You do mine, I do yours,” says one man. “…your wife, my father. Criss-cross.” He’s crazy, the other guy thinks – until his wife turns up dead. That’s the crux of Alfred Hitchcock’s deliciously dark thriller “Strangers on a Train,” open…

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Here's a breakdown of the players in the new film "Captain Marvel." The story More than a decade before Tony Stark declared “I am Iron Man,” Earth suffers a secret invasion by a race of shapeshifters. The planet’s only hope? An alien warrior whose superhuman abilities and lost ties to humanity may just make her Earth’s Mightiest Hero - if she lives long enough. Co…

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George Root III lifted the oxygen mask from his face in the intensive care unit at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center on Tuesday and whispered three words: “King of Monsters.” He meant the long-awaited “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” set to hit theaters in May. His wish to see the blockbuster film before he died set off a flurry of activity among Godzilla fan…

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There is a striking sense of intimacy to the World War II docudrama “The Invisibles,” opening Friday at the Dipson Eastern Hills. This feeling of intense closeness is a direct result of the real-life interviews interspersed throughout this World War II-set story of survival. Like Warren Beatty’s “Reds” or Errol Morris’s “Wormwood,” the film is a mix of interviews and d…

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I'm not sure you could find a less engaging and more generic film title than "The Competition." Nevertheless, there was a pretty good English-language film in 1980 called "The Competition." It starred Richard Dreyfuss and Amy Irving (who briefly became Mrs. Steven Spielberg) as competing pianists in a high-dome international competition for classical pianists. Lee Remic…

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Captain Marvel isn’t the only woman kicking butt on screens small and large. Check out these other female heroes and their ongoing adventures: "Alita: Battle Angel": Is Alita merely a combat cyborg, or a human soul encased in steel? She might find the answers … if she survives the men hunting her. Now showing in area theaters. "Charmed": Sisters Macy, Mel, and Maggie…

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For decades, there’s been a misguided, misogynistic belief in Hollywood that “women superheroes don’t make money.” Director Patty Jenkins shattered that belief with her 2017 film “Wonder Woman,” which made more than $821 million at the box office. Jenkins had to battle Warner Bros. executives to keep some scenes, including the famous “No Man’s Land” sequence, and her vi…

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Buffalo will be well represented at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. "Crown Vic," "Buffaloed" and "A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem," all films with a Buffalo connection, will have their world premieres during the 2019 festival, taking place from April 24 to May 5 in New York City. The feature film "Crown Vic" was shot here last summer when Buffalo st…

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By Nardine Saad Luke Perry, the actor best known as bad-boy heartthrob Dylan McKay from the 1990s TV drama “Beverly Hills, 90210,” has died. He was 52. Publicist Arnold Robinson confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Perry died Monday after suffering a massive stroke. Perry “was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancee Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minn…

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“A lot of people don’t have a lot of things in common right now. The coolest thing is that we have beer in common.” The opening moments of the documentary "Beers of Joy," written and directed by David Swift and Scott Owen, serve as a reminder that unity is just a pint away. The film follows the journey of four people as they seek to expand their experiences of beer, red…