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There's a special guest for This Week in Buffalo: Niagara Falls. Our northerly neighbor is not a daunting destination for many Buffalonians; it's no more than an hour away from the farthest reaches of Erie County (even from you, Sardinia!). With thriving alt band Judah & the Lion booked for Rapids, plus celebrities en route to the Niagara Falls International Film…

Colleges

The University at Buffalo’s first prime-time network football game in what seems like forever drew good viewership on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate. The Bulls’ 45-13 loss to No. 15-ranked Penn State on Saturday had a strong 7.6 rating on WUTV, peaking at a 10.2 at 8:15 p.m. when the Bulls looked like they might have been able to pull off a huge upset. The 7.6 rating …

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The wide-ranging Niagara Falls International Film Festival will welcome an Oscar-winning actor, stars from “The Walking Dead” and the “Twilight” films, honor maverick filmmaker Samuel Fuller and show a documentary with a local connection. And that's for starters. NFIFF opens Sept. 18 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls) with a red carpet gala and continu…

Food and Drink

Take advantage of Buffalo events that meld exploration, fun and philanthropy. Thursdays' Plate Expectations meets the criteria: attendees will roam the new Resurgence Brewing Co. in the Old First Ward, engage in games of chance such as a Wine Wall and balloon-popping and support FeedMore WNY – formerly the Food Bank – in the process. There's a solid mix of marquee co…

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"Brittany Runs a Marathon." Starring Jillian Bell, Jennifer Dundas, Patch Darragh. Directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo. A young woman decides to make positive changes in her life by training for the New York City Marathon. 104 minutes. (Rated R for language throughout, sexuality and some drug material.) Opens Sept. 5 in the Dipson Amherst and Eastern Hills. "Fidder: A Mirac…

Family

Hallmark is celebrating 10 years of “Countdown to Christmas” by gifting viewers with a record 40 new holiday movies airing on the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Holiday programming starts Oct. 25 on HM&M where 16 films will now premiere on Thursdays and Fridays. The Hallmark Channel starts Oct. 26 with 24 new movies, including a Hallmark Hall …

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Two special showings will help out Hamburg's Palace Theatre, which is raising money to pay for renovations. "Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace" will play at 3 p.m. Sept. 15 at the movie theater, 31 Buffalo St., Hamburg. The documentary tells the 100-year history of the evolution of the American movie experience from nickelodeons to the studio s…

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Like anyone who remembers Crystal Beach Amusement Park, the Canadian attraction holds a special place in the heart of local filmmaker Peter McGennis. So in 2018, McGennis began working on a rock opera about the “magical, ill-fated park” called “Laff in the Dark.” The film features 26 original songs that helped McGennis tell his story that is filled with colorful charact…

Festivals

The first week of school is quiet in only one way: Buffalo's event slate. After all, the change of routine for many and suddenly slammed schedule leaves Netflix and a calming beverage (like tea!) as the most desired evening options. But for those with boundless energy, we've got a surprising collection of things to do for Tuesday through Thursday, with a teaser for a ra…

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"AFTER THE WEDDING." Starring Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore and Billy Crudup. Directed by Bart Freundlich. A manager of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a benefactor. 112 minutes. (Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some strong language.) Opens Aug. 30 in the Dipson Amherst. "BENNETT’S WAR." Starring Michael Roark, Trace Adkins, Ali Afshar and …

Columns

We always knew. Always. What we knew in 1983 is that no matter what happened in the future, "The Natural" would always be the most memorable film made in Buffalo. Always. It isn't that it's a truly great film, mind you. It's a good and enjoyable one, to be sure. To some, it's the greatest baseball film ever made. (Let's not tell them about "Pride of the Yankees" o…

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I was amused this week when WGRZ-TV ran a story concluding that the online rumor that Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro was going to shoot scenes with actor Bradley Cooper in Buffalo for an upcoming film “Nightmare Alley” was false. The station made that conclusion after it interviewed Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark about a report on an entertainmen…

Movies

In keeping with its name, “A Quiet Place 2” has maintained a low profile while filming locally this summer, but it is becoming the biggest movie ever shot in and around Buffalo. And it continues to do so – very quietly. With Monday's announcement that one of the four Grand Island bridges would be closed to traffic for 13 hours, from midnight Saturday to 1 p.m. Sunday…

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The seventh season of "Thursday Night Terrors" opens with a campy cult classic about a guy who carries his deformed twin in a picnic basket (yes, you read that right) – and then the series gets strange. In addition, this season will include two holiday firsts: The first time a "Terrors" screening is taking place on Halloween (a "dream come true" for series creator Peter…

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Every edition of the Three Stooges Film Festival at the Riviera Theatre includes a trivia contest, so, with the 28th anniversary edition of the comic event this weekend, it's time to practice. Some questions are pretty easy: How many Stooges were there? (Six, but purists only count four – Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp.) Who was Moe's famous cousin-in-law? (Harry Houdini.) Wh…